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Good Company, difficult period

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

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

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Great people
- Great opportunities
- Great projects

Cons

- Poor top end management
- Poor communication of policy and strategy
- Short term view

Advice to Management

Longer term view

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  1. Previous Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Employee orientated company. Maybe a little too much.

    Cons

    Silo mentality & empire building in a number of areas.
    PB / BB is good at communicating the "company strategy" internally, but very poor at inter-business unit, & inter-project internal communication. A bit of a 'need to know' basis.
    New GM who outwardly seems to have no idea about how to drive the business.
    The recent Australian redundancies don't seem to align with the overall business strategy.
    Example: The business wants to move into EPCM & higher risk projects, but the entire estimating team has been made redundant. ?????????
    Enormous focus on billability has surpassed all other aspects of the business, including client needs.

    Advice to Management

    Better client focus. Better project mgmt.
    Focus on the client needs right from the start & manage the project accordingly, good billabilty will come naturally.

  2. Redundancies in Parsons Brinckerhoff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Even in times of redundancies and GFC, the sandwiches, drinks, food, Friday drink, Recognition morning tea are still ongoing. (seems inconsiderate and disrepectful of the ex-colleagues that had been retrenched. )

    Cons

    Merger with Balfour Beatty has caused a push towards billability and unnecessary internal competition towards management KPI. With everyone trying to achieve billability target or face redundancy risk, billable works were hijacked at the Team Manager and Project Manager level and distributed to clique group under the pretense of best for project and skill set match. Team Manager and Project Managers were seen to have more billability than others. Some Managers even lobby billability for themselves rather than for the team. Parsons Brinckerhoff's values are only worth the brochure/paper they are printed on and not really practised.

    Recent redundancies in Brisbane showed that people are being made redundant regardless of their skills and experience. Criteria for selection are not transparent. It is no longer if you will be made redundant , but when, if the market does not turn.

    Conflict between the inter-business group have created duplication in management and engineering roles with no effort being made to resolve the differences. The Senior management people were more concern on their own position and KPI than the overall company well being.

    There is no concrete business strategy; no consolidated decision between the different business group on any issues. One example is the recent redundancy of graduate engineers within PB and the ongoing recruitment program for graduate for year 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Relationship with the client does not happen in a day or weeks but years of rapport and trust. It involved working together with the client during good and bad times. Better project management and client focus will naturally lead to better pipeline.

    Relationship and networking with the client is not established based on mere BD phone call and coffee catchup or corporate sponsors events. If you are sincere in helping the client, billability will come naturally.

    Wake up!! with nearly 20 % of the workforce gone and the revenue has not improved, it tells you that the fundamental problem has not been addressed.

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