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PAREXEL Boston Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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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. "Great place for remote work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, working from home available

    Cons

    Lack of career path , too Boston Centric


  2. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Billerica, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love what I do. There is a lot to be learned and many opportunities to do so and to help other PM's.

    Cons

    I wish the culture was less finger pointing from management to the people on the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Take accountability for your role when things goes south. Processes and tools need to be meaningful and useful. Update as regularly as you change processes and make sure the tools available contain meaningful and accurate information, i.e. current inbox addresses, current role titles.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, ability to work from home, competitive salary, great benefits. Great company to start and grow.

    Cons

    Management is questionable, LMs not always holding their employees accountable, turnover rate is high which really needs to be fixed. Turnover rate decreases environment in office.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to what will make their staff happy/things that can be approved upon.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Quick Burn Out Rate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to get involved in a lot of different areas.

    Cons

    Management tends not to reward hard work and movement upward in your career has proven to be difficult for many.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push your teams and present them with challenges and opportunity but reward at some point and don't leave them out to dry.


  6. "okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Went downhill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Clinical Enrollment Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Clinical Enrollment Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Contractor - Clinical Enrollment Manager in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned much coming from the pharmaceutical end of business to the research end of getting medications approved in the USA.

    Cons

    It was only a contract position.

    Advice to Management

    Never accept contract, even if told you will be given another position, as chances are you will be laid off.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Rudderless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Needham, MA

    I have been working at PAREXEL (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, good industry, work from home

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing, no career path

    Advice to Management

    Think longer term


  10. Helpful (2)

    "PAREXEL QA Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good overall.

    Cons

    -Company rarely promotes within, preference to keep existing staff at current level to limit growth so that they are stuck.
    -Poor management overall and stems from the top down
    -lack of recognition from management cross functionally, they have recognition electronic system but management rarely uses it and usually does not provide much benefit to employee unless management decides you deserve “points” for a particular recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent you currently have, work to keep staff happy, educate, mentor and promote within

    PAREXEL Response

    Dec 16, 2016

    Thank you for providing your feedback. I'm sorry to learn that your experience at PAREXEL has not met your expectations based on your experience with management. I'd like to learn more so we have an ... More


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Margin acceleration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Management decided to cut costs by outsourcing my job function to India. Outsourcing jobs has been an ongoing thing at Parexel since 2009. They're doing it in small increments over time to avoid getting too much negative publicity and alarming clients. Seriously, stay away if you live in the USA or other high-cost country.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue before it's too late


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