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Old 07-25-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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RN customer service? Not sure about what that would entail. But sounds like a glorified customer service rep. What is up with the job market for nursing. Is there anything out there for Nursing. So I guess the question is who do you really have to know, lol!
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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PPD interviews are highly scripted. They must have had a lawsuit that scared them into their style, but you are dead-on in what to expect. Anyone interviewing there should rehearse their responses to the typical behavioral questions. You can Google to find some examples, but expect questions like "tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult team member" and "what is the toughest decision you've had to make".

If accepting an offer, do not agree to their tactic of requiring 2 years of work or else you have to pay back your training / sign on bonus / relocation package. Employees who agree to this are treated far worse (and paid less) than those who are free to quit with no strings attached.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Never heard of this co. What is their business?
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Durm
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Contract research organization - clinical trials.

If you want to know the scoop about working for them (not specific to this area necessarily) go to medzilla and search the forums.
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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Glad to hear they are as bad as I thought they were all those many years ago when I temped there. How do places get away with this and why do people continue to work in those kinds of environments???? We humans put up with alot for a paycheck!
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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It's the economy...

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Glad to hear they are as bad as I thought they were all those many years ago when I temped there. How do places get away with this and why do people continue to work in those kinds of environments???? We humans put up with alot for a paycheck!
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:50 AM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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I don't know many people that work at PPD here, but down in Wilmington everybody seems to love working for them.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:06 AM
 
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The RTP offices and Wilmington offices have very different cultures.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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I worked there far too long, and it was the worst job in my professional career. I'll start off by saying that Dilbert wasn't funny before my employment there, and now it's frighteningly accurate. I worked in RTP. The management didn't know much about how to manage; they were poor communicators with a sense of self-righteousness, and didn't have a problem trying to publicly humiliate you. I never really saw them unless they felt I had done something wrong, or if they wanted to dump work on me so they could go home at 5:00. There was no sense of community there. I worked in a dim grim cubicle surrounded by other dim grim cubicles with people from other departments. No one ever spoke to each other. It was as if human contact was frowned upon unless it was project-related. People within walking distance would rarely discuss projects face-to-face; instead it was email or the phone. One of the quintessential PPD moments was when I got in trouble for actually trying to take on additional responsibilities. It's a dysfunctional work environment with few ties to reality. I understand that a company needs to make money, and I have no problem with that. The problems they face are too many self-imposed policies that inhibit rather than produce, unrealistic budget expectations, and a ban on microwave popcorn rumoured to be in place because the CEO doesn't like the smell. Avoid Avoid Avoid.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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What do they do? What is mysterious about it?
Its just they screen you three or four times before they even meet you. Like seriously, can you meet me and then decide if you ever want to see me again, lol!
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