What Do Your Employees Really Think? Finding Out Can Decrease Turnover

It is the leaders who establish the cultures within Architectural, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting firms. Even in small design groups, it is the group leaders who establish the customs within their sections of their organizations.  Cultures can be healthy, toxic, or someplace in between. When a company has high turnover, fixing the problem often […]

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Michael Baker Grows Architecture Practice with Key Hire

Michael Baker International (ENR # 32), a leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, has hired Peter Darby, AIA, LEED, AP.  My Darby will lead a team of architects to deliver all aspects of building design for clients across the state. It is not surprising that Michael Baker is bulking up its key staff in Texas.  Texas […]

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Jacobs Completes CH2M Acquisition

Jacobs (ENR #2) completes the acquisition of CH2M (ENR #3).    This marks another mega M&A deal in the AE industry in 2017.  In the first nine months of 2017, 10 deals involved a seller on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list. Other notable deals included Wood Group (ENR #28) acquiring Amec Foster Wheeler (ENR #7), New Mountain Partners […]

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Why Attracting Top Talent Should Be a Key Element of Your Strategic Plan

Why Attracting Top Talent Should Be a Key Element of Your Strategic Plan

“In 2010, Construction industry unemployment was at 20%. Today, it’s closer to current overall U.S. unemployment of 4.2.%.” – Source: AIA And let’s face it, even in 2010, the best engineers, architects, and environmental professionals managed to keep working. These people don’t go unemployed for extended periods, in good times, or bad. Using in-house recruiters or online […]

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Five Potential Areas of Improvement for Design Firms to Reduce Unnecessary Turnover

The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the second quarter, notching its quickest pace in more than two years, and there are signs that the momentum was sustained at the start of the third quarter. Source – Reuters Given that, the economy is humming along, combined with current U.S. unemployment rates, hovering around […]

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Two Human Capital Strategies to Grow Profits: Executive Search and Acquisition

Acquisitions in the design industry happen all the time.  They are great tools to use for firms interested in growing revenues by moving into new markets, or adding additional services. When done effectively, acquiring firms get backlogs of work, client lists, and talented people who possess the knowledge and skills needed to profitably manage and […]

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