PAREXEL Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Helpful (1)

    My interpretation

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people within the company are great to work with. Even though things are usually at a high stress level everyone seems to maintain their cool.

    Cons

    The amount of work that is required does not equate the pay rate. You're overworked and underplayed, as well unappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to show employees more aporeciation as well as a pay raise. Everyone works so hard for quality and deserves a pay to reflect it.


  2. Political Correctness taking over management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, most employees are educated and knowledgeable and willing to work as a team.

    Cons

    Too much political correctness is working it's way into management meetings. Upper management is tip toeing around trying to "look" PC. Offensive because they are starting a problem where none exists. PAREXEL is falling into the trap that we look good by having meetings after meetings to tell our employees, yes we are equal opportunity employer. Yet the meetings focus on the attitude that men matter the most and only the man can solve the issues and problems. Really, focus groups made up of men to discuss and solve the issues and then tell the rest of the non-male employees they have resolved inequality!

    Advice to Management

    Move past the impulse to jump on the political correctness train! Just hold meetings with no regard to teams based on gender, race, ethnicity.


  3. Solid company - Lots of changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent and caring people; drive and desire for continual improvement; depending on the department - respect for work/life balance; high performance culture push; flexibility.

    Cons

    Historically the company has tried to tackle many issues at once - competing priorities can be a challenge. Many groups are on change overload - new systems, new processes, re-organizations...all at once.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to follow a solid change management approach and validate readiness prior to proceeding.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Everything I wanted initially but things are questionable now

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Assigned to few protocols and in-house monitor to field site calls are great

    Cons

    Career development. Three interviews for advancement and no change yet.

    Advice to Management

    Have the out-going COL recommend their best CRA for their replacement


  6. CMA

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company with good benefits. Wonderful learning experience as someone new to clinical research. Really have the opportunity to drive your career.

    Cons

    A lot of work falls to the CMA when no other role is available. Great learning experience but very overwhelming.


  7. CMA at PXL

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with; great training

    Cons

    Too much to do. As a CMA you end up taking on larger roles. But it's a very good learning experience for individuals new to the industry.


  8. Sweatshop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Data Operations Leader/Data Operations Leader in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Data Operations Leader/Data Operations Leader in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will gain exposure to many skillsets

    Cons

    The work is relentless. Some have worked weeks without having a full day away from the work due to deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Be active in work/life balance for employees


  9. Great company in most ways

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and a good team environment Good benefits package Good support for working from home Flexible career path, you can chart your own course and there are opportunities for promotion

    Cons

    Company is going through layoffs (2015-2016) Workload and demands on time can be high Some work processes are too complex and inefficient

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of approvers and decision-makers required to get things done, and delegate more authority to match the accountability


  10. Data Opeartions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Operations Lead in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Data Operations Lead in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to be in a face-paced environment where there are multiple opportunities to improve your skills and expertise and work independently

    Cons

    No regard for a work-life balance; salary does not keep up with industry standards and years of experience; senior management does not listen to the operations teams

    Advice to Management

    Provide a smaller work load


  11. CMA

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CMA in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - CMA in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and great IT

    Cons

    I have noticed so far



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