PAREXEL Reviews

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

    The people are extremely nice, but you really have to look towards upper level management to find intelligent personnel.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    People are extremely friendly and the company provides extensive benefits to their employees. Working from home is an option as they provide a laptop.

    Cons

    The office is a bit old and the staff is as well. Being young, it can take time to adjust to the environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest bringing in some young talent to bring some energy to the culture. At times it can be pretty dry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. When You have Reached The End

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    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    There is a constant flow of work, you receive two possible pay raise reviews a year, and every so often they have a free company function for employees to partake in.

    Cons

    No work life balance, minimal organization and larger sponsor projects lack structure defined to meet time lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries are not what they used to be, but please provide your employees with realistic reviews and help them define actual career paths. Stop promising people the ability to work from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. A P Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Billerica, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Great company, great culture, employees and management.

    Cons

    Very limited career progressions and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clear paths for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place to work if you never want to advance.

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    Current Employee - CRA II in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - CRA II in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, some nice coworkers

    Cons

    lies, lies, and more lies. You will be in the same position for the entire time you are with the company. They tell you they promote within, but that rarely happens. They will promote employees who they can replace quickly or can under pay. One you accept a salary when you are first hits everything from that point is based on a percentage. So why promote a CRA who makes 90k in a position that is always understaffed or promote someone who works in the office making 70k who can be replaced in a weeks time. Plus if you had to give a 15% raise for the position where do you save the money at? If you wan a job for the sign bonus and move on to the next this is the place for you. If you want a career? Keep looking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do what you actually say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Horrible company with horrible Sr. Management

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    Former Employee - Line Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Line Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Able to work from home

    Cons

    Hired in one position, forced into another that included a lot of travel. Started with a decent Sr. Manager, ended with a horrible person who should never manage people, and she is the reason I left. The company is too big to really do anything about their dead wood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people when they tell you why they are leaving. When you get a lot of complaints about one person, pay attention. It doesn't matter if upper management likes that person if they are driving away the experienced, hard working people they supervise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. A constantly growing and changing environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Growing, challenging, and constantly redefining which provides ample amount for new opportunities.

    Cons

    Because of the growth and constant desire to grow more, the policies sometimes take longer to change in a good direction, but they do try

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. bonded labor for 2 years with poor technology infrastructure

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Quality and Test Engineer in Nottingham, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Software Quality and Test Engineer in Nottingham, MD

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Initially Transport and food will be shown as perks and pro to the incoming employeess but later on it literally sucks your sweat and blood.Lot of corruption involved in transport and very poor vendors
    No work life balance
    very less outings and no entertainment to employyes

    Cons

    100 percent cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your strategies otherwise lot of hard working and talented employees will leve the companny for sure.Give perks give good hikes and bonus .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    2015 Will be a Pivotal Year - and Culture is the Issue.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    First and foremost, CRO's are a very important business in the modern world of Biopharma, and PAREXEL is well-positioned as a leader in this field.

    - The culture - when it's working - is a nice reflection of the overall Massachusetts business culture, good people all around. But at the same time it's a very international company.

    - Lots of work to be done and people are working hard, but there's also good camaraderie at the team level.

    - Compensation is good, if you can ask for what you want up front. Nice picnics in the Summer and holiday parties in the Winter.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of turnover lately, some voluntary and some not-so-much. Much of It is a reflection of Corporate America in 2015. Things are healthy and stable, right up to the point where they aren't. I see a lot of HR bashing in these reviews, but the real issue is at a deeper level.

    - The good people have to stay good by swimming against the tide, but it's a scientifically proven fact that any system that relies entirely on willpower will eventually fail. The bad people sell out, the good ones just get up and leave.

    - Cynicism and Ennui are rampant (I'm serious, go look up the word Ennui in the dictionary.) As the Eagles famously said, "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." I saw it up and down the management chain, no one completely escapes from this.

    - The problem has an international dimension, you can actually feel the friction caused by the European labor laws. Things are more stable in the countries where you can't let anyone go without well-documented cause, and even then it's a lengthy and difficult process. Over time you see the invisible hand at work, and you begin to understand the realities of how international companies function (or fail to do so).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My heart goes out to you, I'm sure no one wants to change the culture more than those whose job it is to steer the ship and keep it on course.

    - Ideally, there would be an effort to address cultural issues by soliciting feedback at all levels.

    - Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Buttoned up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Become more family and pet friendly :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Awesome company

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    Current Employee - Principal Developer in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Developer in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Great work culture and work life balance

    Cons

    low salary and not much scope for growth in IT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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