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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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  • "Work-life balance is highly dependent on the team you work for and your supervisor" (in 68 reviews)

  • "upper management have little understanding of the operation" (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Clinical Operations Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-established company with processes in place
    Fantastic training systems
    Straight forward honest communicators

    Cons

    I wish I would have started here earlier!

    Advice to Management

    I am so happy to be with a company that actually trains their staff and has a process in place for nearly every eventuality. I hope to stay for years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great huge projects, great many people working as a huge family

    Cons

    management doesn't care about real talents and highlight that "there's no irreplaceable people".

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for work life balance."

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you cant beat the work life balance, and the ability to manage yourself.

    Cons

    not a great place if you need a look of support.

    Advice to Management

    a little more employee support, and real employee support and not just mouth service.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "OK company, highly dependent on the team you work for"

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    Current Employee - Scientific Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scientific Specialist in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Completely remote position, excellent graphic design and editorial support, superb healthcare benefits and PTO.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is highly dependent on the team you work for and your supervisor. Poor client expectation management. Secretive about promotion timelines and path. They prioritize making money rather than supporting staff. Long and somewhat ridiculous training that takes you away from your work. Bonus structure makes it almost impossible to consistently get a worthwhile bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Make the promotion process clear. Manage client expectations. Train managers to speak to employees, rather than at them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ok - for entry level"

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    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good place to start career

    Cons

    - management turnover was high


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Remote Position in the Consulting/Regulatory Submission Group"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working from home worked for me. Ability to travel without taking as much time off. Not enough projects to keep me fully utilized. At the end of my time there, we were just starting to have more communication, support and cohesion amongst the entire submissions group team.

    Cons

    Constantly changing management and reorganization. Not enough projects to keep me fully utilized which then impacts the possibility of a bonus. High turnover in other groups which impacts business continuity especially when its the finance and invoicing group. Increasing off shore resources and challenges working with them including time difference and language understanding. I was laid off due to business restructuring.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Its all about the money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    able to get into healthcare space for career move

    Cons

    old technology
    project driven business - little investment

  8. "Good place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall culture is pretty good, associates are supportive and will help when they can

    Cons

    Challenging atmosphere, hours can be very long and very demanding


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fine -- if CRO's are what you want to do for a career. If you want to use original thought or creativity, avoid this."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -flexible work-schedule (esp. if per-diem). work stays at work
    -decent starting pay for the difficulty of the work (17/hr). good pay differentials for evenings and holidays.
    - some people are decent (co-workers and participants alike)

    Cons

    - this place becomes small so quickly -- I personally see so little room for growth. unless you've dreamt of becoming a data manager, or someone who micromanages other- this whole place really isn't that gratifying.
    - THIS IS THE JOB: you do procedures that are assigned to you (mainly taking blood pressures and ECG's), YOU DON'T THINK AT ALL! you simply follow procedures. you don't ask questions, you just do as your told - wait for 8hrs to be over by meandering around a far too small break room, and repeat indefinitely (while trying to keep vestiges of any enthusiasm or soul).

    Advice to Management

    mannnn. this profession just inherently has some positions that aren't enjoyable.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Chaos Reigns Supreme at PAREXEL"

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    Current Employee - Director in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salaries and benefits are generous.

    Cons

    They have recovered from the restructure and equity partner purchase of them from years ago. Some that survived the layoff were promoted beyond their ability.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in basic management training for your leaders. Too many were promoted beyond their ability and are horrible managers. Start evaluating the levels beneath VP; implement 360 reviews. The attrition rate is climbing for a reason.