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Parsons Corporation Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "No work/life balance and surely no bonus structure" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Upper Management enjoy the fruits of labor and the cattle only get a 2% raise and not until half of the year has passed" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Lead Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects, great work flexibility, working on projects that make a positive impact on society

    Cons

    Communication within the group could improve, although I see improvement within our department.


  2. "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parsons Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed but professional environment

    Cons

    Relocation costs not covered, can be overly bureaucratic

  3. "Quality Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance with 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    Not great salary, work culture is a bit old fashion


  4. "Slow to move up and fairly compensate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's an interesting variety of projects to work on and it is fairly easy to find opportunities around the country if you want to move somewhere else or go to a different division.
    Very intelligent co-workers
    Modern offices (where I worked. I can't speak for other offices)

    Cons

    I took on responsibilities and work load that were well above my job title, provided a great deal of value to the company (getting excellent reviews on my work from public agency clients), yet would keep getting denied a meaningful raise or promotion. They were generally only willing to give me the minimal standard cost of living/inflation raise.

    There were ALOT sexist, homophobic, and racist remarks made by several people in the office, on an ongoing basis, so beware if discriminatory comments will be a burden for you. Management repeatedly did nothing to correct this when it was brought to their attention. This occurred at 2 different office locations in entirely different parts of the country, so could be a widespread issue in many offices.

    There was a serious lack of diversity. The board and higher ups in the company are very white male dominated. Same with the senior staff and project members in the different offices. I'm not sure how this company keeps winning awards for diversity. The last office I worked in had 50 people and only 4 of them were not white. Of these 50 people, only 8 were women. 9 of the 10 project managers were white and male.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate your salary increase and promotion procedures to ensure they are fair and people are compensated appropriately for the work they perform.

    Walk the walk when you talk about celebrating diversity. My experience was that this is a platitude that gets said without being taken seriously. Minorities will feel uncomfortable working in your offices. Management needs to take discrimination seriously, so minorities should be put in positions of power.


  5. "Purchaser"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good profile, good work methods

    Cons

    Large company, ties into US statutes

    Advice to Management

    All is good


  6. "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee Owned
    Great Benefits (PTO, ESOP, Health, 401k)
    Company Values

    Cons

    Career mobility & development (neutral)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, challenging and meaningful projects, nice and helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Little on-boarding/training, work load is not consistent (ebbs and flows)

  8. "Overall good 3.5"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home
    Generally positive work environment
    Accessibility to executive leadership
    Receptive to change
    Receptive to increases based on merit/performance
    ESOP

    Cons

    Barely any PTO (15 days, but this includes sick time; no increases until 5 years)
    Horrible maternity leave
    $7,500 educational benefit a year
    Expensive insurance

    Advice to Management

    Think about improving benefits for employees so that people stay longer. This includes extending PTO time beyond the time allotted and other perks.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Complex Slow Moving Machine"

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and various location possibilities, vast library of online training resources, hands-off management, opportunities for international work, good benefits with ESOP and PPO healthcare

    Cons

    The work is sometimes tedious and repetitive, transferring to new projects is complicated and may require relocation, management removed their annual review process for employee performance ratings and so there's not much oversight anymore. Over 6 years I averaged only a 3% raise/yr and no bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    It would be better for employee moral and performance if some kind of bonus structure could be implemented to provide financial rewards. There is not much room for upwards mobility in many of the professions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My favorite thing is the company culture. There are lots of training opportunities and events.

    Cons

    The worst part is that there doesn't seem to be a lot of different opportunities currently available, so if you're not happy with a specific job or office, it appears difficult to get out.


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