Parkson Corporation

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Parkson Corporation Reviews in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Values. Shaky Future.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very family oriented business that treats its employees very ethically and fairly.

    Cons

    Limited or inconsistent chance for advancement where more responsibility is not always rewarded. Lots of personnel turnover in the past few years - most with little positive effect.
    The biggest challenge is that the company's technology portfolio doesn't really offer a clear future for the company or its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to expand its technologies to create more opportunities for its future and that of its employees. The company also needs to be more consistent in accepting and following through on the bringing new ideas into the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Potential for Growth?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great city to live. I enjoyed the weather and the beaches, nice people in Fort Lauderdale area.
    If you want to experiment working in this industry and living there for a year or two, this can be a good choice.
    People are collaborative and welcoming.
    Good benefits and opportunity to take on a project for a couple of years.

    Cons

    There were lots o changes in management recently and it is uncertain what is the future of the company.
    If you are not an MBA the potential to get a higher management roles are very low.
    Technical expertise is not valued as much as business, which is a very narrow perspective that has lead to the shrinkage of the company.
    Most of people with experience are retiring or leave the company, reducing tremendously knowledge capital for Parkson.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce uncertainty about company's future by keeping open meetings with realistic results. Too much optimism has been the cause of current demotivation among employees.
    Promotion of recent hires with low technical expertise justified only b/c of MBA degree has a large impact on current employees, increasing the uncertainty and trust on Parkson. Gives the perspective that there is no professional development within Parkson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very Unstable, Poor Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for 2 to 3 years. You gain a lot of experience within those periods,

    Cons

    Due to poor budget and forecasting by management, organization structure is changed every 6 months. High employee turnover. Management has short term focus. Unlike other corporations, a whole year seems long term here. You are bound to be moved around performing different roles and may have to wear different hats at times. The company has lost transparency under new management where information is not freely shared leaving employees clueless about the performance and sometime their job duties. As a result, employees seem to have low morale and self-esteem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focusing on short term goals such as profitability and shareholder's ROI will lead to worse long term implications. Try to keep employees (whatever are left) happy, will lead to better performance. It's simple cause and effect relation. Learn from corporations like Southwest Airlines, Boston Consulting Group etc. where employees and customers are prime focus for wellbeing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A company well past its prime and trying to milk a sickly cow.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Sales in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Parkson is privately held as a tiny part of a giant conglomerate, so one would expect long-term thinking with little emphasis on the short term numbers. Sales force is skilled.

    Cons

    Contrary to the typical tendencies of privately held companies, Parkson is tied very closely to the short term numbers. The result is inconsistent and out-of-touch management, with poor treatment of employees and customers. Management's approach is to manipulate both the numbers and the employees - a recipe for a downward spiral. You can fool some of the people all the time .....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept that past practices have been a failure and change gears completely, moving to strategic thinking, planning and management. Get rid of dinosaurs. Adopt leadership rather than manipulation - trust your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start a career, and continue it as well

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy people to work with. Management willing to give you more responsibility.

    Cons

    Frequent downsizings leads to a split of older generation veterans and young and inexperienced employees. No middle ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More knowledge transfer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very friendly environment, nice coworkers and professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aftermarket Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Aftermarket Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Parkson Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are very nice, helpful, and friendly. They are always willing to teach you and motivate you to ask questions. Management is very well respected and they also treat you as equals. They have plenty of activities to make it fun.

    Cons

    I didn't really find anything negative about company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice to share.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Parkson Corporation

    Pros

    good people to work with and an excellent atmosphere. the place has alot to offer as far as potential growth and promotion.

    Cons

    in some ways the outline of duties is somewhat vague. it would be better to have more deadline dates and a structured view of what the potential is that they intend for you to become within the company to strive for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    specific promotion intentions to individuals to maintain motivation. maintain crosstraining as well. it helps keep the job interest higher than most.

  9.  

    Good company challenged with growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Parkson Corporation

    Pros

    Overall, Parkson was a good place to work with competent management and extremely fair and ethical business practices. Employees were treated very fairly with a good work-life balance.
    Benefits and employee programs were generous and administered fairly.

    Cons

    The company's main challenge is growing its business with an extremely conservative outlook toward business risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, the company needs to expand and modernize its portfolio of products and technologies which requires a more aggressive an pro-active approach toward taking and managing business risk. As the saying goes: no risk - no reward.

  10.  

    Constant change

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Parkson Corporation

    Pros

    Open communciation between upper management and other employees

    Cons

    Uncertain of company real performance and issues. Sometimes the actions do not reflect what the reports show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees know if things are not working so well and what are the actions that will be taken to manage these issues. Have a better communication between employees when hiring and letting someone go the company. Communication about any moves of employee can affect considerably the activities of their peers.

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