Parsons Corporation Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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Pros
  • Flexibility, great people, good learning opportunity (in 10 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The upper management cannot even comprehend that the employees want career advancement (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. Outstanding company for young and eager engineers!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for young and eager engineers to work on large, interesting and once-in-a-lifetime projects. The trade-off is your work-life balance becomes a dream. Most experienced engineers and managers here are nice and willing to share their knowledge with you. If you can demonstrate your willingness to learn and go beyond expectations, you will never find yourself out of work. I only been here more than a year, but I have learned so much more than my few years with other big firm. If you have proven your worth with the managers and fellow engineers, you will be recognized and your job will be secured. However if you have a family and are lazy and unwilling to travel, this is definitely not a company for you! The pay is slightly above average. Awesome incentives for people who are willing to travel for projects. They offer wellness program to reduce your medical insurance premium cost.

    Cons

    Lots of long hours working on projects. I have seen and worked with a few engineers who are titled "Principal" but basically only capable of doing CAD works. The management should give those people a boot out of the company. It is annoying to work with them as they offer nothing useful on projects and are a burden for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide on-site training sessions on design software to young engineers to minimize the learning curves and maximize the efficiency and work quality. Be more interactive with your subordinates on a daily basis. Project a future work load and keep your subordinates informed about it.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Nice but bureaucratic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (3)

    Poorly managed company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Pretty good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a 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.


  6. Project - experience not great - rating is base don specific project, not company as a whole

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contracts in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned more about construction procurement

    Cons

    Benefits not great. Project environment not good. Culture confused with so many from outside the US. Management of people on project bad. Training bad.

    Advice to Management

    Take sight of those who help the project vs those who do not and make appropriate changes that will benefit the overall team.


  7. Helpful (1)

    So risk-averse that its hard to imagine growth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Parsons 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.

    Cons

    Parsons 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 Management

    Upper 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Corporation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 Management

    Treat others as you would like to be treated


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not for Non-Engineers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits (until a proposal comes out)

    Cons

    Proposals 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 Management

    Get 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.


  10. Good learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Planner in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Set 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.


  11. PI&T - Great Group of People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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



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