Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
200 Reviews
2.9
200 Reviews
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
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83 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 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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits: Are good

    Commute: Metro accessible (many stations near by)
    Senior Executives: Greater to work with vs lower level managers

    Cons

    -Training was inconsistent

    -Some managers showed more concern for people who actually bring in the money like engineers, consultants, etc.

    -Lack of communication from and within management.

    -No universal office structure (ex: DC not like Corporate office with standards, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more interest in employee morale by having more meaningful in person meetings with them.

    Employees were left out of the loop a lot unless they were senior managers. Some information is pertinent to an employee's performance and there are just some things that they need to be made aware of.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    A good company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Great local and regional reputation with high standards. Well respected. Opportunities to work on a range of projects and locations.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge due to high profile, fast-track projects and schedules. Lack of retention incentives. Some offices feel a little 'top heavy.'

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Strategic consulting and advisory services for A&E firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Very large organization with international opportunities offering potential experience on most infrastructure projects in the US and the rest of the world. Possess a very good reputation in the US and has close connections with key actors. Some excellent (too few) senior managers and leaders.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities and no financial incentives for high performers especially for the junior consultants that have left by dozens in the last 24 months. Very bureaucratic and process driven leaving little room for innovation and new ideas. Advisory services are (I feel) intentionally limited / constrained in terms of ambition and business opportunities. The firm number one business is planning and design and does not sufficiently leverage the quality of the advisory practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work, but Some Uncertainty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Support Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Support Specialist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    I really like my job. Good pay and nice benefits. Flexible schedule. Intelligent and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    The company has had some trouble with morale after the purchase by Balfour Beatty. Now with the recent sale to WSP, there is tentative optimism that things might improve, but a lot of uncertainty as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what it takes to attract and hang onto the best. In the four years that I've been here, I've seen many good people leave unnecessarily. Moving the bulk of the NYC staff to Amish country, PA was a huge mistake. It might have saved millions of dollars on paper, but the negative ramifications of that decision continue today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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