Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not a good experience

    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Administrator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Talented employees who want and strive to produce quality products and service. Compensation is within the norm. Good medical benefits.

    Cons

    More emphasis should be placed on minority recruitment. 401K matching is low.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain communication between all levels of employees.


  3. Good company, tedious work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Parsons Brickerhoff is a good company with national reach. You can see the immediate impact of the projects you work on.

    Cons

    The work can get very repetitive and the quality of your experience depends heavily on manager and work assigned


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Going Downhill Since Purchase by WSP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm has worked on some of the most innovative and landmark infrastructure projects across the globe. Vacation benefits are quite good in the sense that you are encouraged to use as much of your vacation time as you want each year. Good work-life balance - though downtime between projects means your job can get quite boring for blocks of time. The firm is a good place to begin a career - but not ideal if you plan on staying several years.

    Cons

    The recent integration with WSP has led to an exodus of key leaders and talent. WSP management has noted PB's high cost base in its most recent financial report - which was reflected in low pay raises received this year by many employees across the firm. Per company policy, younger employees do not receive annual bonuses (they are only eligible for the spot bonus program - with awards minimal in amount). The company is very silo-ed and geographies/technical centers/business groups do not collaborate as much as they should with one another. Promotions are very hard to come by unless you play "office politics" and actively angle for one. The firm tends to hire senior leaders and managers from outside the company - making internal promotions very difficult to come by. Mid-level managers are not empowered to guide and promote their direct reports - turnover is very high at a junior level. The company's annual performance review process is nonsensical. The performance review form does not align well with the goal-setting form that employees are required to fill out at the beginning of each year. Health insurance costs are high compared to other firms, due to the nature of the company and the demographic characteristics of the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your mid-level managers and younger staff - they are the future of the company. Focus on employee retention programs - losing talent is frustrating for both project management and business development efforts. Update the annual performance review process and follow the path of other consulting firms that are ditching annual reviews in favor of more frequent manager-employee conversations which better meet evolving employee needs.


  6. Supervising Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervising Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Supervising Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    PB is a premiere corporation offering services across the engineering spectrum. They supply superior customer service and high quality design and construction services.

    Cons

    PB having been recently acquired by WSP is conducting an aggressive review of staffing needs and many senior staff are feeling the pressure. Several senior staff have been furloughed as a cost cutting measure and will ultimately face layoff. Previously, prior to acquisition, PB work ed very hard to retain staff in anticipation of new work.

    Advice to Management

    Show loyalty to devoted staff and make every attempt to show that they are the primary asset to the company. Retention incentives should be sought for the best talent.


  7. Good but could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Broad range of projects to work in, plenty of travel, most of the projects are non-local, which gives great experience

    Cons

    A big company like this is very slow to adapt and keep up with modern advancements. Lots of red tape to get through to get anywhere. Upper management is full of older people stuck in their ways, and will try to help you advance. wages are on the lower side of average, benefits are slowly getting worse and worse.

    Advice to Management

    adapt, listen to the staff and adapt to the times, or your best staff will leave to rivals who will offer more.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Work at PB Power

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Power plant projects that PB gets to work on are good projects with ample scope and opportunity to learn new things .

    Cons

    Old employees/managers at the company run the show. Young people do not have a say and are not appreciated by management . Lot of favoritism in the company . Your work here will not be rewarded and you will not be recognized . Working here will be a waste of your time and career . No raises and employee salary reviews are skipped. No employee training or seminars --- management has their own interests in mind . No standard procedure that managers and employees follow -- managers do as they want. No communication from managers to employees --- employees are told at the last minute about key decisions .

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally with no favoritism . Listen to new ideas from young people -- you may pick up a few fresh ideas . Conduct regular employee salary reviews . Raises are appreciated by employees. Invest in employees through yearly training, seminars .


  9. Geotechnical

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Company with amazing project in this field

    Cons

    too many engineer so the work load can vary a lot


  10. Summer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First hand experience in the field

    Cons

    Not much variety in tasks

    Advice to Management

    Take time with staff


  11. Helpful (3)

    Needs to review and redefine itself and its policies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative/Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative/Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has an excellent reputation as a top-notch engineering firm. Employees take great pride in knowing that PB was instrumental in building the original NYC subway, developing early rail lines in China, and that PB continues to be part of important and exciting projects around the world.

    Cons

    Shortly after being hired by this engineering leader it became clear that the company under-values any employee serving in a support role. They've already cut staff, limited increases and promotions, and removed everything that might improve employee morale in their quest to maximize profits and reward senior management and engineers. This employee questions the ethics of the company leaders who promote these policies.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the policies that impact your administrative and support staff. You may consider us expendable - but we are real people with families and mortgages and dreams. We deserve to be treated as the valuable contributors we are.



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