Integrating Cultures after an Acquisition

Integrating Cultures after an Acquisition

The A/E industry is a hotbed of M&A activity.  Forbes Magazine published an informative article for firms facing the challenge of integrating different cultures resulting from an acquisition.  M&A is a powerful way to grow revenue, but to avoid hurting employee retention it is important to acknowledge and manage competing cultures.

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Marc Richards of Tighe & Bond appointed to hazardous waste site cleanup board

Marc Richards, Vice President of the award winning engineering and environmental consulting firm, Tighe & Bond, has been appointed to the Commonwealth’s Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Professionals (LSPs).  The LSP program includes scientists, engineers, and public health specialists and has expedited the assessment and cleanup of contaminated brownfield sites. Read more details […]

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Three Reasons for Hiring Older Workers in Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Industries

One positive trend we’ve seen in the design industry is that there has been less resistance to hiring older workers. Perhaps this is due to the extreme labor shortage that we’re likely to see continue for some time. Whatever the reason, it’s a good thing in my opinion. Older workers bring the following traits that […]

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What Do Your Employees Really Think? Finding Out Can Decrease Turnover

It is the leaders who establish the cultures within Architectural, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting firms. Even in small design groups, it is the group leaders who establish the customs within their sections of their organizations.  Cultures can be healthy, toxic, or someplace in between. When a company has high turnover, fixing the problem often […]

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Michael Baker Grows Architecture Practice with Key Hire

Michael Baker International (ENR # 32), a leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, has hired Peter Darby, AIA, LEED, AP.  My Darby will lead a team of architects to deliver all aspects of building design for clients across the state. It is not surprising that Michael Baker is bulking up its key staff in Texas.  Texas […]

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Why Attracting Top Talent Should Be a Key Element of Your Strategic Plan

Why Attracting Top Talent Should Be a Key Element of Your Strategic Plan

“In 2010, Construction industry unemployment was at 20%. Today, it’s closer to current overall U.S. unemployment of 4.2.%.” – Source: AIA And let’s face it, even in 2010, the best engineers, architects, and environmental professionals managed to keep working. These people don’t go unemployed for extended periods, in good times, or bad. Using in-house recruiters or online […]

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Five Potential Areas of Improvement for Design Firms to Reduce Unnecessary Turnover

The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the second quarter, notching its quickest pace in more than two years, and there are signs that the momentum was sustained at the start of the third quarter. Source – Reuters Given that, the economy is humming along, combined with current U.S. unemployment rates, hovering around […]

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