Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
185 Reviews
2.9
185 Reviews
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
George J. Pierson
76 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The staff at PB are generally supportive and the work/life balance is excellent (in 17 reviews)

  • There are some great people there but most of them are leaving (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management not connected to work being performed "in the trenches" (in 15 reviews)

  • Most of the good technical staff either quit or have been made redundant in the last 2 years (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for 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
  2.  

    Strategic consulting and advisory services for A&E firm

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for 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
  3.  

    Great Place to Work, but Some Uncertainty

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    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 for 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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  5.  

    Good culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Great place to work and friendly environment.

    Cons

    A lot of changes due to the sale of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lost in a maze of re-organizations

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    Former Employee - Senior Supervising Planner
    Former Employee - Senior Supervising Planner

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

    Pros

    Salary was good, as were benefits. I worked with some of the brightest people I've ever met, most of whom were very generous with their time and expertise.

    Cons

    I had no support, the organization was dysfunctional, there was low office morale, and there was no trust in the leadership. People lied to my face, After being bought by Balfour Beatty about 5 years ago, it was recently sold to a Canadian firm. so I'm sure the confusion will only get worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    No long term development

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good projects to work on.

    Cons

    No commitment to the employee. They will hire to fill a position on a project. No commitment to career development and continued employment. They say they will share work between offices but that is not the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to develop staff. To many overpaid managers. Overhead rate to high. Priced out of may markets. Need to get lean.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Many projects to work on. Diversity of workload. Junior staff can be off every other Friday although discouraged by Senior Management.

    Cons

    Salary is below what other leading transportation companies pay. Although this is a "GLOBAL" company, there is really no opportunities to work on projects around the world or in other regions. The possibility of a transfer to other offices in other states is non-existent. It would be easier to get a job with another company than to transfer offices or departments within Parsons Brinckerhoff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience overall; company will work with you if necessary.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great company values; good place to work for; fair salary offered; decent vacation

    Cons

    Depending on the job you have, work-life balance is achievable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hard to be a planner in an engineering firm...

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    Former Employee - Senior Planner  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules
    Special focus on emerging professionals

    Cons

    Not very diverse
    Top heavy management
    Hard to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus should be placed on personal growth and they should consider changes to their top-down management style.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    PB Life

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    Current Employee - CADD  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CADD in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    friendly office environment , challenging projects , great benefits

    Cons

    poor management, poor communication , horrible commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider budgeting for staff training , accept occasional telecommunication as a viable option for remote or long distance employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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