Daily Herald’s Number #1 Best Place to Work in Illinois

ARCO/Murray National Construction Company, located in Downers Grove, has continued to grow by having relatively few clients and providing them with turnkey design and construction services on a national basis.

Their collaborative culture integrates experts across all critical disciplines to deliver a single superior solution. They hire only the best from the top schools and make a significant investment in training to keep our staff on the leading edge of industry trends and best practices.

Engagement is important, so they have all=company events that allow all levels to work and play together, like a 3 on 3 basketball, “Minute to Win it,” movie outings, baseball games holiday parties and more.

Q: What makes working at your company special?
A: We give our associates immediate responsibility from day one. In giving our people ownership of their projects from the beginning, they are in the position to make unique contributions to the team and company, positioning themselves as future leaders. We provide rigorous training and have a team of in-house experts to support the business, but ultimately it’s very entrepreneurial. Our people know they control their own future.

Q: What are one or two specific things your company does to promote employee engagement?
A: One of our unique initiatives is a sabbatical program. We give our employees a 30-day paid sabbatical for every five years of service, plus $5,000 bonus to encourage them to travel. We want our people to be able to unplug, explore and spend time with their friends and family – no emails. The entire office is involved in celebrating a sabbatical return and stages an elaborate prank on the person’s office.

Q: Do you have a workplace philosophy?
A: We take our “work hard, play hard” culture seriously. The construction business is demanding: we work hard for our clients and that can mean long hours on occasion. It’s important for us to create a balanced environment that allows our people to have fun and rejuvenate, which is why we have invested in quite a few workplace amenities – from an in-house basketball court and fitness center to a relaxing break room with ping-pong, beer and snacks.

Read more about ARCO/Murray’s first place finish here.