Parkson Corporation Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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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)

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

    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.

  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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  3. 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)

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

    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.

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  5. WATCH OUT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

  6. Good place to gain experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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. 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

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

    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.

  8. Great people. could be a better company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, company values and coworkers makes your work easier and enjoyable.

    Cons

    No clear future based on the downsize of the market. Lack of R&D. POOR bonus after several years. NO salary increases at all!

    Advice to Management

    Change the business model for one more profitable. Share the pie more equally among the peers

  9. A great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working environment is comfortable for staffs

    Cons

    Not much, I'm happy to have been working here even for a while

  10. High employee turn over rate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Good company but careful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkson Corporation (more than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Be cautious sacrificing long term plans for short term success

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