Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Former Employee - Water Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
Former Employee - Water Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

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

Pros

Respect for staff, high job security

Cons

Salary based on age "not years and quality of experience"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cut down management layers, pay attention to the equality between your staff, sack poor performers to regain trust

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, plenty of opportunities if you’re willing to take the initiative

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

    Pros

    With a strong presence in Australia PB wins its fair share of the major projects. As such there are plenty of great opportunities for young engineers to learn on major projects and quickly advance their skill set. Generally staff a looked after very well, whether it be little things like free fruit in the office, decent coffee machines and beers at the office every Fridays to the more important things like professional development and training opportunities.

    I’ve been here the last 6 years and can’t fault the career development opportunities that have been made available too me. It does however require that you take the initiative as the saying “ don’t ask and you won’t get” is very true at PB, but when I have asked for training or to attend a conference very rarely have I been knocked back. I have also had plenty of opportunities to travel overseas for work which is great.

    The all the major Australian offices (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) are in greats CBD locations and there are reasonable facilities for people who ride to work (lockers, showers, bike storage etc.).

    Cons

    PB has most of the same problems that all major engineering consultancies have: excessive bureaucracy, top heavy structure, regular restructuring, a lack of opportunities for mid-level technical staff, incompetent HR department, numerous IT systems that are poorly designed and implemented (MarkView, GMS, RAMPP etc) . I have worked at a couple of major engineering firms and they have the similar issues, overall PB is not doing it any worse than the competition.

    PB has a disproportionately high number of low achievers who just seem to plod along. Although this can be frustrating for those who put the effort, it does have the up side of PB being an easy environment to impress people in. If your half decent and put in the hard work when its needed you will be noticed, however that may or may not lead to advancement within the company.

    The level of competency within the pool of project managers is pretty low. There are some great PMs at PB but these are the exception not the rule. As such cost control is pretty lax and write downs on projects far too common. PB could be a more profitable business if more attention was paid to cost control and efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stability within the management team and growth of the business should be the focus. The constant restructuring has the workforce jittery. Please may the latest restructure produce a structure that works and that the management are happy with. A few years ago PB had the feeling of being a very safe company to work for. A company that would exhaust all avenues before having to lose good people. This is no longer the case and people are starting to realise that. A lot of good people have moved on and the useless ones have stayed.

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    No opinion of CEO
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    Electrical Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big enough to get a feel of working for a big company.

    Cons

    some locations does not have enough work to keep their staff busy and always depends on the other office locations to get work.

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