PAREXEL

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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
346 Reviews
3.0
346 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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.  

    Ok....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at PAREXEL part-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware of Shallow Promises

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Perfect for those looking for a paycheck, but not those looking for intellectually stimulating work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Leading CRO, experience will pretty much give you an opportunity to go to any CRO later on. Recognizable name that will also let you transition to industry sponsors if you wish.

    Cons

    Not intellectually stimulating, very mundane work. LM was never present and in my case, didn't bode well for new hires who were expected to be in office daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working from home saves the company money and is a great benefit for employees. However, a non-existent LM who works from home when new hires are expected to be in office daily does not benefit the company. You are losing talent!

  6.  

    CLINICAL MONITORING ASSOCIATE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

    Great company to gain experience from if you are looking for an entry level position

    Cons

    There is no room for negotiations for salary. The workload can be a bit overwhelming. Training is less than par. High turnover rater

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at why people are leaving the company in such large numbers in start to make changes to retain employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Benefits/ Company Picnic/ Winter Gala/ Flexibility/ Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Low starting salary/ Minimal raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees. Let them know you appreciate their hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    6/30/2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    remote work, have good CRA support with inhouse CMAs.

    Cons

    too stuck on system tools which can overburend monitors and team, need to integrate sstems and stop making individuals metrics be based on systems that constatntly break or in cases where you have more that the allowable number of sites the company will cut those out so they do'nt look as if they are over working you but you don't get recogniition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider reviewing the number of site the therapeutic area they fact that people work over 8 hours and only get paid for 8 hours and support your team.

  9.  

    focused on $ not people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Very friendly and hard working teams

    Cons

    everyone does 110% and gets burnt out. high turn-over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less managers or more hands on managers. more automation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Feasibility Leader in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Clinical Feasibility Leader in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Very progressive CRO with great potential, great benefits

    Cons

    Growing company struggling to grow staff at the same pace resulting in heavy workloads, long hours and high burnout/turnover rates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more resources into departmental training and quality assurance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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