PAREXEL Reviews

17 reviews filtered by
  • Lowell, MA
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
1.8
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
11 Ratings

Pros
  • Ability to work from home, advancement potential (in 25 reviews)

  • Good place to get a good work life balance (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • As a CRA there is no work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • There was no work/life balance it was only work (in 8 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

17 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (1)

    Buttoned up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone was professional. My bosses were generous. Offices are not in downtown so commute is great! Benefits package is competitive.

    Cons

    Definitely will end up working your full week if not overtime. Hard to take time off not too flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Become more family and pet friendly :)


  2. Helpful (1)

    Take this job if you're desperate.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (2)

    Stay Away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. NO work life balance, negative coworkers, no appreciation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Organized chaos - though they mean well

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

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Have a consistent plan on what you are trying to accomplish


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Proposal & Contract Developer in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Proposal & Contract Developer in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    -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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Parexel not a good place for Technical People or Hard Workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Temp for 7 Months in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Temp for 7 Months in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    Get in, get out

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

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    The abusive and political culture comes from the top down.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Challenging

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

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



Showing 17 of 413 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.