Parsons Corporation

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Parsons Corporation Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
214 Reviews
3.3
214 Reviews
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Parsons Corporation CEO Chuck Harrington
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Majority of co-workers are team players and great people to be around everyday (in 10 reviews)

  • ESOP-Employee Stock Ownership Plan (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Constant focus by upper management of improving the company share price detracts from core values (in 18 reviews)

  • No work/life balance or respect for the employees with children (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tremendous growth as a lead technical illustrator.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Technical Illustrator/2D-3D Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Technical Illustrator/2D-3D Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Parsons Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Approve greatly of the company's core values and business ethics.

    Cons

    Not much time for juggling both job training and family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Like working in Parsons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nationwide. Plenty of opportunities. Need to initiate and look for opportunities in other offices

    Cons

    Each managers could vary quite a lot. If you are unlucky to have a bad manager, your career might not advance. If you have a good manager, Parsons has unlimited career opportunities for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good 'Ol Boy Network

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time

    Pros

    There are numerous online training opportunities. The benefits package (vacation, medical and dental premiums) is basic.

    Cons

    Career success and advancement is heavily dependent on your relationship with your Functional Manager. There are few opportunities to network if you are seeking project work or experiences in other discipline areas.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice but bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Parsons is employee owned. If you are hired with full benefits they contribute between 8% and15% of your salary to your retirement

    Cons

    Big, slow, and bureaucratic. You have to look out for yourself. Management doesn't know or care who you are (after all, they are engineers). No promotions because nobody knows you exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really should try to make One Parsons work. Get serious and assign a senior manager to make it work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    best working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    people are nice. professional project management system

    Cons

    office locates at Galleria, bad commute experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Design Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, great people, good learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Timesheets daily, HR confusion and errors. Decent benefits and time-off policies. Good work-life balance with opportunities to network.

  8.  

    A great place to work and grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I like the people, the opportunities, pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Along with opportunities comes relocation and travel. If you're adverse to this, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Poorly managed company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fairly diverse opportunities around the country with some international opportunities. Some of the management is top-notch and very caring.

    Cons

    Bad internal Web portal, poorly management administrative processes, slow reimbursement for business travelers, corporate policies that don't make sense (e.g., must change pw for standard e-mail and corporate portal access every 30 days--even classified networks don't require this), CEO Chuck Harrington is about as average as they come. Annual raises barely keep up with cost of living; NO compensation for outstanding work UNLESS you bring in more contract business. This policy is extremely short-sighted and does nothing to retain good employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study and come to understand how different your new business sectors are from the construction side. Safety is not the top priority for people who hold desk jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    No room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Parsons Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits were decent for the area
    Very interested in employee safety

    Cons

    Too many cuts were made in overhead and put a lot of pressure on the employee to find billable hours (NOT their supervisor).
    If you weren't willing to go to the middle east you were passed over for any other opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Old Style but Awesome in their Niche

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some very good co-workers Good salary and benefits Low level managers care about doing good work and treating employees well. Also the company can organize and execute big projects, and small engineering firms cannot do that.

    Cons

    One of my coworkers once described the company: the line managers act like they are managing the corner gas station and the upper management acts like they are managing General Motors.

    Warning: there is talk about grants of company stock through the ESOP. While this looks good on paper, it is risky. Unlike other companies where employees get stock, Parsons does not allow you to sell it back to the company when you leave. You have to keep it until you are in your 60s. By then your stock could be worth a lot of money. Or the company could go bankrupt when you are 61, leaving you with nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go public. This will impose market discipline on the management, which often seems to run the company for their own benefit, not for the stockholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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