At Shawmut Design and Construction, 95 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 332 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.58. It was published on Apr 12, 2016. 3506 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
Management is competent at running the business.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.

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 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: 891
US Revenues: $1,200.00 million Worldwide Revenues: $1,200.00 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1982

Shawmut Design and Construction has been awarded:

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 50)

Shawmut volunteers ready to go serve lunch at the All Souls Friday Soup Kitchen in New York.

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 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge, making it the eighth 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.
  • Strong Internal Communication: Shawmut embraces a strong internal communication strategy across the company. We have a highly energized “work hard/play hard” culture at Shawmut, and are able to share milestones and accomplishments through a variety of communications. Some of these include a weekly email from our CEO to all our employees across the country, called The Buzz, a quarterly magazine called the “Shawmut Times,” and video message from our CEO recognizing employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with a ten out of ten performance on the tenth of each month called the “Ten on the 10th.”
  • 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% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 8% of an employee's 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 $2,316 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) plan
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Free beverages during the day
Shawmut employees enjoying a boat cruise around Boston Harbor as a part of their summer outing.


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)
  • Job sharing
  • Phased retirement planning
  • Telecommute option (5% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks


70 days Job-protected maternity leave48 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
5 days Job-protected paternity leave


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


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Flu shots

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    8 hours Paid time off to volunteer


    • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits

    Executive Diversity

    Members of Team Shawmut at the Pan-Mass Challenge finish line. So far, the team has raised $637,480 (and counting)! for cancer research.



    How to Get Hired

    We asked Shawmut Design and Construction 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?

    Beyond the technical skills needed for a specific role, we want a person who is smart, passionate, engaged, and curious. The most successful people at Shawmut are ones who possess not just a “can-do” attitude but also a “what-can-I-do?” attitude. Because Shawmut is an ESOP (employee owned) company, we especially value a candidate who brings an “owner’s” mentality to every job.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    A clear, concise resume with relative details pertaining to the job they are applying for is a must. For our construction operations candidates, we like to see project information that aligns with what we do. If they have not built projects similar to ours, we want to know what value they can bring to company. We also want to see a well-rounded candidate. Someone with outside interests and community service

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

    We are fortunate to be hiring across all departments but are especially focused on: Project Managers, Superintendents, Estimators, Project Accountants, Staff Accountants, Sr. Finance Managers and Helpdesk Technicians.

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

    We’re always looking for talented people to join our team. Interested candidates should visit the open jobs page on our website.

    hiring Outlook

    9% Job Growth 33 Average applicants per opening
    10,000 Applications received 260 Positions filled in past year
    40% New hires by employee referrals 20 New positions created
    31 Jobs filled by current employees Yes Recruits on college campuses
    45 New graduates hired 13% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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