Parkson Corporation Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
23 Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Hire and fire employees from entry-level engineers upto the CEO!

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good product line and competitive for a mid-sized company in the water/wastewater treatment industry. Good customer service and experienced field service personnel and great Reps. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Very low employee retention - about 1 to 2yrs on an average for new hires between 2009 and 2012. Several older employers also were laid-off in the recent 5 yrs, which keeps everyone else on the edge not knowing what the next move by the Management be. If any, there are very few active patents for the products and technology owned by the Company. Research & Development (R&D) is key to sustainable growth and new process/equipment development at such a company. However, R&D is headed by personnel with undergraduate degrees but several years of experience in doing what they do. And so are most of the Managers of engineering teams. Industrial sales are only a small percentage of the overall and the Company has not seen any significant profitable growth in this sector and new ventures pursued in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Patents, new technology and significant upgrades to existing product line would be key to sustainable growth for this Company. And personnel driving these initiatives should be experienced but also academically qualified. A dedicated and qualified research team (with PhDs), adding budget to your R&D work, partnering with local Universities for research can all help improve your products and innovate to gain a strong foothold in this industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to gain experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation

    Pros

    Parkson is great at promoting from within. Work/life balance is great with many of the employees are very friendly. The work is great and you learn a lot. The Florida office is nice.

    Cons

    There is no real training for new hires, just shadowing a senior employee and try to catch as soon as possible. There is a large gap between senior employees and newly hired. High employee turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on being an environmental engineering company for the long term. Develop your products properly and bring back R&D. Connect with employees, be visible to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Unstable, Poor Management

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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

    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
  6.  

    High employee turn over rate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Privately owned, so have the flexibility to try new things. Owner extremely dedicated to company and environmental issues. Owner committed to supplying the necessary capital requested by upper management to grow the company.

    Cons

    High employee turn over rate. Many reorganizations. Hire a lot of executives that are not familiar with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a point to compliment employees on their strengths and accomplishments, rather than just criticizing them for mistakes. Allow more opinions from field service and outside sales on the directions the company should be heading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company but careful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good company culture, competitive compensation package

    Cons

    Owner has habit of changing leadership about every three years which sets about employee changes with new leadership strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be cautious sacrificing long term plans for short term success

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    Project Engineering/Management

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

    I have been working at Parkson Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Consistent work and many opportunities to enhance your skills. Collaborative engineering enviroment for the various product lines and systems.

    Cons

    Increased resposibilties without additional compensation. Bonus structure to complex to every be awarded. Sales representatives need more buy in when selling non-standard or over promised equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention needs to be addressed to salaries for people that have excepted more responsibility. Bring current employees to level that new hires are offered for the same job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Asst of Customer Services

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation

    Pros

    Easy to get coz they desperately need workers.

    Cons

    working more than 8 hours per day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    up the salary

  11.  

    Market leader in its segment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parkson Corporation

    Pros

    Professional management. empowered employees good environment

    Cons

    zero error tolerance. operations very risky

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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