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Parallels Reviews

Updated October 26, 2017
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  • As there is many and many different work you have to constantly study new things (in 3 reviews)

  • The only, let's say "inconvenience" is that sometimes senior management requests are not always clear and people are sometimes puzzled (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "big big big fun in Parallels"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parallels full-time

    Pros

    talented team with extreme motivation

    Cons

    didn't notice them - it was huge fun

    Advice to Management

    nope


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible schedules - getting your work done is what counts most. People love working here and get along very well.

    Cons

    Not too many, actually. Senior management is very reserved and isolated - could communicate more to the employees. Rare to get an update on the business or direction of the company. Most information comes third hand. Company has split off divisions and has sold them. Opportunity for career growth is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to interact with the employees more. Give more updates on the business.

  3. "okay, I guess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Greate medical insurance. Awesome kitchen, mostly great people.

    Cons

    Playing politics is more and more important that getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Put smart people into key roles. By their fruits ye shall know them, not by their yammer.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Taken great care of their employees!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits, 401k match, great work/life balance, and chance to grow in an exciting field. They have set it up to attract top tech-talent and it shows, each new employee brings amazing skillsets to the team. New office location in downtown Bellevue is very nice as well.

    Cons

    Still in midst of large changes including split of 2 other companies - Plesk and Virtuozzo. Can be chaotic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in Employees! It will pay off


  5. "QA Technical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Parallels full-time

    Pros

    very big company with nice opportunities

    Cons

    was separated to 2 companies


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Mismanaged from the top down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, good health benefits, decent salary if you negotiate for it. Most of your coworkers are smart and have good intentions.

    Cons

    Lack of vision, of if there was one it was never articulated down the chain. Managers can't spend time actually managing their teams because they're too busy working on picking up the slack. Large salary discrepancies across the organisation. Huge amounts of attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty, trust, and articulated goals go a long way towards creating an environment that keeps quality employees from leaving within 12 months.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parallels full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growing company. Great outlook. Has a very international culture and has a good base in the U.S. as well as in Europe and EMEA.

    Cons

    Needs to keep an eye on competitors. Also, management needs to listen to employees more.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to employees.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "IT Systems Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

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

    Pros

    Overall it is a good company

    Cons

    The location is inconvenient for most people

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Okay place to work - but some things need to improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Parallels full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours and occasionally working from home an option most of the time. Opportunity to make improvements via processes and structure. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Some departments are required to work long hours for extended periods of time. Much like a start-up atmosphere but without the rewards. Global company can mean early mornings and late nights for many. Limited career development. Inconsistent expectations for people on the same team. Pay is low for some, but high for others. Raises are rare, or when they are given, they are minuscule.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate a clear strategy to all employees. Provide career path growth opportunities and reward people with pay increases when they are top performers.

    Parallels Response

    Oct 6, 2015 – Director of Global Recruiting

    Your perspective is very much appreciated. Thank you.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Snake Pit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Parallels full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you will work with are generally great people. The management is NOT!

    Cons

    Managers out of their depth that have no clue how to manage people or processes.
    Low salary and don't expect it to get better at the staff level. The Sr. Mgrs. and C level are doing quite well and will tell you they are. In the same breath they will tell you how happy you should be to have a job. The Russian/Norwegian/Swedish cultures do not mesh with the American culture as well as they think they do. Work life balance does not exist don't even think that will change due to the afore mentioned cultural; differences.

    Advice to Management

    Basic Management courses are taught at all the local Community Colleges as well as the Vocational - Technical colleges attending is strongly suggested. Splitting the company was a good Idea now get rid of the rest of the dead wood.

    Parallels Response

    Oct 6, 2015 – Director of Global Recruiting

    Please feel free to meet with HR and discuss your perspectives further. We are here to listen. Your input is much appreciated.


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