Davenport Engineering, Inc. strongly encourages each employee to advance in their career. We have developed a job profiles matrix that describes each employee’s current level in terms of several criteria. These criteria include: task responsibilities, subject matter knowledge, technical skills, company and client expectations, organizational and project goals, and expected deliverables that need to be met. The matrix also highlights what the next steps are and what metrics are needed in order for an employee to advance to the next level. The job profile matrix was designed primarily to guide employees in achieving their career goals.
In addition, we have the tools in place to assist employees as they climb the career ladder. Each member of our staff undergoes a comprehensive annual review with the Principal Engineers to measure performance, to discuss strengths and areas for improvement, as well as to set short and long term goals. There are also quarterly reviews in place to ensure that milestones are reached and roadblocks are overcome. Lastly, employees regularly receive feedback throughout the year before, during and after projects.
Davenport Engineering, Inc. also recognizes the value of continued learning and training on the job. Our junior engineers have the opportunity to work on projects under the mentorship of more senior staff. In addition, our senior engineers are often asked to provide peer reviews and provide input on a variety of new projects. This allows our staff to learn both vertically and laterally. As a group, there are regular meetings and brown bags where staff members discuss environmental topics, new and emerging regulations, industry specific news and updates from government agencies. Individual training plans are also in place to determine which external meetings, training programs, seminars, workshops and conferences, staff should attend to benefit their development and the organization’s needs.
At Davenport Engineering, we maintain strong professional and ethical standards. we work hard, yet at the same time we maintain a flexible and open culture. We have an open door policy in place where each employee has the opportunity to be heard. We also engage in activities such as company outings, and team-building events to foster a unique sense of professional camaraderie.