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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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  • "poor work life balance, inhuman work load" (in 67 reviews)

  • "upper management have little understanding of the operation" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Clinical Operations Leader"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "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. "Early Product Development"

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    Former Employee - Project Leader (PM) in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Project Leader (PM) in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hiring and interview process was thorough and positive.

    Cons

    I had a total of 3 different managers over 8 months due to high turnover in staff.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Clinical Site Manager I"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Site Manager in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Site Manager in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and remote flexibility

    Cons

    Does not care about employees -- you will not be rewarded for hard work, company does not promote from within. Visit metric is 6/month, but chances are you will be doing 10-13/month.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to retain talent


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Management: Take a deeper dive on inefficiencies"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great new Sr Management Team focused on success and culture

    Cons

    Middle management A players are gone and C players are running the departments. Not a good place to work anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Take a deeper dive into the holistic processes and inefficiencies. You took an initial look but missed some very big areas that have too much custom processes. Standardize the work and the systems used.


  6. "Worklife balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good Worklife balance environment

    Cons

    No downsides of working in parexel


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Pretty good!"

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    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    My team is great, everyone is friendly and helpful. My manager is approachable and supportive. Being able to work decentralized is awesome.

    Cons

    The pay and benefits could be a bit better, especially the 401k match. There’s too many tools, add-ins, etc. The tools work pretty well, there’s just too many, which creates more work!

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate and find all-in-one solutions where possible.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent for entry level employees that want to work their way up, meh otherwise"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Good place to work for entry level if you can get a full time position. Most Program Managers and clinical management up to the Director level start at entry level positions and can be promoted rapidly.
    Local management team are great.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great.
    Very bureaucratic and hard to get anything done.
    Each department are in their own world and don't understand the work of others. There's no one to bridge the gap and work is very inefficient guessing at what the other teams want.
    Most entry level positions are PRN and when business is slow you won't get hours.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like my line manger and my job.

    Cons

    Inefficient HR and very weak benefits department. It.s impossible to speak to a representative. Everything is done tratuhrough an IT ticket. If you open a ticket they close it and never follow-up. So frustrating to get answers,

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should consider replacing the heads of HR and employee benefits.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Cra"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CRA in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - CRA in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People at Parexel are very committed

    Cons

    Salary could be more interesting