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Parsons Corporation Washington Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • years the Employee Stock Ownership Program is a not insignificant addition to retirement savings (in 15 reviews)

  • Good Company to work for with good benefits (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "PM cost"

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    Former Employee - PM Cost Works in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - PM Cost Works in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Employer,fair and professional comapny

    Cons

    I choose not to reply

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Positive experience. Good employer. Great coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineering company with talented individuals. They pay well, above the market rate for professional engineers.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better. Pretty standard 401k with 15 days PTO, however this increases to 20 days after 5 years of tenure and you also get fully vested in ESOP.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to move around the company and provide more training, specifically project management training.

  3. "Civil engineer, office environment"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer II in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer II in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on projects with regional/significant impact. Numerous offices provide opportunities for working in more then just your personal market.

    Cons

    Too corporate. Only huge jobs are of importance to managers; smaller local jobs not worth their time. Management tracks are lauded, but technical focused tracks put in the 'ignore' bin. If you're short on work, even temporarily, you're out of luck.

    Advice to Management

    Try caring about the technical people doing the actual engineering (or other discipline) work, provide them training or the ability to learn new skills or improve their current ones without having to do it on their own time/money.
    If safety is a core value, change the way it's addressed. The safety advice and "training" is probably inadequate for field staff and at the same time irrelevant to office staff.
    Don't get me started on sustainability. Try doing an energy audit on the offices.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Chuck Harrington Needs to Step Down!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Implementation Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Implementation Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Parsons Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Parsons for 12 years on fascinating, high-energy projects with some of the best people in the engineering industry, both in the US and elsewhere.

    Cons

    As a shareholder in the ESOP, I enjoyed seeing the share valuation increase by 6 to 10% like clockwork under CEO Jim McNulty. Since Chuck Harrington took over, the share price has been flat, with the just-announced price of $61 just $1 greater than last year's price of $60. This when peer companies ACM and JEC are up by 10%-12% on anticipated Trump infrastructure spending. Many of us former employees and current shareholders think the valuation by Houlihan-Lokey is being manipulated by Harrington et. al. to avoid paying out cash to current retirees until Harrington is ready to retire in a few years.

    Advice to Management

    To the Board of Directors: Dump Harrington. He has always been a poser, from the days when he ran Parcomm and coudn't make anything of it. Better yet, sell the company outright to AECOM where the managers know how to put assets and people to work for a superior return to shareholders.


  5. "Subcontract Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and work was consistent.

    Cons

    Management sometimes unclear and unreasonable..

    Advice to Management

    Need more employee consideration and input.


  6. "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Much less beauracracy than that of publicly traded companies
    privately owned and more of a team environment vs dog eat dog
    great pay and benefits with 401k and ESOP

    Cons

    I have experienced no cons with this company to date

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Parsons Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great people, very competent, will provide all the support you need for the execution of your duties and good pay & benefits but choose your contract carefully!

    Cons

    As any other big company, the bureaucracy can be pretty heavy but again, that depends on the contract you will be working on.

    Advice to Management

    better and more intimate communications with your people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Parsons to start off your career"

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility on schedule, easy co-workers, work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary, very little room for growth, management not willing to help with growth at times.

    Advice to Management

    That there should be other ways to advance in the company besides hear say. It seems as though it would take the longest amount of time to progress which makes it easier for employees to quit and come back for a higher salary.


  9. "Wonderful people"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Parsons, I have worked and met many wonderful fellow engineers who are willing to help me develop personally and professionally to reach my goals. Depending on the offices, you can have once-in-a-life time opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects which help broadening your knowledge as well as expanding your professional network. If you are willing to travel for projects, and do exceptional works you can move up the ranks quickly at Parsons.

    Cons

    Parsons are renowned for their design-build projects focus so working long hours and travel are expected. However the benefits are generous. Nonetheless for people with families, constant traveling can take a heavy toll on you and your families. Finding a balance between work and life is a key to success at Parsons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.
    Reward and recognize outstanding employees.
    Communicate with the employees regularly to understand their needs and expectations.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Just Average--Not Much Advancement"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is employee-owned and contributes between 12% and 15% of your salary to your retirement every year--however it is in the form of Parsons stock which you can't sell or cash out of till you are about 60.

    Often projects are interesting / one of a kind. Have a strong safety culture.

    Cons

    Parsons is a project-oriented company run by engineers. HR is about average for an engineer-run company (in other words--HR policy & help sucks).

    Almost no advancement potential. You are hired for a particular role on a particular project so they need to keep you in it. That combined with the almost impossible task of moving to another project makes promotion extremely rare. I have seen two promotions among over 100 co-workers in 5 years.

    When your project is over, its very likely you will be out of a job--at any level of responsibility. T
    here have been attempts to make transfers between projects easier--but it doesn't work more often than not. Usually you can find a job--but you have to be willing to move out of state or around the world. Its easier to jump to another company--but that's about par for this industry.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Management in Pasadena seems clueless. We keep announcing major strategic goals that die in about 6 months. We just decided a year ago to go more into oil and gas, and into countries that produce commodities--and lo and behold the oil and gas & commodity markets enter a prolonged downturn. This is just the latest example of management pursuing trends and being caught behind the curve. I suggest the board of directors look outside the company for someone who can actually lead. Harrington is another dud.


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