Industry insiders say one of the fastest growing consulting firms in the country is also one of the best places to work, and it’s right here in Washington state.
Each year, the Zweig Group produces rankings for outstanding architecture, engineering, environmental and multi-discipline firms in the U.S. and Canada., and Washington’s SCJ Alliance was one of only nine firms to receive all three of its awards – Best Firms, Hot Firms, and Marketing Excellence – at their annual awards ceremony this fall.
“The Best Firms award is reflective of the incredible team members we have and an affirmation that we’ve been able to maintain a supportive, collegial atmosphere even with rapid growth,” shares Jean Carr, SCJ senior principal, and co-founder. The prestigious Best Firms list is based on workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and much more, as evaluated in an anonymous survey of firm employees.
The fastest growing, or Hot Firms, list is based on the highest percentage revenue growth and dollar revenue growth over a three-year period. “The two awards are intrinsically linked,” added Carr. “One anonymous survey response said working here makes them want to find ways to excel and offer more as an employee. When our people feel good about SCJ, they work that much smarter to make it a success.”
“Businesses have more than one measure of success,” said Senior Principal Perry Shea, also a co-founder. “The strength and health of our team is a top priority, and our employees feel that.” Shea says those feelings then transfer to their work and the clients they serve.
The firm also earned Zweig’s Marketing Excellence award for its intranet, a key tool for connecting people in all of SCJ’s offices, creating a fun way to share personal and professional activity. Winning all three awards put SCJ in an elite group of only nine firms nationwide to earn the 2017 Zweig Trifecta Award.
Over the last eleven years since the firm’s founding, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location to a dynamic group of over 80 team members in five locations. SCJ also landed on Zweig’s Best Firms to Work For list in 2009, 2010, and 2015 and the Hot Firms list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
SCJ specializes in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. Headquartered in Lacey, SCJ also has offices in Centralia, Seattle, Ballard, Wenatchee, and Vancouver.