Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. too much change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, autonomy in my work

    Cons

    too much change in too short a time period; transition to WSP not being handled well

    Advice to Management

    This is more about WSP - they talk "clear direction" and "global collaboration" but it's not translating in daily business. Too many silos. Too many people not talking to each other.


  2. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team and manager at the office level: flexible hours, good work life balance, management that is interested in your career track. Corporate Level: Opportunities to get plugged into many different projects all over the world (Key - with some/a lot of support from your local manager).

    Cons

    Currently there are two areas of management (Projects and People): Both have there own interest and sometime they butt heads. A lot of forms and performance measures that are not useful to PM and are not 100% clear on purpose. Most goals for both areas are based on statistical factors which only provide a snapshot of actual happenings and can be skewed (bad data in = bad data out). Still some unknowns about what changes may be coming down the road with the buy out.

    Advice to Management

    Have a holistic approach when evaluating decisions so that there is an understanding of what is going on in each office and what is needed in order to grow. Decision should not be based on the number alone, make sure conversations are happening when the data suggest there is an issue. Make the data more user friendly so that it is useful all who touch it.


  3. Cool

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is a great and friendly environment. Everyone is a great at working hard and meeting deadlines. Also great amount of teamwork displayed in the company.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities to advance or grow. PB don't really think long term. Poor management and leadership with some of the managers.

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees.


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  5. Civil Engineer

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very great people at the company. Learn a lot about different projects. Also got the opportunity to learn different fields of civil engineering.

    Cons

    While I worked was a slow time and not many projects around. Did most of the administrative work and not much actual engineering.


  6. Intern summer program

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    learned about industry. presented to managers. relaxed office atmosphere during summer.

    Cons

    tedious work: organized reports and managed inventory


  7. Career to a Job in 3 years

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    Former Employee - Senior CAD Designer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior CAD Designer in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    close to my house, parking garage at the building, nice break room. Clean office atmosphere. Free coffee and free bagels on payday.

    Cons

    Poor utilization of staff, serious lack of communication and work planning. After wsp buyout it became even worse. Insurance plans are very costly. Not enough work to keep folks busy.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with the staff, treat the staff like humans and not numbers.


  8. Marketing Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment with fun people and interesting work.

    Cons

    Can be a bit challenging getting into a technically industry with no prior knowledge


  9. Helpful (1)

    Don't go there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office was close to home.

    Cons

    Advancement is based friendship rather than performance.


  10. Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work on large scale projects all across the country

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions/pay increases


  11. Helpful (1)

    Not a good experience

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The location of the office was convenient

    Cons

    This company doesn't value or respect support staff. It's a very political company run by a small group of old men. At one point it was made very clear to me that if I didn't 'volunteer' for a political candidate's campaign who I did not support that I would be fired. Also, I found that the younger women were treated with blatant favoritism over women who were more mature.

    Advice to Management

    They could care less and so I won't respond.



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