PRA Health Sciences

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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
159 Reviews
3.1
159 Reviews
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
Colin Shannon
95 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good ongoing training, tries to keep work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Option to work from home a few days a week a plus (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members (in 14 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will always consider PRA my home.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for 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
  2. 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.

  3.  

    Clinical Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for 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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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Miserable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation was adequate at the start, but after working 75 hours per week, the salary didn't equate. The medical benefits were good.

    Cons

    There was no flexibility, at least in the department I worked in. The manager had no people skills. Staff was afraid of getting caught having a conversation that was not 'company' related and they were afraid to have an open line of communication for fear of retaliation. There was no work/life balance, always understaffed and work their best people the hardest. You lose 1/2 of your accrued PTO upon departure from the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees so that you can retain good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK but needs improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Associate
    Current Employee - Project Associate

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers, work life balance good, benefits are comparable, management is pleasant and flexible. Great training ground for clinical research.

    Cons

    It can come off that managers play favorites, career growth is hard to come by don't expect a promotion even if you qualify. Management will say the right buzz words to keep you interested and make you stay but things rarely materialize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the employees that deserve to be promoted or you risk losing them to competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still a good place to spend a long career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Programming
    Current Employee - Clinical Programming

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people who strive to be great at serving their customers. Foster a good eam environment with sponsored team building social events. Foster career growth especially for lower level people wanted to gain valuable experience.

    Cons

    Don't always manage work/life balance well, overworking their best staff members. programming environment is old and outdated but will soon be upgraded to a state of the art environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay what it takes to retain your best and brightest. These will become the future leaders of your company and be the mentors for the next generation of young employees. If you continue to let the fast risers leave for more money there will be an uphill battle to realize the desired growth of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company - some departments better than others

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    Former Employee - Project Analyst

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My coworkers were great! The company has great benefits as well and works to take care of employees. Managers were very open.

    Cons

    As a project analyst there was not much room for growth which led to high turnover from that team. Also, that position specifically was far too broad and all-encompassing to handle the level of turnover, causing analysts to be overworked with unrealistic expectations of how much of a load could be handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure the Project Analyst in a role that you stop losing so many good people. The highers that are made are great, but with no room to move up the best people will constantly be leaving which is already hard to stop with so many other CROs in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growing Pains

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, great company as far as what they do.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, egos, favorites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sad declining company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlottesville, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    great benefits and the individual people are good to work with daily

    Cons

    senior management doesn't know what they are doing, vasr turn over, no valve placed on experience, this company has been run into the ground by ex-PPD staff, no original PRA culture exist which was a good environment to work in.
    It is a shame to see the decline in this company over the years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Valve your employees and their knowledge and communicate with them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    PRA exponentially growing company with good prospects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA III  in  Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - CRA III in Utrecht (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    PRA was and is exponentially growing over last couple of years. This opens up a lot op opportunities for the employees. Hard work is well acknowledged at PRA. Benefits are good. Also the team is well motivated. For people who have enough self discipline and live far enough from the office, there is an opportunity to work home based.

    Cons

    If you want to lay back and just get your salary every month, don't apply at PRA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue in being the best in what you do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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