PAREXEL Senior Project Manager Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

Glassdoor uses cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing, you agree to our use of cookies. OK | Learn More

PAREXEL Senior Project Manager Reviews

Updated 19 August 2017
2 reviews

Filter

Filter

UK - All CitiesSenior Project Manager

4.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
PAREXEL Chairman and CEO Josef H. von Rickenbach
Josef H. von Rickenbach
2 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Not too bad but would benefit so much from improvements"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits e.g. Pension, healthcare, flexible working, remuneration is better than some, not as good as others, company has a social conscience and supports community initiatives, work life balance is overall pretty good. The company ethos as a whole makes you feel valued. Modern office building and environment. First office I've worked in where I have not seen bullying, this is a credit to the office and company culture.

    Cons

    Weak and unskilled managers who are also not empowered to make change happen. Very stressful to get what you need done. Communication issues that result in poorly delivered process improvements that often make things worse. Staff are not always a good fit for their role, a clearer person specification should be devised to allow recruitment to be better so that unsuitable people are not taken on, with managers experienced in recruitment making the decisions. People's strengths and weaknesses are not recognised which leads to people being in the wrong roles, not being able to utilise their real abilities and then finding they're not able to develop and leaving or simply performing poorly in their role. It also leaves people feeling disengaged and not valued for their skills in their jobs and you feel like just a number rather than a person. Better managers could change all that.

    Advice to Management

    Align people's skills with their roles, employ proper people managers with the skills to do the job. It's nice to promote from within but just because someone is a good project manager, doesn't necessarily make them a good line manager as the skill sets are different. Maybe make more progression opportunities for senior project managers without moving them to management.
    Involve the people doing the work in decisions for improvement. Definitely do more to allow people to use their abilities rather than waste them. Set a higher standard of expected performance and develop those who are not hitting the mark rather than just let them carry on underachieving. Those hard discussions need to happen.


  2. "Is a good companty to progress career."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career development,Team chemistry, Customer Focus, benefits

    Cons

    Salary, career development past a point,

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. This is the end of reviews that meet your filter criteria (UK - All Cities). Below you will find more reviews from other countries

  4. "Good Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers, Upper Management, Work from home options, relationship building, culture

    Cons

    Under staffed, high pressure deliverables, average PTO, salary caps


  5. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Client Services"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Billerica, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Billerica, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology, customizable, good business processes

    Cons

    Business model is to squeeze the most out of you

    Advice to Management

    Treasure the value of each employee


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No potential career growth for skilled persons"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Tend to lose your skill in the work environment

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the right people for right work


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on diverse projects

    Cons

    Extremely political with Sr Management always looking for someone else to blame. Doing good work is not noticed or appreciated, only who you patronize and who you can shift blame to.
    People were even moved to a building still under construction (no/too much heat, iffy phone/internet, falling ceiling panels) to help "lay a claim" to the space. Afterwards they were moved right back to where they started.

    Advice to Management

    This culture starts from the top. I don't think it can change.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Get in, get out"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good to get "regulated company" credentials

    Cons

    Promotions and career success are based on getting highly ranked political allies. Quality of work means nothing. If you are not favored you will be overlooked, verbally abused, and used as a convenient excuse when things go wrong

    Advice to Management

    The abusive and political culture comes from the top down.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lowell, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Projects are interesting
    Dealing with people in over 54 countries is very interesting
    Company is involved in cutting edge clinical research
    Pay is around industry average
    A lot of room for horizontal movement and promotions

    Cons

    Management expectations of hard working employees is too high. Low performers are allowed to stay low at the expense of the good workers
    Workload is intense and does not allow for work-life balance. Burn-out is frequent. Working 60 hours a week is not uncommon
    Some senior managers are borderline abusive in their language towards their employees

    Advice to Management

    Place more of an emphasis on work-life balance
    Stop running so many concurrent projects using the same resources - the pace is unsustainable