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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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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. "Irvine office"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Site Services in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - IT Site Services in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Friendly environment. My boss Simon Soden was great to work for. Good benefits.

    Cons

    My responsibilities were restricted compared to my other IT jobs. Also the pay wasn't very good. When I left, Irvine office closed, the next job was $1.5 more and then after that $5 more with another company compared to PAREXEL.

    Advice to Management

    Management seemed fine.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, ability to work from home, competitive salary, great benefits. Great company to start and grow.

    Cons

    Management is questionable, LMs not always holding their employees accountable, turnover rate is high which really needs to be fixed. Turnover rate decreases environment in office.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to what will make their staff happy/things that can be approved upon.

  3. "Good Company - Typical CRO"

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    Current Employee - Drug Safety Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Drug Safety Specialist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work from home options, great facility, GREAT Christmas parties

    Cons

    Several past layoffs, got laid off in Apr 2016, this is the nature of some CRO

    Advice to Management

    provide opportunities for advancement


  4. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Billerica, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love what I do. There is a lot to be learned and many opportunities to do so and to help other PM's.

    Cons

    I wish the culture was less finger pointing from management to the people on the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Take accountability for your role when things goes south. Processes and tools need to be meaningful and useful. Update as regularly as you change processes and make sure the tools available contain meaningful and accurate information, i.e. current inbox addresses, current role titles.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Quick Burn Out Rate"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to get involved in a lot of different areas.

    Cons

    Management tends not to reward hard work and movement upward in your career has proven to be difficult for many.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push your teams and present them with challenges and opportunity but reward at some point and don't leave them out to dry.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Meh."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL part-time

    Pros

    - Most (KEYWORD: MOST) of my coworkers are amazing and supportive.
    - Good place to gain entry level experience in the industry and as a recent college grad.
    - Thorough training process.

    Cons

    - Cheap company. Our location recently laid off the security guards, and are having us take over their duties.....
    - Low pay
    - Last minute scheduling makes it difficult to maintain work/life balance
    - High turn around rate. Alot of people stay for around a year and then leave for better opportunities.
    - Bad work environment. While most of my coworkers are friendly, some are bitter and nasty. If there is conflict, instead of talking it out with you, they will head straight to your manager or talk behind your back.
    - Middle management for the most part don't know how or what to properly manage. I barely even talk with or see my current manager.
    - HR presence practically nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Actually LISTEN to your employees instead of treating us like numbers. We can tell if you actually care for our wellbeing and growth, or are just power hungry and using your position to advance yourself up.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Moved on and I'll never look back."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Benefits. 401k with company match. Tuition reimbursement. Vacation leave. Salary, if you fight for it upfront.

    Cons

    One word...management. I can't comment on all managers (obviously, I don't know them all) but the vast majority are awful.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to engage with your employees, instead of just spying on them with remote software. Also listen to pain points and actually work towards resolutions that will improve processes. Offer career growth training / bridge programs.

  8. "okay"

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    Current Employee - Imaging Operations Lead in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Imaging Operations Lead in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to grow with

    Cons

    Not all management follows the same guidelines


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great salary and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, continuing focus on "people strategy"

    Cons

    Lots of systems snd lots of change in those systems

    Advice to Management

    Keep up people strategy!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Went downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My co-workers that I worked with day-to-day were great. I also enjoyed working with the direct manager I had for the first 4 years.

    Cons

    Company started undertaking alot of organizational changes in 2014 and this has continued. There was alot of confusion around roles, and new management was brought in for many areas. Much of the new management were incompetent and arrogant fools that I did not want to be around, much less work for. I left a year after getting a new manager that I did not enjoy working with. Before and after I left, there were many other smart and nice people who also left for similar reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Work to better define your strategy before you start making a bunch of changes that just cause more confusion, frustration, and increase in workloads. Take a look at upper management that add not value and only frustrate the people that work for them and do all the real heavy lifting. There are reasons why the company is going downhill.


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