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PAREXEL UK Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  • As a decentralized employee, work / life balance is sometimes a challenge (in 58 reviews)

  • Only upper management seems to understand how it's supposed to work (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hit and miss - depends on who you are..."

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

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

    Pros

    Some good benefits available such as health care plans and sports and social club. Good Holiday entitlement. Good opportunity to learn new skills. Chance to progress (sometimes).

    Cons

    There is bad atmosphere and general discomfort working here. There is a huge amount of red tape which can get in the way of actually doing your job. Extremely corporate. It's probably a great place to work if you like obeying everyone and following bureaucratic systems blindly.

    Advice to Management

    The management team is generally very good and are often available to listen to concerns - although have no real ability to do anything about them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Moving on Up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work colleagues are very supportive

    Cons

    Some management decisions are not properly piloted

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key get employees on board by being honest


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A stepping stone"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexi hours
    Work from home
    Convenient location as you are close to the town centre and tube station.
    Useful industry experience

    Cons

    Lack of career progression, hard to get promoted
    Poor management in some departments
    Low morale
    Some favouritism noticed on employees that were not deserved
    This company is best as a stepping stone for progressing in this industry, I wouldn't recommend working here long term.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who deserve it and have worked for the company for a while otherwise they will just leave.


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  5. "Senior Conusltant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to wide range of clients, world leading in house experts, working from home

    Cons

    low staff retention, long working hours, a lot of pressure on utilization


  6. Helpful (3)

    "parexel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, interesting job with the potential to learn lots about clinical research. A good start to gain experience in this industry

    Cons

    Poor management. There seems to be potential to move up within the company but people are often held back and not given the opportunity


  7. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work colleagues, flexible working

    Cons

    change has become a byword for progress


  8. Helpful (1)

    "NIce Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    friendly
    An opportunity to learn new skills

    Cons

    poor performance is not really addressed, managers do not want to address
    new structure is making it more beaurocratic


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people. Opportunity to learn a lot and share your ideas. Great location,

    Cons

    Too many fast paced changes, lack of transparency from upper management, Unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Promote the talent already there.


  10. "Good experience but terrible management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Data & Quality Assistant in Harrow, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Data & Quality Assistant in Harrow, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience, you're given quite a wide range of responsibilities for an intern, doing almost the same things as full time team members, challenging environment, good training and helpful collegues

    Cons

    Terrible management, chaos, no information from most people higher up about anything, don't even greet regular employees unless they needed something from them, this athmosphere probably doesn't help a worryingly high turnover of staff (average 3 people a month in a unit with maybe around 60 people)

    Advice to Management

    Change your attitude to all the employees you have below you


  11. "Very diverse company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pre Sales in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Pre Sales in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very far reaching firm, lots of opportunities internally if you skills or experience in a scientific background. The company has grown largely from acquiring smaller firms.

    Cons

    The down side to frowning threw acquisitions is a real silo mentality. The firm is drowned in red tape paper and there is no compromise with it due to being listed on the stock exchange.

    Advice to Management

    A much better effort needs to be made to introduce cross department interaction. A real investment and focus on the sales team would give a huge return on that investment.



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