Burns & McDonnell


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    Best Place to work for long-term hard-working employees

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    Current Employee - Assistant Civil Detailer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Civil Detailer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than 5 years)


    It's 100% employee owned, so you feel like your effort is really changing the bottom line. When your project does well, the company does well, and you get rewarded for that. They have pushed to be a company with $0 in long term debt, and that is an important factor to explain how they can expand when necessary, and maintain employment when times are tough. The company is always pushing for more community involvement. The employees work hard to get projects finished, and will often work together, instead of competing against each other to finish the project. In the field our jobs are ranked the safest in the nation, and we strive to make both our field operations and our office operations safe and productive. The company shares all of it's financial data with it's employee owners. Their built in fitness center, health center, and cafeteria make it easy to stay healthy and productive throughout the day. The management is generally extremely involved in the work we are doing, with most being internal to the company, they've seen the work, they know their stuff. The right people make it to management. And the wrong people are quickly weeded out. Burns & McDonnell is a company of integrity and honor. They care about the employees AND the client.


    They have a fairly old school dress code, men will wear ties and button up shirts, and women will be in business attire. The monetary compensation per hour/salary is a bit below the market, but it offset by the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The hours can be long, and the work is very challenging.

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    I'd like to see a better job at cutting divisions that are not performing, beyond simply a slap on the wrist. If they have the wrong strategy then they need to find someone who can, or some way to make it perform.

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Burns & McDonnell Interviews

Updated 11 Dec 2014
Updated 11 Dec 2014

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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Assistant Civil Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I submitted a resume through the company's online system. I also had a professor send my resume to someone within the company (though not in the division I was hired into). Within a week or two of submitting my resume, I had a phone interview. A week or two after the phone interview I had an on-site interview. The on-site interview was a short presentation about myself, followed by Q&A. After this interview, I was offered a position the next day. I was treated very well through the whole process.

    Interview Questions
    • How have you handled conflict in a team situation? Though the question isn't unexpected, it can be hard to answer.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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Burns & McDonnell Awards and Accolades

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100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2014
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Website www.burnsmcd.com
Headquarters Kansas City, MO
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1898
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue ₹10 to ₹50 billion (INR) per year

At Burns & McDonnell, we believe in the power of an entrepreneurial dream. It’s how we began, in 1898, when Clinton Burns and Robert McDonnell opened a consulting engineering firm. Today, we're a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm with 4,000-plus employee-owners in more than 30 offices worldwide.

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Mission: Making our Clients Successful: The company secured its first major client in 1900 and inched into the black with net earnings of 13 cents after three years in business... More

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