At SSOE Group, 85 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 595 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.71. It was published on Jul 10, 2017. 5247 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
People celebrate special events around here.

What They Do

We asked SSOE Group to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

SSOE provides architectural, engineering, and construction management services to the chemical, semiconductor, aerospace/defense, power, automotive, glass, healthcare, food and consumer products, and science and technology industries. We have executed projects in 40 countries from our 20+ offices worldwide.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Toledo, Ohio, 43604 US Sites: 21
Major Locations: Santa Clara, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Brentwood, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio; Hillsboro, Oregon; Lima, Ohio; Midland, Michigan; Portage, Michigan; St. Paul, Minnesota; Troy, Michigan US Employees: 802
US Revenues: $142.7 million Worldwide Revenues: $149 million
Employees Worldwide: 904 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1948

SSOE is a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk / Run. The office spent the week raising breast cancer awareness and funds for health programs, services, and research.

Perks and Programs

We asked SSOE Group to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • SHOW ME THE MONEY: SSOE'S bonus programs provide great opportunities for our employees to earn some extra green! Employees are eligible for either a discretionary bonus or incentive bonus based upon their individual performance. Company performance is rewarded through our profit sharing (Vanguard) and team award (cash) programs. We also have our 401k match and a student scholarship program.
  • BRAVO: Our team members do amazing things every day to make our clients and SSOE successful. To recognize their achievements, we partner with Globoforce to provide a global recognition program called BRAVO! Employees or managers can recognize other employees on a social platform that allows other employees to congratulate them. The awards can either be redeemed for merchandise or gift cards, or may be paid in cash! Our Founder’s Award is awarded annually to an individual or team that has demonstrated exceptional performance by delivering great client service, diversifying SSOE’s business by growing in strategic markets or innovating processes and identifying quality improvements for our clients. Our Leadership Award, also awarded annually to either an individual or team, recognizes exemplary leadership that directly benefits SSOE’s business.
  • SSOE SWAG FOR NEW EMPLOYEES: New employees are provided a gift certificate that they can use to purchase merchandise from SSOE’s company store! Items available include backpacks, golf shirts, polos, dress shirts, tumblers, coffee mugs, golf balls, and more!
  • SSOE EXPERIENCE: The SSOE Experience is a one-day class that introduces new employees to our organization’s mission, strategic direction, culture, values, and practices. The class incorporates information on Great Client Service, business etiquette, diversity, communication, and our Employee Value Proposition, which includes career planning.
  • INNOVATION LAB: Over the next 10 years, major technological changes will be taking place in the A/E/C industry, which will enable rapid increases in productivity and speed. In order to take a leading position in the industry through these anticipated revolutionary changes, SSOE must continue to lead the way! Through the Innovation Lab, we encourage our employees to submit their innovative ideas, browse, vote, improve ideas, and win points for their participation while helping us achieve this goal. Ideas are then prioritized by the Innovation Lab’s community polling. Top innovative ideas will receive funding to assist with business plan development, and those that are client focused will be given a budget and dedicated resources—perhaps even equity if a spin-off company is appropriate.
  • WELLNESS WORKS: SSOE’s wellness committee strives to increase awareness of the factors and resources that contribute to an employee's health and wellness. This empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own health. One program offered is Wellness Works, a free program that provides health, fitness, work, well-being, nutrition, financial, team, and coaching challenges. This online program includes free health screenings, flu shots, well-being assessments, and unlimited health coaching, allowing employees the ability to set and track personal goals and join company-wide wellness challenges - all while earning points to qualify for funds for their medical savings account. Some additional wellness options offered are fruit of the week, gym or Weight Watchers subsidy, and discounts on Garmin devices.
  • FULLY PAID HEALTH INSURANCE: SSOE offers fully paid health insurance for employees and their family. In addition, they provide, at no cost to the employee, vision insurance, long-term care coverage, employee assistance program coverage, patient advocate program coverage, and life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance coverage.
  • VOLUNTEERISM PROGRAM: SSOE encourages volunteerism both as a team event and individual event. Each employee participant receives an SSOE volunteer t-shirt and SSOE will donate up to $100 per employee to a volunteer organization of their choice based upon the number of hours volunteered.
  • EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION: SSOE’s Employee Clubs provide numerous opportunities for employees to socialize with each other, whether it is an afternoon break with free coffee and cookies or an evening out with families at a local science center or baseball game. SSOE Employee Clubs receive annual funding from the company, but are totally employee run. Other Employee Club events have included a celebrity look-a-like contests, sports leagues, free lunches, holiday parties, and much more!
  • CAREER PROGRESSION: At SSOE, we believe in creating a clear path to building a career with us. Our career progression model encourages employees to reach milestones throughout their career and grow to the next level in work engagements / responsibilities. Employees are given opportunities to work on different projects and receive training to deepen their skills throughout their careers. Whether they joined the organization as a recent engineering graduate or a seasoned construction manager, our career planning and progression model helps them achieve their career goals and helps our superior leaders reach the top, providing a pathway to ownership within the organization. We firmly believe that our workforce is the key to our success and we are here to help them fully succeed!


$78,204 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Designer 4 $109,595 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Engineer 5
50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
100% 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 $7,602 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$6,769 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
Chilling out: our León office enjoyed a popsicle party to welcome the beginning of Spring


27 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 8 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
18 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 26 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
8 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (90% use it)
  • Telecommute option (2% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (7% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Fruit of the week, onsite package / mailing service, discount ticket sales, convenience store (varies by location), personal travel service, subsidized public transportation, massages (varies by location), home and auto insurance discounts, auto purchase discounts, cellular discount, home loan discounts, and computer and software discounts.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 5 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
5 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)5 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)5 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


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


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

Community and Environmental Impact

$450,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $4,500 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Associate Architect Leads environmental impact team Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Recycling program


  • Director, Talent Management 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: Women
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

SSOE Halloween Contest


SSOE Portland Holiday Festivities

How to Get Hired

We asked SSOE Group 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?

We are looking for talent that not only has the technical experience that we need but also are a strong cultural fits to the organization. We want individuals who align with our Corporate Vision (World-Class People, Delivering World-Class Projects for World-Class Clients) and Core Values (Safety, Quality, Integrity, Agility, Collaboration, and Innovation). We look for candidates who demonstrate leadership potential and who can add diversity to our workforce.  Candidates who want to bring the highest level of customer service — internal and external — will thrive in our environment.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Have a well written resume with good details about skill set, project work (including value provided to your client and personal or team achievements), what you are looking for in a role, volunteer / community experience, and professional and non-professional accomplishments. Creative resume formatting and out-of-the-box thinking. Candidates who directly engage with SSOE through our social media sites particularly standout to our recruitment team.

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

We are currently experiencing growth in our architectural and structural disciplines globally. We have multiple openings under both of these disciplines throughout our different offices. In addition to our recruitment efforts to secure the architectural and structural talent we need, we are also looking for strong project managers, project directors, and BIM / virtual design and construction (VDC) talent. The talent we are looking for will continue to drive our firm’s evolution from a traditional AEC company to a global project delivery firm.

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

There are multiple ways that prospective candidates can connect with SSOE. In addition to the traditional means of sending us a resume through our careers page (, they can also connect with and follow us via our social media platforms (Facebook, WeChat, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). We also have a dedicated team of corporate recruiters who they can talk to. We look to connect with students through our career fair visits and on-campus recruiting efforts. The SSOE Talent Connection user group on LinkedIn was specifically developed to allow talent to connect with and engage with SSOE directly and more easily.

hiring Outlook

150 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 8% Job Growth
30 Average applicants per opening 8,692 Total job applicants
17% New hires by employee referrals 11% Openings filled by current employees
51 Recent graduates hired 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
20% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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