October 30, 2020 – Sargent & Lundy has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by the Chicago Tribune for the sixth consecutive year. The firm ranked 16 in the Large Employers category.
The honor is determined by feedback collected from anonymous employee surveys that measure several aspects of workplace culture. This year, the firm had its highest survey participation rate, engagement score, and submission of comments of all time.
Sargent & Lundy received its highest survey score and greatest year-over-year improvement in response to the statement, "I feel well-informed about important decisions at Sargent & Lundy." Survey results also indicated that employees believe the company is going in the right direction, the firm operates efficiently and well, and senior managers understand what’s really happening at the firm.
“I feel like my co-workers are family. We motivate each other, assist each other, train each other, and uplift each other,” commented one employee – a testament the firm is committed to helping its employees advance in their careers and offering benefits and programs to support employee growth. The firm’s mentorship program, tuition assistance, generous paid time off, onsite wellness screenings, learning and development opportunities, company clubs, and intramural teams are proof of its commitment to an employee-focused culture.
Employees also gave an overall favorable impression of the company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One employee commented that there were “strong messages and fast-acting responses during the COVID-19 pandemic by everyone, including the CEO, upper management, and middle management.”
“This Top Workplace honor by the Chicago Tribune is a direct reflection of our employees exemplifying our core values even during a challenging pandemic. Every day, I’m amazed at their commitment to working together for our clients, our communities, and our own professional growth,” said Sargent & Lundy Chairman, President & CEO Tom White. “This sixth award means their actions are seen and their voices are heard. I’m proud of our employees and the culture that drives this company. Not only do our quality and innovation thrive in unforeseen times – so do our people.”
The third-party survey was administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. Its research shows that Top Workplace organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double employee engagement levels.
“In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees,” said CEO of Energage, Eric Rubino. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. The Top Workplaces program can be that positive outcome your company can celebrate during challenging times.”