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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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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. "Traffic Engineer intern 2"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern
    Recommends

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Managers
    Good Environment
    can learn lot

    Cons

    nothing to say, nice place to work


  2. 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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Positive Impact on the growing market"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Level 2 Inspector"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector Level II in Lake Orion, MI
    Former Employee - Inspector Level II in Lake Orion, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Quickly responds to all resumes and E-Maila about employment. My immediate superiors were knowledgeable and great people. National H.R. made any issues, no matter how small unfixable because of communication difficulties.

    Cons

    Zero cons except for winter layoffs but they do everything in their power to not lay anyone off that they can help.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees when you have anomalies. Don't just throw out the baby with the bath water.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Global Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global opportunities for technical experts.

    Cons

    It is an engineering company.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate the right brain.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "My time at Parsons Brinckerhoff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant/Receptionist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant/Receptionist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Parsons Brinckerhoff are an equal opportunity company.
    Excellent staff benefits.
    They encourage a good Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary. shift / rota.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer/Project Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer/Project Manager in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting projects, opportunities to work with both small and large scale clients.

    Cons

    Branch offices disconnected from headquarters. Executives unable to understand regional values and marketing strengths of staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within.


  10. "housing inspector"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Field Inspector
    Current Contractor - Field Inspector
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a contractor

    Pros

    Great company to work for and they try hard to help us be productive.

    Cons

    The paid is based on productivity so if you are lucky to have a great field supervisor who have patience and know how to train people, you will do well. If not, good luck. A lot of inspectors I know quit after the first deployments because they got so frustrated or not making much money. However, if you complaint, the company will listen and won't hire them back I think.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people to train just because they are the most productive inspectors in the past. They might be the worst trainers. It's a nightmare for an inexperience inspector on the field to learn from a field supervisor who are verbally abusive and impatient.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Could be the greatest.. but management's outlook will sink this Titanic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Great projects, motivated young staff who are willing to learn. Many opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Very poor work life balance resulting from gross mismanagement. Great discrepancies in pay between departments for staff with similar qualifications and experience. The above issues have resulted in more than a handful of resentful employees. Focus is far greater on the money from the project than development and growth of the employees. Money often drives the project to unexpected levels resulting in unrealistic deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better environment for the growth of your younger staff. Networking opportunities are great, but the hard pressed deadlines make technical development nearly impossible. Establish guidelines for compensating your employees or assigning job titles to staff. Employees with the same compensation doing the same type of work should be compensated similarly!



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