At SSOE Group, 84 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 644 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.52. It was published on Jun 26, 2018. 6744 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.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.

What They Do

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

SSOE is a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management—providing quality project solutions to semiconductor, automotive, food, chemical, glass, manufacturing, healthcare, power, and general building industries. With 20+ offices worldwide, we’ve completed projects in 40 countries.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Toledo, Ohio, 43604 US Sites: 22
Major Locations: Alliance, Ohio, 44601; Birmingham, Alabama, 35222; Brentwood, Tennessee, 37027; Cincinnati, Ohio, 45246; Hillsboro, Oregon, 97124; Lima, Ohio, 45246; Midland, Michigan, 48640; Portage, Michigan, 49002; St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101; Troy, Michigan, 48084 US Employees: 817
US Revenues: $170.3 million Worldwide Revenues: $178.4 million
Employees Worldwide: 904 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1948

Gongxi Facái! Our Toledo Employee Club wished employees happiness / prosperity with a Chinese New Year celebration. More than 150 people joined in and also collected $700 for the Sean Smith Memorial Fund, which benefits the family of our dear colleague who we lost.

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. And, employees can earn cash for referring candidates to open positions! If SSOE hires a referred candidate, the employee is eligible for a cash bonus of $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000 based on the candidate’s classification.
  • SHARED ACHIEVEMENTS: We employ world class leaders and experts who are dedicated and committed to the success of our business. SSOE’s stock ownership program was established as a way to recognize the contributions of these individuals by allowing them an additional opportunity to share in the successes that their efforts help to achieve.
  • WELL DESERVED OVATIONS: At SSOE, the contributions of our team members create successes for our customers which create successes for our company. This is why we are proud to showcase their achievements through multiple recognition programs, including our corporate Founder’s and Leadership Awards. We also partner with Globoforce to provide a global recognition program called BRAVO! which allows all employees the opportunity to recognize and congratulate each other for outstanding performance or going the extra mile. Recognition may even include awards that can either be redeemed for merchandise or gift cards, or may even be paid in cash!
  • 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! Our Executive Leadership team also celebrates Employee Appreciation Day each year, providing lunch to our global workforce.
  • FLEXIBILITY: We understand that our staff members are more than just our employees- they are commuters, caregivers, students, volunteers and so much more. To help our staff better integrate their work and personal lives, and effectively manage their busy schedules, we offer a variety of flexible work arrangements, including compressed schedules, remote work, and flexible hours. Our generous paid time off (PTO) program allows flexible use of PTO hours and an option to purchase up to an additional week of PTO each year.
  • CHOOSE YOUR JOURNEY. WE’LL PROVIDE THE MAP: 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 journey with us and grow to the next level. Employees are given opportunities to work on different projects and receive training to deepen their skills. Whether a recent graduate or a seasoned manager, our career planning and progression model helps them achieve career goals, enabling our superior leaders to reach the top, and provides a pathway to ownership within the organization. To support this, we offer a well-defined tuition reimbursement program, full-time training and development staff, payment for outside seminars, and a full catalog of in-house training seminars. We firmly believe that our workforce is the key to our success and we are here to help them fully succeed.
  • CASH FOR COMMITMENT: In our industry, professional certifications and licensures demonstrate that our staff are some of the best and brightest in the industry. SSOE covers the cost of training and registration fees for staff to obtain applicable professional certifications and licensures. We also recognize that our employees dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to the process and reward them with up to $2,000 in cash bonuses for their achievement.
  • 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.
  • WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED: SSOE is proud to offer fully paid health insurance for employees and their families. In addition, we offer a wellness program and a dedicated wellness committee who strives to increase awareness of the factors and resources that contribute to an employee's health and wellness. Our wellness program offers annual flu shots, well-being assessments, fruit of the week, gym or Weight Watchers subsidy, discounts on Garmin devices, and an online service with resources on health, fitness, work, well-being, nutrition, financial, team, and coaching challenges. Employees also have the ability to set and track personal goals, join company-wide wellness challenges and earn points to qualify for funds for their medical savings account. Additionally, SSOE provides, 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.
  • WE’RE IN THIS WITH YOU: If you ask our employees what they like most about working for SSOE, you’ll often hear that it “feels like a family”, and we couldn’t agree more. Like family, we want our employees to know they are not alone during their major life events. Reserved for when life happens, SSOE’s special occasion fund allows us to send formal reminders that we care. Most often, these expressions are sent in the form of a check or gift card for a new marriage, personalized blanket for a new baby, flowers during a hospital stay, or a memorial donation in honor of a loved one. Similarly, we know life doesn’t stop because our employees are traveling. To ensure our employees are supported and protected, SSOE offers International SOS- a 24/7 resource on-call, online, and on the ground to help with any medical, security, and logistical questions, concerns, and situations that may arise.


$79,272 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Designer 4 $96,254 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Engineer 4
50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for All full-time employees who elect the fully paid premium option.)
100% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for All full-time employees who elect the fully paid premium option.) 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $4,947 Average Tuition Reimbursement
COO Vince DiPofi has been taking time to visit offices to hear employee ideas on how we can improve the client experience. As part of these visits, Vince has also been promoting employee health and wellness, encouraging staff to join him for a bike ride, walk, or run.


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 (20% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (30% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (98% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Many of our locations offer: Market style vending (either provided through a third party service or by the employee club) Food delivery for purchase in headquarters location: Super Suppers, food vendors set up onsite each week and food trucks during the summer Complimentary fresh fruit each week Chair massages in various locations as a part of employee club offerings. Parental Leave)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 5 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
52 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)7 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

$455,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $45,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Sustainability Committee Chair Leads environmental impact team Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Recycling program


  • Director, Talent Management oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • 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

In honor of Employee Appreciation Day, SSOE management provided a celebratory lunch for employees across the U.S. and around the world. Their daily commitment to the success of our clients is critical to the success of SSOE—and they’re always rising to the occasion.


SSOE hosts dozens of high school students each year during Engineers Week to engage high school and pre-college students in exploring STEM careers.

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?

When reviewing resumes, we are not only looking for experience and employment history, but also accomplishments noted throughout their career. Cost savings, innovative design solutions, leveraging of technology, and growing business through account relationships are all things that would stick out to us. We also like to see applicants who are actively engaged in their professional and local communities.

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

We have a shortage of architectural and electrical engineering talent throughout the company. In addition to our recruitment efforts to secure the architectural and electrical talent we need, we are also looking for strong Project Managers, Project Directors, and BIM / 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

120 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 10% Job Growth
23 Average applicants per opening 7,035 Total job applicants
7% New hires by employee referrals 8% Openings filled by current employees
23 Recent graduates hired 12% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
10% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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