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PAREXEL Reviews in Waltham, MA

Updated June 13, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014
313 Reviews

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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. 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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    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Waltham, MA

    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The ship is sinking, no kidding ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    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.  

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

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Waltham, MA

    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
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  5.  

    A good place to start your pharma career

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Waltham, MA

    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
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    Join PAREXEL

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

    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
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