Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director 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)

  • 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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  1. Water Resources Engineer

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    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Decent company, have opportunity to work on big projects

    Cons

    Poor management, no room to grow.

  2. Helpful (1)

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Most colleagues were a pleasure to work with, exciting and meaningful global projects also a plus.

    Cons

    Benefits expensive and could be much better. Some managers are great, some are non-existent; this will determine your experience at PB

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should invest resources into proper training of the rank and file management.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, but only because of my specific teammates and supervisor.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    There are some truly wonderful people working here. They make for great experiences and awesome mentoring. They make it easy to get up and come to work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, those higher up the hierarchy are not the most pleasant people. They also tend to forget that those of us on the bottom rungs do everyday what they don't know how to do. Also, unless you are making a lot of money, this can be a VERY expensive company for which to work.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop forgetting about those of us who work little clerk, analyst, and biller jobs. We may be little cogs, but your machine would be broken without us. It would be nice to not be treated as though we don't matter to the executive team.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    All Depends on your direct manager...

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer/Project Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer/Project Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Large knowledge base to draw from
    Lots of training available
    Very diverse work

    Cons

    Direct managers control access to training
    Difficult to advance if your advancement might hurt the future advancement of your direct manager
    Focused on empire building vs. people development

    Advice to Management

    Put better controls in place to limit a managers ability to keep qualified employees down.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior HR Administrator

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Administrator in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is a regular paycheck and many of the people are good people.

    Cons

    Lack of respect and appreciation for employees, low pay,insufficient benefits and PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to the infrastructure of your company. Respect and support employees, and employees will support and respect you.

  7. I worked as a temporary project assistant to support a project management team.

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    Former Contractor - Project Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Project Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Green philosophy, very capable and smart project managers; nice and cooperative management and employees

    Cons

    Extremely busy, sometimes overwhelmed and stressed personnel

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to spread out the workload.

  8. Parson's Brinckerhoff was a great company to work for as an intern.

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    Former Contractor - Intern II in Southgate, MI
    Former Contractor - Intern II in Southgate, MI

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was technically hired as an intern even though the length of employment was around 2 years. I conducted a lot of data collection out in the field as it relates to traffic studies. I set up car counting boxes, sound level recorders, and took measurements of roadways and intersections. It was fun getting out and studying traffic flows and intersections.

    Cons

    The one downside to the job was that it was all contract work for the Michigan Department of Transportation. So I was usually busy in the summer and then I would be laid off in the winter. The work hours were very inconsistent, however I knew that going in and my job was not a typical entry level job. I was not an engineer of any kind and it is a civil engineering firm that mostly employees engineers.

  9. Thank heaven I never have to go there again!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Peers were friendly and knowledgeable, benefits comparable.

    Cons

    Lack of management support, promises for training and career support not kept.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say you are going to day. Go back to the basics.

  10. Parsons Brinckerhoff used to care about their employees

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    some people get to keep their jobs

    Cons

    No loyalty to tenured employees. Recent lay off notices were delivered by phone! a 25 yr employee told to apply for their current job.

    Advice to Management

    too sad about the sale to WSP where PB employees don't matter.

  11. Slow Moving Ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Need to be a more nimble organization to reduce margin erosion

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