Executive Assistant II (Current Employee) – Bethesda, MD – August 29, 2017
I am very happy at PPD. The work culture is amazing, and everybody is nice and welcoming. This is the first company that I've felt I can retire from. There is ample room for growth provided you desire and work hard for it. They honor flexibility and work/life balance.
They have high expectations, but no higher than you should have of yourself.
Pharmaceutical Product Development (Current Employee) – Richmond, VA – July 9, 2018
Black and White, easy, brainless. Great work schedules. Wonderful work to help with medicines that can save lives. While servicing stirofoam cups in breakroom. They have a lot of room to grow and find there direction. Many many different teams no teamwork
Clinical Team Manager (Former Employee) – Wendell, NC – June 15, 2018
Training and Onboarding was Inefficient and not Suitable for the Various Roles a the company. The salary was competitive, but the high levels of stress felt throughout the company was unreasonable. Often times employees worked more than 50 hours per week and it began to become the expectation that everyone work this way. Many employees are home-based, which is great until you are expected to work the weekends as well as late evenings.
Work Life Balance and Expectation to Work The Weekends Because Everyone Else Does It All The Time.
BUSINESS ANALYST (Current Employee) – Morrisville, NC – June 14, 2018
Great work/life balance. Amazing company culture. CRO industry can have high volumes of work. Sometimes to be allocated to one person but at least 2 people could ensure task completion occurs and is of quality and on time.
Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee) – Highland Heights, KY – May 29, 2018
The pay is a decreased total when working here, but the balance of work and life stack very well with their promotion of current employees. If you’re willing to put in the work, learn the skills, and apply them honestly, then you’re guaranteed taking steps upwards. I foresee this being great for lateral growth to higher paying positions in other companies in the distant future, but for now it is a slight bummer that is overwhelmingly small compared to my overall career’s growth.
Anonymous (Current Employee) – Research Triangle Park, NC – May 22, 2018
I've seen a total of three African American employees at PPD, one a janitor. This company is a toxic, hostile workplace where white men and their colossal egos rule. My first clue was the warning my predecessor gave me that this company is full of mean, nasty and petty people all out for themselves. This has been my experience as well.
Research Technician (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – May 18, 2018
Listen, I know no job is perfect but the amount of promises that were being made to me about my salary is ridiculous. I wish I would've seen this earlier. I made less money than anyone I trained. The promise of new job positions being opened for seasoned workers was never been brought up again. I was verbally abused by workers in other departments and by the subjects every week. I can cry out for help but it just kept happening. How is that helping me? What's going to change? If motions to change were happening, I couldn't see them. I was left in the dark fighting my own battles.
Site Manager (Current Employee) – Highland Heights, KY – May 15, 2018
Hardest part of the job is due to little to no training in place at hire. I did learn how to write from protocol to specification. Workplace culture is every man for himself. Management is out of touch with workers and implement changes without proper rollout plans. Little formality, and numerous changes in process.
Associate Lead Quality Investigator (Former Employee) – Middleton, WI – May 10, 2018
Management will fill your head with the prospects of advancement so you work harder and then come up with excuses to not advance you. Lots of work for little pay. Disorganized management that operates on a buddy system. Dog eat dog and every man for himself after initial onboarding training. They will throw you into work with no training and do not offer solutions when you ask for help. Entry level associates are blamed for big problems outside of their control. Instead of solving issues they play the blame game. Demoralizing culture.
SR IGC MANAGER (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – May 10, 2018
PPD pay usually is lower than many of their competitors. They currently give very poor raises to support personnel. That said, there are some very good opportunities to learn and become better at what you do or get other opportunities that may further your career.
Scientist (Current Employee) – Collegeville, PA – May 8, 2018
PPD is probably one of the best contractors in the greater Philly area in the pharma industry. I could have a worse job, but the management leaves a lot to be desired. They have some difficulty managing their contracts as well.
Associate Scientist (Former Employee) – Middleton, WI – April 18, 2018
Most people use PPD as a stepping stone post college. You can get trained on a lot of techniques. The manager you get and the building you get placed in will make all the difference. Some managers are strict, some relaxed. Some make you run the same tests over and over, some train you on everything. Some groups have heavy workloads, some light sometimes. Raises and promotions are based on timelines NOT merit. This is a huge corporation, your opinions won't matter. High turnover rate because of compensation. The people that work there are great! Work life balance is awesome. If you need to you can work from home once and a while. Some days you need to work overtime to finish work. Overtime is mostly optional and not limited if manager allows.
Pharmaceutical Product Development (Current Employee) – Wilmington, NC – April 15, 2018
I have worked for PPD on 2 seperate occasions. I was in Finance for several years, then transfered out and came back to another department, which is very common...to leave Finance for another dept. Finance was challenging, with bullys in management, a total lack of professional respect or courtesy from many, management favors rude and confrontational people for management positions as well as dept gossips being promoted to management. The culture was simply all wrong. While work load played a significant role in overall departmental stress, the culture of the department as detailed above ultimately maintains an unhealthy environment from which excessive work load simply overwhelms the best of analysts. I have been out of that group for years now, things seem to have improved but overall that dept is unplesant and cut throat, even in the view of others once favored by management. I have returned to another department to find better management, but challenges in this role are reporting to 2 managers. One of these managers seems to be holding me back, willfully refusing to give the information needed to perform my duties. So, I am regularly forced to go up the chain to get what I need, and the manager that refused acts as if they didn't understand the request, every time.
Paid time off, job security, some managers are outstanding
Good Managers are not standard, Lack of back up to take time off