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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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  1.  

    Great place to work and grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Diverse work environment. Has all the advantages of both a small company and a large corporation, e.g. great benefits but you can still get get to know the people you work with.

    Cons

    PAREXEL as a company is in a difficult spot, smaller than their biggest competitors to gain efficiencies from economies of scale but still more bureaucratic than their smaller competitors.

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Trying to be positive, I took away some interesting experience that I hope to use elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Proposal & Contract Developer  in  Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Proposal & Contract Developer in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    -A paycheck
    -Some experience working in a CRO. This would be helpful as a place to start working, but take your experience elsewhere.

    Cons

    -If you are not a political animal, you will not survive here. You will not get promotions, praise for a job well done, or any recognition and you will get 'passed over' etc.
    -Training is practically non-existent. You basically get thrown 'into the deep end' and teach yourself the various systems or procedures. All this while trying to do your job.
    -LEAP initiative was a total disaster. This was not well-thought out, planned or executed by senior management.
    -No real or attainable goals are set for employees. Managers keep demanding more, but give you no guidelines or ways to achieve any goals.
    -Management keeps changing procedures, so it can get extremely confusing and frustrating trying to keep up with the changes.
    -No real balance between work and home. I received many e-mails from people working into the wee hours of the morning.
    -Deadlines for some of the RFPs are ridiculous at best. This makes for long hours and a lot of tension.
    -Trying to get resources lined up for a clinical trial is a joke.
    -Temps or Contractors are treated as though they are a lower life form.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Start listening to some of your employees!
    -Invest in proper training of your employees. Give them 'attainable' goals to reach and the time to reach them.
    -Stop with the politics. Your greatest asset are the people that work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
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