The Kansas City engineering firm Burns & McDonnell has made Fortune magazine’s Best Companies to Work For list for the sixth time. The rankings try to measure workplaces’ credibility, camaraderie, respect, fairness and pride.
Burns & McDonnell ranked 16th out of the 100 companies on the list, down from 15th last year. The company emphasizes the benefits of employee ownership and has a process to decide each year how to make the firm an even better place to work. On-site day care and pharmacy services, for example, will be added this year when the company’s expanded headquarters open.
The company also has grown to more than 5,300 employees and $2.5 billion in annual revenue.
Greg Graves, Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO, said this year’s ranking is gratifying because many engineering firms were pressured by the effects of plummeting oil prices on their energy sector clients. But he noted that Burns & McDonnell has been able to shift some of its energy sector employees to sectors benefiting from lower energy costs, such as aviation and food and consumer products.
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“This is just one example of how we continue to look for strategies that are not just good for business, but good for each other,” he said.
Google topped the list for the seventh time in 10 years. The top Missouri company was Edward Jones of St. Louis at No. 10. Three other Missouri companies made the list: Veterans United Home Loans (No. 30) of Columbia, and World Wide Technology (No. 38) and Build-A-Bear Workshop (No. 45) of St. Louis. No Kansas company made the list.