Parexel Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2020

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Parexel Chief Executive Officer Jamie Macdonald
Jamie Macdonald
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  1. Featured Review

    "Employee friendly, good policies, great work load Fe balance"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Hyderābād
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parexel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Internal career opportunities, top performers are rewarded without fail

    Cons

    Nothing as of now, very tolerant

  2. "Decent company to work for"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parexel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, great company and smart people to work with

    Cons

    Benefits are expensive, compensation is low, but so it all other CROs

  3. "Broken promises"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - --- in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parexel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Was acquired by private equity company....now all focus is making financials look good by pushing higher and higher new business targets regardless of whether staff to do work sold, and eliminate PTO financial liabilities owed to employees. Trainwreck waiting to happen.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "I don't recommend you build your regulatory career in CRO."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Korea, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parexel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility working hour and annual leave can be used one hour unit

    Cons

    incompetent managers, low salary, no company benefit

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Has lost its way"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Director - Software in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parexel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work can be interesting (if you are on those projects) Salaries are OK. Benefits are good - but they have been getting worse over the last few years (changing us vacation policy mid year was a total disaster) Plenty of experience in remote work.

    Cons

    Multiple years of layoffs Total disconnect between management and reality Seems to enjoy adding onto and changing process so nobody really knows what they are supposed to do and thus nothing actually seems to get done Totally unclear what Pamplona are really trying to accomplish. They overpaid for the company and seem to be struggling to find any sort of coherent strategy to get a return on their investment. Constant tension between Geographic areas. Lots of PowerPoint jockeys - there are only so many vaporous management school BS slide decks I can read in a day -

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "The Decaying CRO"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parexel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary is decent, some good people remain but most have left or gotten laid off. Bonuses were good but with the companies struggles I don't think will be seeing those for a long time. Can gain some good experience but highly dependent on if you work on Enterprise accounts or Biotech accounts. Would advise you to push for Enterprise. Biotech PLs have it worse.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership from the top. Example, the CFO dressed as "Tiger King" and told everyone we're fine. One week later he was asking everyone to take voluntary pay cuts, otherwise layoffs would start. PLs are understaffed, your project load will be unmanageable. The systems are easily the worst I've ever worked in.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Prepare to be overworked"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Billerica, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parexel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, good place to gain experience.

    Cons

    Tons of work with unrealistic deadlines. Overly complicated process that slows things down. Limited opportunities for growth. Poor work/life balance and poor training.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Transformation difficult to new operating model"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Midwest City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Parexel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary and average health benefits

    Cons

    Lot of changes impacting your work life balance

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  9. "Great people and teams"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Parexel full-time

    Pros

    Great people, supportive management, strong teams, work from home opportunities

    Cons

    Pay could be more competitive

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great job to get your feet wet"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parexel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You learn a lot in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    They run very lean and you end up working 12 hour days

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