Parallels

  www.parallels.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Parallels Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
71 Reviews

4.4
71 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Parallels CEO Birger Steen
Birger Steen
48 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, possibilities for growth (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people with a passion for where they work (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Disappointing career opportunities (in 3 reviews)

  • older, "jaded" upper management with sometimes "1950's management style" abusive tactics (in 2 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Work Experience

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employee feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Supportive and inspiring place to work

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Parallels Response

    Aug 14, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

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

  3.  

    growing global business with a unique market position

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

    Pros

    truly global Company, plenty of opportunities to learn a lot and stretch yourself. a dedicated and passionate group of people. flexible work environment.

    Cons

    some growing pains with processes and tools that need improvements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Parallels Response

    Aug 19, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    We appreciate the time you took to give us a review. Thank you very much.

  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great company in high-growth mode

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Parallels Response

    Aug 14, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    Your comments are much appreciated. Thank you.

  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work!

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

    Pros

    The company is high energy and they make world class benchmark software which really makes you proud to be associated with them. They are all about collaboration and giving people credit for the work they do.

    Cons

    It is a small team so you wear lots of hats and deadlines are tight but do able.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Parallels Response

    Aug 14, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    Thank you for the review!

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good company, OK place to work

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

    Pros

    Parallels is a leader within their industry with talented, smart people working on innovative products and services with a global reach. Casual environment, flexible schedules.

    Cons

    The company is disorganized and lacks formal procedures and processes. The communication between internal teams can be a stumbling block. Understaffed in some departments. Not IPO ready.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Parallels Response

    Aug 14, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    We appreciate the time you took to give us a review. Your comments will help us as we strive to make Parallels an even better place to work.

  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great Global Experience

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Better and Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company is really trying to improve everything from wages to working environment to products. Some leadership changes made a very big difference in how the business is run in a good way. Was a good place to work overall.

    Cons

    Not enough resources to do the work demanded. No real respect for the work done. Middle management doesn't seem to know exactly how to manage people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to what the workers are saying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Parallels Response

    Aug 14, 2014Director of Global Recruiting

    Thank you very much for the review. We do appreciate it.

  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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

    Pros

    Great product set leading in their specific industry.
    Ideas are encouraged by management and implemented when possible.
    Everyone is always working towards a common goal and there's great inter-departmental synergy.
    Great co-workers that help each other out all the time.

    Cons

    As a relatively small company, career advancement is very limited.
    We seem to be very top heavy from a management stand point.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Average Place to Work

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, possibilities for growth

    Cons

    Difficult to promote fresh ideas and innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Parallels? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.