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PAREXEL UK Reviews

Updated October 8, 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. "Clinical Monitoring Associate"

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    Current Employee - CMA in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CMA in Uxbridge, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Company offers decent on going training

    Cons

    Low salary, staff retention is below average


  2. "Clinical research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Res in Harrow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Res in Harrow, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than a year)

    Pros

    Teamwork
    Some good benefits like rewards..(biased)
    Good starter experience

    Cons

    Unprofessional
    Unorganised
    Outdated technical devices.. frequent technical failures..

    Advice to Management

    Fix technical issues
    Fix HR and Tech service communication with clinical unit
    Buy new technical equipments n upgrade system softwares

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Associate director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People you work with, opportunity to travel promised interesting work and the results are something you can be proud of that help drive out illnesses

    Cons

    Travel budget closed periods frequent yet projects expected to deliver. Leadership not brilliant and left due to bullying manager frank sivo who has now left the company

    Advice to Management

    Take bullying issues seriously when raised and not let the victims leave


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PAREXEL Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting Industry to work in. Generally relaxed sociable working atmosphere. Good HR policies, look after their staff well.

    Cons

    Can be an infuriating place to work due to what feels poor leadership and direction from the top. Often decisions are made and not disseminated or enforced. Management feel significantly detached from day to day issues. There is a lot of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with staff at all levels, try and make more decisions based on sound information, or at least explaining the rationale behind decisions would help people engage more when implementing them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Moving on Up"

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    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


  6. "Senior Conusltant"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    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.

  8. "Good experience but terrible management"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very diverse company."

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    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.


  10. "Great Technical Training"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly entrepreneurial, still run by the founder, global in outlook and fast to move on new opportunities.

    Cons

    A bit cheap for consultants - not very good at rewarding project teams outside of the sales team.

    Advice to Management

    Sales team are pretty lazy, compared to technical talent, but they get rewarded more, that doesn't make sense


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