Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
179 Reviews

2.8
179 Reviews
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
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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.  

    used to be great consulting firm before 2011

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    great people good team environment

    Cons

    horrible high level management before selling to BB

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to listen the engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Good Employer

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    Current Employee - DGM Commercial  in  New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - DGM Commercial in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and culture of an organization is excellent

    Cons

    Utilization of resources are poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transfer of ownership

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Traffic Engineer

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  Adelaide (Australia)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Adelaide (Australia)

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, good salary

    Cons

    Business not going well, lose a lot of staff recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not efficient in management, communication between different branches is very slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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.  

    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
  7.  

    Frustrating and ulitmately disappointing to have what was a good firm so poorly run.

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    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    They have some success in picking up large projects but this is really the result of some quality individuals and a few teams.

    Cons

    Where to begin. Its lost its culture after they make the executives redundant and run Melbourne out of Sydney.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're due another Mgmt reshuffle to add more to the overheads and recement your positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Maybe the new management can do something

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not much pressure and minimum expectations

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to advance unless you are an engineer - and way too political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Standard Corporate Engineering

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    Easy work. Almost no company politics. practically guaranteed promotions. practically guaranteed pay raises. Very easy to blend in with coworkers. Plenty of company gatherings.

    Cons

    Work is easy so non-self starters won't learn much. no company politics = kind of boring. the bar for getting a promotion is very low, but the bar for getting quick promotions is very high. pay raises are based on group success and not on individual success. In general, company life is unexciting and the social atmosphere is quite mellow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing because I think it's the industry that is inherently mellow in nature. Has anybody had a jaw-dropping, pants-soaking experience from discussing HVAC or structure integrity?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Once good company now suffering from big company blight

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    Current Employee - Seniof Engineer
    Current Employee - Seniof Engineer

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

    Pros

    Nice office location in central CBD.

    Cons

    Office has good view out of the window but the desks are small and the office too noisy to work properly.
    Senior management are too busy playing the management game and have lost sight on the need to vigorously pursue work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ten years ago PB was a thriving company. It had good line management and was successful in winning and executing high quality work. In the last few years organisation changes have now taken away access to many markets and created a vacuum that the competion is happily filling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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