PAREXEL

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Clinical Logisitics 5+ years

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    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low Quality Leadership

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Liked going to work each day.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Line Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Line Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok....

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at PAREXEL part-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heavy Experience

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (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
  8.  

    Great company to work for!

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware of Shallow Promises

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    CLINICAL MONITORING ASSOCIATE

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  11. 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!

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