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Burns & McDonnell

Architectural, engineering and consulting firm.

9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
Employees: 4,300
CEO: Greg Graves
Employee owned

Website: http://www.burnsmcd.com

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Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. Burns & McDonnell is currently the 20th largest AEC firm in the Engineering News-Record Top 500 ranking.

The company added about 700 jobs in 2013. It forecasts adding another 600 positions this year, 300 in Kansas City and 300 in the firm's regional offices.

Burns & McDonnell set a corporate sales record in 2013 with $2.3 billion in total sales for all business units, a 15 percent increase over 2012 sales of $2.0 billion.

Among the contributing factors for Burns & McDonnell's success: the continuing North American shale gas boom that is creating an urgent need for new processing facilities and pipelines; a continuing need for investment in the nationwide power delivery infrastructure and its security; and water quality regulations driving investment in new controls and treatment systems. The continuing industry trend toward design-build projects has spurred tremendous growth within the company's Construction/Design-Build division, while the company has begun expanding into commercial construction opportunities as well.

The company announced plans to expand its Kansas City campus to add as much as 300,000 square feet of space and add as many as 2,100 jobs in the next 10 years.

It forecasts adding another 600 positions this year, 300 in Kansas City and 300 in the firm's regional offices. The company has 30 offices worldwide.

DPR ranked No. 10 in 2014 on the Fortune magazine list of Best Companies to Work For in America. It is the fifth consecutive year the company has made the list.


In 1898, Clinton Burns and Robert McDonnell open an office in Kansas City after determining that numerous cities in a 200-mile radius lack sanitary sewers, water works and electric lights. The firm would land major projects to install water and light plants and hydroelectric facilities in the region.

Clinton Burns dies in 1924 after designing more than 500 water systems and patented railroad and sewer equipment.


Employer Stock Ownership Plan

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a tax-qualified employee benefit plan that makes employees into stockholders. Employee-ownership is automatic when you join our team and costs you nothing. At the end of every year, our company makes a cash contribution to the ESOP, which is then distributed to eligible employees. The cash in your account purchases shares at the current fair market value. Twenty percent vesting kicks in at two years, increasing 20 percent each year until you are fully vested after six years. When you retire or leave the company, your stock is repurchased and you receive the proceeds of the sale.

Health Benefits

Health, vision and dental insurance. Long-term and short-term disability insurance also offfered.

Paid Time Off

Accumulate 15 days off during the first year. After five years, receive an additional day every year you work up to 25 days per year.

401(k) Savings Plan

The company matches 50 cents up to each dollar contributed on the first 6.5% of your salary. Full vesting in six years.

Staying Fit and Healthy

Headquarters includes fitness center with classes offered along with on-site health center for minor injuries and illnesses.

Updated March 2, 2014