The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) has recognized five companies in it 2017 “Best Engineering Firms to Work For” competition.
The competition recognizes “firms that strive for continuous innovation, not only on the projects that they undertake but also on the environment they create for their employees,” ISPE president Jeffrey E. Large said in a statement. “We are happy to congratulate this year’s winning firms for exemplifying both and want to thank all participating firms for their support and enthusiasm for the practice of engineering.”
The competition’s winners were calculated by measuring the weighted averages of voluntary and anonymous survey questions regarding employee satisfaction with their work, benefits, management and available opportunities coupled with questions designed to measure employee engagement.
Firms were sorted into large and small categories based on number of employees working in Illinois with the cap for small firms being 50 employees, ISPE says.
Firms that qualified among the top five include:
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly
Year founded: 1946
Employees in Illinois: 176; including 93 professional engineers and 11 engineers in training.
Key employee comment: “Our senior management acts as a role model to all employees by operating daily with our values and mission statement at the forefront of their actions. I guess one could say that they ‘walk the walk, and talk the talk’. In addition, our clients are valued, and our employees are respected, with each group holding equal value.”
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. – Honorable nention
Year established: 1995
Employees in Illinois: 25; including 15 professional engineers and four engineers in training
Key employee comment: “The company culture is relaxed and interpersonal, where any one of the more senior employees will always make themselves readily available to assist with questions raised by less experienced staff members.”
SINGH + Associates – Small firm winner
Year founded: 1895
Employees in Illinois: 20; including nine professional engineers and two engineers in training
Key employee comment: “SINGH provides a welcoming environment with a strong sense of family. The management team is supportive and flexible in creating a workplace that is mindful of work/life balance.”
Civiltech Engineering, Inc. – Honorable mention
Year founded: 1988
Employees in Illinois: 98; including 48 professional engineers and 15 engineers in training
Key employee comment: “We think outside the box and go above and beyond whenever to provide a product/service that the client desires. When things need to get done, we embody the true sense of the word “team” to make sure the product is as best it can possibly be and on time. Lastly, Civiltech employees collaborate and share knowledge every day to better the company, each other, and the product/service we provide.”
Willett, Hofmann & Associates, Inc. – Honorable mention
Year established: 1890
Employees in Illinois: 53; including 21 professional engineers and four engineers in training
Key employee comment: “I believe our firm has created a great working environment for our employees to grow professionally so they can reach their personal goals and meet the expectations of our clients. Our employees do things together away from work which I believe improves the working environment at our firm. Our firm’s culture has led to long standing clients and employees who have worked for our firm for all or most of their careers.”