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  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
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    Satisfactory (2)
    100%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    2.86
  • 0 applicants say

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Reviews for Western Institutional Review Board, Inc.

Reviews - What employees say

2.86 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 18.Aug 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

Focus on profit (to the detriment of the workforce) and expectation to place business needs over personal or familial needs. Cronyism/nepotism reflected in promotion, firing and re-hiring practices. Production staff filled with many great people and coworkers care for each other, but some bullying permitted and not curtailed ("that's just their personality").

Support from management

Unrealistic goals that were not always clearly defined or explained. Management styles differed to the point that not all managers followed the same rules or held staff to the same standards.

Teamwork

Most production staff very friendly or at least willing to work toward common goals. However interdepartmental rifts were often ignored instead of addressed resulting in added pressure on staff and management.

Freedom to work independently

Micromanagement frequent yet inconsistent. Autonomy not clearly given or defined but sometimes expected without guidance or clear goals.

Internal Communication

Lack of transparency in decisions. Inconsistent policies or policy adherence. Businesses leaders frequently made promises that were not kept or made threats to job security. Realities of job and culture were clearly not understood by decision makers outside of local office.

Gender Equality

Most managers wete women but most upper management and board members were men.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Some negativity regarding older colleagues based around learning speed or difficulties with technology

Career Development

There is almost no room for upward movement. All that is offered is ability to learn more complicated functions to achieve minimal pay increases and risk being removed from the work you enjoy doing based on business needs. Training often cancelled due to business needs. Leadership positions cut during reduction in force. Managers rarely moved out of management roles.

Overall compensation for your work

Benefits aren't terrible but salaries were stagnant at times. Also became complicated when new hires received higher pay than seasoned staff for same jobs. It was equaled out over last few years.

Office / Work Environment

Building LEED silver but poor air control and ventilation; poor sound control (lunch area noise carried over to customer service and production areas and disrupted training); poorly designed training and meeting rooms resulted in overheating and distractions; focus on fashion over function with keyboard trays discouraged unless hidden from sight when not in use for sake of professionalism.

Environmental Friendliness

Recycling was in place but poor signage meant frequent mixing of trash in recycling bins.

Work-Life Balance

Mixed messages from management on understanding of work-life balance. Often heard inappropriate comments minimizing importance of family or misrepresenting workforce.

Company Image

WIRB still respected in research community.

Job Security

Repeated reductions in force. Formula used t9 decide who to cut not provided and reasoning not always entirely clear. Frequent restructuring and moving staff around. Business undergoing huge shift as WCG grows and RIFs possible as comoany has growing pains.

Handicapped Accessibility

Some areas have cubicles placed tightly together or around large poles. Otherwise ok.

Workplace Safety

Few injuries or issues but staff frequently sick due to various factors.

Challenging Work

Constant changes to regulations and push to repeatedly reorganize business structure to show we were addressing concerns made the work very difficult. Conflicting duties and priorities made completing all assigned work at levels expected difficult. Little help or coaching given with any consistency. Leadership and management often unavailable due to constant meetings.

Inclusive / Diverse

They met regulatory requirements for diversity

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Western Institutional Review Board, Inc.
  • City
    Puyallup
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2017
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Production

The following perks were offered to me

Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 27.Oct 2016
  • Employee

Company Culture

It is overall just like any big company. Nothing to brag about, nothing to complain about.

Support from management

They actually do a pretty good job overall, but they have some sharp spots that let me only give them 3 stars

Teamwork

They interact when/if they are allowed.

Freedom to work independently

Once you are done with training you are pretty much on your own.

Internal Communication

They love to talk about themselves! They even tell lies about other companies to make themselves look good.

Gender Equality

Almost all employees are women.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I think there is a definite negative attitude towards older people.

Career Development

They don't let people move, even if it is to their benefit.

Overall compensation for your work

Nothing good or bad however it is a better paying job in Pierce County.

Environmental Friendliness

They have very little paper but in the kitchen there is only one recycle bin and it is tucked right next to the garbage can so there is cross contamination making the bin useless.

Work-Life Balance

Some departments require you to work overtime as part of the position. Others expect you to only work 39.99 hour. Either way they have very little regard for family events and such.

Challenging Work

It is so insanely detailed that if you have a small amount of confidence, they will poke and prod it out of you. Be prepared to be "corrected" daily. Sometimes with attitude, sometimes without.

Inclusive / Diverse

It was pretty obvious that there was a very few older people in certain departments and total lack of diversity in others. I felt it is not a place that a lot of people would be welcome.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Western Institutional Review Board, Inc.
  • City
    Puyallup
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Administration

The following perks were offered to me

Employee events is offered

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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (2)
    100%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    2.86
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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    0.00

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Western Institutional Review Board, Inc.
2.86
2 reviews

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