PAREXEL

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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
346 Reviews
3.0
346 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
175 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, good benefits, not micro managing, ability to work from home as a LM (in 25 reviews)

  • Salary, time off, training department is outstanding, average work/life balance (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 20 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, constant overload, good people leave for better companies (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, everyone is helpful and friendly, a lot of knowledgeable people who are willing to answer questions on a daily basis. Lots of training and places to look for information. Processes are well documented. Hard work is noticed and rewarded. Benefits are wonderful and they consistently promote from within so if you work hard and do a good job, you will never have to look for another job if you are successful at PAREXEL.

    Cons

    While they give you an abundance of vacation and personal time, it's hard to take it all because we are so busy all the time, maybe they should pay out excess vacation but that's about the only negative thing I can say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just more hiring! Other than that, I'm a very happy employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    worked for over 5 years, overall good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

    good benefits, fast growing company

    Cons

    not very good with promoting from within, and moved jobs to India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep jobs in the US

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely Busy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    There was plenty of vacation time.

    Cons

    Workload is too much overall. Most of the staff is overworked, and stressed. There's not enough thorough training for the new people coming in, and most of the experienced people were let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training is needed as well as training for Management on how to be a better Manager.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    PAREXEL

    • 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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule. You can work from home at times but it all depends on your manager.
    Friendly coworkers in office
    Benefits are good but expensive

    Cons

    Overworked and no feasible deadlines
    Lack of transparency when it comes promotion opportunities. Seems like it's all dependent on manager's favorite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote loyal employees who produce quality work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Starting place to gain clinical exposure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CMA II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - CMA II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exposure to global experience, work/life balance acceptable

    Cons

    Lots of turnover... promotions are hard to get, salaries are lower than average in the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to stay consistent and employ techniques to retain their good employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    very career-growth oriented company

    • 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

    company provides great career growth opportunities, training, and flexibility with schedules. Also, working from home is very comment at PAREXEL.

    Cons

    The pay is lower in CROs than in the rest of industry. This is the only con I've noticed so far.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work long hours but satisfying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations Leader
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations Leader

    I worked at PAREXEL as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was a contract employee. Had a wonderful manager. People that I worked with worked at Parexel for over 10 years

    Cons

    I was home based and therefore can't comment on the office culture. Contract compensation was good. Benefits to contract employees were good too.

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

    Everyone is leaving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in New York, NY

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Stock plan, Good Line Managers

    Cons

    No chance for advancement. This is why everyone is leaving. Instead of advancing good CRA's into COL positions and good COL's in to Project Leader positions etc... and etc... the recruiters would prefer to hire from the outside. I was told by one recruiter the reason some people were not advancing was because it was easier to hire for the new position from the outside than to replace them in the lower position. To make up for this Parexel is giving large raises to people who inform thier LM that they want to leave. They are also moving people with easy to replace jobs up and over others with hard to replace jobs. How does this benefit anyone? It causes the qualified employees to become upset and leave. The not qualified person to make multiple errors and either quit or get fired (I have see this happen) and the study becomes a larger mess not making the sponsor happy and making the company and everyone on the study team look bad. Whoever is in charge of recruitment has made it harder on everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote qualified people from within. The average employee is there less than three years from what I have seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    They Believe in new grads

    Cons

    Are Competitive but worth it

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Resourcing problems breed disorganization

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very Nice Co-workers, Lots of processes and standards, long term employees can work from home in many positions, Compensation is very good, no micromanaging in most cases.

    Cons

    Some of your co-workers actually NEED micromanaging....or YOUR study is affected negatively. You must hang in there for a long time to be able to work from home. Very metrics driven culture, study managers are decentralized (not in office), many times choosing NOT use the processes and standards that you may have come to reply on, therefore your metrics are hard to prove, and no time to enter information into databases so your metrics are positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convert more people to permanent that are proven in position, and have ALL mid to low level contractors or employees have hands on management from experienced employees for at least a year. This will help everyone become more productive on existing studies and existing employees can trust the skill-set and communication skills of new employees. New people to Parexel need a bit more support IN OFFICE to contribute well.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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