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Parsons Corporation Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Long hours, work life balance can be challenging (in 18 reviews)

  • The upper management of the company is very focused on the value of the employee owned stock (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Parsons"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Parsons has great diversity in work and has a good reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    Parsons use to have a great ESOP program and retirement package. In the past few years the benefits package has greatly declined.


  2. "mission and work is good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Subcontracts Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Subcontracts Administrator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Parsons Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Parsons is a construction company at heart. That translated well into their government business (PGS). Their missions are fun and the work is challenging.

    Cons

    Parsons acquired the company SPARTA several years ago. There were many growing pains. I heard horror stories of parsons employees being transferred to SPARTA group (cyber security). They were met with bad attitudes and harsh management because you were perceived as an "invader."

    Back office and corporate reach back staffs were almost always over worked.

    Advice to Management

    Staff programs appropriately.

  3. "none"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    no management pressure; great culture; nice offices

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Top heavy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady work for water and civil projects

    Cons

    Top heavy and very old school

    Advice to Management

    Get more younger people into management


  5. "Procurement Dept."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied and interesting work. Good chance of relocating to various areas of the country.

    Cons

    very loosely organized likely due to absence of knowledge and skill at the top

    Advice to Management

    hire and maintain an efficiency analyst


  6. "Poor HR department / not employee friendly"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TM Representative in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - TM Representative in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    location, experience , its a job

    Cons

    HR dept outdated, unorganized, stale and management has no concern for staff and they don't mind telling you

    Advice to Management

    Gut HR and get new / modern management


  7. "Worst Government Contractor in 40 Years"

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    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They haven't gotten caught in their misrepresentation of charging overhead tasking to the customers, yet.

    Cons

    They are a FFP construction culture. No understanding of CPIF government contracting or engineering outside of the construction realm. They are incredibly top heavy which means everything is about how much overhead they can possibly charge to support all those mouths.

    Support functions (travel, talent management, program control, etc) are very hard to work with and run the organization which makes everything cumbersome as there is much rice bowl building.

    They claim they have tuition reimbursement but will only reimburse very limited classes AND if the management has spent all the overhead (which is always overrun).

    In 40 years of working for government contractors, this was by far the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Not much can be said as there are too many managers and not people willing to do the work.

    The business should be run by each division working to a profit/loss statement rather with an overhead budget to meet, unlike the current system-which leaves no money to build the divisions.

    The support functions should be part of the divisions they support to ensure accountability.

  8. "Great company. Really works to make sure all new employees move into or travel to the type of work they want to do."

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is always willing to help you grow and improve yourself in the profession.

    Cons

    Vacation days aren't as good as most companies however the management is always flexible and works with you.

    Advice to Management

    They should take more time to communicate with the young team to make sure they are learning and not being pigeoned holed.


  9. "Engineer I"

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting project, nice people, good environment

    Cons

    Slow promotion, lack of HR support


  10. "Administrative and Managment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and offers a ESOP

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities for employees with advanced degrees.


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