PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
164 Reviews
3.2
164 Reviews
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent systems, work/life balance is the same as at every CRO (in 22 reviews)

  • Option to work from home a few days a week a plus (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members (in 16 reviews)

  • There is a strong sense disseminates from upper management that the bottom line now outweighs quality in staffing (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    PRA review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PRA has many strong functional managers that help facilitate to the success of the CRA at this company. Project assignment is per project not regional . Therefore usually only 1 -2 protocols vs 10-15 being a regional employee.Days expected to be on site is reasonable.

    Cons

    Although it can be a benefit to be assigned per project -travel time to sites can be a negative factor. Projects Clinical trial managers are over worked .They are not given enough time to properly manage,which leads to fixing problems rather than preventing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review the CTM role for time required to projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    PRA can provide you great exposure to different therapeutic areas, complex, and international trials.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to get promoted to the PD level and join company initiatives to gain more visibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Trial Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Washington, PA (US)

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    people, flexibility, work from home, work load

    Cons

    no career path, since becoming PRA (we were formerly RPS) there have been many changes -- most of them not to the employees benefit, salary is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees, need a career path

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Qualification

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Very welcoming atmosphere. Managers and higher ups really believe in the company and what they do. Management always willing to make time to talk. Good benefits. Good social aspect within the workplace.

    Cons

    If you start at a beginning position you will stay there until further notice. No solid path available for being able to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask where someone wants to work up to in the company and then say that you don't know when the next time the training program to make the move will occur.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager
    Current Employee - Clinical Team Manager

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Technology and benefits are all very good.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance with studies continually under budgeted and/or under resourced. Constant trainings (SOPs) are great but include time to review when we're allocated to projects so we actually have time to complete them. Bonuses are few and far between and merit increases are a joke. Unless you're someone's favorite, it takes over 2.5 years to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well so they want to stay. Get rid of the mentality that you can continue to push employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home some days.

    Cons

    Out of touch senior management; top-down leadership. Medical directors are expected to cover 24/7/365 with no vacation coverage arrangements. Staffing is reactive. No opportunities for professional development within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to be much more involved in day-to-day operations to better understand and address the organizational and systems needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Statistician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues were friendly environment and plenty of work to be doing.

    Cons

    No work life balance. overworked and little opportunity for development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will always consider PRA my home.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Training for new hires and on-going
    Good Technology; always looking to get the best technology
    Lots of varied experience across peers to use as resources

    Cons

    Leadership
    communication down to the masses
    Got too big and lost that nice family feel; more of a number now than a part of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your leaders know the job positions and departments that they are over. Promote more from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work life balance!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off. Managers try their best to be supportive and helpful.

    Cons

    Horrible at promoting from within. Salary isn't as competitive as it could be compared to industry.

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    Clinical Research Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good systems, training is very organized

    Cons

    High turnover, travel too much

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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