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Parsons Brinckerhoff San Francisco Reviews

Updated June 15, 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 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. Helpful (2)

    "PB theres pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Complex and Iconic projects for cities
    -Good Salary
    -Able to fill in gaps between large projects with training or smaller projects
    -Flexible time
    -Bright people to reach out to for questions

    Cons

    -Progression up the corporate latter can be tough
    -Balfour Beatty bought the company out and took away all budgets for continuing education
    -Kind of a third-world structure with no middle class, just big-ups and work horses
    -When expanding only hired higher positions pushing lower roles to younger but growing employees

    Advice to Management

    Roll up the sleeves, lower your shoulder, and be willing to battle when asking for budgets/approvals for continuing education, conferences, etc. for the younger employees.


  2. "Their corporate culture doesn't work in San Francisco"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    They work on some of the most high profile transportation projects in the US

    Cons

    SF office was incredibly unfriendly, felt very unwelcomed. Wasn't even asked out to lunch as a new employee by anyone. It's an incredibly hierarchical structure with those from the HQ NYC office calling the shots and often speaking down to others. Criticism was harsh and in front of other colleagues. Back biting and passive aggressive moves were allowed without punishment. Felt very unsupported and alone even when I complained that I was being left out of meetings and correspondence as a way to reject my presence. I would never work for them again.

    Advice to Management

    NYC culture doesn't work in SF. A hierarchical structure and

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    transfer to other countries, average level of stability, work comp benefit

    Cons

    low salary and benefits, not a friendly culture, high competition

    Advice to Management

    Adjust salaries depending on location


  4. Helpful (2)

    "PB Life"

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    Current Employee - CADD in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CADD in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly office environment , challenging projects , great benefits

    Cons

    poor management, poor communication , horrible commute

    Advice to Management

    consider budgeting for staff training , accept occasional telecommunication as a viable option for remote or long distance employees


  5. Helpful (2)

    "cheap"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice building..........................................................large space...........................friendly environment......................................................................................low wage

    Cons

    no trainings.......................................................................................low salary................minimum vacation.........................no sick days..............................very cheap


  6. Helpful (2)

    "good for some"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Brinckerhoff full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    my job has a ton of freedom, but i sit with a national group. i have very little supervision and can seek out my own projects and agreements to work on at will. good benefits, 2 weeks vacation for less than 5 years, and 3 weeks plus 8 holidays when you reach 5 years of service (i'm right at 5 years). average salary. never received a bonus.

    Cons

    the discipline groups, which are broken down by region, have very little freedom and often simply wait around until project work comes their way. there is very little involvement from younger staff in any part of pursuit efforts and business development, meaning movement is pretty slow until you are at least 5 years in. not winning much work in California so opportunities are waning.

    Advice to Management

    provide more clear performance goals and determine compensation based on goal conformance. current process for compensation and promotion is a black box.


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