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PAREXEL Manager Reviews

Updated 6 September 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. Helpful (4)

    "Not too bad but would benefit so much from improvements"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits e.g. Pension, healthcare, flexible working, remuneration is better than some, not as good as others, company has a social conscience and supports community initiatives, work life balance is overall pretty good. The company ethos as a whole makes you feel valued. Modern office building and environment. First office I've worked in where I have not seen bullying, this is a credit to the office and company culture.

    Cons

    Weak and unskilled managers who are also not empowered to make change happen. Very stressful to get what you need done. Communication issues that result in poorly delivered process improvements that often make things worse. Staff are not always a good fit for their role, a clearer person specification should be devised to allow recruitment to be better so that unsuitable people are not taken on, with managers experienced in recruitment making the decisions. People's strengths and weaknesses are not recognised which leads to people being in the wrong roles, not being able to utilise their real abilities and then finding they're not able to develop and leaving or simply performing poorly in their role. It also leaves people feeling disengaged and not valued for their skills in their jobs and you feel like just a number rather than a person. Better managers could change all that.

    Advice to Management

    Align people's skills with their roles, employ proper people managers with the skills to do the job. It's nice to promote from within but just because someone is a good project manager, doesn't necessarily make them a good line manager as the skill sets are different. Maybe make more progression opportunities for senior project managers without moving them to management.
    Involve the people doing the work in decisions for improvement. Definitely do more to allow people to use their abilities rather than waste them. Set a higher standard of expected performance and develop those who are not hitting the mark rather than just let them carry on underachieving. Those hard discussions need to happen.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sociable working environment but some decisions are lacking in direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great sociable atmosphere and can work from home whenever you need to within reason. Great progression if you are good at what you do.

    Cons

    It's the only place I've ever worked where there is no information on salary bandings. When getting an internal promotion and offered a salary it is impossible to know where you are in the banding. Decisions are also often made on technology without any thought of how to implement it which just means stretching people beyond capacity at times which is a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Make more use of consultations - it can feel very much like lip service when employees have good points to make and great ideas for implementation.


  3. "Clinical Data Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    No Cons for this company


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  5. "Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Uxbridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you work hard and produce good quality work, there is a great opportunity to progress quickly. Career growth or change are actively supported by Management.
    There is open and informal communication, and no favouritism / clique behaviour.
    Plenty of social and sports opportunities offered at no or heavily discounted fees.

    Cons

    Workload can be very high (but then quite normal in this industry)

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting more staff will spread the workload, reduce working hours, make people happier, reduce staff turnover, making it all more stable and a better place to work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work - a few unprofessional staff let it down"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, some very good people in PAREXEL. Highly dedicated and caring for the work they do - things are on the up and i would not hesitate in asking my friends to join such a super business, led by a great leader who has been here since day one.

    Cons

    Some staff who have been in the company a while from previous acquisitions are not professional enough and let the company down.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the professional and weed out the unprofessional.


  7. "Great Technical Training"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    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


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Don't count on a Sheffield office"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sheffield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ok to work for if you like the American approach - they provide free tea, coffee, fruit and breakfast cereal plus parking

    Cons

    Bean counters in the States who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. It is expensive to hire staff in the US of A and Europe so most of the work is going off-shore to India or China

    Advice to Management

    Value the excellent staff who you already have rather than looking for the cheaper option. Relocating work is initially cheaper but quality drops and as new hubs are created off-shore by other Pharma companies there is high staff turnover and wage inflation in order to keep hold of the staff you have.


  9. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Uxbridge, England
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Uxbridge, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible and good benefits and pension

    Cons

    Slow promotions, lack of training

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to staff


  10. "Chaotic but interesting environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn, work from home days

    Cons

    Weak systems usage, too many senior managers at Director/Senior Director/VP levels, very hierarchical

    Advice to Management

    Be more structured, communicate without a hidden agenda


  11. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Study Manager in Nottingham, England
    Former Employee - Study Manager in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to start off a career

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any cons