Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Company with good values

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

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Very good people, with good values and globally placed. Good opportunities worldwide.

    Cons

    Progression within large projects limited. Employee progression not seriously looked at in an organized way. HR in Middle East very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee progression trajectories.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    PB theres pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    -Complex and Iconic projects for cities
    -Good Salary
    -Able to fill in gaps between large projects with training or smaller projects
    -Flexible time
    -Bright people to reach out to for questions

    Cons

    -Progression up the corporate latter can be tough
    -Balfour Beatty bought the company out and took away all budgets for continuing education
    -Kind of a third-world structure with no middle class, just big-ups and work horses
    -When expanding only hired higher positions pushing lower roles to younger but growing employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll up the sleeves, lower your shoulder, and be willing to battle when asking for budgets/approvals for continuing education, conferences, etc. for the younger employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Marketing Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment in Philadelphia specifically was relaxed but driven. Young office with lots of planned office events, people were great. There was a big push for the interns/co-ops to attend select events with management to see how the business was operated at the higher levels. Felt very engaged and incorporated as an intern.

    Cons

    Nothing too negative to say, wished there was a bigger intern culture. Mostly just co-ops who were there when I first started

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Very Good Work Environment with Opportunity for Those Who Want to Stand Out and be Leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ephrata, PA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ephrata, PA

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment; reasonable management, good set of benefits, flex-work schedule or 9-80 work week for certain departments, competitive compensation, T Rowe Price managed 401K, current generation IT (computers, SW, and telecom), open-office environment (all cubicles, if that is something you like)

    Cons

    The level of professionalism and progressiveness in management is hit and miss. The "old-guard" that came from NY HQ or other PB locations tend struggle a bit with change and modern management techniques/philosophies. They are burdened by history. The "new" management team that was hired-in with the new facility opening tends to be more progressive, quicker to spot problematic past practices, and committed to positive change/improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change and modern management techniques that encourage personal growth for the employees.
    Encourage cross-training to broaden skill-sets.
    Focus on positive organizational and process changes for employees that also foster a more efficient and effective workplace.
    PB's competitors are constantly evolving. Don't face the same fate as the dinosaurs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. The Titanic of A&E firms

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is OK; some good professionals (though many have left); 401k match vests immediately (but is subpar).

    Cons

    Office culture is stiff and unfriendly: staff join and leave the office without announcement. Leaders stay in their boardroom citadel; staff are kept in the dark---even as layoffs occur. A lack of communication from leadership has created an overactive rumor culture. Project pursuits appear to be approved on leadership's whim as opposed to the business case, and loyalty to leadership seems to be rewarded more than technical excellence or productivity.

    Many managers are not open to new ideas and are not up to date on changes in the field. Training is very loose and some new employees get no training at all, and staff are often squeezed by pressure not to charge to projects and not to charge to overhead.

    The company has only two tiers: mid-level professionals (5-20 years) are few and far between. The company does not put its money where its mouth is where career development is concerned. Promotions and raises are not tied to performance (they are decided before annual reviews are even in).

    Health insurance is expensive and limited to two plans. 401k match is meager and has not increased in many years. Junior staff (<5-8 years) don't get bonuses.

    The company's "furlough" practice is shady; morale is rock-bottom, turnover is increasing, and management does not seem to care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize that your billable staff generate revenue and are the product you are selling, so start treating them as something other than a cost and burden. If change is truly needed, shake up the many layers of old entrenched management instead of laying off or (worse yet) "furloughing" the people who actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. OK Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Friendly staff, managers are open to helping you advance your career and answer questions.

    Cons

    I worked there for 4 years and only received 1 in-person performance review. The rest of the time the review was a filled out form online that did not help or inform me of anything whatsoever. Not enough PTO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more of an effort to review your employees and give feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great place to work...

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Well developed company. Good Work life balance, benefits, time off, etc.

    Cons

    my particular job isn't very challenging...could be better health benefits as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Review

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

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

    Pros

    transfer to other countries, average level of stability, work comp benefit

    Cons

    low salary and benefits, not a friendly culture, high competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust salaries depending on location

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Internship at PB

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    great friendly staff, very interesting projects, flexible hours.

    Cons

    no benefits for interns but that makes sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved my internship and learned a lot
    keep it that way!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Satisfying experience

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

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Projectized setting allow team to know one another better and build productive team relationships. Can move on to new project / work on multiple projects simultaneously to broaden one's experience.

    Cons

    Could have more opportunity / training for entry level positions. Not always guaranteed employment after project is completed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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