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PAREXEL Waltham Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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Pros
  • A great sociable atmosphere and can work from home whenever you need to within reason (in 90 reviews)

  • Experience, good work life balance (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • As a decentralized employee, work / life balance is sometimes a challenge (in 60 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. "Mixed Bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waltham, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Waltham, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has good people with good intentions. Good vision and good plans.

    Cons

    However as work trickles from the top down, the red tape often gets in the way for purchasing and payments to contractors.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Old way of management and human resource team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "SSVE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Validation Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Validation Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top most CRO companies and has work life balance

    Cons

    Too stress ful in some groups


  4. "Good Organisation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Waltham, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A good clinical trial company
    Great leaders
    Great leave policy

    Cons

    No Transparency
    Poor middle management
    Staggering growth


  5. "Been at Parexel for 4 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work from home benefits. Flexibility

    Cons

    The salary and benefits are low

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your employees


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "PAREXEL - Waltham"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Impression"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has a really good benefit plan. You have the opportunity to work with some very smart and nice people.

    Cons

    Work environment is tense and unrewarding. External candidates tend to be hired rather than promoting from within. Compensation is on the lower end for the industry.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Okay Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked for PXL for a few years, good opportunity if you come in but its hard to progress and youd get further if you left the job and came back but nothing abnormal compared to other CRO's.

    Cons

    The work life balance could be improved abit further, and career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff!


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