PAREXEL Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
316 Reviews

3.0
316 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
164 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Liked going to work each day.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Line Manager  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Line Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, not micro managing, ability to work from home as a LM. Nice training department!

    Cons

    stay away from HR; they are not there to look out after you. Totally believed in the company values, and was ready to retire from here. HR has a CYA attitude instead of being an advocate to the staff. It's a shame. No one trusts HR and does their best to stay away from them. They don't view the entire picture; just snapshots in time. You work really hard here....no such thing as a 40 hour week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    believe in your staff; don't trust HR...you have great employees there who want to do a great job...listen to them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    nice and fun summer picnic at Disneyland and winter dinner at a fancy place, people are friendly

    Cons

    Expected to work 24/7 and around the clock. Not much appreciation for your hard work...and horrible schedules that expect you to sleep less than 6 hours a night sometimes, people gossip too much, upper management consists of inexperienced uneducated employees (ie. No degrees)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace the scheduler!!!!!!!!! they are horrible at their job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Heavy Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

    The working times are very flexibel and even home office is possible, but you will also need that to be able to take phonecalls with international colleagues. But great coworkers and direct manager.

    Cons

    Heavy workload with long working hours and Senior Management puts on a lot of pressure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA II  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - CRA II in Durham, NC

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Highly competitive compensation and time-off policies.

    Cons

    Lack of resourcing for new projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Beware of Shallow Promises

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    CLINICAL MONITORING ASSOCIATE

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate  in  Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good stepping stone

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low starting salary/ Minimal raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees. Let them know you appreciate their hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Leading 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Working 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!

  10.  

    Good Company to work

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

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and good balance between work and life

    Cons

    Work pace is a little slow

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Too Much Upper Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Not much to say for pros. The pay rate was just ok. Not the worst but not best either. The people were good, but the management model is not.

    Cons

    Too many management layers, poor broadcasting of future workload. Training was a joke. If you have limited experience this is not the place to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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