Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
189 Reviews
2.9
189 Reviews
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
George J. Pierson
78 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The staff at PB are generally supportive and the work/life balance is excellent (in 17 reviews)

  • There are some great people there but most of them are leaving (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management not connected to work being performed "in the trenches" (in 15 reviews)

  • Most of the good technical staff either quit or have been made redundant in the last 2 years (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Strategic consulting and advisory services for A&E firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very large organization with international opportunities offering potential experience on most infrastructure projects in the US and the rest of the world. Possess a very good reputation in the US and has close connections with key actors. Some excellent (too few) senior managers and leaders.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities and no financial incentives for high performers especially for the junior consultants that have left by dozens in the last 24 months. Very bureaucratic and process driven leaving little room for innovation and new ideas. Advisory services are (I feel) intentionally limited / constrained in terms of ambition and business opportunities. The firm number one business is planning and design and does not sufficiently leverage the quality of the advisory practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great local and regional reputation with high standards. Well respected. Opportunities to work on a range of projects and locations.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge due to high profile, fast-track projects and schedules. Lack of retention incentives. Some offices feel a little 'top heavy.'

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hard to be a planner in an engineering firm...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Planner  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules
    Special focus on emerging professionals

    Cons

    Not very diverse
    Top heavy management
    Hard to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus should be placed on personal growth and they should consider changes to their top-down management style.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Average job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is very competitive and the benifits are good.

    Cons

    Large company and problems with management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    State of Flux

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging work, global organization presents great opportunities.

    Cons

    Overall uncoordinated, requires structural changes to streamline services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the base and the underlying issues before trying to take such large strides forward.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    PB wins big projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Office culture, always busy, flexible hours

    Cons

    compensation, terrible benefits, poor work load distribution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good and Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work has been consistent, and the company understands the need to be with family when crises happen. Time off policies are great, as long as you can find time to take a vacation.

    Cons

    Hours can be long; admin supervisory staff cares little for the growth of its employees, often taking credit for tasks and ideas their employees come up with, without acknowledging their efforts; slow to promote; admin staff are not eligible for bonuses, unless they manage to win 1 of 2 annual awards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your administrative staff is the backbone of your company. It operates effectively, on a daily basis, with little or no acknowledgement from anyone higher on the food chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    good pay, travel opportunities overall

    Cons

    not as design oriented as I would have liked

  10.  

    Large brand, but struggling to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Large company makes moving locations around the world easy. The brand name also carries strength in some markets.

    Cons

    The team atmosphere is weak and senior staff members do not always work well together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commitment to strategy and engaging all staff in that strategy would foster a better team environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent company, but low pay.

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Winchester, VA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent work exp, easy work, and very laid back culture.

    Cons

    pay sucks, benefits suck, and no opportunity to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the inspector pool.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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