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Parsons Brinckerhoff Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance but that also depends on your manager (in 32 reviews)

  • Great people, supportive management - the environment was uplifting and supports people who get the job done (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor work life balance resulting from gross mismanagement (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Legacy Company with Room for Improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reputable name across multiple sectors, talented professionals, and high-profile projects. As a young project manager the growth opportunities are a plus. Having a global presence doesn't necessarily geographically restrict you. Overall a good work environment.

    Cons

    Average to low compensation, zero stakeholder equity, and behind the times employee benefits. Huge gap in median age employees.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting is easy with the reputation and high profile projects that the PB name brings but retaining talent with low compensation, no stakeholder equity, and poor benefits will be difficult. Show that you appreciate your employees and the millions that they generate every year. Even small things, gym memberships, food catering, PTO, flexible work hours, etc. go a long way in passing the message along to employees that they are valued.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gained a lot of experience

    Cons

    Needs a lot better department leadership


  3. Helpful (1)

    "My time at Parsons Brinckerhoff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Average at best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good

    Cons

    The workplace environment was poor both the culture and the locale


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Chinese Invasion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fairly routine projects which leave little room for innovation.

    Cons

    A slave shop culture of likeminded Chinese engineers who are slightly underpaid. It works to the benefit of the management as they can get away with a lot. Cliques and politics by Chinese and they work hard to undercut other nationalities; making it a characterless organization.

    Advice to Management

    Mafia like management seeks to systematically sideline anyone who speaks up.


  8. "Resident Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Walnut, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Walnut, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay. Employees allowed to have ownership of their work without micro-management.

    Cons

    Like all engineering/construction jobs, the hours are extremely long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Executive asst."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Office Administrator Document Control"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Office Administrator Document Control in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Office Administrator Document Control in Ventura, CA

    I worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fair company to work for

    Cons

    Still a bit of a boys club


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Work on World-Class Projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and good work environment that does interesting and challenging work on some of the largest projects.

    Cons

    It can be hard to move up within the organization due to the size of projects. Little management experience is given to younger engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Work on developing internal roles to advance younger engineer's career to avoid talent loss.


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