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PAREXEL Waltham Reviews

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Waltham, MA

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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)

    "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    1. Good Benefits
    2. Compensation is up to market level.
    3. No Micro management

    Cons

    1. study managers are very disorganized
    2. disconnect between COLs/study managers and CRA. Managers don't know how to run a study. Need more training. while new to the study, I had a question from site. COL changed the status to "DND"


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old way of management and human resource team"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and good health insurance

    Cons

    Lots of work no career growth and nobody care if you do good work. There are many worst managers they stick to company and making the company worst too!

    Advice to Management

    Renovate the old management to keep the company growing


  3. "Used to be good, now crazy town"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Monitoring Associate in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good solid company with strong revenues.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, vision. Work life balance does not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from IT.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Generally good place to work, but lack of career advancement opportunities if you do not have a CRA background."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Resource Planner in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Resource Planner in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are up to par with other large organizations. Up until recently, a growing organization which can be exciting if in the right mindset and staffing levels adequate.

    Cons

    Lots of departments restructuring year after year. Very high turnover. My department was small, but I would bet the turnover was higher than the CRA population. I had eight managers in seven years. I know some people that had five in eighteen months. Some were great, but others were not so hot. One time I witnessed one of my supervisors fondling a little baggie of a brownish-white foreign substance. I would classify this supervisor's style as "jumpy." Although some strides have been made, technologies used can be antiquated. Staffing levels are rarely adequate for projects, resulting in burnout of the people currently on them. Talent Acquisition can not hire sufficiently, nor in advance as needed to staff projects.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality first, which may not maximize profits and require hiring staff in advance of revenue generation. Evaluate in a few years to see if exceeding customer expectations results in greater profits.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "PAREXEL - Waltham"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Manager in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training ground for people new to the industry

    Cons

    Very little or no support from managers. Too many layers of management. Very secretive culture - can't find where people work in the organization by department. High staff turnover among entry level employees. Very driven female managers. No work - life culture. Metrics set by managers who have never worked in the field they manage.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the layers of management. Ask JVR why he throws his used towels on the floor of the men's room. Employees are disposable just like used towels.


  7. "CRA II"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    New software applications to learn and use elsewhere
    Medium range salary

    Cons

    Petty behavior on management styles; excessive travel; expected to be working on weekends - non stop

    Advice to Management

    Tell the MBA types who set the companies metrixs they don't know what they are doing setting unrealistic goals for positions they have never held themselves


  8. Helpful (1)

    "OK to work for but no advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Generous vacation (3 weeks to start)
    -Relatively flexible work schedule.
    -Very nice co-workers. There is some very good talent here.
    -Exposure to new technology (though training is usually hands-on, on-the-fly).

    Cons

    -Difficult to get external training.
    -Raises average about 2-3% for workers. Management is a very different story. Very much a have and have-not situation. It pays to be in the clique.
    -Bonus plan not paid out over the last two years
    -Despite the propaganda, upper management sees lower level people as 'resources' not valued and skilled personnel.

    Advice to Management

    -Reward innovative and hard-working employees in an equitable manner.



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