Fast on the heels of being named one of Iowa’s Coolest Places to Work, we were honored to hear from industry trend watchers ZweigWhite that OPN had landed on their list of ‘Best Firms to Work For.’ Every year, ZweigWhite goes looking for the best of the best of architectural and engineering firms. The ‘Best Firms to Work For’ award recognizes outstanding architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels.
ZweigWhite evaluated firms comprehensively on their culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – both from the management and staff’s perspectives.More than sixty firms from across the country applied for the architecture firm award. Twelve companies were short-listed for special recognition. Of these, OPN earned the number eight spot. The winners were announced and celebrated at the ‘Best Firms To Work For’ Conference at The Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, on June 20-21, 2013.
So what makes OPN special?
We think it’s the alchemy that comes from mixing a diverse group of people in an open, collaborative environment and giving them the tools they need to succeed. Life at OPN is characterized by true team work and looking for new ways of approaching traditional problems. OPN designers are energetic, creative and collaborative by nature and our studio environment reflects their spirit. As a firm, we work deliberately to be an employer of choice. This means offering great benefits, profit sharing and celebrating our successes together. In addition, regular lunches, wellness challenges, athletic leagues, parties and retreats keep our team in sync. The result is that we’re a great place to work. We know it, but it’s nice to see that other people are taking notice, too.