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Pharmaceutical Product Development Scientist Reviews

Updated 9 July 2018
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  • "Maintaining a work life balance is difficult" (in 77 reviews)

  • "Heavy workload, no work-life balance, demanding requests" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Senior scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and can do flexi hours.

    Cons

    Work off site so don't correspond with manager regularly enough.


  2. "Good place to work. Company on the up"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "as"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Upward mobility
    Employee appreciation events
    Location
    Liked by FDA

    Cons

    Repetitive
    Favoritism
    Limited phone use
    Limited Parking


  4. "Big company with pretty good benefits."

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance flexibility. PTO. Co-workers.

    Cons

    Most project leaders are absolutely useless. Hard to move up unless you work hard AND get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to do a better job at checking the status of current projects and know more about all testing of projects to help analysts make fewer mistakes and not miss deadlines.


  5. "Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexibility within Vaccines Team Schedule
    -Need little to no experience to be hired
    -Will match money invested in certain graduate degree programs

    Cons

    -Limited opportunity for Growth and Development
    -Very strict on documentation
    -Low throughput during time in between major projects could leave analysts wanting more

    Advice to Management

    -Management could be more hands-on in lab procedures in order to keep their edge
    -Be more personable with direct reports


  6. "It's a staffing agency."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staffing agency that gives benefits

    Cons

    The pay is ridiculously low.


  7. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Very good procedure management. You will be able to learn a lot working here.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay well. Working style is stressful due to the cGMP environment.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Run if you can avoid it."

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. That's really it.

    Cons

    Pay, lack of promotion, people that sleep on the job get promoted, poor communication, always needing to blame some one for small things.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Don't keep throwing away great employees and retaining poor ones by giving the poor ones promotions. Ask around about who works hardest, not who is liked most. It should be about work ethic, not who socialized in the break room most often.


  9. "Great place to start, but advancement is non-existent"

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

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

    Pros

    PPD is willing to hire college grads that don't have any industry experience and get them trained up to cGMP standards, making it a great place to cut your teeth as a brand-new analytical chemist. Good exposure to a number of different analytical methods, including various HPLC and CE methods.

    Cons

    Their willingness to hire with no experience also leads to low pay relative to the rest of the industry. Advancement is nearly impossible as well. I know of several Assistant Scientists who have 2-3 years at PPD and always get told "you'll probably be promoted next year" when review time rolls around. Both of these factors lead to very high turnover in lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within rather than constantly hiring outside people for lab positions. NEOP is well and good, but Assistant Scientists should not be telling Associate Scientists and Scientists how to navigate internal policies 3-4 months after hiring.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "No long-term future in company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Middleton, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good PTO, flexible hours, free coffee, decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Far less pay than industry average, less than COLA "raises," infrequent promotions to anyone outside of management, cut of fringe benefits and increase in insurances. Company promises promotion but fails to delivery at yearly cycles. Nothing is merit based, only tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the role and benefit that the average worker has to the company as opposed to only glorifying high management positions. Give more merit based rewards and appreciation.