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Pros
  • The work life balance as very good as well (in 91 reviews)

  • A great sociable atmosphere and can work from home whenever you need to within reason (in 91 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (2)

    "Director Project Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    reliable colleagues, global reach, focus on quality, regulatory intelligence

    Cons

    Management team driven by Finance only

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision, share a vision ....value employees....stop promoting people who have overstayed with no practical exernal experience; listen to advice from the rank and file


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company Can Do Much Better!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CMA in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - CMA in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fellow team members are very positive and uplifting to work with.
    -If you have questions , you can get lots of help from other team members for answers
    -Take your meetings from home
    -Role teaches you how to display effective time management.

    Cons

    - Lastly, high stress for no reason, and mostly due to upper management.

    -The training for SMT is not very effective and they expect you to cram a lot of information in your head within a small amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure that you know the guidelines and are experienced with the work before telling your employees to do so. Also, it is very unprofessional to talk about other employees behind their backs, as well as fail to display the mission that your company provides without following them. These managers need to make their employees feel more supported and comfortable instead of adding more stress on to them.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good benefits, company a bit of a mess"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, had some wonderful, bright co-workers, offered home based non travel position.

    Cons

    Company organization is a mess and not a lot of direction, nobody seems to be on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    teamwork and communication are lacking


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    PXL provides paper plates, free coffee and tea and used to be an awesome place to work.

    Cons

    No support. Management looking our for themselves and not their reports.

    Advice to Management

    Get down into the actual work of what people do before you start re-organizing based on what other CROs do.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, everyone is helpful and friendly, a lot of knowledgeable people who are willing to answer questions on a daily basis. Lots of training and places to look for information. Processes are well documented. Hard work is noticed and rewarded. Benefits are wonderful and they consistently promote from within so if you work hard and do a good job, you will never have to look for another job if you are successful at PAREXEL.

    Cons

    While they give you an abundance of vacation and personal time, it's hard to take it all because we are so busy all the time, maybe they should pay out excess vacation but that's about the only negative thing I can say.

    Advice to Management

    Just more hiring! Other than that, I'm a very happy employee.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good Starting place to gain clinical exposure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CMA II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - CMA II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to global experience, work/life balance acceptable

    Cons

    Lots of turnover... promotions are hard to get, salaries are lower than average in the industry

    Advice to Management

    Management need to stay consistent and employ techniques to retain their good employees


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Clinical Trials Specialist"

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    Current Contractor - Clinical Trials Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Clinical Trials Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at PAREXEL as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Nice office.

    Cons

    Very unfriendly work/social environment. No one says hello or good morning. Its as if your invisible.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Beware of Shallow Promises"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly decentralized culture where you are able to work remotely with a diverse global staff. Management is hit or miss depending on the group for whom you work.

    Cons

    The workload and travel expectations aee punishing. 60 hr weeks are the norm with minimal worklife balance despite promises to the contrary. For a 13,000 person company there always seems to be staffing shortages and zero training. Management is very cliquey and if you aren't part of the club, never expected to get promoted or even receive a thank you from your boss. There are a lot of promises made in terms of career advancement, but when it comes time to hire, expect the new person to come from outside the company ar a higher payscale than internal employees. The company isn't growing organically, and is only achieving numbers through acquisitions. The CRO industry is changing and the company is consistentlh losing projects to more nimble and less expensive competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the field regarding emerging trends in the industry. Leadership is more than empty words and threats. Management through politics and intimidation is no way to lead...and that is rampant throughout the PAREXEL culture.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Parexel"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgable management. I am sorry I do not have any more "Pros" to offer.

    Cons

    Too much travel with sub-standard equipment. There was no work/life balance it was only work.

    Advice to Management

    Know that the more sites a CRA is given the less time and attention they can spend with each site. Be aware of the ratio of sites/CRA to ensure a successful study,


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Potential hindered by poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate I in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong training, quick hiring process

    Cons

    Poorly planned systems, low morale, poor management


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