CSA (Former Employee) – Blaine, MN – June 16, 2016
Fully understanding and agreeing with most of the reviews for the Cincinatti office, medical devices in MN is very different. Great senior management (we had very little interaction with upper management in HQ), nice co-workers, and feeling like you're cared for as an employee. No free lunches like Cincinnati and the "gym" is a joke, but I'll trade those for good management any day. They claim salaries are competitive, but I left and received almost a 50% increase in salary. Upper management starting to work their way into this office, but seemed minimal.
Great senior management
Low salaries, old office equipment (not ergonomical at all), no free lunch like HQ
Interviews are misleading. They stress the job perks like free lunch and onsite gym. The work is repetitive and boring not exciting and challenging like they claimed.
The schedule isn't flexible in this department. I put in a vacation day request weeks in advance and my manager chose to ignore it despite me asking several time in person and email. I did not get the day off even though no one else was off that day.
Be prepared to work 50% of the day and search the Internet the other part. No matter how much I ask for additional work and responsibilities management doesn't have it to give. Management is passive aggressive. Don't try to bring any new ideas to the table or you will face consequences.
This is NOT the job for you if: If you enjoy going to work and actually having work to do. If you want a flexible schedule and a great management team. If you enjoy being creative and having actual ideas of your own.
This is the job for you if: You want mindless work of copy and pasting text all day with a free midday lunch.
Regulatory (Former Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – January 23, 2016
Upper management only want "yes men" and if you have ideas of your own you are punished or even fired with no explanation whatsoever. HR is completely useless. Nepotism is rampant, especially in upper management. Hostile work environment within Clinical Operations.
Extremely dysfunctional management, no HR support, nepotism
Clinical Research Associate (Former Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – December 29, 2014
The training program was a very comprehensive program which allows for you to learn about the company and the role as a CRA; however, the management is not devoted to help you learn but to only get the best results with as little interaction as possible. They say they refuse to micro manage, but while there is an employee training there needs to be some level of involvement. They do not take on responsibility for poor management skills but punish employees instead.
nice office, good perks, and great fellow employees
job instability, poor training techniques, lack of manager involvement
I found it a very interesting experience setting up the new Travel deaprtment within the existing Stirling Office. Getting a better understanding of the Industry and working closely with colleagues solve problems that arose along the way.
Director brought friends and family to be upper management. They took long lunches and barely worked. When hr was brought in they terminated all employees who said anything bad about the management. One director had many heated arguments with employees and all the employees were let go.
free lunch on site gym
hostile working environment, job insecurity, cares more about money than doing things correctly, poor treatment of employees
Management does not follow company SOPs, horrible job!
Regulatory (Former Employee) – Cincinnati – August 12, 2014
I would never recommend working here- unless you work in HR or IT. Interviews are misleading in that you are told that you will be busy and there are different management styles in the team. What they don't say is that you will work beneath at least five different managers- including your direct supervisor. This would be OK if each at least conformed to the SOPs set forth by the company. People do not socialize unless in the select cliques, which are primarily rooted in nepotism.
Forget filing a formal complaint to HR- unless you want a wrongful termination.
Save yourself the misery and mental health concerns. Go to another CRO.
free lunch, pretty building
poor management, no advancement, cliques, nepotism, useless hr, hazing of new employees
Upper management is cult-like and does not promote internal advancement. You basically do what they tell you. Difficult to advance. All processes and software are internally developed so if/when you leave, you have obtained no skills that are attractive to employers. They do not provide severance and require a 30-day notice when leaving.
Management is very poor in the Clinical Operations department and it seems that this is common knowledge, but is not acted upon. I would never recommend someone to work in this department. The rest of the company seems fine, it's very clean, new, and the technology is all operable.
free lunch, new building
short lunch, poor management, negative office environment