Burns & McDonnell

We’re a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm and we plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities globally.
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Taking care of its people has always been the top priority at Burns & McDonnell, a family of companies designing and building complex engineering projects around the world.

Entirely employee-owned by its 7,600 engineers, consultants and construction professionals, the business is a global leader in power and electrical transmission and distribution and solves complex issues associated with ageing infrastructure and grid modernisation. Its Birmingham base, one of 55 offices around the world, was quick to adapt to pandemic conditions. Senior leaders increased the focus on communication and wellbeing and took steps to safeguard staff in the office and working from home, while continuing to put client service front and centre.

The company's mission, unchanged since 1898, is to make its clients successful. Under a grant system, employees could buy new desks, chairs and monitors to keep at home for ever. The UK office will continue to offer a flexible working policy with the option of working two to three days from home.

In December 2020, Burns & McDonnell ran a Grateful campaign, asking people to identify things they were thankful for. The responses were made into a video and all employees were given a choice of gifts from a range of electronic goods valued at more than £200 each as a sign of the company's appreciation of everything they had been through. Fifteen new recruits have started jobs with the company in the past year.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

100% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

At the end of 2020 senior leaders created a set of awards, handed out online but physically left on desks so colleagues could see them. The leadership team has instigated a new operating model for the UK business to emphasise goals such as honesty, transparency and exceeding clients' expectations. End of year awards created 2020 with online awards and physical awards left on desks for colleagues to see.

Wellbeing

75% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

For the past year, the morning has begun with an online Stretch and Flex session to music. Burns & McDonnell's five directors have taken turns to attend the sessions, which have proved a great icebreaker to help new recruits to feel part of the team.

Giving Something Back

96% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Employees are allowed time off to attend events promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) education. They provide mentoring and coaching for young people considering a career in a related field.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1898
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
40
Employee average age
77% : 23%
Male : Female employee ratio
85%
Employees earning £35k+
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

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Quote from the top...
“I am delighted that our commitment to building one of the best companies to work for in our sector has been recognised by the achievement of this Outstanding accreditation. This is the first year we have entered and I am really proud of our people for how they continue to make this a company we all want to work for.”

Jonathan Chapman, Managing Director - Burns & McDonnell

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