PAREXEL Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
317 Reviews
3.1
317 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
165 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employees are friendly and helpful, and there is a GREAT work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Great people, good benefits, not micro managing, ability to work from home as a LM (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 18 reviews)

  • Line Management do not have a career plan for their employees (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    CMA

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    Former Employee - CMA
    Former Employee - CMA

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

    Pros

    Working from home in theory was great., the days just never ended.

    Cons

    The work load was excessively heavy. The position went from 90k to 78k to 70k demotions across the board or leave. same job, more work, less pay. Now they are hiring people with no experience to do the work of senior CRAs. And the stock goes up. I would have concern for the data. You can only work people so much and using people with no clinical experience I a recipe for disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, respect underlings. The list could go on for days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Validation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Nice team environment, clear timelines, middle mgmt supports employees, sop trainings

    Cons

    Old technology, unrealistic timelines for certain projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Moderate

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    Current Employee - Medical Director
    Current Employee - Medical Director

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

    Pros

    Good learning experience. Learn a great deal by doing.

    Cons

    No opportunity for promotion. No stock options at this pay grade. Company only pays lip service to education. No real mentorship. Too many people leave after 2-3 years. High employees turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer stock options to more employees. Spend more on education.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just ok

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    Current Employee - Project Director
    Current Employee - Project Director

    I have been working at PAREXEL for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities are vast - great if you want to work 24/7

    Cons

    Work life balence is bad. Mgmt resources people at 2.0 FTEs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over-worked, under-paid, no recognition for going above and beyond

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    Current Employee - QA
    Current Employee - QA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, at least until they actually get the time-clock to work that's been hanging on the wall for the last 9 months

    Cons

    Not recognized for hard work or growth of knowledge.
    Promoting the off-shore employees is bringing moral down in other offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting the good people leave the company. Do something now so the people that know what they're doing don't HAVE to leave. Stop going to 'off-site management' trainings and coming back with only gossip about the other departments.
    Promote and pay the employees what they're worth.
    Recognize that the employees in the US are your best asset - we work hard and know how the system runs.
    Stop looking at your bottom line and think about how investing in the veterans of the company are really the ones holding the company's head above water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop hours, no recognition...

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    Former Employee - Statistical Programmer  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Statistical Programmer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Will get tremendous work experience and exposure. very nice people in the department.

    Cons

    horrible resourcing situation therefore always short hand when any project needs help. so folks end up working extra CRAZY hours. 10 people join and 5 leave...one of the most high turnover places in CRO world. sad thing is...its been like this for years and still no change in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize people's work/contribution, transparency in management. too top heavy management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Need More Sentences

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    wonderful people, great exposure, great professional experience.

    Cons

    shoddy management always defending their position under pressure while micromanaging. Easier position to assume role as micromanager than focusing on larger issues like lack of resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ask yourself, how does this affect the big picture

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

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

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    Former Employee - Statistical Programmer  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Statistical Programmer in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    flexible working hour and global team

    Cons

    flexible working hour does not equal over-time working hour.
    department manager only CARED their career goal not the employee even the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    high level never realize projects problems and always took wrong strategies.

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

    Making me weary

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Specialist  in  Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Specialist in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There's good job security here. I'm closing in on a decade with this company and have the benefit of primarily working from home. At the very least, it's a steady paycheck.

    Cons

    The pay here is lousy compared to Pharma companies. They also are very top-heavy and tend to overextend and burn out lower-level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to use the management they have and get more lower-level employees. It would help with productivity and improve retention as well as reduce stress. They also need to make promotions more available to those who deserve it by creating more levels within levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaos at best…

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, stocks, people, location, gain experience

    Cons

    Too top heavy, a lot of people within higher management/director levels that are unaware of day to day operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's useless, they don't listen, refuse necessary departmental changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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