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Sukut Construction Makes List of Top Places to Work in Orange County

Wed December 16, 2009 - West Edition
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A new survey shows Sukut Construction Inc. has maintained a position as one of the top places to work in Orange County for the past decade.

The latest results recently released by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) corroborates the findings of similar surveys in 2000 and 2008, which recognized Sukut as a leader in employee satisfaction, or, as the OCBJ’s headline suggests, a “Workers’ Paradise.”

Sukut took the No. 8 spot in the large company category of the OCBJ survey, which took nearly a year to complete and was conducted by an independent workplace research firm, Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa., using a proprietary scoring system. According to the OCBJ, three-fourths of a company’s score was based on employee questionnaires and one-fourth on company-provided information about benefits, policies and practices.

“It’s reassuring to get such a vote of satisfaction from Sukut employees,” said Sukut CEO/President Michael Crawford. “We strive to make sure Sukut maintains a safe, developmentally nurturing, challenging and enjoyable environment.

The competition was open to all companies with at least 15 employees and a one-year track record. Of the 100 companies that participated, only about 40 scored high enough to make the list.

The OCBJ reported that the listed companies generally provided generous benefits and perks, employee development opportunities and worker flexibility and independence. Stock ownership, profit sharing, matching retirement contributions and performance evaluations also are common at these companies. The largest companies generally were noted for opportunities for employees to cross-train to prepare for promotions and to take on new tasks when other business was slow.

Bracketing the first decade of the 21st century, Sukut was honored in 2000 by the OC Metro as one of the five best places to work in Orange County. Again in 2008, the Orange County Register reported that Sukut was one of the top companies nationwide to work for based on employee surveys.

Sukut Construction is California’s largest mass excavation and grading contractor and has moved more than a billion cubic yards of earth. It is ranked within the top 500 largest contractors in the nation. Its projects range from highway construction to residential grading to wastewater management systems. Projects include the construction of four, 60-acre wastewater treatment ponds holding more than 1 billion gallons for the Los Angeles Sanitation District and a seismic retrofit of the San Pablo Dam for the East Bay Municipal Water District. It also is charged with site development for a section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and is widening a 1.3-mi. segment of State Route 76 in Fallbrook and straightening its alignment.

Sukut, which turned 40 this year, is headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., with offices in Oceanside, Los Angeles, and Riverside, Calif.

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