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PAREXEL Reviews in Waltham, MA

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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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Pros
  • Great people, good benefits, not micro managing, ability to work from home as a LM (in 25 reviews)

  • Salary, time off, training department is outstanding, average work/life balance (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 20 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, constant overload, good people leave for better companies (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has a really good benefit plan. You have the opportunity to work with some very smart and nice people.

    Cons

    Work environment is tense and unrewarding. External candidates tend to be hired rather than promoting from within. Compensation is on the lower end for the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked for PXL for a few years, good opportunity if you come in but its hard to progress and youd get further if you left the job and came back but nothing abnormal compared to other CRO's.

    Cons

    The work life balance could be improved abit further, and career progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    The industry training was exceptional, but line management's expectations of hours worked per week was unreasonable.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    This is the Cadillac of the industry in terms of training. You will learn a lot and learn it the right way. The facility is very nice and fellow employees are generally nice people and fun to work with.

    Cons

    I found it extremely stressful in terms of work life balance. The number of hours per week that line management expected an employee to work was unreasonable, especially for salaried employees. It was not at all unusual to be working 12 hour days and then they still wanted more. Employees who chose to work their standard 40 hours were harrassed by line management and made to feel like they would lose their job. It was very stressful from that perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff a project appropriately to give employees a better work life balance. Contractors may love the overtime because they are earning time and a half, but salaried employees are losing out. Be thankful for the overtime an employee freely gives and don't pressure the employee for more.

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    Wishing times were better – When times are good it seems the trickle down works and growth is possible.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Chance for growth & foot in the door of the CRO industry. They offer a good self-paced training program and resources should you choose to expand your training.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication about important issues (i.e. rate of promotions, change of work place location)

    There is also little flexibility around the 40 hour week. There is the flex-time to a certain amount around the core hours 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. However, you need to log 8 hours a day. Even if you work a 12 hour day putting in significant time to get deliverables out the door, you still need to log 8 hours the next using personal/vacation hours if necessary. For most positions, there is not an option for a 4 day x10 hours workweek.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more give and take. There are MANY overqualified people putting 120% with hopes of notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
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