Decent place to work but little to no mobility/investment in people
Manager (Current Employee) – Blue Bell, PA – August 7, 2018
Moderate stress environment, day-to-day workload is reasonable. Some opportunities for working remotely.
Very little interest from owners (private equity) and upper management in developing or retaining employees, as company's dominant concern seems to be reducing costs and minimizing overhead. Very high turnover due to above. In my group, the average tenure is about 18 months as there are many better options in the region.
An OK place to spend a few years during a volatile employment market, but a poor choice as a long-term option.
Telecommuting, not overly stressful day-to-day
Total lack of interest in employee retention/development
Sr. Clinical Research Associate (Home-based) (Former Employee) – Fort Washington, PA (Home-based) – August 2, 2018
Line managers and project managers were excellent. Very few meetings. Being home-based was enjoyable. Travel was reasonable. One sponsor micro-managed which made the latter part of my employment at PRA more stressful. This was the main reason why I resigned from PRA.
Senior Clinical Research Associate (Current Employee) – Raleigh, NC – July 26, 2018
Typical day at work is on-site monitoring. I am usually in my home office on Fridays for meetings and time spent writing my reports. I do work some weekends but am seeking more of a work/life balance. I am required to have 8-10 days on-site per month. The hardest part of the job is the workload across 5 protocols and 15 sites. The most enjoyable part of the job is the automony.
Lab Analyst I (Former Employee) – Lenexa, KS – July 19, 2018
I was a contract employee and feel it was the best CRO of the two I have worked for. Flexible schedule, great benefits, and many chances for advancement through cross-training, etc. Could be hectic at times.
Flexible hours, remote working options, minimal advancement
In-House CRA II- Study Team Lead (Current Employee) – Bridgewater, NJ – July 6, 2018
PRA offers flexible work schedules, and also work from home. The working environment is also a plus; however, there is little to no room for career advancement when locked into a contractor position with a sponsor.
CLINICAL TEAM MANAGER (Current Employee) – Remote – June 20, 2018
I've worked at PRA for almost 10 years. Over the last year and a half, the workplace culture has plummeted - they no longer care about empowering employees (but they love to throw that word around like it means anything), but care solely about metrics and corporate goals. There is no balance between the two, and the level of top down micromanagement has made this a defeating place to work. Management is cornered into how they manage and support their employees to strictly support corporate goals, and no one benefits.
If you are looking for just a well paying job, and not looking for a supportive workplace culture, this is the place for you. PRA has some benefits such as great PTO and moderate work-life balance, but the bigger picture is suffering.
Good benefits and PTO, lots of resources and tools
Top-down micromanagement, poor workplace culture, lack of empowerment of employees
Clinical Operations Manager-Finance (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 11, 2018
Work life balance and always busy are the pros. The cons are: Poor management direction, lack of communication and training, databases that don’t accurately report the information and affects your metrics.
Lab was filled with drama, due to manager in the lab
Lab Associate (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – May 29, 2018
I learned a lot about working in a lab, but the manager made promises that should could not follow through with. She talked about her employees to other employees, and had she not been the manager, I would have stayed there for a very long time.
I enjoyed the people I worked with,some really good people who just make it easy to work with. I think the hardest part of the job was the constant changing of our processes. I know things change and we should change with it, but things changed every month just about. Makes it hard to do your job. Management in my department was very poor 2 rating was being generous, the always changing things and not wanting to listen to their employees made it very difficult.
The most enjoyable were the benefits & Friday free breakfast. Going into new direction in the workforce. The hardest part was to obatained metric goals managment required. They set a goals that was'nt base on work load. They were more instrested in metric not quality of the work .