PAREXEL Reviews in Lowell, MA

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Pros
  • Employees are friendly and helpful, and there is a GREAT work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great people, good benefits, not micro managing, ability to work from home as a LM (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 18 reviews)

  • Line Management do not have a career plan for their employees (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work and make a difference

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    The people at PAREXEL are very straight-forward and great co-workers. The company has grown a tremendous amount over the past few years - but infrastructure has not kept pace. This provides an opportunity for people willing to apply themselves to improve operations and get noticed. More than 25% of jobs are filled internally.

    Cons

    The work pace is fast and the hours can be long - especially if you are in a global position. Senior Management could communicate better with their employees in the business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management could communicate better with their employees in the business unit. Decisions need to be long-term focused and less emphesis should be placed on pleasing Wall Street quarterly.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay Away

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on diverse projects

    Cons

    Extremely political with Sr Management always looking for someone else to blame. Doing good work is not noticed or appreciated, only who you patronize and who you can shift blame to.
    People were even moved to a building still under construction (no/too much heat, iffy phone/internet, falling ceiling panels) to help "lay a claim" to the space. Afterwards they were moved right back to where they started.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This culture starts from the top. I don't think it can change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Take this job if you're desperate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects but not enough relative knowledge.

    Cons

    Management, senior management is only interested in furthering their own career. They’ll drop you under the buss anytime to save themselves.

    They’ll cheat you out of your rights to get ahead and improve your career path by denying you relative courses you can take, tools to use to work efficiently and blaming you for their own lack of competence and knowledge.

    You shouldn't work here if you're far better that your boss and can deliver on time, under budget.
    Incompetent managers are promoted to way beyond their level of competence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who know how to the job and get rid of directors, senior directors that use other assets besides their intellect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    NO work life balance, negative coworkers, no appreciation

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Lowell locaation was easy from many major Highways
    The pay was competative, company growing fast

    Cons

    Not sure if it was just my group or a company wide issue, but the moral was low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of some of the dead weight in management team, teach them some compassion training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beware of management leadership and project management; far from being professional.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    There are many good hard working focused middle management persons within the Company. It seems that some upper management has lost control and priority of day to day activities. Some Managers need to take ethical behavior coursework based on their language, inuendos, and overall lack of professional style. There are new persons coming to leadership roles from other industries and having impact on business direction and team members (cause for dismissal).

    Cons

    There is a profound lack of working your way up to more senior roles. Divisional splits also represent huge challenges in credibility, project direction, tasks, budgets, projects. There is a definite lack of defined policies. Despite the Company growth rate, inadequate business policy exists, adding confusion to daily direction. Huge knowledge loss as many persons leaving the Company. Outdated SOP's and GOP's. Lack of real business roadmap complicates division direction and stability. Many projects that are not led properly and huge wastes of resources and money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A serious overhaul needs to be completed with regard to business policies affecting management and how things need to be alinged. Critical direction from US or Germany needs to be decided upon. Promote from within. Retain company knowledge. Create sustainable risk management policies for all groups. Limit projects to realistic or achievable business benefit and resources. Increase project management to realistic styles; Agile is not an answer for most projects. Written policies from Senior Management down to rest of company is not a bad thing when done properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Organized chaos - though they mean well

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Newer technologies
    Interesting field
    Trying to do the right thing

    Cons

    High turnover rate
    Very reactionary
    Using agile in name only
    Divisional infighting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a consistent plan on what you are trying to accomplish

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Parexel not a good place for Technical People or Hard Workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temp for 7 Months in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Temp for 7 Months in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    You can wear jeans every day.

    Cons

    -Morale is extremely low
    - A bunch of slightly above average people doing the wrong things
    - Never worked at a place where NO ONE knew the accounting system; and management could care less, and will continue to hire people who don't have a clue.
    - Very political. All about who you know and who you do things for. Not meritocratic at all. Great people leave this environment for upward mobility and more challenging positions.
    -Lack of strategic direction
    - Large quantity of dead weight employees who management lacks the courage to deal with
    -Company condones backstabbing, negative office politics, and gossiping. There are a ton of dirty tricks people use to get ahead at this company. Temps are treated like dirt. Promotions and jobs should be based on work performance, not how many people you flirt with and gossip to.
    - Terrible on boardng process. Again I would like to emphasise- no respect for temps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be a coward/robot and stand up for your team, you have to give respect to get it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get in, get out

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Good to get "regulated company" credentials

    Cons

    Promotions and career success are based on getting highly ranked political allies. Quality of work means nothing. If you are not favored you will be overlooked, verbally abused, and used as a convenient excuse when things go wrong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The abusive and political culture comes from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Projects are interesting
    Dealing with people in over 54 countries is very interesting
    Company is involved in cutting edge clinical research
    Pay is around industry average
    A lot of room for horizontal movement and promotions

    Cons

    Management expectations of hard working employees is too high. Low performers are allowed to stay low at the expense of the good workers
    Workload is intense and does not allow for work-life balance. Burn-out is frequent. Working 60 hours a week is not uncommon
    Some senior managers are borderline abusive in their language towards their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more of an emphasis on work-life balance
    Stop running so many concurrent projects using the same resources - the pace is unsustainable

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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