Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
223 Reviews
3.4
223 Reviews
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
George J. Pierson
95 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.  

    Good company with talented professionals, With time moving away from founding roots of engineering towards management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  2.  

    Principal Technical Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Slow Moving Ship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Good Values

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6.  

    It's OK

    • 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

    Pros

    Interesting people, alternative work schedule.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, administrative team is not given bonuses, not much opportunity for advancement

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Good Work Environment with Opportunity for Those Who Want to Stand Out and be Leaders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ephrata, PA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ephrata, PA

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment; reasonable management, good set of benefits, flex-work schedule or 9-80 work week for certain departments, competitive compensation, T Rowe Price managed 401K, current generation IT (computers, SW, and telecom), open-office environment (all cubicles, if that is something you like)

    Cons

    The level of professionalism and progressiveness in management is hit and miss. The "old-guard" that came from NY HQ or other PB locations tend struggle a bit with change and modern management techniques/philosophies. They are burdened by history. The "new" management team that was hired-in with the new facility opening tends to be more progressive, quicker to spot problematic past practices, and committed to positive change/improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change and modern management techniques that encourage personal growth for the employees.
    Encourage cross-training to broaden skill-sets.
    Focus on positive organizational and process changes for employees that also foster a more efficient and effective workplace.
    PB's competitors are constantly evolving. Don't face the same fate as the dinosaurs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    PB theres pros and cons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    -Complex and Iconic projects for cities
    -Good Salary
    -Able to fill in gaps between large projects with training or smaller projects
    -Flexible time
    -Bright people to reach out to for questions

    Cons

    -Progression up the corporate latter can be tough
    -Balfour Beatty bought the company out and took away all budgets for continuing education
    -Kind of a third-world structure with no middle class, just big-ups and work horses
    -When expanding only hired higher positions pushing lower roles to younger but growing employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll up the sleeves, lower your shoulder, and be willing to battle when asking for budgets/approvals for continuing education, conferences, etc. for the younger employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Company with good values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Very good people, with good values and globally placed. Good opportunities worldwide.

    Cons

    Progression within large projects limited. Employee progression not seriously looked at in an organized way. HR in Middle East very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee progression trajectories.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Marketing Intern

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    The work environment in Philadelphia specifically was relaxed but driven. Young office with lots of planned office events, people were great. There was a big push for the interns/co-ops to attend select events with management to see how the business was operated at the higher levels. Felt very engaged and incorporated as an intern.

    Cons

    Nothing too negative to say, wished there was a bigger intern culture. Mostly just co-ops who were there when I first started

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The Titanic of A&E firms

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is OK; some good professionals (though many have left); 401k match vests immediately (but is subpar).

    Cons

    Office culture is stiff and unfriendly: staff join and leave the office without announcement. Leaders stay in their boardroom citadel; staff are kept in the dark---even as layoffs occur. A lack of communication from leadership has created an overactive rumor culture. Project pursuits appear to be approved on leadership's whim as opposed to the business case, and loyalty to leadership seems to be rewarded more than technical excellence or productivity.

    Many managers are not open to new ideas and are not up to date on changes in the field. Training is very loose and some new employees get no training at all, and staff are often squeezed by pressure not to charge to projects and not to charge to overhead.

    The company has only two tiers: mid-level professionals (5-20 years) are few and far between. The company does not put its money where its mouth is where career development is concerned. Promotions and raises are not tied to performance (they are decided before annual reviews are even in).

    Health insurance is expensive and limited to two plans. 401k match is meager and has not increased in many years. Junior staff (<5-8 years) don't get bonuses.

    The company's "furlough" practice is shady; morale is rock-bottom, turnover is increasing, and management does not seem to care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize that your billable staff generate revenue and are the product you are selling, so start treating them as something other than a cost and burden. If change is truly needed, shake up the many layers of old entrenched management instead of laying off or (worse yet) "furloughing" the people who actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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