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PPD is a great place to work for any newly graduated persons. The hands on experience and trust given from day 1 is refreshing and allows you to grow your skillset quickly and broadly. The culture is good in the company and for the most part, while busy every day, it is not a hectic place to work. Work life balance can suffer at times despite the flexi time offered, and this is probably the main drawback for PPD. Recognition is also another issue, with many people competing for promotions/advancement in the mid to high experience levels, it can be easy to feel shifted to one side. All in all a good place to work, especially for graduates in the midlands.
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Managers are bullies. Favouritism is rampant. Colleagues refuse to acknowledge new starters. Expect to be lonely and isolated. Turnover is massive. If you are new and begin to struggle with the work just GET OUT before they really make you miserable. HR is a total joke. Save yourself time and heartache and avoid.
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Teaches you what to avoid in a job
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Poor salary, management that lack basic communication skills, technical skills and common decency, no team spirit, never ending workload, unpaid overtime
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5.0
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I worked in PPD Athlone for almost two years in the biopharmaceutical department. I found the pace extremely quick at first, it didn't stop but it taught me the organisational and technical skills i needed to reduce the pace to an extent. The business was and still is booming. I worked with amazing colleagues and management individuals and I would recommend PPD for a position, especially if looking to learn the ropes and obtain a high level of technical and GMP related skills.
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Excellent experience opportunities, excellent career advancement opportunities provided you work hard and are good at what you do, work colleagues are brilliant.
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Can be stressful, demanding, work life balance can be challenging to maintain, not the best paid job but not the worst.
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Horrible management and team. People are very cliquey and will bully and intimidate new starters. Do not take this company seriously. Full of strange people that will stab you in the back. I resigned as soon as I could.
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Toxic environment with a bullying supervisor with a preference towards a certain gender. HR has been made aware of this supervisors actions on many occasions. Turnover is huge and wages are low.
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Great place to start in the industry as college graduates get valuable experience in a full GMP environment. Everybody else really has a much worse prospect. Turn over rate is extremely high, favouritism and a specific and very demotivating toxic environment is present especially in what was the small molecules group. No clear advancement prospects.
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Great training provided. Variety of work. Great team spirit and support. Great work ethic and quality. Good Career development opportunities. Never had one single boring day.
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PPD is a good place to work if you are fresh out of university and looking to gain experience. Past 1-2 years at PPD, there is little to no progression. Additionally, the training is very basic for new starters and there isn't a lot of support once you move from new employee training to your group. Promotions are given based on friendships or people threatening to quit, and not on work performance. The culture promotes revenue and not quality. Work life balance is totally dependent on what department you work in. Management is inexperienced and weak. Over the years, it has become and less and less desirable place to work. There are 200+ employees using a canteen that would be suitable for 40-50 people. The sports and social budget was cut recently, resulting in no activities and a less friendly environment. There is not enough parking for the staff. Employee safety doesn't seem to be a priority and was shocked when we were expected to work for multiple days without running water and during red weather warnings.
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Good experience for your first job
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Toxic environment, weak managers, work life balance
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PPD is a brilliant company for young people just out of college to get experience, as there is a lot of hands on lab work and new starts are trusted with complex tasks from the get go. However the major drawback I witnessed was large amounts of favouritism and due to this a toxic atmosphere was rampant within some departments, particularly the small molecule department. There is a lot of overtime available or people looking for more money with regular bonuses if a certain amount of overtime has been reached.
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Lots of overtime, great hands on experience for young people
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Toxic atmosphere, favouritism, high turnover.
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The moral at PPD is very low, Bulling environment not been addresses by management.Communication is very poor. Work schedules are poorly organisation and constantly changed at the last minute therefore not giving enough time to prepare and get organised.
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Health care, Sports and social club
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Poor wages, Not a nice working environment
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5.0
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At PPD all co-workers are friends and just because work ends doesn't mean that you wont see them later or at weekends. Lots of documentation is required in PPD a 5 minute laboratory test takes an hour due to all the documentation.
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friendly staff, company tag- rugby team.
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lots of documentation
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5.0
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A typical day at work involves all tasks described in my job description. I have learned alot about lab safety, SOP's, LIMS and how to wash inhalation equipment and how they test different products and all different aspects of the groups within PPD. My co-workers are helpful and friendly to work with. The hardest part of the job is that some duties, such as washing can be monotous.
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Vhi, cheap gym membership, cycle to work scheme
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