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 meaningful projects
• A flexible workplace with an expanding National presence
• A collection of highly-motivated and accountable people-focused colleagues and coworkers
• A corporate commitment to social responsibility
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:
• Robust medical, dental and vision coverage
• Employee stock ownership
• Life insurance
• Short-term and long-term disability
• Flexible spending plans
• 401(k) matching
• Paid time off, volunteer time off, and sabbatical leave
• Flex-time scheduling and remote workspaces
• Employee assistance program
• Commuter benefits
• Subsidized gym memberships
• Happy hours and company-sponsored social events
• 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
• Young professionals groups
"It's more laid back than you would normally expect. They want you to have a good time so that you want to be here because you do spend most of your time here. And I think that really fosters productivity in the office., too. People want to be at work. They want to get their work done, and they also want to enjoy themselves."
Taylor Allen, Project Manager, Utilities
"The biggest draw to Primera is definitely the company culture."
Jamei Borges, Civil Engineer I | Transportation
"People are friendly, exciting, and they're always willing to take five minutes out of the day to help you get better. Everybody wants to teach somebody something. "
Atif Zaidi, Electrical Engineer II | Buildings
"I've been working with my key managers for over four years now, and I've learned so much from them. They give me opportunities to have client-facing discussions and be in difficult situations, but they also back me up and help me grow and know how to get through them. I feel like I can reach out to them, but I also have [confidence] that I can deal with a new situation on my own."
Shannon Kelly, Consultant | Consulting
"Coming in to Primera provides you with a lot of opportunity to establish yourself in the industry because there is a lot of growth potential. "
Matt Villanueva, Civil Engineer III | Transportation
"Primera is fun. I love coming to work here every day, and I have for the past 16 years. It's a mix of great people, great projects, and challenging work. I get up in the morning, and I'm excited to come into the office."
Erin Inman, President & CEO
"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 | Buildings
"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
"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, Support Services Group Manager | Utilities
"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. I joined Primera as an administrative assistant and had the opportunity to join the marketing department just two years later."
Carly Thomas, Marketing Coordinator | Corporate
"One of the things Primera really allows us to do is to grow in our disciplines. It allows us to explore in a safe environment, where we make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. It helps us grow into the exceptional employees that we are."
Melissa Clark, Controller | Corporate
"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 were passionate about it and it ripples through the entire company."
Matt Dvorak, Director of Marketing + Communications | Corporate