Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 18

#7 Large Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @JEDunn U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Kansas City, Missouri Industry: Construction Status: Private U.S. Employees: 3,536 Oklahoma Employees: 114 Year Founded: 1924 Company Leader: Gordon Lansford, President and CEO J E Dunn Construction has its fingerprint on multiple high-profile projects throughout the Oklahoma City metro, including the exterior renovation of the Oklahoma state Capitol, new residential colleges at the University of Oklahoma, 27-story BOK Park Plaza Tower in downtown, new Sports Performance Complex at the University of Central Oklahoma, and renovations at The Children’s Hospital, among many others. From historic renovations to high-rises and buildings related to higher education, health care and science or technology, working on some of Oklahoma’s top construction projects is one of the reasons that employees enjoy working for JE Dunn. Even though the company is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, it has been working in Okla- homa since the mid-1980s and employs 114 employees locally, said Malcolm Coetzee, senior project manager in Oklahoma City. It’s the people that make the company a great place to work, Coet- zee said. The workplace at JE Dunn is described as “highly collaborative” and designed to keep employees engaged with one another through a mul- titude of events. They are also highly involved in their neighborhood community through collaboration with groups like Downtown OKC on the design and construction of the Bricktown Beach and Bricktown’s 18 2018 Best Places to Work Brick-or-Treat. Employees have noted they like the freedom the company gives them to contribute to the community as volunteers and the training it offers for professional development. The company regularly surveys its employees about how to improve the workplace, and a 405 Culture Committee oversees the office culture by organizing employee recog- nition, social events, showers for expectant families, birthday celebra- tions and more. “It’s as much about having the right people as it is the skill you have,” Coetzee said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to enjoy what you’re doing and enjoy the people working alongside you.” Other perks and fun at JE Dunn include summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day, decorating the office for Christmas, the annual summer party, monthly catered team meetings and breakfast on Fridays. Employees also compete in a variety of sports leagues and tournaments. To recognize employees the company has a safety incentive program, service awards and a December bonus. In addition to regular benefits, the company offers perks like a concierge service and an employ- er-sponsored elder care assistance program for employees with aging family members. The Journal Record