PAREXEL

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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
371 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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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.  

    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.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 5 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wish I knew about Glassdoor before.

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    Former Employee - CRA II in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - CRA II in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are really nice and mean well.

    Cons

    Lies from the recruiter, hiring manger, LM to the col. No ones talks to each other and they seem to just make policies up as they go along. They state we can't promise you reginal areas but the study you are going on has a lot of sites near you, etc..::: they lead you to believe what you want I until you get there. I was there two years and majority of the people I knew have left or currently looking. Almost everyone left for a higher position with another company that they couldn't get at Parexel. CRA's seem very unhappy. I know I was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    paycheck & benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    pay
    health benefits
    vacation benefits roll over to new year
    some are great people to work with

    Cons

    Sr. Management cares more about stock price and their personal bonuses than their employees or clients
    Resourcing is "temporary challenge" that never is fixed - 1.5-2 FTE workload is expected (but not appreciated)
    over promise work/life balance - very difficult to achieve AND still meet expectations (but sr level management will repeatedly denies this)
    good vacation time but rarely approved to use - management attitude is it rolls over into new year and you'll get paid for when you leave the company
    metrics metrics metrics - systems systems systems - spend as much time reporting what you do as actually doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How many years is "temporary" ? Upper management needs to be less focused on current quarters' $$$ and their personal bonuses and actually fix the resourcing and operational issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some Great People -- Constant Change is Hard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance was generally fine. The work and culture ebbed and flowed. Leadership within the business was wonderful. Benefits were fine. Work was good. The company has an incredible mission that I am proud to have supported.

    Cons

    Constant change made work difficult from time to time. There were some leaders within the HR group during my tenure that had ethical challenges; however, I understand they have moved on from PAREXEL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful when hiring leaders within HR. Keep supporting the great mission of the company. Keep the strong sense of customer service both internally to the business and externally to the clients. Keep the employee development programs in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves 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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