C&S Cos. makes it a mission to nurture employee growth. It also sees the value in building bonds outside the office environment. Photo courtesy of C&S Cos.

C&S Cos. makes it a mission to nurture employee growth. It also sees the value in building bonds outside the office environment. Photo courtesy of C&S Cos.

1. C&S Companies

Top local executive: Michael Hotaling, Senior Vice President

Address: 2355 Northside Drive, Suite 350, San Diego 92108

U.S. employees: Not Stated

What they do: Engineering, architectural and construction services

For a large, national engineering firm, C&S Cos. still finds ways to keep employees connected. The New York-based full-service architecture and engineering firm has a total of 470 employees, with its local offices serving many of its aviation clients.

For a large, national engineering firm, C&S Cos. still finds ways to keep employees connected. The New York-based full-service architecture and engineering firm has a total of 470 employees, with its local offices serving many of its aviation clients.

Brian Sault, a senior project engineer for C&S, has worked for the company for 12 years. He said C&S puts a lot of time and energy into not only making sure it’s a fun place to work, but that it’s also a place where employees have room

to grow.

“We want to invest in our team and train them. Hopefully they have a great work experience and a place to be,” he said. “We realize that making our employees happy equates to making our customers happy.”

The company offers employees several opportunities for personal development. For example, C&S’ entire aviation group met in one location for team-building and leadership training.

The company also finds ways to celebrate its successes. Members of the San Diego office have a bell that they ring every time they win a new contract or award. Outside of the office, employees also compete together on the company’s softball team.

“When you think of high-performance teams, teams that are satisfied and working together, you have fun outside of the office,” Sault said. “We’re constantly trying to find ways to keep it fresh and new.”

In the past few years, Sault said, C&S has worked to build a flatter organization, giving staff more opportunities to present their ideas and make changes in the company if they see something that can be done differently. Sault said the change has empowered the company’s younger employees to take on a larger role in projects.

C&S also rewards its employees with some unique benefits. As an employee-owned company, staff has the benefit of owning company stock. Employees also have access to wellness programs and unlimited sick days.

Most of all, Sault said he enjoyed working for a company that celebrates its successes and respects employees’ personal commitments.

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