Parallels Reviews

Updated April 5, 2015
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Pros
  • Good team of people with passion to do things (in 6 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, possibilities for growth (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Some growing pains in organization (in 4 reviews)

  • Disappointing career opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    A very refreshing change from large company processes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, opportunity to make an immediate impact, global accountability and scope for most roles, and opportunities for growth

    Cons

    The story of company is difficult because of the two very different lines of business. Consumer business outlook is great! The Cloud business has most potential but also more difficult to deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Must create and share a clear vision of where the company is going and how people can contribute

  2. Helpful (1)

    Fast growing company with tons of potential!

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    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Two cultures (Russian/US) not always in Sync, management directionally challenged and top heavy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parallels full-time

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

    Pros

    Thankfully not overly matrixed. Pay/benefits is better than most organizations of this size. Work/life balance fairly balanced with no expectation of ongoing weekend work.

    Cons

    Two cultures (Russian/US) with Russian culture favored. Leadership vision/direction/mandate doesn't filter down. Management is top heavy - the amount of VP's, Directors and Managers is extraordinary. Company is reactive vs. proactive in strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Be the leader in the industry (Cloud side of the business). Sell the Cross Platform side.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Getting Desperate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked 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

    Good opportunity to learn new skills and get international experience. Some good people there and a fairly relaxed atmosphere around review process.

    Cons

    Too many different businesses and technologies to have focus. Lack of vision from leadership leaves people wondering where the company is heading. General culture is depressing and dysfunctional.

    Advice to Management

    Time to cut your losses and move on.

  6. Helpful (1)

    One of the better environments I've worked in

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

    I have been working at Parallels

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

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, very fun work environment, lots of perks, work from home, some fun business travel (role dependent). You're not just a number, your ideas matter, and there is plenty of opportunity to move up, sideways, or whatever direction you'd like to go. Work/Life balance is as good as it gets.

    Cons

    A bit disorganized, a little top heavy, almost nothing happens quickly, and training could be better. If you want something to get done in a hurry, you have to push. If you're not a self starter and need hand holding, there are probably better companies for you out there than Parallels. For me, this place is a great fit.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the improvements that could be made are already in progress...management is pretty on the ball with that stuff.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good people, solving problems.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parallels

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

    Pros

    In my short time with Parallels, I work with a motivated, positive, realistic group of people who truly want to solve problems and increase profitability and efficiencies.

    Cons

    As with most Tech companies, the developers of the product are much removed socially from the supporting teams.

  8. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    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

  10. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parallels

    Pros

    Everyday life at Parallels is great.

    Cons

    Review process is horrible and never followed through.

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