PAREXEL Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
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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)

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  1. Administrative Associate

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Shrewsbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Hard working and friendly team.

    Cons

    Since company is a CRA its salary/benefits are less than pharmaceutical industry which are its customers.


  2. Clinical Monitor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    The salary is good and they had great benefits

    Cons

    There is no team cohesion

    Advice to Management

    They should focus less attention on metrics and make sure that the people the hire to work on projects for clients, know what they are doing.


  3. PRN

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at PAREXEL part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Phlebotomy experience opportunity and flexible hours

    Cons

    Hours cut when business has declined!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Senior Clinical Research Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, LM, COL, great CRAs and CMAs. Have a good team approach

    Cons

    Middle management always trying to justify their jobs by "brainstorming" to come up with "new" ideas. This just is BS and bogs down the entire system. Upper management could care less about the CRA/CMA/COL - they only care about the bottom line. Management needs to listen and learn from the people "in the field".

    Advice to Management

    ASK LISTEN LEARN You have great CRA/CMA/COL who really care about quality work. We get no support from management - they don't want to hear about problems or even solutions, they only care about the bottom line. And we don't get bonuses for all our hard work!


  6. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and setting to learn

    Cons

    Often very little to do


  7. Love PAREXEL

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, great salary and benefits

    Cons

    Too many systems and start up process needs to be re-vamped


  8. Helpful (3)

    Clinical Operations Leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you have the right manager you will receive the advancement opportunities desired. Lots of systems to keep you on top of industry standards

    Cons

    Heavily rely on the competent. Managers do not hold their employees accountable. Goals are not streamlined across departments to reach deliverables

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to develop the most important roles to the success of the study and company. The site facing roles are given the least amount of acknowledgement, yet carry the highest contribution to success


  9. Corporate Recruiter

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good training, well organized organization, pro employee, solid processes and procedures, hire from withing

    Cons

    Work load can be very extensive.

    Advice to Management

    Review work load vs quality


  10. Good CRO

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, decentralized, stock performing well

    Cons

    confused management team in constant organizational flux...misguided attempts to cut costs by sacrificing higher levels needed to get job done

    Advice to Management

    focus on growth and customer retention instead of cost cutting


  11. Helpful (5)

    Unwilling to Fix Problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time

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

    Pros

    Generally flexible with time off and great health insurance if you are able to make it to full time status within the company. If you can find someone who actually will take the time to explain things to you there is the potential to learn a lot in a short amount of time, but this can be very difficult if you are starting entry level with the current structure.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Most employees at my site were very frustrated on a daily basis because of a lack of accountability within departments as well as roles that are not clearly defined in responsibility despite the mountain of regulations and operating procedures they have set up. I witnessed a lot of questionable ethics during my time there that made me question what is actually being delivered to the clients. Overall they are trying to execute too many projects with an inefficient system that no one is ever able to stop and fix, the mentality seems to be "whatever we just need data" and then when something goes wrong everyone knows its because there aren't enough staff or enough training but the blame game starts up. Smart people who can handle the workload get frustrated by staff who they are making up for and end up leaving because the pay is just not worth it in the end. Actually understanding what is expected of you can be very difficult because they let clients ask for way more than is originally written up contracts so these extra tasks get shifted until someone (anyone) is able to complete them. Good luck actually getting merit-based raises or bonuses in most of the positions here, they may be promised to you but I witnessed many people have the promises broken. Managers are often less educated than the individuals they are in charge of and have way too many responsibilities to handle outside of being line managers to be effective leaders within their departments. This company is so broken which is really unfortunate because there is a lot of potential. I just never got the sense that they respect their employees. If you interview here be very cautious and realize that even if you ask smart questions during your interview you might be lied to or presented with an overly optimistic answer. The company culture varies between people who have forged friendships out of frustration and people who want nothing to do with the company outside of work. The turnover rate is really high for a reason and if you are deciding between opportunities pick the other one.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to employees bringing up concerns, don't be afraid to escalate problems to people above you instead of acting like you have everything under control.



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