Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
193 Reviews
2.9
193 Reviews
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (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
  2.  

    Average job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The pay is very competitive and the benifits are good.

    Cons

    Large company and problems with management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disaster Inspector in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Disaster Inspector in Winchester, VA

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

    Pros

    A pioneer in the industry and one of the oldest engineering companies in this country.

    Cons

    Need more diversity , especially in mid to upper management positions. Really across the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to address diversity issues in management and also in the common work place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Maybe the new management can do something

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (more than an 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
  6.  

    PB Life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CADD in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CADD in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (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
  7.  

    State of Flux

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, global organization presents great opportunities.

    Cons

    Overall uncoordinated, requires structural changes to streamline services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the base and the underlying issues before trying to take such large strides forward.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    PB wins big projects.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Office culture, always busy, flexible hours

    Cons

    compensation, terrible benefits, poor work load distribution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good and Bad

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work has been consistent, and the company understands the need to be with family when crises happen. Time off policies are great, as long as you can find time to take a vacation.

    Cons

    Hours can be long; admin supervisory staff cares little for the growth of its employees, often taking credit for tasks and ideas their employees come up with, without acknowledging their efforts; slow to promote; admin staff are not eligible for bonuses, unless they manage to win 1 of 2 annual awards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your administrative staff is the backbone of your company. It operates effectively, on a daily basis, with little or no acknowledgement from anyone higher on the food chain.

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

    Great position and compensated well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for Career Development and growth within the company. Great Managers and mentors to aid the initiation of career development. Plenty of opportunities to be relocated to other offices in other states and countries.

    Cons

    With the company being so large it is inherent that not everyone know each other but can be easily overcomed with proactively networking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Field Engineer for wireless service providers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Houston, TX

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowing what I do make a difference in today's society.
    Contributing to our everyday style of living and communication.
    Taking on new challenges while rectifying our consumer issues

    Cons

    Multiple re-location due to project completion
    Lack of commutation between field engineer and management
    Distance to drive to site by site basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I enjoy and love taking on new challenges and responsibility in regards to new opportunity
    Im seeking new leadership in regards to a continuous growing company

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