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50. Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell
Rank: 50 (Previous rank: N.A.)
What makes it so great?
Employees at the 110-year-old engineering consultant cite their employee stock-ownership plan as "amazing" and "fantastic." The ESOP owns 100% of the shares, which are distributed to every single employee, with the average balance exceeding $215,000 -- turnover here is only 4%.
Headquarters: 9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
2007 revenue ($ millions): N.A.
Website: www.burnsmcd.com
U.S. employees 2,840
Employees outside U.S. 10
New jobs (1 year) 370
% job growth (1 year) 16%
% voluntary turnover 5%
Applicants 4,425
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009) 400
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Mechanical Engineer
Most common job (hourly):
Paid sabbaticals Yes
Onsite child care No
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program No
Compressed workweek No
Telecommuting No
% minorities 13%
% women 23%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 100
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 35
From the February 2, 2009 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2007 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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