Architects

workplace gossip

Companies & Gossip

One definition of Gossip is “a form of communications that an individual(s) participates in for the purpose of discussion, or passing onto to others, hearsay information.”   In the past year, several new sites and apps have been created to  "modernize office gossip." Memo recently celebrated its one year...

resignation

When Your Employees Resign

No one wants to be rejected. When it happens, we take it personally and go through stages of hurt, anger and resolution.   When your employees leave your firm, you may travel the same path. However, employees typically make a decision to “fly the nest” only...

Has Your A/E Firm Taken Over Your Identity?

Are you known as a civil engineer, architect, landscape architect and planner OR are you known as an employee of your employer?   Recently an outstanding executive engineer was set to interview with my client. This engineer had worked as a leader in his firm for 20...

stalking the recruiter

Stalking the Recruiter

More than five years ago I saw a posting from a corporate recruiter on LinkedIn and wrote a blog about it. Very little has changed since that 2010 post!   That corporate recruiter had a status update “...

grey-haired engineer

Never Underestimate the Gray-Haired Engineer

It has always amazed me that many consulting firms “appear” hesitant to hire engineers with 40+ years of experience. With a sensitivity to age discrimination laws, companies find a variety of seemingly legitimate reasons for rejecting solid, experienced candidates.   Often, these engineers can be the best...

Legalized Marijuana Use Grounds For Termination Within A/E Firms?

The legalization of marijuana use in Colorado and Washington is causing an uprising within the A/E marketplace.  It has been reported that firms are trying to determine policies that take in consideration federal and state laws while being mindful of employee and client safety. Speaking...

Work Burnout

Civil Engineers and Architects: Work Burnout. Get Motivated!

Whether you are employed or looking for a job, undoubtedly you have experienced work burnout. It is inevitable at some point. Most of us crave security. We want to know we can pay our bills and play along the way. That is usually enough motivation for me....

New Year New Job

New Year — Time To Get A New Job?

Around the first of the year many of us assess our job. As an architecture and civil engineering executive recruiter, I find January to be a very busy month!   New year resolutions abound. Candidates tell me that they will not spend another year working for a company...

Repelling Washington Monument

Civil Engineering “Dream Projects”

An architect and several civil engineers from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates are rappelling the Washington Monument, inspecting and recording damage from this year's earthquake. In various interviews, several of the engineers reported that scaling the monument was a career highlight. Several of the monument inspectors...