PAREXEL Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
316 Reviews
3.0
316 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
164 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Great Employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader  in  Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Uxbridge, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    very flexible and friendly office environment

    Cons

    Pay should have been at par with the industry standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A learning curve.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant  in  Harrow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Harrow, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    No day is the same, lots of opportunity to learn, looks great on your CV as such a varied job role. The volunteers are lovely. Lots of opportunity for over time. The job will keep you fit (long hours on your feet - often for the whole shift which can vary from 7.5-15 hours).

    Cons

    It's very difficult to get a promotion, long hours - shifts can be 8+ days in a row and the night shifts are not optional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a bullying culture from some senior nurses/assistants to junior staff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Medical Director

    • 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

    nice colleagues, stimulating environment, fair compensation, good training possibilities

    Cons

    low flexibility, a lot of slow IT systems, growing number of SOP, under-staffing in certain areas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for with great colleagues to work with

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

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Good experience working in multicultural global company
    Great people to work with
    Good work-life balance
    Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    High pressure
    Depending on your level/department promotion can be slow
    career development past a certain point

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    There is a reason for why HERON PAREXEL has experienced two years of mass exits. Avoid.

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

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

    Pros

    There were many skilled people at HERON PAREXEL when I started but unfortunately all have left or are considering leaving

    Cons

    Low salaries, limited opportunity for professional development, poor management, much overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAREXEL needs to benchmark salaries against the market and improve the standard of their management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Opportunity to work in a global organisation

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to get a good work life balance

    Cons

    Lots of politics to deal with, although that may be improving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do less, better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice big CRO with good location

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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

    full service and easy to work with other departments, good senior management, good location close to London

    Cons

    vertical structure resulting in to many managers involved for one project

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Would not recommend this as a CRO of choice

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate  in  Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Uxbridge, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    You are expected to work very long hours with very little reward or recognition. Top management do not seem to have a clear vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve your employees - you may just learn something!

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

    Get experience and find a better job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good experience working in multicultural global company

    Cons

    High pressure, low salary, poor career prospectives

  11.  

    Fighting inefficiency with extreme workload

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of nice colleagues. Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    This might not apply to all projects but all I could see was extremely under-resourced projects set up in a hurry, using ridiculously useless systems and inefficient processes. You chose between excess overtime (which is not recognized, but considered default) or failure to comply and manage your tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why not hire twice as many employees for half the salary and give them 8 hours of work a day instead of 16?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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