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Pharmaceutical Product Development Scientist Reviews

Updated 1 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. "Good place to work. Company on the up"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in London, England
    Current Employee - Scientist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A good mix of staff and skills, and lots of cross functional interaction.

    Cons

    The office is basic and located in an anonymous part of the country. The office itself is a asic and uninspiring.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the same path


  2. "good"

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    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Salaries are not the highest


  3. "Assistant Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Affordable benefits, occasionally employee appreciation events, room for growth in most departments

    Cons

    Management, accountability, egos of management team

    Advice to Management

    Be more accountable and proactive.


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  5. "Enjoyed working with some really smart individuals."

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

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

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds, being in the lab but occasionally doing office work.

    Cons

    Not always a good work life balance. More could be done to increase employee appreciation as well as growth. Improve the dynamics on how one gets or is presented with promotional activities.


  6. "Good Starting Position"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn several different techniques quickyl

    Good benefits

    Nice co workers

    Cons

    Management does not promote based on merit

    Pay is low

    Advice to Management

    Promote and compensate the employees who work hard and want to stay at PPD. Realize that experience matters.


  7. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Yearly bonus, great job security, stay long enough and new positions and promotions will come your way

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Uneven Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, great people working there, managers generally fair and easy to work with, lots of opportunities to learn new skills, great place to start a career. The management team does an excellent job finding great workers. My manager was easy to talk to, and understood my concerns. I loved working there. Great benefits for being an international company.

    Cons

    The promotion schedule is awful. It is why I left. Seeing colleagues that were with the company for 2-3 years less promoted over me was aggravating. Promotions don't seem to be performance or tenure based, rather how much your department or supervisor can fight for you. Some departments get promoted fast, some VERY slow. Received nothing but above average performance reviews, and was not promoted quickly enough. I felt taken for granted. Not getting promoted, and having to wait an entire year was just too much. I was dramatically underpaid for my years of experience and skill set, and while I loved working there, it was extremely tough to turn down offers for a large 20%+ increase in salary elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a better way to promote employees. Turnover wasn't that high when I left, but the department I was in saw a lot of people leave or transfer after promotions went around. You have some great people there, but the job market in the area for this type of work is extremely competitive.


  9. "very good company"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good company, good training

    Cons

    no obvious downsides about this company


  10. "Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in New Brunswick, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in New Brunswick, NJ (US)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good condition of work but I was assigned to a different company facilities

    Cons

    Salary was not according to the company I was working

    Advice to Management

    Improve the labor conditions as for example salary


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisors try too hard to be your friend, forget how to give negative feedback"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, easy to form and maintain relationships. Work was sometimes dynamic

    Cons

    Management was very bad at giving feedback. Did not receive any critical or negative feedback until managers eventually approached me. Because of this, promotions and raises were not appropriately given. Management needs to stop trying to be our friends and work on building our careers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be our friends. We have enough of those already. You are paid to be leaders.