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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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Pros
  • A great sociable atmosphere and can work from home whenever you need to within reason (in 90 reviews)

  • Experience, good work life balance (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • As a decentralized employee, work / life balance is sometimes a challenge (in 60 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 (6)

    "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. "Room for Improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    the week long Project Leader training/on-boarding was very well done. great information but a lot of it all at once. great management support when needed. they do come out of the woodwork to assist with your questions.

    Cons

    extremely lean as far as resourcing. chronically understaffed in study support which has domino affect on study. no staff available for back-fills.
    PAREXEL is currently going through an entire company shift of how studies will be tracked for profitability. going from the study multiple to % complete. a lot of changes coming with new systems, processes, forms, etc.
    and now with the new "investors" a whole new board of directors. not sure if that's good or bad....

    Advice to Management

    HIRE PEOPLE. KEEP PEOPLE ALREADY HIRED.
    the more we lose, the tighter the squeeze on employees which causes more and more to leave. you're losing good people.

  3. "awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    very nice place to work at

    Cons

    no cons,just keep doing like this


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PAREXEL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very organised structure procedure based working practice. Managers very experienced. Great area to learn the CRO/Pharma Business. As company is large can move around within the company to gain experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes quick turnover for contract workers due to nature of the business. Has been changes in recent years to try to cut costs so may no be to easy for contractors to gain a position.

    Advice to Management

    I have never had a problem with any managers at PAREXEL. All have been highly trained and supportive. My last manager was excellent and very supportive.


  5. "Excellent company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning Opportunities.
    Quality Culture.
    Good People Management.
    Open Communication.
    Work Life Balance.

    Cons

    Highly specialised roles dilute ownership and causing individuals to work in a silo.
    Project Team may be encouraged to listen to Quality Management.
    Lengthy procedures causing less learnable hence less adherable.
    Less or no training budget.

    Advice to Management

    Management may introduce a process where an individual can work cross functionally.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Exhausting and not worth it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CMA
    Current Employee - CMA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The ability to work from home, 401k and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    I used to be proud to work at PAREXEL but with the recent restructuring and layoffs I have changed my tune. The pros no longer out way the cons. The company preaches first time quality but does not set you up for success. They are expecting the current employees to pick up the slack for the recent layoffs which has led to many people being overworked. Upper management needs to get it together or they will lose the people that actually keep the clients satisfied.

    Advice to Management

    If I was a sponsor, I wouldn't take my business to PAREXEL. I would advise taking your restructuring in a different direction because the way you're going doesn't bode well for your future.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "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.

  8. "Clinical and Logistics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSC in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Current Employee - CSC in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, great training, management support.

    Cons

    Big structure and long times for approvals

    Advice to Management

    Give more coaching and meetings face to face.


  9. "Employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had one of my best corporate career years at this company.

    Cons

    Lack of go-getters in management.

    Advice to Management

    Refine the processes and determine whether all process steps are really required for a quality product.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It was a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People that I work with are great

    Cons

    Corporate decision ruined good teams and talent. They are lay-off people without knowledge of they are doing and that affect client satisfaction. Also, promotions are made depending of who is your friend or how close are you to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Be ready, you will see the result of your decision in one year. I can tell you that you probable reduce the expenses by laying-off personal but you also will see reduce your clients because service provided is not satisfactory.


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