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PAREXEL Billerica Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Billerica, MA

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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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  • As a decentralized employee, work / life balance is sometimes a challenge (in 58 reviews)

  • Only upper management seems to understand how it's supposed to work (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "okay"

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    Current Employee - Imaging Operations Lead in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Imaging Operations Lead in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to grow with

    Cons

    Not all management follows the same guidelines


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Went downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My co-workers that I worked with day-to-day were great. I also enjoyed working with the direct manager I had for the first 4 years.

    Cons

    Company started undertaking alot of organizational changes in 2014 and this has continued. There was alot of confusion around roles, and new management was brought in for many areas. Much of the new management were incompetent and arrogant fools that I did not want to be around, much less work for. I left a year after getting a new manager that I did not enjoy working with. Before and after I left, there were many other smart and nice people who also left for similar reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Work to better define your strategy before you start making a bunch of changes that just cause more confusion, frustration, and increase in workloads. Take a look at upper management that add not value and only frustrate the people that work for them and do all the real heavy lifting. There are reasons why the company is going downhill.


  3. "Fast paced"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, opportunity to learn a lot.

    Cons

    the Infrastructure team is understaffed.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Principle Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good company to work for. You can get exposed to a lot of different technology.

    Cons

    To many departments cause a communication nightmare. It took for ever to get something accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate departments and get rid of the legacy systems

    PAREXEL Response

    Dec 5, 2016

    Thank you for the feedback. PAREXEL has had tremendous growth over the past several years and structured ourselves to make sure we delivered great value to our clients. We are currently looking at ... More


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Clinical Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate I in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate I in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary was good. The most senior mgmt seem to think money will keep people despite the work environment. Training is also excellent.

    Cons

    Line managers across the board are terrible. There may be a few that are okay, but that is not the norm. They are negative and highly critical. Line managers should be helpful and supportive. PAREXEL management is a team of bullies. The company needs to clean house and start over.

    Advice to Management

    You will keep losing the best CRAs if you don't start treating them with respect and gratitude. You should be their allies. CRAs are the bread and butter of the company and shouldn't be treated like work horses. Shame on you.


  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work locations across company

    Cons

    Not if enough time to complete job


  8. Helpful (3)

    "massively overworked"

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    Current Employee - Data Management Lead in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Data Management Lead in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    May occasionally work from home.

    Cons

    Much too much work.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "From top notch to a revolving door"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work & life balance, good benefits, overall nice people around

    Cons

    Poor top management decisions, IT systems are seriously outdated, massive loss of institutional knowledge due to constant restructuring, lots of newcomers who don't know much, lots of politics and behind the door made decisions, lack of respect for employees, low morale

    Advice to Management

    I don't know if anything would be helpful at this point, as employees just run away in batches and not even signing bonuses will help, if they realize after 2 months that this place is not what was advertised and all the work is manual.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "not a long term gig"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst II in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst II in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start career and learn

    Cons

    Lots of politics even at a junior level
    Little to no focus on employee development
    Poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee development


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Positive changes happening with Clinops"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate to Clinical Research Associate in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate to Clinical Research Associate in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I started at PXL about a year and a half ago. I was not happy for a long time because my manager was not engaged and my career was not moving forward. However, a few months ago there was a change in Clinops directors and the new Director has made extremely positive changes, including significantly higher salaries. I was also switched to a new manager who was very engaged in my career and was able to promote me to a CRA within a few days.

    Cons

    The cons at this point are that of any large company- there is a lot of turn around and staffing on projects doesn't always seem to make a lot of sense. I would go months without anything to do and then be working overtime for a few months. Additionally, as described above, your career with the company is very dependent on your manager.

    Advice to Management

    The changes that are being made are very positive and they have significantly improved the culture and attitude around the office. Although difficult to achieve it would be beneficial to have managers more on the same page



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