Who We Are
Q: What is Parsons?
A: Parsons is a leading firm that provides premier technical, engineering, construction, and management support throughout the world to federal, regional, and local government agencies as well as private industries. We accept the toughest technical, managerial, and logistical challenges, and we deliver world-class solutions to our diverse customers.
Q: How did Parsons get its name?
A: Founded by Ralph Monroe Parsons in 1944, the Ralph M. Parsons Company has grown both organically and through acquisitions to become today’s Parsons Corporation. The company’s name is now Parsons in recognition of the many changes that have come about since its founding.
Q: When was Parsons founded?
A: Ralph M. Parsons founded his company in 1944, and the firm has acquired several other businesses such as De Leuw, Cather & Company (established in 1919 and acquired in 1977); The C.T. Main Corporation (established in 1893 and acquired in 1985); Harland Bartholomew and Associates (established in 1919 and acquired in 1985); and Steinman Boynton Gronquist & Birdsall (established in 1921 and acquired in 1988). Visit our Growth of Capabilities page for more information.
Q: How large is Parsons?
A: Parsons has 13,000 employees in all 50 states and in 25 locations worldwide working on approximately 2,000 projects.
Q: Where is Parsons’ corporate headquarters?
A: Parsons is headquartered in Pasadena, California, about 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Q: Is Parsons an international company?
A: Yes. Parsons currently does business in about 25 countries worldwide.
Q: In what countries does Parsons have offices?
A: See our Locations/Map page.
Q: What are Parsons’ core values?
A: See our core values page.
Q: What is Parsons’ mission statement?
A: Parsons will be the leader in the engineering and construction industry, measured by our performance, integrity, diversity, and commitment to safety and sustainability. Employees will be challenged by a professional environment of innovation, opportunity, development, and continuous improvement. We will provide high-quality services in a team-oriented, long-term relationship environment with our customers, employees, business associates, subcontractors, and suppliers across the globe.
Q: Are Parsons and Parsons Brinckerhoff part of the same organization?
A: No. The two companies are entirely separate and are not related. Parsons is Parsons Corporation, and Parsons Brinckerhoff has never been a part of it.
Q: Are you the Parsons in WorleyParsons?
A: Yes. In 2004, Parsons sold its Energy & Chemicals Group to The Worley Group LLC. However, the two corporations are entirely separate and unrelated organizations.
Q: Is Parsons related to Parsons School of Design?
A: No. Parsons Corporation has never been part of the Parsons School of Design.