- 8 Years at Burns & McDonnell
When Juan was in middle school, he dreamed of a career that let him fly, work with numbers and carry a briefcase. A little weird, he acknowledges, but he was always a kid with a plan. Today, his job as a project controls specialist requires a precise mastery of numbers. He travels frequently to visit clients. And he has a pretty sweet briefcase. Basically, he’s living the dream.
I love it here. You can do whatever you want in this company. There are no limitations. I tell everyone that it’s yours for the taking. If you want it, go get it.
Juan thinks John D. Rockefeller was a true entrepreneur and is incredibly impressed at how he built the biggest company in the world from nothing. Juan is not cool with the illegal monopoly stuff though.
What kind of person succeeds at Burns & McDonnell?
The right person is one who is creative and flexible, who can take charge and doesn’t need a lot of direction. We’re all entrepreneurs. We ask, “Does this person have it in them to be the next CEO?” I believe I have the qualities it takes, and what I don’t have, Burns & Mac has the ability to teach me. That’s what we want to hear.
What’s special about the employee-owner mindset?
What does client success look like?
When have you seen Burns & Mac make an impact on someone or something?
How do different practices work together within the company?
There’s always a goal in mind — the client needs something and it’s our job to provide it. So it doesn’t matter what practice or office you are in, because we’re all owners. There is no reason for internal conflict, so it just feels very natural to work together. You would think it would be hard to coordinate — and maybe it is for other companies. But for us, it’s simple. There is very little pushback from disciplines or offices when we understand the goal.
What was your first job?
Favorite guilty pleasure or junk food?