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This year marks the 30th anniversary of when this engineering design firm became employee-owned. Based in Kansas City (where more than half its workforce is located), they work on a wide variety of projects such as a new passenger terminal at LAX, a student housing complex in Qatar, and a power plant at a Dallas hospital. Employee ownership is automatic, and the company makes annual contributions to everyone’s accounts so that some of the long-term, lowest-paid staff are among the largest shareholders. (No one owns more than 2%.) “Honestly, I struck the job jackpot when I was hired,” one employee told us. “Here, when one person succeeds we all succeed!” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

Company Info

Rank last year15
# of years on list
6
Industry
Engineering
Year founded1,898
CEO/Top executive
Greg Graves
HQ location
Kansas City, Missouri
Type of organization
Private
Revenue (2015 or most recent year)
$2.5 billion
Web addresshttp://www.burnsmcd.com
Total U.S. employees
4,973
Total employees outside the U.S.
244
Full-time jobs added in last year
454
FT job growth in the past year
10%
Number of work sites
785

Perks

Company pays for 100% of healthcare costs
no
Offers health insurance to part-timers
yes
Offers telecommuting
no
Offers job sharing
no
Offers onsite childcare
yes
Offers compressed work weeks
yes
Offers fully-paid sabbaticals
no
Onsite fitness center
yes
Discounted gym memberships
yes
Onsite medical care facility
yes
Location of medical facility
Only at Headquarters
Offers college tuition reimbursement
yes
Max tuition
Unlimited
Offers paid time off for volunteering
no
Max PTO for volunteering
-

Diversity

% Women23
% Minorities16
% African-American/Black
4
% Asian
5.9
% Caucasian/White
84.3
% Hispanic/Latino
4.5
% Native American/Alaska Native
0.3
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0.1
% Two or more races
1
Same-sex benefits
yes
Non-discrimination policy
yes

Paid Time Off (FT employees)

Holidays
8
Vacation
-
Sick days
-
General PTO
15
Total PTO after 5 years
24

Compensation

Most common job (for salaried employee)
Electrical Engineer
Avg. base pay (salaried)$88,100
Avg. extra compensation (salaried)$48,260
Total pay (salaried position)$136,360
Most common job (for hourly employee)
Drafter/Detailer
Avg. base pay (hourly)$48,685
Avg. extra compensation (hourly)$10,000
Total pay (hourly position)$58,685

Hiring/Staffing

# of job openings (as of Feb. 2016)650
# of job applicants
70,460
Avg. # of applicants per opening
73
FT voluntary turnover
4%
# of jobs filled
967
Jobs filled internally
182
% of jobs filled by referral
28%
# new graduates hired252

Training

Avg. hours of training per year (for salaried employee)14
Avg. hours of training per year (for hourly employee)10