They have both ambitious and admirable goals in the industry and tend to expose employees to a high intensity workload. Experience gained in-house is worth at least double someone might get at a pharmaceutical company or competing CRO. The work was overall rewarding and meaningful, clients often presented their ideas or at least provided information to inform employees about their research.
The management structure was a bit archaic focusing on top-down management with a great fear of technology and innovation. Salaries offered likely prevented recruitment of more innovated leaders in the company, especially in technology and process development.
Relative to the region, corporate culture was years behind the industry.
It is a great place to gain a lot of skills and exposure to industry in a very short amount of time. The best approach is to focus on skills development and experience and ignore the internal machinations; many leave with an extra competitive edge for graduate school and other pharma jobs.