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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated May 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 59 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Progress is impossible without change..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked in various roles and departments at PAREXEL over the past 9 years. People are truly the heart of this company... what makes it "tick". Leadership recognizes, values, respects, and supports this. Leadership demonstrates transparency, encourages proactive problem solving and innovation, and actively seeks feedback from those "in the trenches". There are opportunities to expand your expertise and focus, as there are so many roles and services within the organization. Lateral movement is encouraged and the ensuing growth is recognized as valuable. Opportunities to work with and learn from global team members are always available. PAREXEL is a great company with a very strong future. I am VERY proud to be a part of this organization!

    Cons

    As a decentralized employee, work / life balance is sometimes a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen, share, and encourage staff at all levels.


  2. "Drug Safety Specialist_Pharmacovigilance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drug Safety Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Drug Safety Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a wonderful Company to learn and gain the Knowledge. The work atmosphere was healthy and good.

    Cons

    Nothing, no issues with the firm


  3. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good organization to work and grow

    Cons

    Leadership team are not so matured

    Advice to Management

    Need to pace up with changing technologies and innovations


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  5. "Senior CRA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PAREXEL seems to hire very positive employee's and the overall environment is very supportive. The salaries are competitive with other CRO's and I think might be a bit higher once you're above the entry level position or coming in from another company.

    Cons

    It's a CRO so travel is the primary thing that creates CRA turnover. While they try to keep folks regionalized, it is a challenge for any CRO to do this consistently. However, they do listen to you when you are stretched too thin, but it often takes a long time to reduce the travel. As a CRA your performance is based on travel verses quality and that is a problem, but again, it's a CRO and I think that is the nature of the beast being a service industry provider. It's challenging to get everything done with the amount of travel required, this results in really good employee's often receiving the same annual increase as mediocre employee's and this does not result in positive incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Move towards getting closer to a real work/life balance environment and focus more on quality than metrics. CRA's have too many sites, as do the CMA's and it makes it very challenging to meet all study timelines when stretched so thin.


  6. "Great place for remote work"

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    • 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work is great perk, saving commute time and freeing up hours during the day. Collaborative work environment, good people. One stop shop since the company is a CRO.

    Cons

    Company too big to succeed in every area. Management out of touch with systemic issues. The wheels grind slow in terms of initiating positive change. Lack of accountability when implementing IxRS systems.

    Advice to Management

    Offload underperforming divisions, return to what the company is good at. Bigger does not mean better it means bloated. Focus on the core mission, get your hands dirty and know the systems and people not just the metrics.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, company systems and technology are good, and most management team are supportive

    Cons

    Work loaf is crazy. Most people that need any time off for medical reasons are severed from the company

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate staff workload


  9. "Great flexibility and support"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Possibility of working from home

    Cons

    When working from home your working hours can be stretched

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the company


  10. "Senior Clinical Monitoring Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice raises, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Many LMs are not aware of CMA specific challenges. You are often left to figure things out on your own.


  11. "Software job in a non-software company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse areas of work requiring different skills based on group assignment, international company allows for working with colleagues based in U.S., U.K., and India, follows SAFE and Lean Agile methodologies for software development.

    Cons

    Groups do work well together when testing across applications in the overall suite. Groups focus only on their application and very little on the integrations with the other applications they need to work with. Groups that are split between U.S. and India have difficulty working together as a single team.

    Advice to Management

    If group is distributed, have at least half of the work day overlap for everyone. This will better encourage working as one team instead of two separate teams working on the same application.


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