PAREXEL Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
314 Reviews
3.0
314 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO 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 20 reviews)

  • work from home option, depends on your manager though (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, constant overload, good people leave for better companies (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Growing company with lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Ok....

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at PAREXEL part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nice and fun summer picnic at Disneyland and winter dinner at a fancy place, people are friendly

    Cons

    Expected to work 24/7 and around the clock. Not much appreciation for your hard work...and horrible schedules that expect you to sleep less than 6 hours a night sometimes, people gossip too much, upper management consists of inexperienced uneducated employees (ie. No degrees)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace the scheduler!!!!!!!!! they are horrible at their job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA II  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - CRA II in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Highly competitive compensation and time-off policies.

    Cons

    Lack of resourcing for new projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Heavy Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The working times are very flexibel and even home office is possible, but you will also need that to be able to take phonecalls with international colleagues. But great coworkers and direct manager.

    Cons

    Heavy workload with long working hours and Senior Management puts on a lot of pressure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Beware of Shallow Promises

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly decentralized culture where you are able to work remotely with a diverse global staff. Management is hit or miss depending on the group for whom you work.

    Cons

    The workload and travel expectations aee punishing. 60 hr weeks are the norm with minimal worklife balance despite promises to the contrary. For a 13,000 person company there always seems to be staffing shortages and zero training. Management is very cliquey and if you aren't part of the club, never expected to get promoted or even receive a thank you from your boss. There are a lot of promises made in terms of career advancement, but when it comes time to hire, expect the new person to come from outside the company ar a higher payscale than internal employees. The company isn't growing organically, and is only achieving numbers through acquisitions. The CRO industry is changing and the company is consistentlh losing projects to more nimble and less expensive competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the field regarding emerging trends in the industry. Leadership is more than empty words and threats. Management through politics and intimidation is no way to lead...and that is rampant throughout the PAREXEL culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and good balance between work and life

    Cons

    Work pace is a little slow

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Too Much Upper Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not much to say for pros. The pay rate was just ok. Not the worst but not best either. The people were good, but the management model is not.

    Cons

    Too many management layers, poor broadcasting of future workload. Training was a joke. If you have limited experience this is not the place to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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