Parallels Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2021

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Parallels CEO Birger Steen
Birger Steen
100 Ratings
Pros
  • "Awesome kitchen, mostly great people(in 9 reviews)

  • "Fast paced, technology and customer focused, great Dev teams here in Moscow(in 8 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The Russian/Norwegian/Swedish cultures do not mesh with the American culture as well as they think they do(in 7 reviews)

  • "some growing pains with processes and tools that need improvements(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company

      Jan 25, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      Team focused on result and making good product

      Cons

      Not at this time, works well

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great employer

      Mar 29, 2021 - Data Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging work, great team, flexible and great work life balance

      Cons

      Lots of changes in a short time

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company for those looking to develop skills

      Jan 18, 2021 - Marketing Manager in Kirkland, WA
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      Pros

      Ample learning opportunities and a great team to work for

      Cons

      Healthcare plan could have been better compared to other tech companies in the area

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Company

      Sep 23, 2020 - IT Helpdesk Specialist in Bellevue, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Awesome people to work with, a can do attitude, and they're all about helping each other out. Work life balance is great. Benefits aren't bad either.

      Cons

      Unknown direction at this time beyond Parallels as it is now.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good experience

      Dec 17, 2020 - Senior Ae in Bellevue, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get to be creative

      Cons

      No room to advance career and legacy technology

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place

      Sep 1, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Great workspace, friendly community, fun kitchen perks

      Cons

      Personally do not have any cons to share

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Excellent Growth Opportunities at Parallels

      Nov 4, 2019 - Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Excellent life/work balance -Premium/Competitive benefits -Expansive opportunities for internal growth -A clear directive from management/executives -Under Corel, there are constant cross-functional opportunities for those who seek it -Internal culture is friendly and transparent

      Cons

      Many Parallels employees are high-functioning and have high-output for their productivity. So, a new employee or junior hire who may be entering early in their career may feel left behind without meticulous supervision and constant alignment. Merging of systems with new acquisitions or internal system changes is difficult to keep up with but it's clear the change is always to the benefit of the employee.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good place to work, but definitely has its "growing pains."

      May 21, 2012 -  in Renton, WA
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      Pros

      Employees are provided a high degree of autonomy in their jobs. Flexible work schedule and ability to work from home. You are trusted with managing your own work load in a manner that suits you. Still growing, so most positions are cross-functional and allow you to work on a broad range of projects. Seems to be a lot of opportunities for growth and promotion. Most staff are former Microsoft employees, so you are working with individuals who have a high degree of industry experience and knowledge.

      Cons

      There are disconnects between departments and it's hard to determine who does what.There seems to be a lack of ownership and sometimes you have to harass people for a response. Everything must go through executive management for approval, which creates a bottleneck effect and slows down the process for action items, particularly when quick turnaround is required. The travel and expense management definitely needs to be improved. Individuals are financially responsible for their own expenses until reimbursement (no corporate cards). Having to do POs for every expense/invoice is slow, tedious, and the AP department does not submit payments in a timely manner so you have angry vendors. Egencia does not provide pricing for half the flights or hotels it shows as available, so you have to go back a few times to check different pricing to stay within the travel policy.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Dint waste your time

      Aug 28, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      In Bellevue which is a great place to visit.

      Cons

      Mini Putin running the joint

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Didn't stand a chance

      Aug 13, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      1 or 2 departments are lead by good management. flexible work hours. good people for the most part.

      Cons

      older, "jaded" upper management with sometimes "1950's management style" abusive tactics. no real direction, constant change to strategy, low morale, many overwhelmed at their positions within the company, each department is its own entity and does not work together well, very poor communication - a "hurry up and get it done" attitude, but impossible time constraints, constant "meetings" requiring many levels of presentation and expectations don't allow it

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      8 people found this review helpful
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