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Pharmaceutical Product Development Reviews

Updated 14 December 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home in some cases (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to have a work/life balance if you don't learn to say no (in 69 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great company with good management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Information Associate in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Medical Information Associate in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits package and work environment. Good work-life balance. Clear criteria for evaluation your achievements.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload can be excessive but the line management did not encourage working over time, which was good.

    Advice to Management

    Try to spread workload evenly or to stimulate/train people with lower achievements.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A foot in the door"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PPD was my first job out of school, and the management in the group I landed in was phenomenal (the Biopharmaceutical group in Middleton WI). It's a big company, so your mileage may vary. For me, there were ample opportunities for mentorship and I quickly learned the pharmaceutical industry. Management in my group genuinely cared about their reports. They were also very organized, effective, and good at collaborating with other functions. All of these traits made working there a pleasure. There were a lot of other fresh graduates and the group as a whole was very social and outgoing, which was fun.

    Cons

    Compensation is dismally low. After about a year I accepted an offer at another company for 1.9 times my salary at PPD. This is not atypical for the CRO industry, but being able to double your salary by jumping ship as soon as you have some experience makes it very difficult to justify staying longer than a year or two. HR tightly controls compensation, so there is very little your manager can do for you. With the high turnover rate you can get promoted fast, but your raise in pay will still be laughable compared to the bump you could get by taking a job at a big pharma company. All things considered, the pay is on-par with a post-doctoral position and the experience may be more relevant if you want to go into industry, so I would still recommend the job to new graduates who don't have any other offers.

    Advice to Management

    Your turnover rate is out of control and is a serious burden on the people managing projects. If the surplus of fresh graduates dries up it is going to be impossible for you to recruit new talent, and you guys could be in some big trouble. PPD as a whole should reevaluate their compensation structure, otherwise an abrupt change in the job market could seriously cripple the company.


  3. "Good place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Blue Bell, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Blue Bell, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Line manager was very supportive, reasonable travel, good relationship with study managers, great on board training

    Cons

    Slow advancement, can feel isolating (I worked from home when not traveling)

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement


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  5. "Senior Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great workplace, friendly people who are eager to help

    Cons

    Salaries and compensation are not as competitive as other local companies.
    Work can be repetitive sometimes


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Ability to work from home in some cases. Great PTO and work life balance

    Cons

    Too many reorganization’s in the IT department leading to low morale and worries about job security.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t treat employees like chess pieces that can be knocked off the board before Learning the actual value of the work that they contribute to the business and what they actually do on a daily basis before deciding to hand over their job to unqualified people in order to save money. The risks may not be worth the perceived savings You can’t train years of experience over night.


  7. "Sr CRA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Home based position, no need to go to the office every morning.

    Cons

    Success depends on the study team you are working with. Lots of unprofessional people working there.


  8. "Friendly but lot of work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Madison, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and a friendly social environment. Other analysts as well as management will go out of their way to help you as long as you ask and do your best to learn as well. If you are fresh from college/new to industry, they have a guidance system in place to ease you into doing your job well - very helpful. Also, many opportunities to learn, a great stepping stone for people looking to get a foothold into the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons

    Pay is very low compared to that from other CRO's. Relatively high turnover rate means that the analysts who have been working at PPD longer, get much more work to do, which leads to a poor work life balance, which then leads to those analysts leaving, etc.


  9. "PPD is no doubt a great place to work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very cooperative. Prjoects are a team effort so everyone collaberates.

    Cons

    There is a high learning curve if you don't have experience in the industry.


  10. "Remote Site Monitor"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    Well organized operation system

    Cons

    Collaborations should be defined more clearly


  11. "Great Place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, Flexible time, PTO, Opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Pay did not start out too great but with time it will get better.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was AMAZING!!!


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