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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated October 11, 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. "A leader in Construction Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    Parsons Brinckerhoff is an amazing company that centers itself at the forefront of high-grossing, innovative, long-term construction engineering contracts.

    Cons

    None that come to mind.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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

  3. "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


  4. 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


  5. "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.


  6. "Engineering Firm in the Greater New York City Area"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Training opportunities
    Lots of room for growth and development
    Engaging engineering work
    Lots of work autonomy

    Cons

    Teams can sometimes operate in silos


  7. "Architect in Engineering Firm"

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    Former Employee - Technical Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional benefits, 401k match, overtime pay, enormously interesting projects, technically fascinating. Plus a world class, prestigious operation that carries weight.

    Cons

    As an architect in an engineering firm, there is not much emphasis on design. If it's a high profile project, design is sub-contracted. But, if hired directly by PB, you'll be making far more than the contracted designers, and getting paid to work 80 hour weeks.

    Advice to Management

    QA/QC. Period. I understand the schedule and budgetary constraints, but when in complete compliance with the client demands, nothing gets done correctly. Across all disciplines. Big Dig, Hudson Yards....waterproofing failures. Every one knows it and ignores what is literally in front of it just to hit a scheduled deadline for progress sets. QA/QC never have a moment to look at anything coming across their desk. Get more qualified people to control the outflow.

  8. "Mechanical Intern"

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

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as an intern

    Pros

    Great people working on great projects. As an intern, everyone was more than willing to answer any questions that I had, and made me feel welcome.

    Cons

    The projects are so big that you can get stuck doing the same one or two things for a while.


  9. Helpful (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.


  10. "Traffic Engineer intern 2"

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    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


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