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Great place to work.
Group Leader (Current Employee) –  Athlone, County Westmeath25 November 2019
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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Toxic place to work
Labs (Current Employee) –  Athlone, County Westmeath22 October 2018
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
Cons
Toxic environment, weak managers, work life balance
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Good for Graduates
Scientist (Former Employee) –  Athlone, County Westmeath23 January 2018
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
Cons
Toxic atmosphere, favouritism, high turnover.
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Not a nice company to work for
Associate scientist (Former Employee) –  Athlone, County Westmeath4 July 2016
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
Cons
Poor wages, Not a nice working environment
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Friendly environment
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.
Pros
friendly staff, company tag- rugby team.
Cons
lots of documentation
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Lab Assistant (Current Employee) –  Athlone, WH19 November 2014
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.
Pros
Vhi, cheap gym membership, cycle to work scheme
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