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ECC – Why Work For Us?

ECC is an employee-owned business founded in 1985 and recently named a 2013 Top Work Place in the Bay Area by the San Jose Mercury News and affiliated newspapers for the third consecutive year. Our mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and competitive design-build, construction, environmental remediation, energy, munitions response, and international development services to our clients worldwide.

As a Top 100 Defense construction and remediation contractor, ECC has demonstrated the technical and managerial breadth and expertise to complete a variety of large-scale, concurrent projects worldwide. Together with our clients, we’re constructing state-of-the-art facilities for our military, rebuilding war-torn regions, building capacity in underdeveloped nations, remediating the environment, and revitalizing communities after natural disasters.

Awards, commendations, and high industry ratings attest to our continuing success in serving the US Departments of Defense, Interior, State, and Transportation; US Agency for International Development; and other public and private customers worldwide. In relations founded on trust by delivering that to which we commit, ECC is often on the leading edge of innovative contracting opportunities pursued by our clients.

ECC’s mission and core values are engrained into our employees’ personal and professional lives and reinforced through our corporate culture. Our ECC family strives to live out our mission and core values each day.

Our Mission Statement:

We, the employee-owners of ECC, embody the entrepreneurial spirit to realize our dreams and dare to be great.

Vision -We are friendly, professional, capable and trustworthy. The vision of the employee-owners of ECC is to provide safe, high quality and highly-responsive services to our clients, the primary one being the United States government. We principally perform environmental, construction and munitions-related services, but put no limits on the creativity and ability of our people to provide such services as are needed by our clients to succeed in their mission. We proactively align our vision for each project and program with our clients and stakeholders, and work hard to deliver outstanding performance.

Integrity -We attract high-quality individuals who wish to align themselves with a firm that consistently acts with integrity. We are guided by our core values, and constantly seek alignment within our teams and with our clients. We perform each task with personal integrity, and are accountable for all our actions.

Results -We deliver excellence in the areas of safety, quality, cost and schedule, leading to client satisfaction and financial success. We exist to serve our clients and client satisfaction is the engine that drives our sustainability. We build long term relationships with our clients by responding enthusiastically to their needs, solving their problems and delivering outstanding performance on every project. The profit we generate represents a share of the value we add to our clients – it represents a return on investment for our employee-owners and drives our sustainability and prosperity.

Our Core Values: Friendship, People, Safety, Service, and Prosperity

"ECC--Never Compromising Safety,” a tagline created by our employee-owners, is more than a safety slogan to us--it’s a way of life. Safety is a core value at ECC and its importance is reflected through all organizational levels and in all operating standards. We are committed to ensuring a safe environment for employees, subcontractors, clients, and the public. ECC adheres to the strictest safety practices and enforces a “zero-tolerance” policy toward safety hazards. Everyone, from our corporate organization and field teams to our subcontractors, is responsible and accountable for safety.

ECC has been recognized for safety with more than 50 awards and commendations in the past 5 years, including 26 Perfect Record Awards, 6 Million Work Hours Awards, 3 Occupational Excellence Achievement Awards and 9 Milestone Awards from the National Safety Council; 21 client commendation letters; and VPP Star Site designations in Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas, and Guam, including OSHA Region 1’s VPP “Star Among Stars” award for ECC’s work at the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

What is life like working for ECC?

Working with us, you join a family of hardworking professionals that offer innovative solutions to challenging projects. Our employee-owners think outside the box and embody the core values we share as an organization.

ECC Named a Top Employer and Healthiest Workplace

For the third consecutive year, ECC was named a “2013 Top Work Place in the Bay Area” by the San Jose Mercury News and affiliated newspapers. Employees listed workplace category strengths as direction, execution, career, managers, conditions, pay, and benefits. ECC also received second place during the 2013 Best Places to Work in Hawaii, as well as the Editor’s Choice Award for the Healthiest Employers by Hawaii Business Magazine. ECC’s Wellness Program is promoted through awareness, education, action, advocacy, and sustainability. It assists employees and their families in making voluntary, positive health changes that reduce health risks and enhance well-being.

ECC is continually looking for high-caliber professionals in a variety of disciplines:

  • Engineering, Science, Architecture, LEED
  • Construction Management
  • Alternative Energy/Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental, Safety, and Quality/Health and Wellness
  • Program and Project Management and Controls
  • Corporate Communications/Marketing/Business Development/Estimating
  • IT/Web Development
  • Contracts/Facilities
  • Human Resources/Payroll/Accounting and Finance

For more information, visit our career services at

ECC offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and an exceptional work environment. Our benefits include:

Health Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Prescription
  • Life insurance
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Flu shots

Work-Life Benefits

  • Personal time off (between 15-30 days based on service)
  • 10 paid holidays

Wellness Program

  • Personal health coach
  • Wellness activity incentives
  • Nurseline

Financial Benefits

  • ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan)
  • 401(k) plan with deferral matching
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Commuter tax savings program
  • Employee referral bonus program
  • Company-match charitable giving program

Education Benefits

  • Educational assistance
  • Career development
  • Leadership training

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ECC Reviews

43 Reviews
43 Reviews
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Manjiv Vohra
15 Ratings

    Great Company that has survived and thrived in challenging situations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ECC full-time (more than 10 years)


    Great people...many who have been there for 20+ years
    Many clients who are with the firm for 25 years
    30 years in business and 28 profitable years with much of the profit has been passed to the Employee Owners in the form of compensation and stock
    Great Culture of Employee Ownership
    Lots of authority and responsibility delegated to individuals
    Core values are still at the "Core" though the values have always been challenged in times of success and challenge
    Very low turnover in leadership...the people who built the company are mostly still there and still a relatively young
    ECC had the financial strength to weather a couple of tough and lean years, thanks to its people and clients


    A few projects had dramatic losses in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan which impacted everyone
    The company implemented a tougher level of management discipline
    Despite the friendly and collaborative culture the tough times call for tough decisions which are often unpopular
    Most work is for the US Government who has been slow to compensate on claims for the losses above
    The work has always been project based and every project finishes and then you move on to another location
    The business has had very high and low earnings which are not consistent
    US Government funding is much more restricted which drives many of the challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication with the Employees will help them engage and deliver better results
    Get back to the basics which used to form the basis of everything good about ECC
    Too many managers which are still there as the company has right sized itself in other ways
    The world has changed so change with it and don't worry so much about making everyone happy
    Ensure that your leadership team has the heart to communicate all the news, good and bad

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

ECC Interviews

Updated Nov 24, 2014
Updated Nov 24, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    All completed by phone until I arrived in Afghanistan. On boarding process is a phone call and you are off to the races. They did contact my references and former employer. I would suggest having an optimistic attitude and state you are willing to work as hard as needed to get the job done.

    Interview Questions
    • The entire conversation was about work experience and how to fit in with the ECC culture   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

ECC Awards & Accolades

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Most Valuable Employer for Military, Civilian Jobs, 2013
Best Safety Project,, 2013
Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, U.S. Small Business Administration, 2012
Design Build Honor Award, Design Build Institute of America, 2012
Bay Area Top Workplaces, Bay Area Newsgroup, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Burlingame, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1985
Type Company - Private
Industry Construction, Repair & Maintenance
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Competitors KBR, URS Corporation, CH2M HILL

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