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Parallels Reviews

Updated May 25, 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. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "okay, I guess"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Taken great care of their employees!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


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  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fast growing company with tons of potential!"

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

    Pros

    Moving in the right direction for innovation. Highly motivated employees with a breadth of knowledge. Very friendly and fun place to work.. Very fast paced allowing you to learn new things every day. A great place to work to build your career and resume!

    Cons

    There are a few legacy and cultural challenges that exist but those are improving every day.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing.

    Parallels Response

    Oct 6, 2015 – Director of Global Recruiting

    Thank you for your feedback. The information is quite useful.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Wannabe Microsoft, stuck in the 90's software company mentality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working/remote options, decent health insurance, small 401k match, some down-to-earth coworkers, frequent promotions for go-getters, occasional parties/happy hour, stocked kitchen for snacks and breakfast

    Cons

    Below average salary for US employees (who aren't former Microsoft), offices based in Renton, no investment in infrastructure so all projects take a long time and have to be started from scratch, most projects fizzle out or lose steam because of constant redirection/randomization from senior leadership, CEO likes to provide uninformed guidance, the company brand has no sense of humor/tries to base it's persona on a stale/serious corporate image stuck in the past (think Microsoft again) rather than keeping up with the current trend in tech of valuing individual contribution and *fun* innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Have a sense of humor, stop trying to be like the tech giants of the past and carve your own way. Move the offices to a real city. Pay competitively. Invest in better infrastructure. Refine the company/product focus and stick to a plan.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lack or corporate vision and lack of Sr Leadership leads to no vision"

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

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

    Pros

    multi tasking, personal growth, learned what I don't want moving forward.

    Cons

    Company executive management to worried about cashing out and other interests.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the ball


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Heading in the Wrong Direction...Management is destroying the company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get promoted because people are running for the doors...

    Cons

    No Strategy
    No Leadership
    No Innovation
    Rude and Condescending Management Team
    A bunch of MSFT executives that couldn't cut it

    Advice to Management

    Need major restructuring at the Top...Complete sweep.


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