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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)

    "Senior Clinical Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great salary and benefits"

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    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!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A good CRO to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've never worked for a CRO that has better project management than PAREXEL. CRAs aren't "bounced around" here; when assigned to a project, I have remained on that project until completion. The Clinical Monitoring Associate position (kind of like in-house CRAs) is extremely helpful to the monitoring group. PXL promotes from within.

    Cons

    Project teams are spread out globally, so there is some frustration with time zones. There has been moderate management restructuring several times in the 3 1/2 years I've been with PXL, which leads to changes in line managers more frequently than I'd like.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a management structure and stick with it; it can be frustrating to switch line managers every year. Aligning decentralized CRA with line managers based on geographic location is much easier on CRAs than aligning based on projects.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Waltham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    1. Good Benefits
    2. Compensation is up to market level.
    3. No Micro management

    Cons

    1. study managers are very disorganized
    2. disconnect between COLs/study managers and CRA. Managers don't know how to run a study. Need more training. while new to the study, I had a question from site. COL changed the status to "DND"


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Everything I wanted initially but things are questionable now"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Portland, OR (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Assigned to few protocols and in-house monitor to field site calls are great

    Cons

    Career development. Three interviews for advancement and no change yet.

    Advice to Management

    Have the out-going COL recommend their best CRA for their replacement


  7. "Work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Belgrade (Serbia)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Belgrade (Serbia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/lice balance is good. Co workers are greta. Good team.

    Cons

    Salary does not corresponds performance reviews. Promotions based on current office requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Individual promotions and rewards

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Clinical Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Remote, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Remote, OR (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is great. There are bonus opportunities throughout the year (controlled by your LM).

    Cons

    Clinical Operation Managers will not follow company SOPs, force CRAs to accept extra trips (so they will not have to take them), and will force you out of the company if you are harming their metrics. I have seen minorities and those with health issues written up and fired at higher rates for problems that are not their fault or are known issues within the company worldwide. HR will take the side of the managers if you have a problem. CRAs support each other on a study because managers are either clueless or unresponsive. The work-life balance is a myth. One to one verbal communication from management is very condescending. There are ample training programs. But caution, if you are not well liked or a new employee you will only receive the online training.

    Advice to Management

    A change is needed within the management structure. When minorities or those with health issues leave or are fired at higher rates than others; the directors in the company need to address the issues and change the managers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Experience at Parexel"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work descentralized and have developed my carreer. Now I´m seeking for new opportunities.

    Cons

    Compensation is not good.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away from this CRO"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Flexible starting time, however with the large hours you will be working the only way you can take advantage of this will be to work until 10pm that evening

    Cons

    Overworked, top heavy management structure, constant changing of goal posts / timelines by project leads that is always left to associates to sort out (and along with it the stress), very low end of pay compared to all other CROs, work here as a last resort

    Advice to Management

    Value your people