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Updated 12 March 2018
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  • "poor work life balance, inhuman work load" (in 65 reviews)

  • "upper management have little understanding of the operation" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great People in a Bad Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and in a very structured environment

    Cons

    Very poor work life balance


  2. "nice place to begin a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, managers are there to help their collaborators when needed, strong corporate values.

    Cons

    few ways to develop a career path and to develop other competences.

    Advice to Management

    accompany employees to ideniofy other skills to let them progress through their life career.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Clinical Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Surf City, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Surf City, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Works with employees, try to help work and life balance

    Cons

    Left hand does not know what right hand is doing

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Employees


  4. "No elasticity"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Este (Italy)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Este (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At IT level, there is in place a support and training.
    Alway at IT level the systems used are very sophisticated and always in evolution.

    Cons

    - No team cooperation: people do the minimum request and there is no present the project view
    - you can do career development only if you have the right friend that can help you

    Advice to Management

    Management need to know what is the real work of the company, as it is clear that upper management is an entity apart from the rest of the company; they decide metrics without knowing what is the real work, and no one provide help in the metrics/project achievement.


  5. "Flexible workplace with good culture"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very flexible and accommodating workplace. Work from home is easy.

    Cons

    The people in charge of project management is lacking good leadership. Slow career progression

    Advice to Management

    Rethink strategy in terms of project management.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Senior CRA"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PAREXEL seems to hire very positive employee's and the overall environment is very supportive. The salaries are competitive with other CRO's and I think might be a bit higher once you're above the entry level position or coming in from another company.

    Cons

    It's a CRO so travel is the primary thing that creates CRA turnover. While they try to keep folks regionalized, it is a challenge for any CRO to do this consistently. However, they do listen to you when you are stretched too thin, but it often takes a long time to reduce the travel. As a CRA your performance is based on travel verses quality and that is a problem, but again, it's a CRO and I think that is the nature of the beast being a service industry provider. It's challenging to get everything done with the amount of travel required, this results in really good employee's often receiving the same annual increase as mediocre employee's and this does not result in positive incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Move towards getting closer to a real work/life balance environment and focus more on quality than metrics. CRA's have too many sites, as do the CMA's and it makes it very challenging to meet all study timelines when stretched so thin.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Meh."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA (US)
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL part-time

    Pros

    - Most (KEYWORD: MOST) of my coworkers are amazing and supportive.
    - Good place to gain entry level experience in the industry and as a recent college grad.
    - Thorough training process.

    Cons

    - Cheap company. Our location recently laid off the security guards, and are having us take over their duties.....
    - Low pay
    - Last minute scheduling makes it difficult to maintain work/life balance
    - High turn around rate. Alot of people stay for around a year and then leave for better opportunities.
    - Bad work environment. While most of my coworkers are friendly, some are bitter and nasty. If there is conflict, instead of talking it out with you, they will head straight to your manager or talk behind your back.
    - Middle management for the most part don't know how or what to properly manage. I barely even talk with or see my current manager.
    - HR presence practically nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Actually LISTEN to your employees instead of treating us like numbers. We can tell if you actually care for our wellbeing and growth, or are just power hungry and using your position to advance yourself up.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great salary and benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Durham, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PAREXEL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, continuing focus on "people strategy"

    Cons

    Lots of systems snd lots of change in those systems

    Advice to Management

    Keep up people strategy!


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Budapest (Hungary)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Cannot really mention any cons.


  10. "Good Company, Ample Opportunities to Move Up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glendale, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positions are largely filled internally, and thus there is lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Low pay, work can be tedious and monotonous if you let it