Parkson Corporation Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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    Former Employee - Field Process Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Field Process Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company has great employees and amazing office work environment and is environmentally green. The people are very friendly and many of the employees have been with the company for decades.

    Cons

    The company is going through some major transitions and has lost many of it's staff. The new inexperienced management including the CEO do not seem to have engineering experience, process knowledge or process control system personnel to do work integrating Parkson products within a process or system. For this reason, the company is very dependent on outside contractors, other engineering firms, and an integrator subcontractor to do all engineering outside of Parkson's product lines. For example, Parkson does not engineer interlocks or safety shutdown systems with their process division and they do not have any employees with process safety or control systems knowledge working in that department. The company has been divided into to sections: products and process. The managers in process do not understand their processes and do not have a background in control systems integration.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to hire a few process oriented people to work in engineering in the process department. The current manager is mechanical and product oriented with no real experience in process control systems and does not understand safety shutdown or interlocking systems or processes. Also, the current management is not experienced with Parkson products and does not understand their basic product lines included in the process division.


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    A company well past its prime and trying to milk a sickly cow.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Sales in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Parkson is privately held as a tiny part of a giant conglomerate, so one would expect long-term thinking with little emphasis on the short term numbers. Sales force is skilled.

    Cons

    Contrary to the typical tendencies of privately held companies, Parkson is tied very closely to the short term numbers. The result is inconsistent and out-of-touch management, with poor treatment of employees and customers. Management's approach is to manipulate both the numbers and the employees - a recipe for a downward spiral. You can fool some of the people all the time .....

    Advice to Management

    Accept that past practices have been a failure and change gears completely, moving to strategic thinking, planning and management. Get rid of dinosaurs. Adopt leadership rather than manipulation - trust your people.


  3. Hire and fire employees from entry-level engineers upto the CEO!

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good product line and competitive for a mid-sized company in the water/wastewater treatment industry. Good customer service and experienced field service personnel and great Reps. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Very low employee retention - about 1 to 2yrs on an average for new hires between 2009 and 2012. Several older employers also were laid-off in the recent 5 yrs, which keeps everyone else on the edge not knowing what the next move by the Management be. If any, there are very few active patents for the products and technology owned by the Company. Research & Development (R&D) is key to sustainable growth and new process/equipment development at such a company. However, R&D is headed by personnel with undergraduate degrees but several years of experience in doing what they do. And so are most of the Managers of engineering teams. Industrial sales are only a small percentage of the overall and the Company has not seen any significant profitable growth in this sector and new ventures pursued in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Patents, new technology and significant upgrades to existing product line would be key to sustainable growth for this Company. And personnel driving these initiatives should be experienced but also academically qualified. A dedicated and qualified research team (with PhDs), adding budget to your R&D work, partnering with local Universities for research can all help improve your products and innovate to gain a strong foothold in this industry.



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