Earlier this year, a JE Dunn Construction employee in Atlanta approached leadership to let them know he wanted to leave the company. It was a team member that leadership didn’t want to lose. But the employee wanted to move into the wind and solar power industry, an area where JE Dunn, one of the nation’s largest general building contractors, has no real footprint. Rather than try to convince the employee to stay, leadership helped him figure out where to go.
“We care more about the individual than we did about keeping him here,” said Mike Bartlett, executive vice president of JE Dunn Construction. “That’s not fake, that’s real.”
It’s not just management that believes this, but employees as well. “This is the best company I’ve ever worked for and I really think they’re looking out for me,” wrote a JE Dunn employee in this year’s Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best Place to Work survey. This year, as they have for several years in a row, the approximately 200 full-time Atlanta-based JE Dunn employees voted their company into the top rankings of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best Places to Work competition. This year, JE Dunn nabbed the No. 3 spot in the Large Employer category.
Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, JE Dunn Construction Group has 22 offices nationwide. The company’s 2018 revenues were $3.57 billion, with $330 million of that total generated in the Atlanta-area. In his 2018 annual letter to employees, Gordon Lansford III, President and CEO of JE Dunn Construction Co., attributed JE Dunn’s success to its “Best People + Right Culture” philosophy.
“The key to us living our vision, purpose and guiding principles really is our people,” Lansford said. Several years ago, JE Dunn established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) as a way to share the company’s rewards with employees.