Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated June 30, 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)

  • Great people that make going to work fun (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. Helpful (1)

    PB theres pros and cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Work at PB Power

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    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 .


  3. 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 Management

    Adjust salaries depending on location


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  5. PB Life

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    Current Employee - CADD in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CADD in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    consider budgeting for staff training , accept occasional telecommunication as a viable option for remote or long distance employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    cheap

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice building..........................................................large space...........................friendly environment......................................................................................low wage

    Cons

    no trainings.......................................................................................low salary................minimum vacation.........................no sick days..............................very cheap


  7. good for some

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    my job has a ton of freedom, but i sit with a national group. i have very little supervision and can seek out my own projects and agreements to work on at will. good benefits, 2 weeks vacation for less than 5 years, and 3 weeks plus 8 holidays when you reach 5 years of service (i'm right at 5 years). average salary. never received a bonus.

    Cons

    the discipline groups, which are broken down by region, have very little freedom and often simply wait around until project work comes their way. there is very little involvement from younger staff in any part of pursuit efforts and business development, meaning movement is pretty slow until you are at least 5 years in. not winning much work in California so opportunities are waning.

    Advice to Management

    provide more clear performance goals and determine compensation based on goal conformance. current process for compensation and promotion is a black box.



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