PAREXEL Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
322 Reviews
3.1
322 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employees are friendly and helpful, and there is a GREAT work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great people, good benefits, not micro managing, ability to work from home as a LM (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 18 reviews)

  • Line Management do not have a career plan for their employees (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    As a CMA II, I am involved in providing all services to the site; not just monitoring per monitoring plan.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate II in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate II in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. They encourage added learning, career development. Many experienced coworkers. They offer a lot of resources, sometimes it's difficult to find and narrow down, but it is usually there! Fair salary.

    Cons

    The company has made many changes (read: added responsibilities) to the CMA role. In addition to these responsibilities, my sites have tripled. This makes routine, thorough monitoring difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is certainly available and encouraged; but we need more study-specific training. ICF customization training for our protocol, not just in general.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, nice co workers

    Cons

    No appreciation or recognition for really working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Drowning in inefficiencies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

    Paycheck. Decent benefits. Potential for flexibility but it depends on who you work for.

    Cons

    Terrible culture of rampant micromanagement, red tape, and inefficiencies. Highly political. Forget about advancement unless you are chummy with the right people. Hard work is just not rewarded here but gossiping, backstabbing, and general incompetence are the way to thrive. You'll likely spend 80% of your time justifying and running reports on what you do the other 20%; and that's when you are not wasting your days in pointless meetings where nothing actually gets accomplished. Good luck getting your hands on assignments which require the very intelligence, skills, and experience that got you hired. Salaries are adequate at the start, but do not keep up with the market, so you'll be training and mentoring new people that are clearly less experienced than you, but earn 15-20% more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being delusional and recognize that you'll continue to lose talent if you don't provide intellectually stimulating work and treat people and their time with respect they deserve. Look critically at the work and stop the endless meetings and assignments that pose no value to the company or its clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Clinical Trials Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at PAREXEL as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Nice office.

    Cons

    Very unfriendly work/social environment. No one says hello or good morning. Its as if your invisible.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Driven

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

    Good place for junior people

    Cons

    Managers only interested in profit and bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing company with lots of opportunities

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    • 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

    Salary, time off, training department is outstanding, average work/life balance

    Cons

    Internal promotions tend to have a lot of internal/external competition, high turnover in some entry level positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the town hall meetings (just remember some of us AREN'T complaining).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Been at Parexel for 4 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great work from home benefits. Flexibility

    Cons

    The salary and benefits are low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just OK...

    Current Employee - Senior CRA
    Current Employee - Senior CRA

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    good salary, good people to work with

    Cons

    company is all over the place. there is no consistancy in any department

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Quality Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Generous time off accruals. Lower level staff are great and supportive of each other.

    Cons

    Glendale upper management only recognize degrees. The more prestigious the school, the faster you move up the ladder. No hard work required. All others who sweat it out daily through long hours and have become amazing at their jobs through perseverance are left behind and rarely recognized. I say "rarely" because a blue moon recognition by upper Management will happen if they need something or if they did something wrong. The place is broken. The only reason it keeps running is by the hard-working non-prestigious degrees, no degree, dedicated staff who need their jobs to take care of their families.

    Morale is at an all time low and sadly, no one cares. Local HR is controlled by upper management and corrupted by politics. So much talk about following company processes, but HR allows upper Management to go around them. Recently promoted Directors and Managers have little to no experience in the teams they are tasked to lead. Staff are teaching them what to do. How is this ok? Another lawsuit is just waiting to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Re-structure” is pointless if promotions are based on favoritism. Wake-up and take a thoughtful look at the people who truly care about the work and their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Liked going to work each day.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Line Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Line Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (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

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