R.A. Smith National Inc., a nationwide civil and structural engineering and surveying firm, has been selected as one of Zweig Group’s “Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For” for the third year in a row.

The firm ranked 16 out of 46 on the civil engineering list. The list recognizes the top civil engineering firms in the U.S. and Canada based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates and more. R.A. Smith National has been recognized seven times as a “Best Firms to Work For” by Zweig Group.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Zweig Group as a best firm to work for in the civil engineering industry,” says President Richard Smith. “Our culture is one in which we strive to give our employees challenging yet enjoyable work, as well as create an environment that allows for development at both professional and personal levels. This award is certainly an honor to receive, but also provides insight as to how we can attract and retain talented individuals within the industry.” 

Employee Feedback Reflects Culture

Employees at industry firms were surveyed by Zweig Group in order to produce their “Best Firms to Work For” lists. Based on survey results of R.A. Smith National employees, a majority believe the firm is client-focused and the culture is team-oriented and collaborative, integrity-focused, and has a family atmosphere. Furthermore, 100 percent of employees noted the firm is ethical in its business practices and that recognition is received for excellent work.

Throughout the year, R.A. Smith National hosts lunches for events such as football games, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, as well as a grand holiday celebration. Staff members also come together to celebrate life’s events and volunteer at events such as The Gathering, Feed My Starving Children and Adopt-a-Highway.

Record Growth in 2015

Since January 2015, the firm has hired 34 new staff, which is a record pace that will match or exceed the number of new hires in previous years. R.A. Smith National now employs a staff of 195 with offices in Brookfield (corporate headquarters), Madison and Appleton, Wis.; Naperville, Ill.; Orange County, Calif.; and Oakmont, Pa.

R.A. Smith National is a consulting engineering firm, providing multi-disciplinary services to government and the land development industry nationwide. In the fall of 2014, the firm added structural engineering and nationwide development management services. R.A. Smith National has also increased its federal project portfolio. Comprehensive services also include civil engineering, surveying, construction services, transportation engineering, ecological services, landscape architecture, irrigation design, water resource engineering, geographic information systems, visualization and 3D laser scanning.

Zweig Group will announce this year’s winners Sept. 3-4 at the 2015 Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. For more information about the Best Firms to Work For Award, visit www.zweiggroup.com/awards/best-firms-to-work-for.