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PAREXEL Reviews

Updated 18 January 2018
61 reviews

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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 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "It all depends on your department"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenient location, decent pay, good physical working environment. Can be good work-life balance depending on your project/management/department. Depending on your goals, it can be a great place to coast.

    Cons

    Beware: they do screen monitoring of every single employee despite what they say in their handbook (with playback feature, of course). Dishonest. Parexel is a package-company: they purchase a lot of software packages; no problem with that, in my view, but if you're hired because you're an excellent Java developer, you should be informed you won't do any Java work at all, but Rather Pega or Informatica or whatever. Very dishonest.

    Advice to Management

    You expect employees to be honest. Then, be honest with them.


  2. "Starting as a CMAI in Uxbridge"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CMA in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - CMA in Uxbridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a good reputation. The Directorate listens to the employees. The company is sizable and global. There are progression opportunities available for you if you prove you are capable and hard working.

    Cons

    The progression can be over complicated - there are too many hoops to jump through. The workload is often poorly distributed. Support for new starters are not as good as it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities to gain experience which will help you to progress into your next role. Put more emphasis and effort into work allocation.


  3. "Great Technical Training"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


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  5. "Solid Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Nottingham, England

    Pros

    Good benefits package, good work life balance. Not sure what else to say, it's a great place to work

    Cons

    None, it's a great place for someone to develop a career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don't count on a Sheffield office"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "PAREXEL CRA Employee Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large structure allows pretty decent development across different departments should you want to move around.

    Cons

    Goal post changing is frequent, but i guess that is due to clients changing expectations and not PXL management.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a management structure and hierarchy, so much chopping and changing is too traumatic.


  8. "Good stepping stone"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrow, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrow, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People you work directly with makes life easier. Fast paced CRO gives you lots of experience: if you can deal with working here, you can work anywhere!

    Cons

    Limited progression unless you give your life up to move up. Disconnect with senior management and those working "on the floor".


  9. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    I've been working at PAREXEL for almost 2 years. As any other consultancy, it has its pros and cons:

    Pros: a few people of good calibre (though most are not), good benefits, flexible working environment, good IT/admin support

    Cons

    Poor senior management with no clear direction, focus on short term goals and how to make a quick buck. There's no focus on how to maintain and develop employees


  10. "Project Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere. Good sense of values

    Cons

    Somewhat siloed and pockets were not working harmoniously

    Advice to Management

    look after key staff without overburdening them


  11. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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