Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director 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)

  • There are some great people there but most of them are leaving (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. I worked as a temporary project assistant to support a project management team.

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    Former Contractor - Project Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Project Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Green philosophy, very capable and smart project managers; nice and cooperative management and employees

    Cons

    Extremely busy, sometimes overwhelmed and stressed personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people to spread out the workload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Parson's Brinckerhoff was a great company to work for as an intern.

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    Former Contractor - Intern II in Southgate, MI
    Former Contractor - Intern II in Southgate, MI

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I was technically hired as an intern even though the length of employment was around 2 years. I conducted a lot of data collection out in the field as it relates to traffic studies. I set up car counting boxes, sound level recorders, and took measurements of roadways and intersections. It was fun getting out and studying traffic flows and intersections.

    Cons

    The one downside to the job was that it was all contract work for the Michigan Department of Transportation. So I was usually busy in the summer and then I would be laid off in the winter. The work hours were very inconsistent, however I knew that going in and my job was not a typical entry level job. I was not an engineer of any kind and it is a civil engineering firm that mostly employees engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great experience, but only because of my specific teammates and supervisor.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are some truly wonderful people working here. They make for great experiences and awesome mentoring. They make it easy to get up and come to work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, those higher up the hierarchy are not the most pleasant people. They also tend to forget that those of us on the bottom rungs do everyday what they don't know how to do. Also, unless you are making a lot of money, this can be a VERY expensive company for which to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop forgetting about those of us who work little clerk, analyst, and biller jobs. We may be little cogs, but your machine would be broken without us. It would be nice to not be treated as though we don't matter to the executive team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Thank heaven I never have to go there again!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Peers were friendly and knowledgeable, benefits comparable.

    Cons

    Lack of management support, promises for training and career support not kept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say you are going to day. Go back to the basics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Parsons Brinckerhoff used to care about their employees

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    some people get to keep their jobs

    Cons

    No loyalty to tenured employees. Recent lay off notices were delivered by phone! a 25 yr employee told to apply for their current job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too sad about the sale to WSP where PB employees don't matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Slow Moving Ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Great work life balance, vacation days are accrued and carry over year to year, plenty of passionate engineers to work with.

    Cons

    Takes way too long to get anything done or changed as it is very common for employees to be with the company for 20+ years. Salaries below industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be a more nimble organization to reduce margin erosion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good company with talented professionals, With time moving away from founding roots of engineering towards management

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    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Glastonbury, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Glastonbury, CT

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Excellent network of talented professionals, highly visible company, ability to involve in big ticket projects, respectful people within work.

    Cons

    No personal comments. There is definite room for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No personal comments

  9. PB is not where you want to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    it used to be a great company to work for and the company cared for their employees

    Cons

    since the sale to WSP morale has declined. Employees are fined over the phone! not a face to face conversation. this is only the beginning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider that the people you're firing deserve a face to face conversation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Principal Technical Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company and will be a part of history. Major projects that will withstand the test of time. Upper management most considerate of all employees. Great salaries and backing of next level management. Team work was the greatest with fellow employees.

    Cons

    Middle management has and uses the "Good Ole Boy Syndrome". Professional skills ignored if employee migrated from another industry, especially if different from middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of Middle Management as this level of management will untimely destroy the company from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good Values

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Overall good company with major project experience.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement due to top heavy offices.

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