Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 13

#3 Large Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @BurnsMcDonnell U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Kansas City, Missouri Industry: Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Environmental and Consulting Solutions Status: Private U.S. Employees: 5,635 (6,000 worldwide) Oklahoma Employees: 28 Year Founded: 1898 Company Leader: Ray Kowalik, CEO W ith more than 6,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs in offices throughout the world, Burns & McDonnell strives to create outstanding careers for employees and employee-own- ers. A full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environ- mental and consulting solutions firm based in Kansas City, Missou- ri, Burns & McDonnell has a presence in Oklahoma that continues the policy of taking care of employees and clients alike. Burns & McDonnell has been a 100 percent employee-owned company for more than 30 years. Because its people have a real stake in the company, Burns & McDonnell’s turnover rate is one of the lowest in the industry at 5 percent. “We work hard to make our clients successful, then reap the benefits of the company’s success through our employee stock ownership plan and generous performance-based incentives,” said Josh Evans, Oklahoma City manager for Burns & McDonnell. “Our culture of ownership leads us to care for one another’s success in ways that go beyond comprehensive award programs or courses for career growth. It’s an attitude that permeates every project and relationship, a genuine interest in helping one another make deadlines, meet opportunities and find fulfillment.” The Journal Record The company also gives back to the community by volunteering with organizations such as Sunbeam charities or the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. It also engages local students in STEM by host- ing office tours or partnering with Boys & Girls Club. “Diversity at Burns & McDonnell doesn’t see the boundaries of race, ethnicity, religion or gender, and we’re proud of our culture of inclusion. In addition to policies, we share and encourage diver- sity through various efforts,” said Evans. “In 2004, we formed the Burns & McDonnell Diversity Advisory Committee to recognize the diversity of our employee-owners, our clients and the communities we serve. The committee’s mission is to create awareness for employee-owners to understand, accept and value diversity.” The wellness incentive program allows employee-owners to gain insight on their health status and earn wellness points. Participants who meet requirements earn a premium discount per month, plus another discount if they are a non-tobacco user. “We are honored that Burns & McDonnell receives more than 85,000 resumes a year,” Evans said. “And, we know one of the rea- sons is we are committed to making our firm a best place to work for all of our employees. Our people are our most important asset we have to offer our clients.” 2018 Best Places to Work 13