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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014

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2.8 300 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach

Josef H. von Rickenbach

(156 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employees are friendly and helpful, and there is a GREAT work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • work from home option, depends on your manager though (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, constant overload, good people leave for better companies (in 7 reviews)

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    Great company to work for!

    CRA II (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsHighly competitive compensation and time-off policies.

    ConsLack of resourcing for new projects.

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

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    Clinical Monitoring Associate (Current Employee) Billerica, MA

    ProsGreat company to gain experience from if you are looking for an entry level position

    ConsThere is no room for negotiations for salary. The workload can be a bit overwhelming. Training is less than par. High turnover rater

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at why people are leaving the company in such large numbers in start to make changes to retain employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Perfect for those looking for a paycheck, but not those looking for intellectually stimulating work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLeading CRO, experience will pretty much give you an opportunity to go to any CRO later on. Recognizable name that will also let you transition to industry sponsors if you wish.

    ConsNot intellectually stimulating, very mundane work. LM was never present and in my case, didn't bode well for new hires who were expected to be in office daily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorking from home saves the company money and is a great benefit for employees. However, a non-existent LM who works from home when new hires are expected to be in office daily does not benefit the company. You are losing talent!

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    6/30/2014

    Senior CRA (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    Prosremote work, have good CRA support with inhouse CMAs.

    Constoo stuck on system tools which can overburend monitors and team, need to integrate sstems and stop making individuals metrics be based on systems that constatntly break or in cases where you have more that the allowable number of sites the company will cut those out so they do'nt look as if they are over working you but you don't get recogniition.

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider reviewing the number of site the therapeutic area they fact that people work over 8 hours and only get paid for 8 hours and support your team.

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    Beware of Shallow Promises

    Director (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsHighly decentralized culture where you are able to work remotely with a diverse global staff. Management is hit or miss depending on the group for whom you work.

    ConsThe workload and travel expectations aee punishing. 60 hr weeks are the norm with minimal worklife balance despite promises to the contrary. For a 13,000 person company there always seems to be staffing shortages and zero training. Management is very cliquey and if you aren't part of the club, never expected to get promoted or even receive a thank you from your boss. There are a lot of promises made in terms of career advancement, but when it comes time to hire, expect the new person to come from outside the company ar a higher payscale than internal employees. The company isn't growing organically, and is only achieving numbers through acquisitions. The CRO industry is changing and the company is consistentlh losing projects to more nimble and less expensive competitors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people in the field regarding emerging trends in the industry. Leadership is more than empty words and threats. Management through politics and intimidation is no way to lead...and that is rampant throughout the PAREXEL culture.

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

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    Good stepping stone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Billerica, MA

    ProsBenefits/ Company Picnic/ Winter Gala/ Flexibility/ Tuition reimbursement

    ConsLow starting salary/ Minimal raises

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your employees. Let them know you appreciate their hard work.

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

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    focused on $ not people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery friendly and hard working teams

    Conseveryone does 110% and gets burnt out. high turn-over

    Advice to Senior Managementless managers or more hands on managers. more automation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Large CRO

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat Co-workers, great management, great benefits, promotes work-life balance, goo travel portal

    ConsThey do not promote within!, Upper management and executives have no concern of their employees., too many changes, not cohesive, homebased employees do have the opportunity to see co-workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Caught in the minuita

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCollaborative environment. Teams work well together.

    ConsToo much paperwork. Utilization reports - you spend too much time proving that you are doing your job than actually having the time to do your job effectively

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots to learn

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCan learn a lot from them. Will promote within and growth between departments is a possibility. Good benefit plan, just be sure to get anything in writing.

    ConsConstantly changing processes, never given a chance to learn first then implement. It always JIT. Need to take a look at the big picture across the board. Need more face to face training and less online.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the big picture and how that effects everything.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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