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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated 16 October, 2017
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PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
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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. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    work from home, job development

    Cons

    none, that I can think of


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Manager, Clinical Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Good company to develop long term career. Management provides good opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Too many changes occurring since past 2 years. Many good senior managers are laid off to show to investors that company is cutting costs. This is all done at an expense of laying off dedicated hard working employees as company just sees numbers on paper.

    Advice to Management

    Please show the employees that you really care for them and then only expect employee to assist you with increase in operational margins.


  3. "Sr. CRA"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people at the company are very professional, friendly, and supportive. The operational process is standardized and easy to follow once you become familiar.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities. No other complains.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "Manager Clinical Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, nice people. Company tries to improve processes and retain people

    Cons

    Lot of changes, need to stop and evaluate and bring back old processes which were working.

    Advice to Management

    Just continue to focus on current processes and employee development. Resources needs to be managed proactively.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Awful experience"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and that's about it.

    Cons

    My experience was incredibly bad. I was left on my own to learn the company's specifics. I was an experienced CRA working from home in Canada. I was asked to cover the entire USA and was taking between 6 - 10 planes per week to go here and there and replace people on sick leave for depression. Extremely heavy workload and no support whatsoever.

    Furthermore, the company did not reimburse my expenses despite me being on time to submit reports. as a result I was stuck in Pittsburg with a corporate credit card loaded (50000$US). I was not able to travel all week on my own credit so I returned home and they refused to pay for the plane ticket and my fare. In addition to that, the credit card not being paid on time resulted in bailiff at my home to have me pay the bill. I did not pay for the credit card but had to pay 6000$ fees for the bailiff... this was totally awful, disrespectful and very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    none - stay just like you are... you're going into a wall and that will be great for the industry. I won't miss you.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Clinical Operations Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good teams, good systems, excellent flexibility, competitive salary if you negotiate well.

    Cons

    Lots of work, little relief if you are over allocated. Line Managers are usually good and have the best intentions but also have little power to improve work-balance of their direct reports. Upper management seems either to be disconnected from the feedback or choosing to ignore. Recall town hall meetings where upper management openly blocked the truth when one a brave person actually spoke up!

    Advice to Management

    Morale is low, the reward for being an efficient worker should not be clean up duty on other projects. Consider the feedback of your employee who are brave enough to tell the truth.


  8. "Clinical Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Data Analyst
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good at employee skill recognition

    Cons

    I didn't have any cons.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    competitive salary, great personnel, benefits are good

    Cons

    No opportunities to take on additional tasks to broaden career scope, bonus for CRAs is far too low

    Advice to Management

    Increase CRA bonuses. Past two years have been insulting even with outstanding metrics (100% report submission rate, approx. 10 site visits per month = less than $8000 for the year)


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganized, Chaotic Organization"

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is among the top in the industry.

    Cons

    Poor training. No support for the new hires. IT helpdesk takes a long time to respond to issue requests. Managers are not accessible, they are too busy with meeting and beeing out of office to help support the CRAs. Resourcing or project allocation is erratic. They will overload you with protocols and make you travel long dsitances (something that was not revealed at the interview!). Clinical Leads for the most part do not know how to manage projects effectively and use the company systems, which is sad.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your CRAs on how you can improve to fight high tunrover. Don't forget who pays your salaries!


  11. "Application support analyst"

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    Current Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Support Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is maintained well

    Cons

    I dont see any cons

    Advice to Management

    I dont have any advice to managment


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