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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Stay Away....

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Benefits (health, dental, vacation (3 weeks), global company, ability to be home based)

    Cons

    Doesn't value employees; bureaucratic; cronyism rampant; Sr. Mgmt thinks they are GOD and that they must be treated that way; to many VPs and no resource; no career advancement unless you are a benefactor of cronyism; Sr. Mgmt out of touch and policies reflect that; Workload expectations very unrealistic; don't care about level of education or skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to valuing your employees and quit putting so much resource and value into VPs that do nothing. Promote people b/c they deserve it and have worked hard for it. Develop policies that match the real work that is going on; Quit hiring VPs and instead hire resource that is actually needed for projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    The ship is sinking, no kidding ...

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    • 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

    flexible 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.

    Cons

    chaos 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire and keep the good employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Generally good place to work, but lack of career advancement opportunities if you do not have a CRA background.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are up to par with other large organizations. Up until recently, a growing organization which can be exciting if in the right mindset and staffing levels adequate.

    Cons

    Lots of departments restructuring year after year. Very high turnover. My department was small, but I would bet the turnover was higher than the CRA population. I had eight managers in seven years. I know some people that had five in eighteen months. Some were great, but others were not so hot. One time I witnessed one of my supervisors fondling a little baggie of a brownish-white foreign substance. I would classify this supervisor's style as "jumpy." Although some strides have been made, technologies used can be antiquated. Staffing levels are rarely adequate for projects, resulting in burnout of the people currently on them. Talent Acquisition can not hire sufficiently, nor in advance as needed to staff projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality first, which may not maximize profits and require hiring staff in advance of revenue generation. Evaluate in a few years to see if exceeding customer expectations results in greater profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. PAREXEL - Waltham

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Manager in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good training ground for people new to the industry

    Cons

    Very little or no support from managers. Too many layers of management. Very secretive culture - can't find where people work in the organization by department. High staff turnover among entry level employees. Very driven female managers. No work - life culture. Metrics set by managers who have never worked in the field they manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the layers of management. Ask JVR why he throws his used towels on the floor of the men's room. Employees are disposable just like used towels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. CRA II

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

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

    Pros

    New software applications to learn and use elsewhere
    Medium range salary

    Cons

    Petty behavior on management styles; excessive travel; expected to be working on weekends - non stop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the MBA types who set the companies metrixs they don't know what they are doing setting unrealistic goals for positions they have never held themselves

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

    OK to work for but no advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    -Generous vacation (3 weeks to start)
    -Relatively flexible work schedule.
    -Very nice co-workers. There is some very good talent here.
    -Exposure to new technology (though training is usually hands-on, on-the-fly).

    Cons

    -Difficult to get external training.
    -Raises average about 2-3% for workers. Management is a very different story. Very much a have and have-not situation. It pays to be in the clique.
    -Bonus plan not paid out over the last two years
    -Despite the propaganda, upper management sees lower level people as 'resources' not valued and skilled personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Reward innovative and hard-working employees in an equitable manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Impression

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Okay Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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
  11. 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

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