PAREXEL Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. Intern

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    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


  2. 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


  3. Corporate Recruiter

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    • 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


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  5. Good CRO

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    • 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


  6. Clinical Operations Leader

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    • 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


  7. FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO WORK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice at your level.

    Cons

    Pay, games management play and the lies. If you are a manager or higher you have bonus, if they act like giving you 2.5% is a gift. DO NOT WORK THERE.

    Advice to Management

    Let's try thinking first, and there is no I in team.


  8. Free at last

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    Former Employee - COL in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - COL in Durham, NC

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, that's about it.

    Cons

    Management from upper to lower, constant turn overs, lying from all parts of management. Managers will tell employes what they want to hear to make them happy even if there is no truth to what they are saying. Recruiters make promises that are never kept. No one had been employed on my team at PXL for greater than 3 years. Some of the Sr. CRAs didn't know how to check a reg binder, do an IP count, or know what a TMF was. I didn't have time to train "experienced" CRAs whole constantly being given new responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified employees, actually promote from within (I lost my best CRA because he would be even be considered for higher position), and be honest regardless of the news.


  9. All I see are unhappy employees.
    LAYOFFS are imminent.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Free Coffee. Flexible WFH policies. Pay is above average.

    Cons

    Very cumbersome blend of systems in place at PAREXEL. IT helpdesk has taken days to reset passwords, causing delays. Managers seem to be only concerned with looking good to their own manager, and have little or no interest in building a real team. Almost everyday there seems to be a fresh new wildfire to put out, leading to fatigue and just general apathy. Timezone differences among colleagues often require ridiculous meeting times for trainings or calls. Some days are nothing but meetings, and it feels like nothing gets done.

    I'm convinced money is likely the sole reason people remain here.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees. Realize the absurdity of asking us to accurately predict that which we will be working on months in advance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good for Experience. Terrible for Longevity and Loyalty.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate

    I have been working at PAREXEL

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

    Pros

    Good for obtaining experience.
    Nice health insurance.

    Cons

    I cannot echo another reviewers comments enough. Copied and pasted below:
    No good systems training provided for study specific duties.
    Promotions for less qualified candidates because they are paid less with less experience versus promotion for qualified internal candidates.
    SOPs are not well organized.
    A lot of the studies are not monitored thoroughly due to lack of experience/training for CRO staff.
    Not able to work from home as advertised per job posting.

    Points to reiterate:
    -Training does not properly prepare employees to complete assigned tasks proficiently. Not all employees understand what their assigned tasks even are. This is not specific to one position, but is systemic.
    -The CMA position is NOT a remote position, as advertised. Do not take this into account when considering your next career move. It is unfortunate and disappointing that the position is presented in a false light.
    -Management does NOT reward dedication, extra hours, or going above and beyond to assist study teams. Management is NOT loyal to their employees.
    -Employee turnover is excessive, and is not on par with other companies. Employee happiness and sense of well-being is low.
    -The CRA/CMA collaboration currently in place is NOT effective.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward your strong employees. Revamp the ENTIRE training and on-boarding process.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Clinical Monitoring Associate I

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global GRO
    Great Benefits.
    Employee Stock Purchase

    Cons

    No good systems training provided for study specific duties.
    Promotions for less qualified candidates because they are paid less with less experience versus promotion for qualified internal candidates.
    SOPs are not well organized.
    A lot of the studies are not monitored thoroughly due to lack of experience/training for CRO staff.
    Not able to work from home as advertised per job posting.

    Advice to Management

    Be loyal to the employees whom are loyal to your organization. If someone excels, promote and support;
    Do not falsify benefits such as being able to work from home after 6 months of employment, to get candidates in the door and hired.
    It's obvious that some members of management (PL, COL ) are NOT well versed in the clinical trial industry. Ensure that these team members are qualified ans well able to complete study specific tasks.



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