Parsons Corporation

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Parsons Corporation Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 19, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.7 6 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

Parsons Corporation CEO Chuck Harrington

Chuck Harrington

(3 ratings)

25% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Majority of co-workers are team players and great people to be around everyday(in 9 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 15 reviews)

  • The senior management will turn a blind eye towards managers who indulge in unethical behavior but generate profit(in 7 reviews)

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    Good learning experience

    Planner (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe nine eighty program and the ESOP program. The opportunity and ability to work on high profile transportion projects.

    ConsLimited ability for career growth, the offices located througout the country dont seem to communicate as well as they should.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a system of communication between offices to maximize the potential of the company as a whole instead of having different offices on there own islands.

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    So risk-averse that its hard to imagine growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsParsons is a huge corporation with several different divisions. Their offices are spread throughout the US and the world. Telecommuting is common and accepted, which is a huge pro. Salaries are competitive. Support staff (Talent Management, Procurement, Finance, Contracts, Project Controls, etc.) are excellent and responsive.

    ConsParsons is so risk-averse that innovation or new growth is hard to imagine. Parsons grows by acquiring smaller companies with no apparent strategy for melding corporate cultures. The markets that Parsons chooses to focus on seem to change with the wind and its all about short-term gain with no appetite for the long game. Benefits, particularly PTO, are antiquated and the bureaucracy is so rigid that there is no room for negotiation with regard to PTO. Even at a high level, PTO for a new employee is only 2 weeks. The notion of "One-Parsons"--that is to say, working with and across Global Business Units--is a farce. In reality, cooperation between the GBUs is extremely difficult and not supported by Upper Management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper Management of Parsons Government Services is extremely risk-averse and almost entirely focused on the US market. With the exception of Parsons' large presence in the Middle East, Parsons Management demonstrates no desire or appetite for expanding into other areas of the world--a stance that benefits Parsons US and international competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the same great company it used to be. integrity nose-dived.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsRoom for initiative, opportunity for travel, well known in the A/E/C world.

    ConsNot internationally respected. Lack of ethics in upper management. Do not honor (pay) contracts with a small businesses, trying to sway employees with certain political issues (via corporate memos). More and more the company seems like just an "arm" of the corrupt US government. Compensation and benefits are dwindling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat others as you would like to be treated

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not for Non-Engineers

    Business Development (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood compensation and benefits (until a proposal comes out)

    ConsProposals are 7 days a week schedule. There is no work/life balance when working on one. Company prides itself in working 24/7/ There is always a proposal emergency. Not very diverse. No career options for non-engineer, or non-technical backgrounds. Ridiculous process for completing a proposal, and new ideas are not encouraged. Fall in line, or get cut out. Not at all the job I thought I was accepting. And once I found an area I liked and could grown in, it wasn't funded for the next year and they began massive layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet with the times and actually innovate. Use new technology. Create an environment that attracts and keeps new and top talent. After giving up weekends for a proposal for weeks on end, there should be way more compensation than just a congrats we won (insert contract name). Not worth missing out on your personal life for, or ruining your help sitting in a cubicle 7 days a week eating God awful takeout.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PI&T - Great Group of People

    Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros- Great learning environment, always looking for ways to enrich your personal growth and knowledge
    - A good amount of opportunity (depending on your job)
    - Communicate effectively across the group

    Cons- Everything has to go through a process that is extremely tedious and time consuming
    - Salary is not competitive with others within the industry
    - Dending on your position, work/life balance is just not there

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    corporate managment says "if you don't like it, leave"

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsChallenging and interesting projects, employees are hardworking and smart - clients get excellent value

    ConsCorporate management tends to be out of touch with those doing the work for our clients - take it or leave it attitude toward employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect the value added by the employees actually working day to day with clients

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