At Shawmut Design and Construction, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 426 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.99. It was published on Jul 10, 2017. 7087 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
We have special and unique benefits here.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.

What They Do

We asked Shawmut Design and Construction to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a national construction management firm with a reputation for completing complex projects for A-list clients. As an employee-owned company, we created a culture of individual ownership and innovative thinking focused around providing the gold standard of client service.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Construction & Real Estate
US Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts, 02118 US Sites: 8
Major Locations: Providence, Rhode Island; New York, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; Miami, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California US Employees: 989
US Revenues: $1,316 million Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1982

Shawmut Design and Construction has been awarded:

Best Medium Workplaces 2017 (ranked 84)

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 50)

Team Shawmut and volunteers at the 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge

Perks and Programs

We asked Shawmut Design and Construction to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Shawmut Flex: At Shawmut, flexible work has a strategic purpose, helping attract and retain the best employees. Shawmut Flex provides employees with the most flexible, yet functional, form of work yet, by creating individual work schedules between managers and employees. Such modified work options include telecommunicating or remote work, compressed work weeks, job sharing, and shifting work hours. These arrangements are a proven way to enhance employee engagement, productivity, and job satisfaction, all of which ultimately serve to enhance our customer experience. Shawmut Flex is a critical part of demonstrating our commitment to building a workplace culture of respect, empowerment, and innovation.
  • CMST Program: Shawmut’s CMST (Construction Management Skills Training) program allows recent college graduates to try each of the three major areas of construction management before moving ahead with their career. The program involves three rotations (project management, estimating, and field supervision) within an intense, three-year program of coaching and real-world experience. Through this comprehensive training program, we create well rounded construction professionals, allowing these individuals to gain the skills needed to excel and setting a path for a successful career with Shawmut right from the start.
  • Employee Ownership: As a 100% employee-owned company, every employee enjoys the benefits of our Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), including annual contributions averaging 10% of annual salary into a personal retirement account. This model gives each and every employee a vested interest in the success of the company.
  • Summer Fridays: One of the ways Shawmut ensures that employees receive extra time off is through the “Summer Friday” program. From June through the beginning of September, employees split into two groups, each enjoying every other Friday off. Employees appreciate it and come back the following Monday refreshed and ready to hit the ground running.
  • Pan-Mass Challenge Participation: Shawmut participated in the 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge, making it the ninth straight year the firm has ridden in the two-day bike-a-thon. This year, Team Shawmut has raised $159,232 and counting—a record for the team—for the research being conducted by Dana-Farber’s Dr. Christopher Sweeney.Team Shawmut included CEO Les Hiscoe and 25 Shawmut employees and friends, including Dr. Sweeney and three of his cancer patients. The team rode to increase awareness and funding for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To date, Team Shawmut’s fundraising efforts have enabled Dr. Sweeney to create a unique database of cancer specimen that allows his team to find the key causes of incurable cancer, and test a new drug designed to make standard therapies more effective.
  • Women’s Networking Events: The Shawmut WNE Group (Women’s Networking Events) provides opportunities for networking, training, and mentorship for the women of Shawmut. Events range from formal training sessions, to small panel groups, to executive networking sessions that address topics women in construction face on a daily basis.
  • Project Happier Holidays: Thanks to Shawmut’s Project Happier Holidays email campaign, 1,300 toys worth $26,000 were donated to children in need across the country. Starting in November, Shawmut sent out an interactive holiday card to its clients and partners. Recipients were asked to choose one of seven themed gifts as a donation to a non-profit located in all eight communities where Shawmut has offices. Each selected toy was then purchased by Shawmut and donated to that organization.
  • Anonymous Question Portal: Communication and innovation are at the core of Shawmut’s leadership strategy. Our CEO instituted a Question Portal on the Shawmut intranet to encourage dialog across all levels of the organization. This portal allows questions to be asked anonymously and subsequently answered by senior management at quarterly Town Hall meetings.
  • Paid Family Leave: Shawmut unveiled a four-week Paid Family Leave benefit, a leading-edge offering in the construction industry. Paid Family Leave provides up to one month of paid leave to employees following a birth, adoption or foster care placement, or to care for a family member who has a serious health condition. Available to both men and women, the policy ensures that Shawmut’s employees are there for their family’s most important moments.
  • iPhones for Everyone: Shawmut provides each employee an iPhone at no charge for both business and personal use. It's a great way to stay connected both in the office and on job sites.


50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 8% of salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
83% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
Shawmut executives wrapping presents as part of Shawmut's annual Project Happier Holidays Toy Drive


32 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 32 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (5% use it)
  • Telecommute option (5% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness
  • Onsite Amenities (Food, office outings, on-site services, lounges, cafes, patios, etc.)


70 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 70 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
70 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


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

Community and Environmental Impact

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $705,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
Director of Facilities Management Integration & Sustainability Leads environmental impact team Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Chief People Officer is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

2017 graduates of Shawmut's CMST program


Members of Shawmut's New York office particpating in the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

hiring Outlook

125 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 6% Job Growth
49 Average applicants per opening 12,156 Total job applicants
35% New hires by employee referrals 4% Openings filled by current employees
40 Recent graduates hired 8% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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