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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
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Pros
  • Great work life balance but that also depends on your manager (in 32 reviews)

  • My immediate superiors were knowledgeable and great people (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor work life balance resulting from gross mismanagement (in 11 reviews)

  • Lack of senior management leadership leading to very poor office moral and lots of redundacies (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Good fit for the right person"

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, supportive management - the environment was uplifting and supports people who get the job done. You need software or hardware, if you can justify the business case you're probably going to get it. If you can make a case for doing work in a new sector, you'll probably be allowed to innovate in that way too - but you have to make the business case and deliver on promises. Big focus on scope, schedule and budgets - the three-legged stool - as with any consulting business. Individual vision and creativity is encouraged so long as you're not blowing up one of the legs of the stool.

    Cons

    They make big talk of "work/life balance" but there is lack of flexibility for telework or liberal leave, overemphasis on the value of being a good desk-sitter, coupled with less-than competitive leave benefits. Very difficult to rise above production staff if you don't have prior experience working for one of your clients - nearly all local management is an ex-government employee. JV partnerships with other local firms end up penalizing teams that are trying to build a business to compete with entrenched local firms. Corporate seems completely detached from local issues. Not sure if the acquisition by WSP has had any change on that.

    Advice to Management

    Need to fully embrace the notion of accountability as tied to performance, not attendance - at least as it applies to middle management. Continue to support your innovators, that's one of the things you do really well. Play nice with others but stop constantly rolling over on your employees for the chance to get into a JV.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Overall Experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Nice people. Intelligent staff overall.

    Cons

    Not much promotion/advancement. You basically stay in whatever position you're hired into for the duration of your employment.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to connect with the employees more. Most employees rarely interact with their regional managers, and meeting executive leadership is even more rare. There's a huge disconnect between leadership and local staff.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Little chance to move up, managers are very busy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Can learn a lot when you're out in the field

    Cons

    Little oversight from direct supervisor


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    "Work atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A bit of help in taking graduate courses

    Cons

    Most of what people say about culture isn't implemented.
    You go where work is needed and get pigeon-holed. Can't pursue what you are most interested in
    Year reviews are a joke

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team and don't get caught up in your own division and your bottom line
    Try to foresee issues and work to prevent them from arising


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Positive Impact on the growing market"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A technologically savvy and energetic team of experienced professionals that endeavor to achieve excellence and deliver optimum benefits to their clients.

    Cons

    The organization is with the long tradition in the market and many successful major infrastructure and mass transit projects.

    Advice to Management

    Maximize efforts with professional networking, branding and building a portfolio of successful and significant project delivered to the industry.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place overall!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for. very well known

    Cons

    very corporate and cheap at times with spending for such a large company


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great work/personal life culture"

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    Current Employee - Biller
    Current Employee - Biller
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great flexible work schedule/alternative work schedule
    Great supervisors
    Supervisors do not micro manage

    Cons

    A lot of turnover!
    Insurance benefits are expensive and not good.
    Promotions are hard to come by..you are stuck in your position


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Just don't"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Big company, in theory you can easily relocate if you want

    Cons

    Horrible management, hr does nothing about unfair practices. 3% cost of living rais3, regardless of how well you do your job. Raises actually given out before your prefromance review is done, so not quite sure what it is based on. So many of my coworkers are job hunting.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Plenty of Options"

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities in almost every business line within the engineering and construction world.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times but when the big machine gets rolling it outweighs that.

    Advice to Management

    Make employees feel more important and not like another piece of the puzzle.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Traffic Systems Operator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Traffic Systems Operator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere in the sense you do not have to "working" or look like you are "working" every minute of the hour. Company and management knows there is "down time".

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities in my sector, no bonuses, standard 3% raises regardless of how well you are or are not at your job, health benefit costs rise every years more than the 3% raise you receive. New hires receive hire pay salary than experienced workers.



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