Associate Research Scientist (Former Employee) – Richmond, VA 23230 – August 17, 2017
Typical CRO. Nothing to really brag about. If you are in production the days are predictable and your schedule doesn't change. If you are in R&D you never know what to expect on a daily basis. Choose wisely.
Bonuses, flexible schedules
Lack of parking, company doesn't provide many freebies
Assistant Scientist (Current Employee) – Middleton, WI – August 14, 2017
PPD provides excellent hands experience and opportunities for a scientist out of college; there are lots of techniques, instruments, and skills to learn. The people and work environment are great. The opportunities to move up in the company are there but are often based on tenure rather than merit. Management can have a disconnect with technical employees, but issues can often be resolved quickly.
Good work life balance. No forced overtime
Takes a long time to move up in company. Pay is below industry average
Good entry level jobs but better opportunity elsewhere to advance
Quality Assurance Auditor II (Current Employee) – Middleton, WI 53562 – August 14, 2017
Work life balance suffers for employees in an effort to meet business goals. There is a strong reactionary management culture and business decisions are based on the bottom line not sustainability. Advancement is slow and does match pace with job performance expectations. A one size fits all corporate culture excludes smaller divisions within the company making it difficult to enact change.
PTO and Benefits
Salary, work life balance, advancement, and performance management
Medical Communications Specialist (Former Employee) – Morrisville, NC – August 5, 2017
As a medical communications specialist the day is very busy and very stressful. For the most part it was a pleasant place to work. I learned that you can't ask too many questions to make sure that you are providing the right information or documenting the right information. The hardest part of the job was answering calls back to back to back. The most enjoyable part of the job was have holiday parties and receiving bonuses if you qualify.
principal programmer analyst (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – July 28, 2017
PPD provide full service, so a very good starting place to get job training and project management skills. Also, the company developed tools to easy the job, and very strong and supportative Subject Matter Experts and IT support. Company provides a lot training and many rules to follow, keep changing and never rest.
Senior Clinical Research Associate (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – July 24, 2017
• Provide monitoring visits and site management for a variety of protocols that are complex and/or require knowledge in advanced therapeutic areas • Administer protocol and related study training to assigned sites and establish regular lines of communication with sites to manage ongoing project expectations and issues • Evaluate the quality and integrity of study site practices related to the proper conduct of the protocol and adherence to applicable regulations. Escalate quality issues to Clinical Team Lead (CTL) and/or line manager. • Manage the progress of assigned studies by tracking regulatory submissions and approvals, recruitment and enrollment, case report form (CRF) completion and submission, and data query generation and resolution • Create and maintain appropriate documentation regarding site management, monitoring visit findings and action plans by submitting regular visit reports and other required study documentation • Act as a mentor for new clinical staff and may provide assistance to the CTL as designated.
I have never held a more stressful position in my life. I worked over 70 hour weeks sometimes and when I took time off, I rarely actually took time off. My managers were not supportive nor did they take the time to analyze my work load. My hourly rate was barely enough to live on and I eventually left for another position elsewhere.
Good resume builder
No work/life balance with hardly any pay increases/ movement upwards.
Hard to have a platform for change and improvement at mangaement level
Executive Medical Director (Current Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – July 14, 2017
I realized the leadership was going in a different direction, and I am interested in working in a more collaborative environment. It has a good mission for the company as a whole but departmental changes and corporate restructuring have made it difficult for me to achieve my goals for the position and the company as a whole.
Contract Specialist (Former Employee) – Mexico City – July 11, 2017
Great benefits and compensations, but management is terrible, they do not value the efforts of new employees and prefer to get rid of them to cover up the errors and continued delays of other managers, making the new employees being responsible for them. So sad they prefer to cover their facebook pals instead of focusing in their jobs.
Great benefits, flexible working hours
Line managers cover each other and blame new employees
Research Lab Technician (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – July 4, 2017
If you're hired as a part time lab tech with PPD, at times you'll work 36 hours a weeks and other weeks you'll work 10. Yes, 10. And they schedule you each Friday for the following week and don't respect it when you put in a form not to be scheduled at a specific time because the "lab scheduler" only got her job because of her relation to the boss.
Unlivable Salary, poor work environment, inconsistent hours, last minute scheduling, nepotism