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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated September 25, 2018
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PAREXEL Chief Executive Officer Jamie Macdonald
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  • "poor work life balance, inhuman work load" (in 65 reviews)

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

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  1. "This is a good company to start with and provide good exposure"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PV Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - PV Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability Good exposure Skills enhancement friendly environment

    Cons

    Everything has pros and cons


  2. "Pretty good!"

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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "manager"

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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Cra"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "the people are friendly and hardworking"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Imaging Research Associate in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Imaging Research Associate in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the managers are supportive and the work is interesting

    Cons

    pay is on the low end

    Advice to Management

    There is a lot of change happening,. More communication would be appreciated.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bad for Engineers and other Engineering professionals"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Wide range of people, some good and uplifting others are downers and stuck in their ways.
    - Opportunity to work from home, but questionable work-life balance since you are expected to always work late and on weekends to meet unreasonable deadlines
    - May get approved for nice training if you know who to ask
    - Good benefits and vacation time, easy to work with HR

    Cons

    - Company is lost.... very poor communication and everyone is kept in the dark until too late
    - Rounds of layoffs including Engineering coming but no communication in that regard from management
    - Gossiping and wining all the time, very little emotional stability in eng management.
    - Company is not growing

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "CRA III"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Wakefield, MA
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Wakefield, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only one to two Protocols

    Cons

    Travel is about 80 percent

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Study Managers from within the organization

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Upper Management is lost"

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

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

    Pros

    -Coworkers are reliable and hardworking and dependable (at lower levels)
    -work from home options are beneficial
    -that's about it

    Cons

    -management is very confused about what exactly goes into starting clinical sites up and the timelines required
    -management has a major disconnect at demands placed on CRAs/CMAs or CSMs/iCSMs - too much work to do, with no backup or explanation or guidance from project leadership or upper management because they are all confused about the processes and how clinical sites work
    -upper management ignores major glaring issues and mistreatment by line managers, project leaders which leads to faster burnout and high turnover rate, leaving staff more stressed with less resources and leaving sites frustrated with constant changes in contacts...

    - I could go on an on.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN and care.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Finance Business"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few good employees and casual dress...

    Cons

    I have never left a negative review about anything in my life, but dear me,
    Unfortunately, the work standard at this company was simply very poor....
    - Extremely heavy work load
    -Too much gossip/cut-throat strategy for promotion
    -Some managers have ZERO leadership skills
    -Work from home or flexibility is rare within the finance department.
    -Its a revolving door...the list keeps on going. Just two words...."Stay Away"


  10. "Software Test Engineer"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work for starters

    Cons

    not required at this point of time.


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