Company Makes FORTUNE List for 3rd Consecutive Year
Company Makes FORTUNE List for 3rd Consecutive Year
Company Makes FORTUNE List for 3rd Consecutive Year
01/16/2014 3 minute read

Burns & McDonnell named No. 14 on annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, up from No. 18 in 2013.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the third consecutive year, Burns & McDonnell has been named as one of America's "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine. Burns & McDonnell climbed to number 14 on the publication's 17th annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work For." The company ranked 18 on the 2013 list and 26 in 2012. Burns & McDonnell also made the list at number 50 in 2009. The highly regarded ranking includes some of the most well-known companies in corporate America.

"We've been very blessed as a company and all the success we've enjoyed traces back to the quality of people who work here," said Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Greg Graves. "We're proud to be recognized again by Fortune but also want to be sure we keep it in perspective by continuing to focus on the qualities that have made Burns & McDonnell a great place to work for many years."

"We believe there is a direct connection between doing great work for clients and being the kind of company where people want to work," said Don Greenwood, board member and president of the Burns & McDonnell Construction/Design-Build Group. "In our business, we win or lose based on how our people perform on the job site. We demand a lot from our people so it's vitally important that we turn around and invest in them. That's why we are so proud of this recognition."

Applicant companies opt to participate in the selection process, which includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about their programs and practices. The Great Place to Work® Institute then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

Burns & McDonnell added more than 700 positions to its national and international workforce during 2013, finishing the year with more than 4,300 employees. More than 2,400 employees are located in the Kansas City area with the remainder located in more than 30 offices throughout North America and abroad. A 100 percent employee-owned company, Burns & McDonnell is marking its 28th year of employee ownership in 2014.

"It all starts with employee ownership. This work ethic leads employees to root for each others success, which in turn leads to client success. Many companies claim a degree of employee ownership, but Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned," said Burns & McDonnell Chief Administrative Officer Melissa Wood. "It is who we are — each employee shares the owner mentality, treating each other with more respect than you'll find at most companies."

"People should take note of the companies on this list," stated China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work, the firm behind the 100 Best list. "These will be the companies that attract and retain the most skilled, loyal and innovative employees in the coming years."

To pick the "100 Best Companies to Work For," Fortune works with the Great Place to Work Institute — a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries — to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. More than 277,000 employees from 259 companies responded to the survey created by the Institute. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the Institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The remaining third is based on a company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about pay and benefits, and open-ended questions on hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

To see the complete 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit


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About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is a global consulting firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey is taken by more than 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply our Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small and Medium Workplaces list.

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