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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

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. "Manage traction power engineering group, mentor engineers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Traction Power Manager in Lawrence, NJ
    Former Employee - Traction Power Manager in Lawrence, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Has challenging projects mostly involving rail transit upgrades and new routes all across the US and Canada. A good place to learn from experts.

    Cons

    The volume of work fluctuates causing stress due to excessive workload or lack of work. Which is typical of the industry but the management does not want workers to do overtime or charge to overhead.

    Advice to Management

    The management should allow a 10% overhead charge to cover such lack of work.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "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.


  4. "Service Desk Analyst intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst Intern in Ephrata, PA
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst Intern in Ephrata, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great managers, great employees, and my favorite, free coffee! The building was nice, the gym inside is nice and the cafeteria is nice for those days when you don't feel like packing lunch. My team worked together well and everyone was always bringing food items in to brighten up the day a bit.

    Cons

    None really. I did my internship as I was supposed to and finished on good terms.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  5. "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.


  6. "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart engineers with high skill levels, some great project managers, relaxed working environment, and fun people to work with

    Cons

    Two acquisitions have made the company into more of a commercialized commodity; lots more (useless) policies and procedures to follow; lack of work-sharing across offices; staff don't know what the vision is for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the organizational structure and strategic vision


  7. "Lacking visionary leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    WSP-PB works on many of the largest projects in the US and has exceptional technical talent to deliver these projects. They have a very strong brand, especially in the Transportation sector.

    Cons

    Leadership at the very top lacks the vision to see beyond a 12-month budget. Most employees are unaware of what the vision of the business is other than winning the largest projects.

    Advice to Management

    Create and communicate a plan beyond the next twelve months.
    Change the leadership to bring in new perspectives and ones that are strategic in nature.

  8. "Records specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time

    Pros

    PB had some great people

    Cons

    PB got rid of the best manager in site


  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. Helpful (1)

    "A destroyed leagacy"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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