Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
205 Reviews
3.0
205 Reviews
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
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85 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work...

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Well developed company. Good Work life balance, benefits, time off, etc.

    Cons

    my particular job isn't very challenging...could be better health benefits as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Internship at PB

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

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great friendly staff, very interesting projects, flexible hours.

    Cons

    no benefits for interns but that makes sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved my internship and learned a lot
    keep it that way!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Satisfying experience

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

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Projectized setting allow team to know one another better and build productive team relationships. Can move on to new project / work on multiple projects simultaneously to broaden one's experience.

    Cons

    Could have more opportunity / training for entry level positions. Not always guaranteed employment after project is completed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company, Excellent reputation in the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Good Compensation, Fairly decent benefits package

    Cons

    Company really needs to work on keeping talent once they have hired. My project manager was very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining talent, and treat your talent more than just a number Remember these people have lives, families and responsibilities and without such talent PB wouldn't have the reputation and respect they have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Field Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Field Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Employees are not micro-managed. You are treated as an adult. Professional environment

    Cons

    A recent sale of the company leaves unknowns related to future changes. since this is a construction role - you need to find another job when your project ends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great Company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Great experience that encompasses all

    Cons

    Not sure what the future holds for PB

  8.  

    Unlimited opportunities

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

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large firm, so many diverse opportunites for new graduates

    Cons

    Large firm, so you could get lost, especially if you are in smaller office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management that focuses on quality and client satisfaction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A Respected Brand's Slow Death

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

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The PB brand has a ~130 year legacy and is widely respected. At its core the company still values technical excellence and a commitment to its clients that is probably second to none.

    Cons

    Cutting overhead is not a growth strategy. Investment in the training and development of its people, particularly its PMs and Project Accountants has been pretty much eliminated over the past 7-8 years. The firm wants to excel in the at-risk environment. Yet management believes the PMs it hires or promotes will naturally excel without deep training -- and with contractor clients no less. Similar problem with PM tools -- the Project Accounting system has seen very few improvements since 1993. The better PMs run their projects in Excel. This is not sustainable long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the erosion that's occurring in the skills of the people who manage your projects, and stop believing that an engineering license is assurance that someone has strong business and project management capabilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Urban Planner
    Former Employee - Urban Planner

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

    Pros

    Big name, lots of offices

    Cons

    No guidance, no help from management. Managers are only interested in themselves, seem to care little for other people including rising employees. Your basic back-stabbing, me, me , me office culture.

    Not worth the time and effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Used to be far better, but these years are long gone.....

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

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company name well known in the industry - that gives you easier path to get hired by others....There are some young, bright, talented people working for the company.....

    Cons

    Total lack of corporate vision and direction - when old guys left, "new" management never got grip on business; company keeps high cost senior staff forever - resulting high overhead makes company less competitive; who you know matters more than what you know and how hard you work; constant reorganization - often one doesn't know who he/she is working for; no relation between business units- they would rather hire from outside than transfer existing staff that doesn't have an assignment;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They know everything anyway, so they don't need me to tell them anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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