Parkson Corporation Reviews

Updated August 8, 2015
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  1. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (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 Management

    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.


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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Management Issues

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    Former Employee - Field Process Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Field Process Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company has great employees and amazing office work environment and is environmentally green. The people are very friendly and many of the employees have been with the company for decades.

    Cons

    The company is going through some major transitions and has lost many of it's staff. The new inexperienced management including the CEO do not seem to have engineering experience, process knowledge or process control system personnel to do work integrating Parkson products within a process or system. For this reason, the company is very dependent on outside contractors, other engineering firms, and an integrator subcontractor to do all engineering outside of Parkson's product lines. For example, Parkson does not engineer interlocks or safety shutdown systems with their process division and they do not have any employees with process safety or control systems knowledge working in that department. The company has been divided into to sections: products and process. The managers in process do not understand their processes and do not have a background in control systems integration.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to hire a few process oriented people to work in engineering in the process department. The current manager is mechanical and product oriented with no real experience in process control systems and does not understand safety shutdown or interlocking systems or processes. Also, the current management is not experienced with Parkson products and does not understand their basic product lines included in the process division.


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    Very Unstable, Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Good place to gain experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. WATCH OUT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're an individual who enjoys "wearing many hats" and gaining the experience in different roles, this is the place for you. Be careful though, as you may apply for one position, but over the time you work there they "reorganize" the company FIVE times only to find yourself being expected to efficiently perform in three different positions. Due to large layoffs and large amounts of people leaving the company willingly, the amount of staff to handle the workload is not sustainable. Be prepared to be "burnt out" quickly.

    Cons

    Job security. it is always in questioning who the next group of people will be to get laid-off.


  8. Potential for Growth?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Unstable Management in a Company Going Nowhere

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office and location in South Florida.. You will get useful experience here if you choose to take it on. Company gym onsite in a LEED Building.

    Cons

    Engineers are lowest on the totem pole here, they get no respect and are never rewarded for going above and beyond (even when asked), but are required to do everything. Employees can be very back stabbing, beware. Upper management is completely unstable and with four major layoffs in the past few years, everyone was on edge and morale was the worst I had ever seen...anywhere. "Project Managers" here are not real project managers, just office people that have been around for 8+ years and/or benefited from nepotism. If you are young and talented, run away. Do not waste your time unless you just need experience.

    Advice to Management

    Quit letting talent walk away because of non-recognition, non-promotion, and non-raises. You have a long track record of rewarding the wrong people.


  10. Constant change

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. excellent

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    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 Management

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



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