Parallels Reviews

Updated May 23, 2020

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4.0
79%
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81%
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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 8 reviews)

  • "Disappointing career opportunities(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Growth Opportunities at Parallels"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parallels full-time for more than 5 years

    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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    Parallels2019-11-04
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dint waste your time"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parallels full-time

    Pros

    In Bellevue which is a great place to visit.

    Cons

    Mini Putin running the joint

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    Parallels2018-08-28
  3. "big big big fun in Parallels"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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    Parallels2017-04-18
  4. Helpful (2)

    "A Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parallels full-time for 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.

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    Parallels2017-04-03
  5. Helpful (1)

    "okay, I guess"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parallels full-time for 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.

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    Parallels2017-01-26
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Taken great care of their employees!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parallels full-time for 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.

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    Parallels2016-08-09
  7. "QA Technical Engineer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Parallels full-time

    Pros

    very big company with nice opportunities

    Cons

    was separated to 2 companies

    Parallels2016-03-09
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Mismanaged from the top down"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parallels full-time for 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.

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    Parallels2015-12-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parallels full-time for 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.

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    Parallels2015-11-03
  10. Helpful (3)

    "IT Systems Analyst"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Parallels full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall it is a good company

    Cons

    The location is inconvenient for most people

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    Parallels2015-10-20
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