Hear From an Employee

Ransom Sigmon, Commercial Analyst, Contracts and Proposals Development, Wilmington, N.C.

Why PPD? For me it is change, growth, health and helping. PPD provided a change in careers from my former path in banking. Since starting at PPD, I have already grown to a senior role within one year of employment and continue to grow through education courses offered. PPD has a fully operational gym and many incentives to invest in your health. PPD backs every effort in being or becoming healthy. Most importantly, working with PPD provides me the opportunity to help others while making a career for myself. Every role within the company helps make the fight against many incurable diseases possible. PPD -- it's where I want to be.

Nina Worden, Manager, Programming, Biostatistics, Austin, Texas

I moved to PPD in Austin in January 2010 by way of a small CRO in San Francisco. Having worked at a large CRO in the past, I was apprehensive about pursuing a new position in a company the size of PPD. However at the time, I was looking for a company that would provide the stability a small company lacked. Well, I found a lot more. PPD IS a strong, stable company that is globally recognized, but it also "feels" like a small company with friendly, helpful people. I've experienced a high degree of openness from upper management, similar to my previous company, and have felt encouraged to stop by and discuss issues, concerns or just chat (no appointment needed). That said, the "globalness" has been an added benefit, especially when you have a problem. There is an extensive pool from which you can solicit help. The subject matter experts (SME) network within the department is really nice, as they are quick to respond and exhibit a willingness to stick with you until all your questions are answered. Also, the extensive training options, standardized framework for career growth and the ability to take part in global initiatives have provided me a clear picture of where I am in my career here, what I need to do to advance and tools to aid in my progression.

Nicole Stansbury, Senior Director, Clinical Management, Austin, Texas

I love working for PPD because the daily challenges inspire my creativity. I enjoy developing solutions to those challenges and collaborating with bright people from all over the world to improve process and drive efficiencies. I started at PPD as a clinical research associate (CRA) in 1997, and have worked as a project manager, director in clinical management and now work closely with all clinical development in my new role focused on global clinical performance. I will celebrate my 15th year anniversary this year. In the beginning, the challenges I faced were how to bring a site into compliance with the protocol, how to engage a principal investigator in the study and how to accomplish the timelines for client deliverables. Later, the challenges were how to get the job done within the budget, how to solve protocol implementation problems and how to maintain high quality across my sites and CRAs. I never imagined that one day I'd be developing and implementing clinical quality and performance strategies across clinical development globally. PPD provides me the flexibility to do my job well and spend quality time with my family, and still keeps me engaged and challenged, always looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.

Colleen Butler, Senior Clinical Manager – Clinical Administration, Clinical Management, Wilmington, N.C.

Eight years ago I decided to make a career change. The most important thing I wanted in a new career was to know that I was making a positive difference in the world. After researching PPD, it was obvious that this company did just that. PPD was built on the foundation of getting new medicines to the patients that need them as quickly as possible through the effective management of clinical trials. There is nothing more rewarding than working on a project and finally seeing a drug receive FDA approval, knowing that people are going to benefit greatly from all of our hard work. Regardless of the department you work in or the position you hold at PPD, you can rest assured that you are working on something that could better the lives of many people.

Another aspect of PPD that I love is the fact that they are so committed to giving back to the community. There are numerous causes within the community that PPD supports. There are also various opportunities throughout the year to collaborate with fellow PPD employees in order to bring awareness to causes that are of personal importance to you. It is a wonderful, positive place to work.