PAREXEL
2.8 of 5 251 reviews
www.parexel.com Waltham, MA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 15, 2014

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65% Approve of the CEO

PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach

Josef H. von Rickenbach

(136 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Employees are friendly and helpful, and there is a GREAT work-life balance"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Good environment, possibility to work from home, very good healthy plan"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Travel was excessive so my work-life balance went out the window"
    in 13 reviews
  • "They implemented 'Agile' yet providing little to no training for the business side of the ideology"
    in 8 reviews
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a good learning experience, but no room to move up

Clinical Trial Associate (Former Employee)
Billerica, MA

I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than a year

Prosgreat place to learn, and make contacts

Consno room to move up, management does not listen to needs

Advice to Senior Managementlearn how to motivate employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hectic

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PAREXEL full-time for less than a year

ProsPAREXEL is one of the top CRO's in the world. They have a diverse portfolio of clients and are continuing to grow even in the current recession.

ConsAs with any company with rapid growth, PAREXEL is not without its growing pains. An average case load of 14-20 sites is not uncommon.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Challenging, matrix organization

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PAREXEL

ProsMajority of colleagues are easy to work with on various projects

ConsCan be difficult cutting through red tape; some area lack team collaboration; some staff focused only on themselves

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A good company to work for in an interesting industry.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PAREXEL part-time for more than 10 years

ProsPAREXEL has allowed a good work-life balance for me.

ConsVery difficult to advance. Management would rather hire from outside than promote from within.

Advice to Senior ManagementDeal with title and compensation inequity.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good, but could be better

Clinical Research Associate I (Current Employee)
Durham, NC

I have been working at PAREXEL full-time for more than a year

ProsTraining.
Work simplified with use of perceptive platforms.
Supportive Study team

ConsSome managers don't listen to employees needs and wants.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive promotions to employees within PAREXEL rather than hiring outside employees who take longer to learn.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The company was great before 2009

Information Technology (Former Employee)

I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLocation is good, even after the move away from Lowell.
Benefits were good with some discounts

ConsAfter 2008, all they cared about was cutting cost and keep them down. management didn't care about quality of workers, only that they come cheap. This might be a pro for some but I considered it a con- in certain departments( ahem IT ), you had to have done something really really really bad to get fired. It can be discouraging coming into work, especially if you're a hard worker, because you don't get recognized for your hard work and the slackers don't get reprimanded.

Buddies/Groupies/Close friends rule the IT department. It's hard to get promoted unless you're with the in-crowd. Some of the things these people get away with can make your head shake... a lot of times they're just surfing though.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Waltham, MA

I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsWork 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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working for PXL

Senior CMA (Current Employee)
Durham, NC

I have been working at PAREXEL full-time for more than a year

Prosemployee oriented, fair wages for work, job security

Consnot everyone has chance to work from home

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Frustrated

CTS (Current Employee)
Billerica, MA

I have been working at PAREXEL full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIt's a pay check. The location of the facility is in close proximity to my home.

ConsThe workloads and expectation to provide quality work is so off base. You cannot produce quality if you are so overwhelmed with no sight of relief until you are placed on a PIP ( Personal Improvement Plan). By then management has beaten you down so much that you start looking for employment elsewhere because the company just isn't promoting from within like they should. The benefits could be better, especially when it comes to the cost per paycheck for the family plan. Its quite a lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a Mentorship program and do not rely so heavily on WebEx or Powerpoint presentations that lack the face to face human interaction component.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Management Chaos

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCompetitive salary and smart colleagues; great roster of clients and major player in the CRO industry

ConsSenior management is in a perpetual turf battle with one another and it's not clear who is in charge.

Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish clear accountability and focus on customers and profitability, not individual fiefdoms

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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