SUSTAINING THE PROFESSIONS
New York City, New York, United States
Founded in 1885 and headquartered in New York City, Parsons Brinckerhoff
(PB) is a leader in the development and operation of infrastructure to meet the
needs of communities around the globe. Long recognized as one of the world’s
leading transportation engineering firms, PB now provides comprehensive
services for all types of infrastructure projects including power, buildings,
environment, and telecommunications. PB’s professionals are the firm’s
greatest asset in providing unparalleled service to its clients.
The first of its kind in the industry, PB’s Professional Growth Network (PGN)
allows its emerging professionals to directly shape the future of the company.
Participants help establish and improve corporate and career development
programs. The PGN enables direct communication among peers and senior
management and has yielded recommendations for PB’s corporate strategy as
well as improvements to the mentoring and new employee programs.
PB enables its colleagues to succeed in the infrastructure professions by
providing an exceptional learning environment of collaboration and mentoring
integral to professional development. Working in more than 80 countries
for increasingly diverse clients, PB fosters a workforce that reflects and is
respectful of local cultures and customs. In the U.S. market, for example,
PB hires inclusively across all demographics. Globally, the firm hires from the
local labor market. PB works closely with colleges and universities to give new
graduates the opportunity to grow with full-time, part-time, or internship positions.
PB emphasizes technical quality among its professionals and is significantly
invested in Bentley’s Enterprise Training Subscription program. The firm is
maximizing the value of the program by earning 50 percent of learning units
online, compared to just 16 percent of units earned online by worldwide
program participants in 2009. Of PB’s scheduled courses with Bentley Institute,
81 percent are taken via distance learning—further extending the benefits to a
geographically diverse employee base.