Data Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Marlborough, MA – November 10, 2014
Tracking CRFs and Queries, 1st thing in the morning. Sometimes our Data Entry (DE) department will have an impromptu meeting with our manager/supervisor regarding any updates/last minute changes. Depending on priorities, I may need to stop tracking and switch over to data entry.
What I learned: Priorities can change at a moments notice, and never 'assume'.
Management knows what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.
My co-workers can be fun to work with but everyone has their days, their moments. You need to know when to 'step back' or keep your distance but, also, know when to be firm with someone who is being a bit unreasonable.
Stress is the hardest part of the job, whether it be due to a co-worker, who's in a bad mood or due to several things due at the same time.
When everyone is working well together and getting the work done, without complaints.
Cafeteria across the parking lot for lunch, if needed. Being able to walk around the buildings, weather permitting.
Sometimes gets pretty chilly in the building, too much training which cuts into work time.
Clinical Data Manager (Current Employee) – Durham, NC – February 5, 2014
Lacking management, processes, and learning opportunities. CDM managers are all based out of state, therefore it is difficult to connect with managers on a level that makes you feel that they care about your growth/happiness with the company. It feels that they see themselves more as babysitters rather than mentors.
What the orgaznization preaches and what it really practices are two totally different animals. Home based CRA's are trained via slide decks which are reviewed on your own. There is no training "program" per se. It's SOP's and work instructions by the hundreds which you read on your own and tell you nothing. Undertand that you will be required to make 4 site visits per week. The trip report is a nightmare to complete and takes hours. There are better employers out there!