At Ruby+Associates, Inc., 91 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 35 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.51. It was published on May 9, 2017. 5622 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management hires people who fit in well here.
Management recognizes honest mistakes as part of doing business.
I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

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: Industry: Engineering
US Headquarters: Bingham Farms, Michigan, 48025 US Employees: 39
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1984

Ruby+Associates, Inc. has been awarded:

Best Small Workplaces 2016 (ranked 42)

National Engineers Week - Jenga

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. Our 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 our employees. Ruby'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+Associates celebrates National Engineers Week in late February each year. Meals are provided daily, and our CEO prepares a homemade breakfast spread for the team to kick off the week. We also host games and events each day. The games are planned by team members and prizes are awarded for some healthy competition! To relieve stress and pamper our staff, professional massages are offered during the week. Employees receive 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 on their birthday, (3) 20 and 30-year work anniversaries 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) Each holiday, the CEO brings employees individual goodie bags of fun treats and sweets and delivers them to each desk.
  • Ruby Swag: All employees receive free Ruby logo apparel/products throughout the year. Last year each employee received approximately 5 new apparel pieces. Needless to say, employees have plenty of clothing options to wear to work!
  • 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. Many staff members are involved with outside activities/interests and Ruby supports their need for work//life balance.
  • Social Events: Ruby+Associates hosts 2 social events each year. The first is a Holiday Party which includes all expenses paid (including round-trip Uber 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.
  • 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 we do to "feed the souls" of our employees, (1) Provides 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 are 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 Lunch-time 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, (4) Professional memberships - Ruby pays for 3 association memberships, (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 key 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 Friday: 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 table to socialize. It's a small way to unwind, kick-off the weekend and to thank our staff for all that they do!


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
Life Remodeled - Giving Back


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
24 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 18 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option
  • Onsite Amenities (Provide organic fruit on a weekly basis, lunches provided 1-2 days/week, annual car detailing for all employees, annual chair massages.)


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


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

Community and Environmental Impact

$82,800 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Recycling program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Bourbon, Beer & Barbecue Party


Team Uniform

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 demonstrate 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 are able to articulate that difference and their passion for that difference when approaching us either via email or at a career fair, they get our attention.  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! 

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

If anyone would like to learn more about Ruby+Associates we invite you to visit our webpage (  Our website provides an overview of who we are, the type of projects that we work on, a short bio of every Ruby team member, and the current job opportunities that are available at our company.   Please e-mail for additional information.

hiring Outlook

6 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 25% New hires by employee referrals
38% Openings filled by current employees 3 Recent graduates hired
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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