PRA International Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
157 Reviews

3.1
157 Reviews
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PRA International 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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Miserable

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

    I worked at PRA International 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK but needs improvement

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

    I have been working at PRA International 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company - some departments better than others

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    Former Employee - Project Analyst

    I worked at PRA International 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still a good place to spend a long career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Programming
    Current Employee - Clinical Programming

    I have been working at PRA International 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
  6.  

    Growing Pains

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

    I have been working at PRA International 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad declining company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlottesville, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA (US)

    I worked at PRA International 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
  8.  

    PRA exponentially growing company with good prospects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA III  in  Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - CRA III in Utrecht (Netherlands)

    I have been working at PRA International 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No career progression - poor line management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Project Manager  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Project Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Salary and very little else

    Cons

    career progression was limited only to my desire to leave and then it was amazing how many opportunities were suddenly presented to me, from changes in studies, promotion, salary rise etc. it was simply amazing how easy changes to my working life were as soon as I resigned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ line managers who can actually manage career expectations and development professionally, being told by your line manager that the best way to progress to the next level in the PM ladder and also to move on from stagnant project work would be to threaten to resign. I was even informed that it had worked for them twice previously.....I was totally shocked and took the opportunity to simply find another opportunity elsewhere and leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Systems Driven, Large CRO Environment

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    • 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 International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The exponential growth of the company over the last several years has opened up the organization to a great deal of job opportunities and the potential for career advancement. The management team is generally very supportive and the company places a strong emphasis on using the latest technological systems in the field.

    Cons

    Growth has meant the sacrifice of a more "family feeling" company and decreased the personal connections between staff members. There is a strong sense disseminates from upper management that the bottom line now outweighs quality in staffing. Employees are also at the mercy of their functional manager in terms of moving ahead in the company, which can be highly detrimental in situations where there are frequent management changes or the individual is not strong in this role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the retention of quality employees!!! The policies in place are leading to high turnover and the loss of some of the best resources in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I cannot recommend this company

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

    I worked at PRA International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are many dedicated and talented staff
    Offices and office amenities are very nice

    Cons

    High cultural toxicity
    Lacking vision and communications, transparency
    Poor upper management cohesiveness
    Top performers not recognized - cronyism abounds
    Decisions made without due diligence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for new blood - need a complete overhaul of CEO and at least 2 levels of management from there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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