Parallels Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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Parallels CEO Birger Steen
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Pros
  • Good team of people with passion to do things (in 6 reviews)

  • Fair salary and additional benefits, flexible schedule (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • some growing pains with processes and tools that need improvements (in 4 reviews)

  • not that good career opportunities -- seen great ppl in same position for 3 years and more (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    Fast growing company with tons of potential!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Parallels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Moving in the right direction for innovation. Highly motivated employees with a breadth of knowledge. Very friendly and fun place to work.. Very fast paced allowing you to learn new things every day. A great place to work to build your career and resume!

    Cons

    There are a few legacy and cultural challenges that exist but those are improving every day.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing.


  2. Snake Pit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

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

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

    Pros

    The people you will work with are generally great people. The management is NOT!

    Cons

    Managers out of their depth that have no clue how to manage people or processes.
    Low salary and don't expect it to get better at the staff level. The Sr. Mgrs. and C level are doing quite well and will tell you they are. In the same breath they will tell you how happy you should be to have a job. The Russian/Norwegian/Swedish cultures do not mesh with the American culture as well as they think they do. Work life balance does not exist don't even think that will change due to the afore mentioned cultural; differences.

    Advice to Management

    Basic Management courses are taught at all the local Community Colleges as well as the Vocational - Technical colleges attending is strongly suggested. Splitting the company was a good Idea now get rid of the rest of the dead wood.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Wannabe Microsoft, stuck in the 90's software company mentality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Renton, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working/remote options, decent health insurance, small 401k match, some down-to-earth coworkers, frequent promotions for go-getters, occasional parties/happy hour, stocked kitchen for snacks and breakfast

    Cons

    Below average salary for US employees (who aren't former Microsoft), offices based in Renton, no investment in infrastructure so all projects take a long time and have to be started from scratch, most projects fizzle out or lose steam because of constant redirection/randomization from senior leadership, CEO likes to provide uninformed guidance, the company brand has no sense of humor/tries to base it's persona on a stale/serious corporate image stuck in the past (think Microsoft again) rather than keeping up with the current trend in tech of valuing individual contribution and *fun* innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Have a sense of humor, stop trying to be like the tech giants of the past and carve your own way. Move the offices to a real city. Pay competitively. Invest in better infrastructure. Refine the company/product focus and stick to a plan.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Lack or corporate vision and lack of Sr Leadership leads to no vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Renton, WA

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

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

    Pros

    multi tasking, personal growth, learned what I don't want moving forward.

    Cons

    Company executive management to worried about cashing out and other interests.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the ball


  6. Helpful (5)

    Heading in the Wrong Direction...Management is destroying the company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Parallels

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

    Pros

    Easy to get promoted because people are running for the doors...

    Cons

    No Strategy
    No Leadership
    No Innovation
    Rude and Condescending Management Team
    A bunch of MSFT executives that couldn't cut it

    Advice to Management

    Need major restructuring at the Top...Complete sweep.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Supportive and inspiring place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Parallels full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with an incredibly talented, supportive team who have my back in our work projects, collaborative launches, and even if I have a personal crisis (a death in the family recently). Parallels really does believe in encouraging life/work balance, and the importance of family. That said, this is a fast paced, busy environment to work in that requires focus and provides absorbing projects.

    Cons

    Deadlines can be tight and working with an international team requires extra turnaround time.

    Parallels Response

    Aug 14, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. Your insights are very helpful.


  8. So far, great! Looking forward to growing with Parallels.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Parallels full-time (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great community, great team, and great understanding of how a work environment should flow in terms of productivity while keeping everyone sane and happy. Great salary package and benefits as well.

    Cons

    So far, I have yet to experience a true challenge apart from those I expected and welcomed when accepting my position. No workplace is gonna be perfect, and challenges will always arise - but that's what makes work fulfilling! Tackling those challenges head-on, at least for me.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Great Work Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Parallels full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Casual, friendly environment
    - Room for growth
    - Possibilities for advancement
    - Excellent benefits packages
    - Hard work is rewarded
    - Employees are given the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the year

    Cons

    - Located away from city centers (a bit of a drive for some folks)
    - Open work spaces can be loud and distracting at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee feedback.

    Parallels Response

    Jul 29, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    We appreciate your comments very much. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Great company in high-growth mode

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast growing, high paced environment with a global touch.
    Very intelligent people with great innovative ideas.
    Everyone is very friendly and makes and effort to be friendly.
    There is a new wave of leadership that has come in which makes this place an even more exciting place to be.

    Cons

    Communication can be a struggle at times, but it is getting better as we continue to build out the strong leadership and departmental relationships. Offices are located in Renton which can be quite a journey for those that live near the city.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the employees opinions and show that you care.

    Parallels Response

    Aug 14, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    Your comments are much appreciated. Thank you.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Great Global Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice mix of casual work environment and extremely driven workforce. Nearly everyone at Parallels has a very strong work ethic and strives to produce the best for our partners and end users. Generous PTO policy, fun internal and external events, a plethora of complementary options to keep yourself caffeinated, along with the opportunity to interact with peers all over the world make this a great place to work.

    Cons

    Although overall compensation package is quite good, Parallels does not match 401K contributions. If you are someone who only likes to put in 40 hours a week you might not be a good fit...we work hard here!

    Advice to Management

    Please consider adding at least a small match to 401K contributions.

    Parallels Response

    May 20, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    Thank you for your input and feedback. It is very helpful as we continue to make Parallels an even greater place to work.



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