PAREXEL Reviews in Waltham, MA

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
314 Reviews
3.0
314 Reviews
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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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.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Used to be good, now crazy town

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for 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
  3. 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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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    PAREXEL - Waltham

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

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay Employer

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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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away....

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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 for 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
  10.  

    CRA II

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    • Senior Management
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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 for 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
  11.  

    OK to work for but no advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 for 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

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