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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Drowning in inefficiencies

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck. Decent benefits. Potential for flexibility but it depends on who you work for.

    Cons

    Terrible culture of rampant micromanagement, red tape, and inefficiencies. Highly political. Forget about advancement unless you are chummy with the right people. Hard work is just not rewarded here but gossiping, backstabbing, and general incompetence are the way to thrive. You'll likely spend 80% of your time justifying and running reports on what you do the other 20%; and that's when you are not wasting your days in pointless meetings where nothing actually gets accomplished. Good luck getting your hands on assignments which require the very intelligence, skills, and experience that got you hired. Salaries are adequate at the start, but do not keep up with the market, so you'll be training and mentoring new people that are clearly less experienced than you, but earn 15-20% more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being delusional and recognize that you'll continue to lose talent if you don't provide intellectually stimulating work and treat people and their time with respect they deserve. Look critically at the work and stop the endless meetings and assignments that pose no value to the company or its clients.

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

    Clinical Research Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Remote, OR

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is great. There are bonus opportunities throughout the year (controlled by your LM).

    Cons

    Clinical Operation Managers will not follow company SOPs, force CRAs to accept extra trips (so they will not have to take them), and will force you out of the company if you are harming their metrics. I have seen minorities and those with health issues written up and fired at higher rates for problems that are not their fault or are known issues within the company worldwide. HR will take the side of the managers if you have a problem. CRAs support each other on a study because managers are either clueless or unresponsive. The work-life balance is a myth. One to one verbal communication from management is very condescending. There are ample training programs. But caution, if you are not well liked or a new employee you will only receive the online training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A change is needed within the management structure. When minorities or those with health issues leave or are fired at higher rates than others; the directors in the company need to address the issues and change the managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

    Stable, recognized clinical research organization.

    Cons

    Could be better about career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more efficient

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, nice co workers

    Cons

    No appreciation or recognition for really working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good starting point for career in clinical field but not much room for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Autonomy, no micro-managing, global company, flexible working hours, learn a lot about clinical field

    Cons

    No room for advancement, advancement for a select few, promotions not based on merit, favoritism in the work place, small bonuses and raises, lots of turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on employee retention. You need to treat your employees better and give them more incentives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Driven

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Good place for junior people

    Cons

    Managers only interested in profit and bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Not at all recommended

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work from home capability, amazing colleagues, adequate benefits

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, unmanageable workload, inept management, hostile partnerships, negative blameful environment, inefficient and outdated processes and tools, lack of training, unfair reviews, non-existent merit increases, subpar cost of living increases, no bonuses or acknowledgement for extreme overtime hours, no advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the staff who takes care of your business. Be fair in order to retain qualified, dedicated staff and put an end to the revolving door that management seems to deny exists. Focus more on positives than negatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Been at Parexel for 4 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great work from home benefits. Flexibility

    Cons

    The salary and benefits are low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing company with lots of opportunities

    • 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 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Clinical Logisitics 5+ years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None as this department was poorly managed and overly complex in structure.

    Cons

    This department is run by people who don't know how to manage. The idea of globalizing the department was usurped by the need for the department to be run out of the Berlin based office. No matter how hard you work to meet work demands and please the client you are not considered good enough to work for this team outside of Europe. Their expectations were for the team to be paperwork pushers while they were "managing" everything. Very hostile work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get this team to a mature and global mindset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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