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PAREXEL Senior Clinical Research Associate Reviews

Updated 13 August 2017
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  • As a decentralized employee, work / life balance is sometimes a challenge (in 62 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. "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


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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!


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  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing company, best mgr in my career!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been in research as a CRA for 10 yrs, device & now pharma. I have never felt more supported in my professional & personal life than now. My LM, James May, is the best manager I've ever had in my career. Not only does he care, but he works as my advocate to get me closer to my career goals & experience I desire in multiple therapeutic areas. This is also my first experience as a CRA where my hard work & skill set are regularly recognized & rewarded including salary increases & bonus opportunities.

    Cons

    A good manager (LM) is key. If you're not satisfied, say something. PXL has proven to be a company that will work with you.

    Advice to Management

    It's very important to work with listen to employees about their study allocation (is it too much? Is it too little?) & their relationship with their LM. When things get rough, an LM who cares about their employee matters the most. James May is a prime example of superior management.


  7. "Nice company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work&life balance ,company beneftis and fair quarter bonuses.Very good human relations.Ability to use vacation days when you really need them.

    Cons

    Salary policy is not the good one.There is the small salary ugrade after promotion. In average, salaries for experienced CRAs are lower than competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Try to raise salaries in order to keep talented people in the company


  8. 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"


  9. 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


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    competitive salary, great personnel, benefits are good

    Cons

    No opportunities to take on additional tasks to broaden career scope, bonus for CRAs is far too low

    Advice to Management

    Increase CRA bonuses. Past two years have been insulting even with outstanding metrics (100% report submission rate, approx. 10 site visits per month = less than $8000 for the year)


  11. "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