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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated September 22, 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 61 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to get it together or they will lose the people that actually keep the clients satisfied (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Progress is impossible without change..."

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    • 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. "Willing to promote from within"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Specialist in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Specialist in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many managers are open to telecommuting
    Supportive managers who are interested in helping you further your career
    A good place to learn about the pharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    The better you do your job, the more work they give you. High potential for burnout
    Not great at providing training in real time. A lot of training upfront for work you will not do for months or longer
    Not great at implementing change. Do not utilize 'change agents' to help support new roll-outs

    Advice to Management

    Stop overloading the Clinical and Data Management leads. Implement a true mentoring program. Improve ability of Leads to get refresher training for tasks as they approach (such as an interim deliverable or a study lock)

  3. "Project Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are good benefits, salary and bonuses. There is also a good work/life balance with flexibility. The line management is supportive.

    Cons

    The resources on each project are often stretched thin. The project load for some is too burdensome. There are also frequent process changes that can be cumbersome.


  4. "Senior Clinical Research Associate"

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

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Works with employees, try to help work and life balance

    Cons

    Left hand does not know what right hand is doing

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Employees


  5. "Co has lots of the right pieces in place need to find a way to be profitable"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast moving dynamic environment for a big company.

    Cons

    Legacy executive management stuck in the old ways.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new leadership, find a way to compensate high performers better.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Contract CRA at PAREXEL"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract CRA in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Contract CRA in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Oncology team I worked was great!

    Cons

    None from my experience


  7. "Senior Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good salary along with benefits

    Cons

    Limited room for career growth

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Parexel Clinical"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work from home, good benefits

    Cons

    Continued layoffs are demotivating to company. They keep cutting those who do the work and not those above - we are too top heavy.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not best for IT professionals"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good and smart people working in the company. Mostly a pleasure to deal with if they are not in management roles.
    - Flexible work hours and opportunity to work from home
    - Invest into training if you will ask for that at the right time

    Cons

    - Company doesn't let go of old processes and doesn't want to change them for better. Only separate departments can adapt, but then blocked by other departments that are not touched by the change.
    - No buy in from management for anything new, when things starting to down the hill everyone revert to old ways and don't finish change transition.
    - Do not invest into technology or innovation
    - Leadership doesn't provide proper support to personnel, just pressure people into working overtime to get things done faster.
    - They are not Agile even through they formally has adapted Agile and SAFe.
    - Mindset shift is impossible, every "new" process results in being even worse and less efficient.
    - Do not care about their people (vacation can be denied to deliver release, ppl expected to always work overtime, burn people out, play on a fact that some people can't leave because on visa)
    - Bios to hiring certain nationalities.
    - Always conflicting priorities and no clear vision for the future.
    - Terrible corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Please, shift your leadership towards being servant leaders who can help and not just do orders. Please, be more accessible to people, and break terrible corporate culture.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Sinking ship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Insurance, dental insurance, PTO, 401K

    Cons

    High turnover, incompetent management, outdated systems, high stress due to constant layoffs and reorganizations, compensation about 15% below market.

    Advice to Management

    Try to stay afloat, considering you lost all your institutional knowledge in the finance organization. Hire people who are competent and like working with other people, and don't think trickery is a virtue. And one finance is a joke. You can't expect an internal auditor to do tax returns and a financial analyst to do SOX compliance. Just grow up, would you.


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