Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
George J. Pierson
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Pros
  • if you get a great manager they are very supporting of work / life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great people that make going to work fun (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management not connected to work being performed "in the trenches" (in 16 reviews)

  • No work life balance and no satisfaction in terms of employee's welfare (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Good company, tedious work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Parsons Brickerhoff is a good company with national reach. You can see the immediate impact of the projects you work on.

    Cons

    The work can get very repetitive and the quality of your experience depends heavily on manager and work assigned


  2. Supervising Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervising Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Supervising Engineer in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PB is a premiere corporation offering services across the engineering spectrum. They supply superior customer service and high quality design and construction services.

    Cons

    PB having been recently acquired by WSP is conducting an aggressive review of staffing needs and many senior staff are feeling the pressure. Several senior staff have been furloughed as a cost cutting measure and will ultimately face layoff. Previously, prior to acquisition, PB work ed very hard to retain staff in anticipation of new work.

    Advice to Management

    Show loyalty to devoted staff and make every attempt to show that they are the primary asset to the company. Retention incentives should be sought for the best talent.


  3. Geotechnical

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

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Great Company with amazing project in this field

    Cons

    too many engineer so the work load can vary a lot


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  5. Summer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

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

    Pros

    First hand experience in the field

    Cons

    Not much variety in tasks

    Advice to Management

    Take time with staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    Work at PB Power

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Power plant projects that PB gets to work on are good projects with ample scope and opportunity to learn new things .

    Cons

    Old employees/managers at the company run the show. Young people do not have a say and are not appreciated by management . Lot of favoritism in the company . Your work here will not be rewarded and you will not be recognized .
    Working here will be a waste of your time and career .
    No raises and employee salary reviews are skipped.
    No employee training or seminars --- management has their own interests in mind .
    No standard procedure that managers and employees follow -- managers do as they want.
    No communication from managers to employees --- employees are told at the last minute about key decisions .

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally with no favoritism .
    Listen to new ideas from young people -- you may pick up a few fresh ideas .
    Conduct regular employee salary reviews .
    Raises are appreciated by employees.
    Invest in employees through yearly training, seminars .


  7. Helpful (1)

    Needs to review and redefine itself and its policies

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative/Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative/Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has an excellent reputation as a top-notch engineering firm. Employees take great pride in knowing that PB was instrumental in building the original NYC subway, developing early rail lines in China, and that PB continues to be part of important and exciting projects around the world.

    Cons

    Shortly after being hired by this engineering leader it became clear that the company under-values any employee serving in a support role. They've already cut staff, limited increases and promotions, and removed everything that might improve employee morale in their quest to maximize profits and reward senior management and engineers. This employee questions the ethics of the company leaders who promote these policies.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the policies that impact your administrative and support staff. You may consider us expendable - but we are real people with families and mortgages and dreams. We deserve to be treated as the valuable contributors we are.


  8. A great stepping stone

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

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company. Easy to gain relevant experience. Tuition Reimbursement and various benefits including medical/dental/vision/401k. Great name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are expensive and 401k only has a 50% match. Advancement opportunities are near non-existent. Yearly increases barely keep up with rate of inflation, sometimes don't. Management works for themselves and often keeps everyone in the dark until the last minute when decisions are sprung on you. AWS program (every other Friday off/9 hour days) discontinued for HR.


  9. AWESOME

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Undisclosed in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Undisclosed in Lancaster, PA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for when it was run by PB staff

    Cons

    When WSP bought PB, there was an immediate impact of WSP culture. Very sad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep as much PB culture as you can


  10. engineering at PB

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    flexible work schedule and great project work and great group of people to work with. A good amount of women in leadership.

    Cons

    no bonuses, low 401k matching provided, though there are a good amount of women in leadership, the racial and ethnic diversity is strongly lagging behind.


  11. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very good company. A lot of opportunity to grow. Employees are very supportive and helpful, care about your value and responsibility

    Cons

    Nothing to say, it is fantastic company. people like to work for such a wonderful organisation. I enjoyed mt work and make a good life time friends.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say



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