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Updated August 2, 2017
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Parsons Brinckerhoff CEO and Director George J. Pierson
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Pros
  • Work life balance and culture of an organization is excellent (in 35 reviews)

  • Great people, supportive management - the environment was uplifting and supports people who get the job done (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance, sometimes late nights were required (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. "VP Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong history, Great Projects, Good people,

    Cons

    Disconnected Canadian/UK owners and Management who don't understand the engineering industry and manage the firm by accountants.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that your resources go out the door every night and you want to encourage them to comeback everyday.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A destroyed leagacy"

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    Current Employee - Transportaion Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Transportaion Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Parsons Brinckerhoff was once a hallowed engineering firm with a proud 130 + year history that was sought after by agency owners. Since the acquisition, engineers are commodities.

    Cons

    Current firm is being run by accountants who don't understand the engineering business. WSP is nuking the hallowed name of Parsons Brinckerhoff one that I learned about in engineering school over 30 years ago. They are going to go by WSP, or another nondescript name that means absolutely nothing. When my clients here of dropping the Parsons Brinckerhoff name the say it is the loss of a legacy tied to the first NYC subways to BART, MARTA and the Boston Central Artery Project. WSP doesn't mean anything except We See Profit. Truly a said day for long time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Still Time to reconsider the firm name change in the US. Make it Parsons Brinckerhoff a division of WSP. Need to refocus on the business of engineering and not simply the ROI because without the engineering there will be no ROI. Past CEO Pierson sold us out for a $12M bonus.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company with ample opportunity to grow in the field of design and construction. Decent pay structure.

    Cons

    Too structured in approach to projects. A lot of big egos in upper management and set in their ways to do work,

    Advice to Management

    Update style to deal with 21st Century employees and clients.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects to work on

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive with the industry

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the staff


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Program Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Construction Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Construction Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects; I learned a lot, much of it through trial and error.

    Cons

    Exrtremely high employee turnover. Every project manager was on their own to learn their responsibilities, with very minimal training. Professional employees were all treated like children with much criticism and very little positive reinforcement from management staff. No opportunity for advancement within program; most management transferred in from other locations.

    Advice to Management

    Treat professional employees the way you would like to be treated!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Executive asst."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with.

    Cons

    Too much secrecy in that company. Managers don't know how to give positive feedback to their employees. They are always looking out for their own benefit and would throw you under the bus to cover their own back. It's not the company it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the people who look out for you and helped you through the tough times. They are worth the extra compensation and acknowledgment.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Old-Fashioned, Short-Sighted, & Male-Dominated"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    US Advisory Services has a great group of brilliant thought-leaders in transportation. Young professionals are able to work directly with some of the best and brightest in the field.

    Cons

    There is no set path for advancement for young professionals. Promotions are not performance-based. Associates are overworked, underpaid, and do not have any of the major benefits provided by other consultancies (bonuses, phone stipends, etc.). Management is too focused on cutting costs, and would rather hire someone in from the outside at much higher rates than grow high-preforming staff from within.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and grow them into tomorrow's leaders. Think long-term. Transition to a transparent, performance-based promotion practice that rewards and retains your best employees. Admit that you have a retention problem related to poor hiring and promotion practices; stop blaming it on the millennials.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not What It Used To Be"

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    Former Employee - Director in Ephrata, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Ephrata, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary is descent. People are great

    Cons

    Executive leadership refuse to staff to the needs of the group. As a result, workloads are out of control driving 70+ hour weeks. Some staff are able to claim OT even if they are exempt while others cannot. Senior management Try to get results by cussing you out in front of peers and other executives.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to recognize the work being done by the staff and show a little appreciation. Being told that I "fing" do nothing is not how to motivate people and those conversations are the reason I chose to leave.


  10. "Anemic Career Growth Is Pushing Away Young Talent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -The hours. I rarely had to work more than 40 hours a week.
    -The projects. I worked on a wide variety of large-scale infrastructure projects from bridges, to railroads, to rest area development, to resilience grants, to new highways.

    Cons

    -Skill development. Junior staff were almost discouraged from learning anything new under the pressures of remaining billable.
    -Upward Mobility. Promotions took too long and salary growth was anemic--a promotion only yielded a 5 to 7% raise, the equivalent of a public sector step up. Most other companies--not to mention the public sector--do a better job at recognizing and rewarding young talent.

    Advice to Management

    Redesign the promotional structure. Young talent will continue to leave in droves once they realize that salaries and responsibilities grow much faster in other organizations. Managers emerging internally will continue to have no special talents except for their ability to maintain the routine.


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