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PAREXEL Reviews in Waltham, MA

Updated Jun 13, 2014

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2.8 15 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach

Josef H. von Rickenbach

(9 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    The industry training was exceptional, but line management's expectations of hours worked per week was unreasonable.

    Clinical Data Manager (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsThis is the Cadillac of the industry in terms of training. You will learn a lot and learn it the right way. The facility is very nice and fellow employees are generally nice people and fun to work with.

    ConsI found it extremely stressful in terms of work life balance. The number of hours per week that line management expected an employee to work was unreasonable, especially for salaried employees. It was not at all unusual to be working 12 hour days and then they still wanted more. Employees who chose to work their standard 40 hours were harrassed by line management and made to feel like they would lose their job. It was very stressful from that perspective.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff a project appropriately to give employees a better work life balance. Contractors may love the overtime because they are earning time and a half, but salaried employees are losing out. Be thankful for the overtime an employee freely gives and don't pressure the employee for more.

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    The ship is sinking, no kidding ...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    Prosflexible working hours, as long as you get the job done, no one really cares when you come in and when you leave. You can work from home as well. 20% + of the employees are decentralized.

    Conschaos in financial and operational systems, currently.
    too many highly paid directors who are only good at talking, but not real working.
    High turnover rate, over-burned work bees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire and keep the good employees!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wishing times were better – When times are good it seems the trickle down works and growth is possible.

    Clinical Research Assistant (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsChance for growth & foot in the door of the CRO industry. They offer a good self-paced training program and resources should you choose to expand your training.

    ConsThere is a lack of communication about important issues (i.e. rate of promotions, change of work place location)

    There is also little flexibility around the 40 hour week. There is the flex-time to a certain amount around the core hours 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. However, you need to log 8 hours a day. Even if you work a 12 hour day putting in significant time to get deliverables out the door, you still need to log 8 hours the next using personal/vacation hours if necessary. For most positions, there is not an option for a 4 day x10 hours workweek.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more give and take. There are MANY overqualified people putting 120% with hopes of notice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to start your pharma career

    Vice President (Former Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsSuperb place to start in the pharma industry as there are lots of highly competent and knowledgeable people from who you can learn alot from. What you learn at PAREXEL will make you very valuable at pharma and biotech companies, especially locally.

    ConsThere is alot of turnover because clients are always cherry-picking staff. There are also alot of "silos" so departments aren't always working together but often they compete against each other instead.

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter incentives and rewards for good performance needed. Also better support for staff under alot of pressure to perform for clients.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Clinical Research Assistant (Former Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsManagement is great. It's like a family. They understand family issues and are very accomodating when their employees are in need of assistance - both in and out of work. The company has good training and encourages continuing education regularly.

    ConsThe pay could be better, but this is the cost of having been given the opportunity to enter the clinical trial industry. Promotional opportunities are usually good, but the company is affected in economic downturns. They do their best when promotional opportunities are not feasible due to financial concerns and make it a point to continually stay in contact with their employees about the company's status.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing a great job - please keep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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