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PAREXEL Reviews in Waltham, MA

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
347 Reviews
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347 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, good benefits, not micro managing, ability to work from home as a LM (in 25 reviews)

  • Salary, time off, training department is outstanding, average work/life balance (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • They work you very hard here - the work/life balance is non-existent (in 20 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, constant overload, good people leave for better companies (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    A wonderful and informative summer experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Waltham, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Parexel fosters a very professional environment with a talented and friendly management staff. The career opportunities are immense and most employees are very well compensated for their efforts.

    Cons

    You have to be prepared to work very hard to excell. Most upper level employees put in well north of 40 hours per week, they are still in the process of expanding and probably need to hire more people to balance everyone's workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and don't be afraid to promote from within,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Join PAREXEL

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Waltham, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Management 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job - please keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Been at Parexel for 4 years

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
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  5.  

    Great Company, great benefits, decent salaries

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    benefits
    people
    established company growing very quickly

    Cons

    very large (can be a pro)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to start your pharma career

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Waltham, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Superb 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Impression

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

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

    Pros

    Company has a really good benefit plan. You have the opportunity to work with some very smart and nice people.

    Cons

    Work environment is tense and unrewarding. External candidates tend to be hired rather than promoting from within. Compensation is on the lower end for the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Worked for PXL for a few years, good opportunity if you come in but its hard to progress and youd get further if you left the job and came back but nothing abnormal compared to other CRO's.

    Cons

    The work life balance could be improved abit further, and career progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Staff 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL

    Pros

    Chance 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Used to be good, now crazy town

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good solid company with strong revenues.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, vision. Work life balance does not exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay away from IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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