Leaders of employee-friendly firms talk about how being a Best Firm affects culture, recruiting, and team building.
Architecture and civil: Brian Bowers, President, Bowers + Kubota Our goal in being a Best Firm to Work For is to create a culture where employees are engaged, work together as a team, and ultimately produce superior service for our clients. Once you have that culture, it can be self-sustaining and you are able to attract and retain the best people who will continue to provide the best service to our clients resulting in repeat business.
Environmental: Paul W. Grosser, CEO, P.W. Grosser Consulting Over the years our reputation as an employee friendly company has allowed us to attract and retain the best and brightest people in our field.
Geotechnical: Eileen Pannetier, President, Comprehensive Environmental Inc. By developing a culture emphasizing staff support, professional growth, and life balance, CEI has created a brand known for superior client service in both technical excellence and responsiveness. Providing top-notch resources and professional support needed for successful projects results in a circle of success that includes repeat clients and happy staff. Ultimately, the combination of happy clients and happy employees is easy to market.
Multi-discipline: Dan Williams, President & CEO, Garver While recruiting, we seek out those who are passionate about what they do and remove any possible roadblocks between them and their opportunities. Employees who are vocal about their passions are the best ambassadors to our culture, and they’ve allowed us to grow organically in geography, employee count, and service offerings.
Structural: Brent Wright, CEO, Wright Engineers The biggest benefit of having an employee-friendly firm is the ability to attract and retain the best talent. You can’t have sustained success in a professional services business if you can’t get top performers and then keep them for the long-term. Besides making it a nice place to work, an employee-friendly firm provides people the freedom, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive. Then they reach out and bring in their high-performing friends. As long as you have the right people, everything else will take care of itself.
Winners of the Best Firms to Work For award will be recognized at Zweig Group’s 2018 Hot Firm + A/E Industry Awards Conference. The conference is the AEC industry’s largest and most comprehensive business conference for leaders and aspiring leaders of AEC firms in the U.S.