The SSOE Experience

The SSOE Experience is the combination of our Value Promise and Great Client Service that results in trusted relationships.

Value Promise

The quest to deliver value drives every decision we make. SSOE returned 111% of our fee to clients in the form of project savings over the last 3 years.

Great Client Service

It’s our commitment and our culture — here’s our proof:

  • 150 of our clients have been with us for more than 20 years, and we’re still finding new ways to impress them.
  • 93% of our clients surveyed would recommend SSOE to their clients.
  • We’ve saved our clients over $794 million since we began documenting in 2009.

Our mission

Making clients successful by saving them time, trouble, and money.

Our vision

World-class people, delivering world-class projects, for world-class clients.

We are the Global Project Delivery company that others aspire to imitate:

  • Safety-always culture.
  • Continuous efficiency improvements / innovation.
  • Prominence in our markets.
  • Career growth opportunities.
  • Employee prosperity.
  • Diversity of thought.
  • Growth in strategic areas.
  • Competitive advantage.
  • Adding the greatest client value and environmental sustainability.

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Why join SSOE Group?

If you’re interested in a dynamic career with a healthy, growing firm, you’ve come to the right place. SSOE is a global leader in the AEC industry. Combine that with a culture recognized as one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” and you’ll discover why employees are proud to be on our team.


For more than 65 years we’ve continued to succeed in an industry of constant change. One testament to our culture—150 clients who have chosen to work with us for over 20 years. Though we’ve doubled in size over the past decade, we’ve taken a business-minded approach to our growth—focusing on diversity of geography, services, and markets served to ensure we weather any economic storm.

Unmatched opportunities for growth

We offer clearly defined paths to the top. Our focus on staff development prepares employees to take on the opportunities associated with worldwide growth and expanding project delivery models. We reward our team members who rise to the occasion by providing accelerated career advancement, access to global project experience, and an ownership structure that allows for a broader base of ownership than typically seen in our industry.

Culture of Excellence

Our dynamic professionals will tell you every project they work on is different and exciting. Spend your day on the cutting edge of R&D, bringing well-known products to market, and helping clients expand globally. Our ISO certification includes processes that ensure a quality output, and more importantly clients who are happy—in fact 93% of those surveyed would recommend SSOE to a colleague. SSOE professionals were published in more than 50 industry publications last year—so you can be certain you’ll be working with the top talent in the industry.

Technology that works for you, not against you

SSOE has a full time group dedicated to innovation. This not only ensures access to the latest technologies, but also that mature technologies such as BIM are tailored for your needs, fully supported, optimized, and intelligently integrated into project delivery.

To read more about what makes SSOE a great place to work, check out the awards we’ve received.

Equal Opportunity & Disability Accessibility Statement

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SSOE provides great benefits and resources to our employees

Online health enhancement programs

Free lifestyle coaches focused on smoking cessation and weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, stress, and fitness management

Free disease management coaches focused on asthma, diabetes, coronary artery disease, congestive obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic kidney disease

Free counseling services including relationship, stress management, career development, and financial planning

Professional licenses and certifications

Discounts on recreation and travel

Employee clubs

Employee, family, and holiday events

Gym membership subsidy

Fruit of the week – fresh fruits and vegetables supplied once a week in employee lunch rooms

Smoking cessation program
Profit sharing

401(k) plans with company matching program

Spot bonuses

Team awards

Incentive based bonuses

Employee referral bonus

Flexible benefits package

Choice of two health insurance plans

Dental and vision insurance

Life insurance

Long-term and short-term disability

Long-term care insurance


Generous PTO – buy, sell, or donate

Flexible pre-tax spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses

College savings / 529 plan payroll deduction

Tuition reimbursement

An extensive training and development program

Business-casual dress

Health screenings and assessments
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Join a winning team

SSOE has added 10 new locations in the past two years alone and we’re looking to fill positions across the globe. That means we’re offering attractive compensation packages, and once you’re on board full time, you’ll share in the success through our industry-leading benefits, profit-sharing, and 401(k) matching program available to all full time employees.

Step into the future

In our industry, technology is the tool that allows our employees’ brilliance to shine. Thats why 100% of all new SSOE projects are designed using 3D technology and we are industry leaders in the field of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) project delivery. We’re inviting you along for the ride. We love eager learners and have a program in place to train you.

Never stop learning (without homework)

We understand that any investment in our employees is an investment in our company. We have full-time training and development staff dedicated to providing you with the tools and knowledge you need to propel your future.

Our culture

At SSOE we are growth driven, high energy, and embrace employees with an entrepreneurial spirit. If you enjoy working hard and playing hard, SSOE is the place for you!

But what's in it for me?

Bragging rights!!! The opportunity to tell your friends and family that you helped design a world class facility or process for some of the most admired companies in the world. And in return, SSOE provides scholarship opportunities for co-ops and interns and as you continue your career at SSOE tuition reimbursement for full-time employees, industry-leading benefits, profit-sharing, and eventually more opportunities for ownership than almost any firm our size.

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At SSOE, you can take your career so much further with the help of our Training and Development initiatives. SSOE offers a well-defined tuition reimbursement program, a full-time training and development staff, payment for outside seminars, and a full catalog of in-house training seminars. Here’s just a sample of the in-house courses we offer, many of which qualify for CEUs and PDHs:

Career enrichment

Basic financial accounting
Career development workshop
Communication for professionals
Delegating for results
Developing your negotiation skills
Employment law for managers
New manager training
Presentation skills
Project management basics
Risk management
Stress management
Technical rotation program
Time management

Training programs

Getting Results
This program targets select employees and provides a roadmap for leadership and professional development. After a two-day seminar, groups of five individuals are formed and given an assignment involving an actual SSOE business problem or opportunity that the group must research and solve. After the group project is presented to senior management, the participants continue to meet for regular coaching sessions. This program takes a full year to complete.

Business Building by Design
This program is designed for those employees who participate in or have an impact on business development activities. Various sessions cover relationship building, sales strategy, the sales process, and proposal strategies. In addition to the individual sessions, a two-day conference is periodically hosted for all business development employees to network and share ideas.

Professional Roundtable Series
There are a number of roundtable sessions that are offered on a regular monthly or bi-monthly schedule. The sessions share lessons learned, review best practices, and gain insight form guest speakers and subject matter experts. Examples include: Department Manager Roundtable, Project Manager Roundtable, Women in Leadership Roundtable.

Computer training series

Basic AutoCAD
Basic MicroStation
MicroStation 3D (various disciplines)
AutoCAD 3D (various disciplines)
Smart P&ID
Microsoft Office Products

Webinars, audio conferences, and lunch & learns

A/E/C industry trends
Benefits and wellness
Business development
Great client service
Discipline specific topics
Engineering ethics
Management tips
Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel tips
Retirement planning

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Ohio Distinguished Employer – Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA)

Recognizes exceptional commitment to providing learning and employment opportunities for co-ops. The award takes into account the quality of work assignments as well as the special assistance and opportunities provided to co-op (full-time) students and the institutions they represent. SSOE was nominated by Vicki Kuntz, Director, Engineering Career Management Center at The University of Toledo. Click here to read more.

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

Despite high stress and anxiety levels that often accompany uncertain economic conditions, SSOE Group has managed to help its employees in living less stressful lives. In an awards ceremony, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) named SSOE one of four psychologically healthy workplaces. In order to be considered for this award, an application must be submitted to the OPA and a panel of OPA members must conduct a site visit. The workplace is evaluated on five areas: employee involvement, employee growth and development, health and safety, employee recognition and work-life balance.

Winner of Middle Tennessee's Healthiest Employers, Nashville Business Journal (Large Company: 500-1,499 employees)

Nashville Business Journal honored 20 finalists, who had to have an office in Middle Tennessee. The finalists were broken down into five categories, based on size, with one winner named in each category based on overall score. The companies were judged based on wellness programs for employees. Criteria included cultural commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, programming and intervention and reporting and analysis

Named 'Hot Firm' by ZweigWhite

SSOE has been named one of the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms by management consulting and research firm ZweigWhite in its annual ranking, The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List. SSOE has made the list in multiple years.

The list features architecture, engineering, and environmental firms that have outperformed the economy and their competitors in terms of growth and profitability. It considers firms in both the U.S. and Canada.

Parent Friendly Workplace Award

The Parent Friendly Workplace Award recognizes a company/organization that is supportive of family obligations and is a great place to work. Employees need flexibility to make decisions in the best interest of their families while meeting their employment responsibilities. This award honors employers who understand and allow that flexibility.

At SSOE, work-life balance is a key value and is one of the factors contributing to our impressive retention rate. An important aspect of attracting and retaining the best people is offering them what they want and need from an employer.

HR Award for Excellence

SSOE is proud to announce that once again we have been honored for our outstanding Human Resources program in the form of the 2008 Human Resources Award for Excellence from the University of Toledo and the Toledo Area Human Resources Association. This award was presented based on SSOE’s outstanding recruitment program as well as our clear career progression track, industry leading 401(k) and profit sharing plans, flexible benefits program, wellness program and training and development program all resulting in an impressive retention rate. Click here to read more.

Best AEC Firm to Work For

Building Design + Construction Magazine named SSOE a “Best AEC Firm to Work For.” This honor is given to the top nine Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms in the nation and is a valuable third-party endorsement of our efforts as we compete to attract and retain top talent to our firm in a tight architecture and engineering labor market.

The award was based on SSOE’s holistic approach to the “total employment value proposition” we offer employees including:

A creative benefits program based on flexible credits that can be applied to design an individualized package that reflects each employee’s need. This credit-based system includes the ability to buy and sell vacation time, apply unused credits toward additional life insurance or long-term care insurance, and participate in a choice of three distinct health insurance plans.

Programs that enhance work-life balance including free access to counseling services and lifestyle and disease management coaches through third party suppliers.

Our training and development program includes in- and out-of-house training as well as tuition reimbursement programs for higher education. Click here to read the full article.

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