Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
George J. Pierson
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Pros
  • if you get a great manager they are very supporting of work / life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great people that make going to work fun (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management not connected to work being performed "in the trenches" (in 16 reviews)

  • No work life balance and no satisfaction in terms of employee's welfare (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Career to a Job in 3 years

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    Former Employee - Senior CAD Designer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior CAD Designer in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    close to my house, parking garage at the building, nice break room. Clean office atmosphere. Free coffee and free bagels on payday.

    Cons

    Poor utilization of staff, serious lack of communication and work planning. After wsp buyout it became even worse. Insurance plans are very costly. Not enough work to keep folks busy.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with the staff, treat the staff like humans and not numbers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't go there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office was close to home.

    Cons

    Advancement is based friendship rather than performance.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The location of the office was convenient

    Cons

    This company doesn't value or respect support staff. It's a very political company run by a small group of old men. At one point it was made very clear to me that if I didn't 'volunteer' for a political candidate's campaign who I did not support that I would be fired. Also, I found that the younger women were treated with blatant favoritism over women who were more mature.

    Advice to Management

    They could care less and so I won't respond.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Work at PB Power

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Power plant projects that PB gets to work on are good projects with ample scope and opportunity to learn new things .

    Cons

    Old employees/managers at the company run the show. Young people do not have a say and are not appreciated by management . Lot of favoritism in the company . Your work here will not be rewarded and you will not be recognized . Working here will be a waste of your time and career . No raises and employee salary reviews are skipped. No employee training or seminars --- management has their own interests in mind . No standard procedure that managers and employees follow -- managers do as they want. No communication from managers to employees --- employees are told at the last minute about key decisions .

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally with no favoritism . Listen to new ideas from young people -- you may pick up a few fresh ideas . Conduct regular employee salary reviews . Raises are appreciated by employees. Invest in employees through yearly training, seminars .


  6. Helpful (2)

    Needs to review and redefine itself and its policies

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative/Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative/Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has an excellent reputation as a top-notch engineering firm. Employees take great pride in knowing that PB was instrumental in building the original NYC subway, developing early rail lines in China, and that PB continues to be part of important and exciting projects around the world.

    Cons

    Shortly after being hired by this engineering leader it became clear that the company under-values any employee serving in a support role. They've already cut staff, limited increases and promotions, and removed everything that might improve employee morale in their quest to maximize profits and reward senior management and engineers. This employee questions the ethics of the company leaders who promote these policies.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the policies that impact your administrative and support staff. You may consider us expendable - but we are real people with families and mortgages and dreams. We deserve to be treated as the valuable contributors we are.


  7. Ok, but there are better firms

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    Former Employee - Engineer I in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Engineer I in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks, learned a lot about a big org

    Cons

    Terrible Management. No communication, a lot of hedging by people to find ideal workers.


  8. Growing Pains

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Lots of nice perks such as free coffee and work out room

    Cons

    New formed shared service department with lots of growing pains. Local managements was not given the full control from corporate to institute needed changes


  9. Helpful (2)

    Senior HR Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a regular paycheck and many of the people are good people.

    Cons

    Lack of respect and appreciation for employees, low pay,insufficient benefits and PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to the infrastructure of your company. Respect and support employees, and employees will support and respect you.


  10. Thank heaven I never have to go there again!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Peers were friendly and knowledgeable, benefits comparable.

    Cons

    Lack of management support, promises for training and career support not kept.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say you are going to day. Go back to the basics.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Parsons Brinckerhoff used to care about their employees

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    some people get to keep their jobs

    Cons

    No loyalty to tenured employees. Recent lay off notices were delivered by phone! a 25 yr employee told to apply for their current job.

    Advice to Management

    too sad about the sale to WSP where PB employees don't matter.



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