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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated 18 October 2017
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  • Hard to have a work/life balance if you don't learn to say no (in 68 reviews)

  • no work-life balance for at least first 6 months (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Could be much better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place if you're starting out in the industry because they do lay strong foundations. They aren't afraid to trust you with more responsibility either.

    Cons

    The flip side of being trusted with responsibility too soon is that the salaries don't keep up. You could easily be doing a role that was previously being done by someone two grades higher.

    Too process driven, where even the most basic decision point requires dozens of approvals.

    Advice to Management

    Make things simpler and pay fairer.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Finance in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    canteen and reception staff are friendly

    Cons

    Management bullying culture, senior mangers do not want to rock their comfortable jobs to sort the problems out

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff managers are not always what they seem!


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Principal Clinical Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - CRA in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - CRA in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Good salary, possibility to work at home.

    Cons

    No work-life balance at all. I work more than full time (1.5 FTE) for a couple of months as some projects seem to be prepared in rush and bad design results in lots of issues. Still upper management is focused on your billability and metrics. No career prospects. High deficiency of resources in clinical management (project assistants, CRAs).

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating like a employee number. Do trainings, invite employees to attend conferences, workships etc. Award good employees.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "PPD - Pharmacovigilance - Cambridge(UK)"

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    Former Employee - PVG Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - PVG Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    A very busy place. Lots of work. Stable company.

    Cons

    High turnover of management, lack of experienced people on the top, too much internal politics and covering up of incompetent staff. HR too new to their role. Not a long term career place, unless you have mortgage or family or regional affiliations.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Slippery slope"

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    Former Employee - Drug Safety in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Drug Safety in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Subsidised lunch (if you have time to eat lunch)
    2. If you have good superiors, you might get involved in interesting project.

    Cons

    1. Derogatory salary
    2. Unprofessional atmosphere
    3. Double standards and internal politics
    4. Lack of benefits
    5. Never Ending overtime (not paid)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Project Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some amazing people and I loved the work I did at PPD

    Cons

    Communication and sometimes bad management from direct managers.


  8. "CRA"

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    Current Employee - CRA in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - CRA in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training provided. Good support and progression available in the company. Lots of routes to take and they also have a dedicated start up team

    Cons

    No longer do the Research Assistant program, this was a great program for training up new CRAs. It would be good if that was brought back
    poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    No longer do the Research Assistant program, this was a great program for training up new CRAs. It would be good if that was brought back


  9. "Management: please listen to and respect your staff"

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    Former Employee - Drug Safety Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Drug Safety Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The clients and projects are very interesting, and it is a great place to join, especially as a more junior employee - you will learn a lot.
    Being a larger CRO, there are lots of systems and quite a set way to do things - again this can be helpful to the more junior employee.

    Cons

    The salary is absolutely terrible, even by CRO standards. Considering where some of the offices are (e.g Cambridge in the UK), it is barely enough to live on for more junior roles.
    There are no discernable perks or benefits, and many of those are only available to long standing staff (e.g over 3 years), by which time most staff have left.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be much more flexibility and a human touch from management and the HR department. I can not recommend reading Liz Ryan and a human workplace (google or see on linkedin) as this applies very strongly to the PPD working environment.


  10. "Great training ground for further opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director, Global Project Management in Bellshill, Scotland
    Former Employee - Associate Director, Global Project Management in Bellshill, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for experience in many areas, good colleagues, flexibility to work from home, flexibility in working hours in the day

    Cons

    Balance in work and personal life is difficult to maintain; the pace is very fast with new systems and this is not considered in what a delivery lead has to complete in a working week.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce turnover with work and life balance and sensible integration of new systems.


  11. "Management Issues"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the associate directors in the finance department are very supportive and pleasant to work with. This improves their team morale, but cannot fully offset the other management issues.

    Management are talking about getting a better workload distribution for the finance department. This will help those of us that feel overwhelmed if they get the balance right.

    Cons

    There currently appears to be an unfair distribution of workloads and compensation within the finance department.

    Recent change management has been atrocious. The new system is in place (although still not fully functional 8 months after it should have gone live), so the effects of this are already starting to ease. Just don't expect as much forward planning and guidance from upper management as you might get elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Review pay to ensure it is in line with the current market.
    Give staff the appropriate tools and guidance to complete the tasks you ask them to do.
    Factor contracted holiday into people's workloads so that they are able to take time off without making all of the hours up in their personal time.


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