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Updated September 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance, Good work culture and exposure to latest technology (in 34 reviews)

  • Great people, supportive management - the environment was uplifting and supports people who get the job done (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor work life balance resulting from gross mismanagement (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management across the board is just awful (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "WSP USA is waiting for top talents like you!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Great consultancy firm taking care of their employees.

    Cons

    None! Just a great firm.


  2. "Good company - Management is unattached"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great company benefits
    Nice office
    The people, as with most companies, are what makes the place great.

    Cons

    Most Management is located in NY, which makes them detached from everything. They do not really know what goes on in the departments and their staff. Favoritism runs deep, playground tactics and unmonitored managers are left to do whatever they choose.

    Advice to Management

    Stop relying on what is told to you, and actually pay attention to what is going on. Find out if what you are being told is true, or if you are just being snowballed by a deceptive manager

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    "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Before Parsons was acquired by Balfour Beatty, it was fun to work there. Management was supportive of the staff and were hands off. This allowed the staff to improve the business using their own creativity, knowledge, and past work experience.

    Cons

    After the acquisition, things went down south as expected. Clearly no fault of any single individual, just typical business behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  4. "Great to get your feet wet"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good work life balance

    Cons

    Boring work, very high employee turnover


  5. "Traffic Engineer I"

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    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer I in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer I in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Supportive senior staff

    Cons

    work share creates a lot of productivity issue

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff and stop work share


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Scarred for life; Sad experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Supv Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Supv Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company History. Nice projects.

    Cons

    Downright ugly behavior of engineering managers. No mentoring if you don't fit their profile. Slave shop on the whole. Self absorbed and self serving managers. Mediocrity pervades the work. Innovation is only a buzzword.

    Advice to Management

    Change it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Payroll specialist"

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    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist III in Ephrata, PA
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist III in Ephrata, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employment for experienced engineers!

    Cons

    Overstaffed in most departments, Poor work ethics of management and lack of accountability is extremely high. High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    For upper management; keep tighter tabs on you direct reports. Too many manager/supervisors are poor leaders for the company and take advantage. Managers reporting to directors in another state is a very bad idea. They tend to do whatever they want and the cost to the company is high!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Entrepreneurial Company"

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

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a full time employee you can shop yourself around and find exciting projects.

    Cons

    The continual sale of the company

    Advice to Management

    OLD PB People - Believe in yourself! Your old values! Good luck


  9. "Site Manager"

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    Former Employee - Site Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Site Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything was good at PB. Be it the work culture, the colleagues, the client, everything. I was always motivated to go to the office everyday.

    Cons

    Although everything was very good at PB the only con i think was the job security which was always fluctuating due to the changes in the top management.

    Advice to Management

    The advice is to stabilize the top management so that the employees working don't start thinking of changing the jobs.


  10. "Their corporate culture doesn't work in San Francisco"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    They work on some of the most high profile transportation projects in the US

    Cons

    SF office was incredibly unfriendly, felt very unwelcomed. Wasn't even asked out to lunch as a new employee by anyone. It's an incredibly hierarchical structure with those from the HQ NYC office calling the shots and often speaking down to others. Criticism was harsh and in front of other colleagues. Back biting and passive aggressive moves were allowed without punishment. Felt very unsupported and alone even when I complained that I was being left out of meetings and correspondence as a way to reject my presence. I would never work for them again.

    Advice to Management

    NYC culture doesn't work in SF. A hierarchical structure and


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