At Ruby+Associates, Inc., 97 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 38 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.02. It was published on May 30, 2018. 7526 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
100%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
100%
 
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
100%
 
I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.
100%
 
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
97%
 

What They Do

We asked Ruby+Associates, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Ruby+Associates is a structural engineering firm devoted to serving the construction industry.  We help our clients build better through our core services of Construction Engineering, Building Design, Heavy Lift Engineering, Erection Engineering, Connection Design and Design/Detail.  

About this Company

Website: www.rubyandassociates.com Industry: Engineering
US Headquarters: Bingham Farms, Michigan, 48025 US Employees: 41
US Revenues: $7.2 million Worldwide Revenues: $7.2 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1984

Ruby+Associates, Inc. has been awarded:

Best Small Workplaces 2016 (ranked 42)


National Wear Red Day, American Heart Association

Perks and Programs

We asked Ruby+Associates, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Benefits Program: Ruby+Associates offers medical, dental, vision, life/disability insurance; all at no cost to our employees or their dependents. An engineer who joined the firm in 2017 remarked, "It is no wonder that people love working at Ruby. With perks like 100% employer-paid benefits, employees feel truly cared for here." Employees also have the option of participating in a wellness program with paid incentive awards. On-site bio-metric screenings, telephone coaching on a variety of health issues, wellness webinars, and a variety of other resources are offered each year to support the health and wellness of Ruby's employees. The firm's 401(k) program offers retirement planning, financial education and company match to help support savings for the future. In 2016, a pension plan was added as a benefit for employees.
  • National Engineers Week: Ruby celebrates National Engineers Week in late February each year. Daily catered meals are provided, and on one day, our CEO prepares a homemade brunch for the team. We also host daily games and events. This year, 'Ruby Olympics' (to coincide with the Winter Olympics in South Korea) included team and individual events, complete with a closing ceremony to finish out the week. For bragging rights, Olympians received Ruby-logo engraved 'gold,' 'silver' and 'bronze' medals and prizes. Wellness was incorporated as a new 2018 Engineers Week initiative. To respond to the stress inherent in the engineering profession and to pamper staff, daily activities included professional massages, guided group meditation and a Tai Chi lesson. Each employee received a gift card and bag of goodies as a gesture of appreciation for all they do. We just love our talented and hard-working team of engineers!
  • Recognition Program: Ruby+Associates makes it a priority to recognize employees. Some examples include: (1) Birthdays and anniversaries are announced at every monthly team meeting, (2) All employees receive a $50 gift card of their choice for their birthday, (3) Work anniversaries for long-term employees are awarded with generous gifts, (4) The President/CEO dedicates the last 5 - 10 minutes at monthly team meetings to acknowledge employee contributions, which is also an open forum for all team members to share appreciation for efforts of fellow employees, (5) Holidays and special occasions are celebrated with themed food and beverages.
  • Ruby Swag: All employees receive free Ruby logo apparel/products throughout the year. Last year each employee received quality clothing items, a jacket, tumblers and an Ogio brand carry-on luggage piece. Needless to say, employees were thrilled to receive these gifts! One employee joked, "Some mornings I put on a polo, a jacket, a hat, and my backpack, and I look in the mirror and realize I’m a walking billboard because they all say 'Ruby+Associates!'"
  • Work Flexibility: Ruby+Associates supports flexible work arrangements that meet our employees' needs. We care about their families and outside interests, thus if they need flexibility we give it to them. Some employees choose a shorter work week to spend more time at home, and others prefer a later start to their day. Whether they are pursuing a degree or coaching their child's soccer team, many staff members are involved with outside activities/interests and Ruby supports their need for work/life balance. A Ruby project manager recently remarked, "The flexible work hours are great. As long as the team knows what to expect, I can take a long weekend, volunteer at my children’s school, or leave for an appointment and make up time when it’s convenient for me."
  • Social Events: Ruby+Associates hosts two major employee-focused social events each year. The first is an off-site Holiday Party which includes all expenses paid (including round-trip Lyft transportation) for the employee and their guest. The party includes a meal, beverages and an activity (last year was Fowling, a new area sport that combines bowling and football). The second event is a family party in the summer. This past year Ruby hosted a Detroit Tigers baseball game outing for employees and their families. The game is preceded by a catered lunch at the ballpark, and each guest receives generous "Tiger Bucks" to be used as spending money during the game.
  • Food: Ruby+Associates has an appreciation for food and believes that it feeds the soul! Based on that premise, here are just a few things that Ruby does to "feed the souls" of its employees: (1) Provided lunches/snacks approximately 1 - 2 times a week, (2) Weekly delivery of organic fruit to encourage health snacking in between meals, and (3) Final exam care packages delivered to our recruiting candidates prior to their start date to wish them well on their tests.
  • Professional Development: Ruby+Associates makes professional development a priority. Some activities include; (1) "Ruby Tuesday" lunchtime presentations - This training is offered on the second Tuesday of each month and gives our employees an opportunity to present and promote knowledge-sharing about project successes and lessons learned, (2) Industry-provided webinars including lunch, (3) Industry conferences (we send our employees to NASCC, Tekla/Software, Newforma/Software, NCSEA and ACEC conferences) and professional development seminars, (4) Professional memberships - Ruby pays for three association memberships for each employee, (5) Professional licenses - employees receive 2 days of paid time off for exam prep, study materials are paid for and a generous bonus is awarded once the license is obtained.
  • Bourbon, Beer and Barbecue Annual Event: Ruby+Associates holds an Open House for clients, industry professionals and partner firms every year. Approximately 250-300 attendees, including staff and their guests, join us for this event which features a catered barbecue spread, craft bourbon cocktails, brews and live music. The event provides a great opportunity for our employees to network with clients and to strengthen the relationships that make Ruby successful.
  • Founders Fridays: On Fridays at 3:30 p.m. just before quitting time, Ruby hosts Founders Friday. We roll out a cart of local craft beers (from our CEO's favorite, Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan) and snacks, and we gather around our re-purposed bowling alley bar height table to socialize. It's a small way to unwind, kick-off the weekend and to thank our staff for all that they do!

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

100% Company-paid health coverage for employees 100% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 24 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Annual Bourbon, Beer and Barbecue Event

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

24 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 18 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
8 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 6 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option
  • Onsite Amenities (Weekly organic fruit delivery Lunches provided 1-2 times a week Annual car detailing for all employees Massages during National Engineers Week)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

35 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD)

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$109,044 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Recycling program

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • 1 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Life Remodeled - Giving Back

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Go Red Goes STEM Event

How to Get Hired

We asked Ruby+Associates, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

At Ruby, to get in the door, we seek people who are passionate about the work that we do and the clients we serve. Next, we look to our core values as the foundation when evaluating candidates. We want people who will deliver unmatched client service – so we look for individuals with experience serving others, whether as a Teaching Assistant, or as a volunteer in a student-run organization. We want engineers who embrace challenges, so we look for those who have demonstrated perseverance. We want our people to be leaders in their work, so we seek those with experience in leading capstone projects. We seek out people who will be continuous, lifelong learners so we are impressed with candidates who have invested in themselves in their free time. Through our recruiting efforts, prospective employees need to show us these qualities all while remaining humble during the process.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective employees get our attention when they have done enough homework and research about Ruby and therefore truly understand what makes us different.  If they can articulate that difference and their passion for that difference when contacting us either via email or at a career fair, we take notice.  Since we look for our entry-level engineers at top ranked universities who prepare them through course work, internships and leadership opportunities, we know that they will be technically qualified – so that is rarely the differentiator. Many of our recruits have always been the "smartest person in the room."  At Ruby these people may no longer feel that way, and they have to be okay with that.  So in their brilliance, they must also be humble.  We have no use for overactive egos here.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Ruby Associates is always looking for qualified structural engineers.  This year, we are looking for experienced structural engineers with strong leadership skills.  We want leaders that can manage, motivate and coach our younger engineers. Transfer of knowledge is key as we continue to grow.  We owe it to our staff to provide a clear career path, offering challenging opportunities and mentoring along the way!  Unlike some of our competitors, our hiring strategy is on the conservative side. When we bring a new employee on board, we want them engaged, challenged, and we want them to stay with us for the long term.  Some engineering companies tend to hire in larger quantities when workload increases, but then are forced to lay off staff when work dries up a bit.  Ruby avoids this practice.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

To learn more about Ruby+Associates, we invite prospective candidates to visit our webpage (www.rubyandassociates.com).  The site provides an overview of who we are, the type of projects that we work on, a short bio of every team member, Ruby news and published articles, and the current job opportunities that are available at our company.  Please e-mail mbdelvero@rubyandassociates.com for additional information.

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