We believe the best word to describe Primera employees is "empowered." They are empowered to try things in new and different ways. They are empowered by a progressive, stimulating environment that encourages both personal and professional growth. Their educational pursuits are encouraged, their time and priorities are respected, and their creativity is fostered from idea through execution.
Employees are drawn to Primera for:
• The opportunity to work on innovative, high-profile projects
• A strong work-life balance with ample paid time off
• An encouraging, family-like environment
• A corporate commitment to being socially responsible
• Access to leading technology
At Primera, we value diversity, we sponsor high-value learning events, we organize employee sporting teams and volunteering opportunities. Our list could go on, but what matters most to us is cultivating a workplace people want to be a part of.
Our employees are more than just people who punch a time clock. They are the brains, the muscle, and the heart behind everything we do. In addition to a competitive compensation package, we offer comprehensive benefits, including:
• Medical, dental and vision insurance
• Life insurance
• Short-term and long-term disability
• Flexible spending plans
• 401(k) program
• Paid time off and sabbatical leave
• Flex-time scheduling
• Employee assistance program
• Public transportation subsidy
• Subsidized health club memberships
• Financial assistance for continuing education
• Wellness programs
Primera employees are the kind of people who never want to stop learning. We reward this curiosity with in-depth education and development programs that help employees improve every day. Over time, we've seen that these programs are beneficial to employees, clients, and our company overall. Some of the programs we offer include:
• Comprehensive employee onboarding program
• Mentorship program
• Employee development and progression plans
• Internal learning opportunities delivered by industry experts
• Financial support for external training and continuing education
• Tuition reimbursement for degree programs
• Industry seminars and workshops
• Involvement in affiliated professional organizations
"It’s great working for people who are not only committed to building long-lasting and quality relationships with our clients, but people who apply that same concept to our internal team! Primera encourages growth and development within a work/life balanced environment, making it possible for us to reach our individual potential."
Carly Thomas, Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire | Utilities
"I have been working for engineering firms for 20 years. Primera is the first company that made me feel like part of a family and not just an employee number. That “family feel” really helps us work well as a team."
Laura Wand, CAD/GIS Manager | Utilities
"I appreciate all of the opportunities to give back to our community, such as supporting New Life for Haiti and Rebuilding Together. I especially enjoy and value all of the support Primera has given to furthering women in STEM and our participation in the CONSTRUCT program. I am continually inspired by the individuals and organizations that Primera works with."
Colleen Finkl, Project Manager | Consulting
"I just had my one-year anniversary and couldn’t be happier at Primera. Coming from another consulting company, I was pleasantly surprised at how the employees are truly valued here and how the leadership works to keep employees engaged in the company’s performance, areas of improvement, and employee satisfaction. I have also been impressed by how quickly things move at Primera with respect to change. Decisions are made quickly and implemented very effectively. I often work offsite at various client locations, and even though I’m not in the office regularly, I still feel included in all the office happenings."
Jaimie Wilson, Project Manager | Consulting
"I love how multicultural Primera is. Not only does it make for varied opinions and approaches to solving problems, but you get to learn about each other’s very different backgrounds and personal perspectives. Just over lunch you can learn so much. The downside is it ends with you adding even more places to visit to your wish list!"
Omar Torres, IT Manager | Corporate
"Moving to Chicago to work for Primera was one of the best decisions I have made. In the six years I have been here, I have been able to work on a wide variety of projects and have become the lead engineer for the electrical power group. The technical issues I have tackled and the opportunity to work on all aspects of a project has put me ahead of my peers at larger companies. Primera really is the best of both worlds – it has a small company feel with the clientele and project scope of a larger company."
Bryan Knowles, Lead Electrical Engineer | Utilities
"From the day I got here, I've felt like I've been working here for years. I wish I had. The people and the culture are amazing. They truly believe in empowering individuals to be the expert in their field, and stand behind that in allowing you to do what you do best. They offer all the guidance and freedom you need to excel. And it's hard not to notice Primera's commitment to social responsibility. Our founders are passionate about it and that ripples through the entire company."
Matt Dvorak, Director of Marketing + Communications | Corporate
"I was offered a real-world job with real-world responsibilities. I like that Primera is large enough that I get to work on high-profile projects, yet small enough to have a close family feel."
Josh Greenfield, Vice President, Energy Services Manager | Buildings
"I truly enjoy the ever-present teamwork that we all embrace here at Primera. It seems that there isn’t a project or deadline that we can’t handle."
Mike Ewers, Construction Manager | Transportation
"Flexible work hours are a huge plus. It allows me to avoid unnecessary morning stress during my commute."
Sergio Murillo, IT Support | Corporate