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Pharmaceutical Product Development Senior CRA Reviews

Updated 12 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. "Sr CRA"

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    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.


  2. "I love this company"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They value their employees and provides full support to employess

    Cons

    they didn't have much projects lately


  3. "CRA"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA
    Former Employee - Senior CRA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and great colleagues.

    Cons

    Very high workload/travel, which makes it hard to have a work/life balance. Management can also be inconsiderate of work load handed to CRA's.

    Advice to Management

    Advice given is to be considerate of the projects needs and its resourcing.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Seems too stuffy..."

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaceutical Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Pay for Senior CRA is fair, medical benefits are good. Line Managers appear to be caring and we'll informed.

    Cons

    There are so many SOPs and systems to work in. There is an SOP for everything so critical thinking and individuality are discouraged. Expense reporting is archaic and training is confusing. Seems a little stuffy for my tastes.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe give employees more opportunities to be individuals. Everyone's situation and schedule is different. Be more accommodating for CRAs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. CRA II"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA II in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior CRA II in San Diego, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good line manager. Good health benefits (low premium, no deductible).

    Cons

    Expect CRAs to travel more (10-12 days on-site) and work more (lengthy MVRs 20+ pages with highly detailed annotated report, in a CTMS system) than other CROs.
    Atmosphere is negative and discouraging for CRAs. Morale is bad.
    Even lateral career moves for CRAs are discouraged.
    Some team and project management employs a 'pins and needles' attitude about how pleased the sponsor may be with CRA and CRO performance.
    Micromanaging but 'green' Team Manager.

    Advice to Management

    A positive growth environment will engender loyalty (not a large sign-on bonus).


  7. "Love this place but they need to be more competitive salary wise."

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good management, easy going. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Salary could be higher and advancing can be tough but possible!

    Advice to Management

    Advance more and give people the salary they're worth.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "I love this company!"

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Wilmington, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and corporate ladder

    Cons

    poor work life balance and demanding travel


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior CRA I"

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Little Rock, AR (US)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Little Rock, AR (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

    Supportive CM-CRA. Always willing to intervene with study issues as needed and listen to CRA concerns.

    Cons

    Support past the immediate CM-CRA is marginal. Much upper management discussion about employee support and a positive home/life balance, but I gave not found this to be the case. Performance evaluations are not always based on the overall employee performance and punishment by means of lower raises and bonuses results. Lower salary ranges compared to market values and lack of employee support are causing the loss of good CRAs

    Advice to Management

    Consider salary adjustments to be more in line with the market. Provide better work/home balance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not terrible"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance and benefits package, good opportunity for promotion

    Cons

    Terrible travel alignment, lots of cross-coast travel

    Advice to Management

    Align assets to allow for regional travel to avoid burnout.


  11. "Not always the best workers are promoted"

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Madrid (Spain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture of respect
    Friendly coworkers.
    Good training to all employees

    Cons

    Work overload
    Career development
    Bad management