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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated 25 September 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 (1)

    "HR"

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

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

    Pros

    * Good support from line manager
    * Flexibility at work
    * Great collaborative working relationships with internal stakeholders
    * Strong work ethic

    Cons

    * Communication channels
    * Long term planning
    * Bonus scheme for certain roles

    Advice to Management

    *


  2. "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package and pension

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted unless loud/attention seeking. Lost the best line managers.

  3. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRA in London, England
    Former Employee - CRA in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time

    Pros

    Training is good.
    Everyone works like a good team

    Cons

    Too much work
    long hours


  4. "PAREXEL CRO"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people with a committed and professional approach. Has a wide range of services and opportunity.

    Cons

    Operationally complex. Can be overly bureaucratic. Hard to progress beyond middle layers.


  5. "operations manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good staff
    good benifits and managers

    Cons

    no life work ballance, toxic work environment

    Advice to Management

    stop letting people go


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Poor senior management leads to high attrition"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting sector to work in and very good pension scheme.

    Cons

    Poor performing Senior Management team
    Inefficient processes
    Unreliable systems
    Long hours
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring it won't solve your problems. Listen to your employees, start tackling issues head on and making real, tangible improvements.
    Value and reward existing and loyal employees. Currently, new starters can command higher salaries than existing employees with vast experience. No obvious and fair pay structure. Often people doing the same role with same job demands with huge differences in pay.


  7. "Ok if you want a 9 to 5 job"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Architect in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Relaxed environment
    - Good benefits (Pension)

    Cons

    - Not very challenging
    - Technically bit behind
    - Too many managers

    Advice to Management

    - None

  8. "Clinical Monitoring Associate"

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    Current Employee - CMA in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - CMA in Uxbridge, England

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

    Pros

    Company offers decent on going training

    Cons

    Low salary, staff retention is below average


  9. Helpful (2)

    "PAREXEL RTSM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PAREXEL (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Some flexibility in working arrangements (e.g. WFH 1 day a week). Great location in Nottingham

    Cons

    Some misguided managerial decisions and acquisitions

    Advice to Management

    Listen to current employees and take the experience into account. Cut your losses and do not get entrenched in the problems caused by bad decisions. There's no point in forging on down a route that people know is wrong no matter how much money has spent to get to that point.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but with 'old boys' culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in work, mostly great, dedicated colleagues with great expertise and commitment. PAREXEL's global footprint means working in a culturally diverse organization with great potential.

    Cons

    I have witnessed and been subject of harassment and inappropriate behavior by various very senior leaders in the organization. This includes but is not limited to repeated requests for dates, lewd, suggestive comments, as well as unwanted touching. These incidents are not limited to my person only, nor are they isolated incidents. It is unfortunate this 'boys-will-be-boys' culture is condoned and has not been addressed. My attempt to use the external site provided to report ethical concerns failed as using this site is impossible from my region. I am instead asked to report to my management which I have done but it has not resulted in any action. However, in case of ethical-financial concerns I am provided with a direct phone number.

    Advice to Management

    1. Establish a proper platform for anonymous reporting, 2. Re-examine organizational culture at the leadership level. The once-a-year leadership self-assessments say nothing about what really happens at the senior level of the organization, 3. A lot of good work has been done. The company could leverage the diversity and inclusion, HR and organizational development platforms to shape a real 'high performing' culture starting at the most senior levels of the organization.

    PAREXEL Response

    29 Sep 2017

    Thank you for providing this feedback. PAREXEL does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. All of our locations have policies in place prohibiting sexual... More


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