Small Firms, Big Advantages

by Laurie A. Shuster, Managing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 10, Pg. 84-86

Document Type: Feature article


Engineering companies with 50 or fewer employees make up the bulk of the profession, yet they rarely receive the attention that larger, better-known firms do. Owners say that's fine with them–they derive their satisfaction from being able to work closely with clients and offer the personalized service that only a modest-sized firm can. Employees of small firms find themselves in far greater control of their own projects, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Company officials say they can't always offer all the benefits or technology of larger firms, but they can be more flexible, in terms of hours, distribution of work and meeting clients' real needs. The work, they say, is immensely rewarding.

Subject Headings: Employees | Engineering firms | Owners | Client relationships

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