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DOWL Overview

Anchorage, AK
201 to 500 employees
1962
Company - Private
Business Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
For over 50 years, it has been the quality of our people that defines the DOWL difference.

Our staff of dedicated professionals consistently exceeds our client's expectations, and has enabled us to develop into one of the ... Read more

Mission: DOWL provides a wide range of civil and structural engineering and related services, including facility site planning and design; the design of roadways, highways, airfields, and trail systems; bridges and structures; water, sewer and storm drain systems; environmental ... Read more

Company Updates

  • On August 19th, DOWL partook in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 23,424 sf Public Safety Building in the town of Queen Creek caps off about 2 years of effort for the Tempe Office. This design-build project also included a new fire station, dedicated a few months ago, in addition to the Public Safety Building. The community was invited to attend and free festivities included the sheriff’s office providing free child ID’s, K9 demo, tours of the new building, photo booth, and a dunk tank manned by sheriff’s deputies. DOWL provided all civil design for this project, including site grading, drainage, and utilities, roadway improvements, left-turn lane improvements, and emergency signals. The project team was led by CORE Construction and Perlman Architects, one of Tempe’s main clients. We currently have 4 additional fire stations in various states of design and construction with the same team.

  • Three years ago, DOWL pledged $125,000 to support two children's hospitals. The pledge was for annual payments of $12,500 to each hospital for five years. DOWL Anchorage Office Manager, Bradley Melocik was pleased to present a demonstration check to the Providence Foundation in Anchorage for DOWL's 2017 support. We are proud to help the Providence Foundation and the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation in Billings, Montana in their mission to serve our community's youngest cancer patients.

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DOWL – Why Work For Us?


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WHO WE ARE

DOWL is a multi-disciplined consulting firm owned by senior managers from within the company. We have provided civil engineering and related services for more than 50 years. DOWL maintains in-house expertise in Environmental and Land Development, Water/Water Resources, Transportation, Civil Engineering and Geo-Construction.

DOWL is over 450 employees strong and has a solid western U.S. regional presence with 25 offices spread throughout Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

SAFETY

At DOWL an outstanding safety and health record is paramount. This means strict regulatory compliance and developing our own best practices to enhance our performance. The core elements of our successful safety and health strategies are:

  • Leadership at the top
  • Confidence on the part of all employees
  • Creating and implementing a safety and health management system
  • Monitoring performance regularly
  • Ownership of safety and health by all employees
  • Accountability at all levels of our organization
  • Open sharing of knowledge and information


SAFETY RECORD

DOWL's EMR and incident rate continues to be low - and in the safety business that's a good thing. However, until there are zero incidents, we'll never be satisfied. That's why we continually work to improve our health and safety program.


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FOR DOWL, IT ALL COMES DOWN TO PEOPLE, AND WE HAVE THE BEST.

If you are looking for an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to start a career and to enjoy a challenge, consider joining the DOWL team of over 450 professionals in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Finding qualified personnel through affiliations in the business and educational communities, we regularly expand to meet seasonal and project schedules.


DOWL offers career opportunities in the following employment categories:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Transportation/Traffic Engineers
  • Water Resources Professionals
  • Planners
  • Landscape Architects
  • Environmental Specialists
  • AutoCAD® Technicians
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professionals
  • Materials Testing Technicians
  • Construction Inspectors
  • Land Surveyors, Licensed Surveyors, Crew Chiefs, Crew Members
  • Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Accounting Professionals
  • Information Technology Professionals



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HEALTH BENEFITS
  • Medical/Rx Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
 
OTHER BENEFITS
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid personal leave
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Wellness activities
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Reimbursement for certifications and professional licensure
  • Support for participation in continuing education such as workshops, seminars, and conferences
  • Lunch and learn programs
  • Paid professional association memberships
 
RETIREMENT
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings and Investment Plan
  • Discretionary 401(k) employer matching contributions
  • Discretionary 401(k) employer contributions, even if you don't contribute
  • Continuation of health benefits after you retire

DOWL's Committed to Giving Back to the Community

DOWL managers and employees commit time and money to organizations that make the communities we live in better places. Some of DOWL’s community philanthropy includes a match of employee’s United Way donations 50 cents on the dollar, major gifts to two children’s hospitals and contributions of time and/or money to food banks, homeless and women’s shelters, street and park clean-up, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, rotaries, economic development organizations, and much more. In addition, engineering services have been donated and/or fees greatly reduced to projects at children’s camps, humane societies, low-cost housing projects, and food banks.   

 

DOWL is committed to providing opportunities for youth in our communities. Our employees donate time to assist with Math Counts, robotics competitions, and other STEM programs for students. DOWL is a supporter of various universities through their engineering programs. 


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On October 20th, 2015 the Helena office worked with the local Habitat for Humanity in an effort to clean up their ReStore site after an arson incident.

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At DOWL we understand that our valued employees have full lives – families to love, adventures to have, and service to give to the community. Our administrative leave policy gives you the flexibility and freedom to enjoy your life in and out of work.


What is administrative leave?

Administrative leave is a way of tracking time away from work during the workweek. Administrative leave is used for holidays, vacation, illness, or other personal leave. No longer will you have to differentiate between vacation, sick, or personal leave.


Who uses administrative leave?
Salaried employees at DOWL use administrative leave.


Why administrative leave?
We respect the professionalism of our staff and work in an environment of trust.
When you join DOWL, we will ask you to work diligently. As a professional, there are times when you’ll need to work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Our staff works an average 44-hour workweek. Each of us has different ways to refresh. Some employees may choose to take a three-week vacation after working long hours. Some would prefer to take a day off here and there. It’s up to you. This system benefits DOWL employees by allowing flexibility and fostering autonomy; this also benefits the company.

• We do not need to track or monitor leave, reducing overhead costs.
• We do not carry leave as a liability. If you separate from the company, you will not be reimbursed for leave you did not use. So use it!
• We attract a self-motivated team.


How does this all work?
When you join DOWL, you and your supervisor will develop a goal for how many hours you will work each year. Consider the following when you want to use administrative leave.

• Check your worked-hours goal. Are you on track? If not, do you have a plan to meet that goal?
• Make sure your leave does not impact deadlines. For instance, a deliverable due the day you return is generally a bad idea. Plan deadlines before or well after leave whenever possible.
• Coordinate your leave with your coworkers so they know you will not be available to assist with projects.
• Designate someone to make decisions on your projects in your absence.
• Coordinate leave with your supervisor.
We understand that despite the best planning, deadlines shift. We also understand it is difficult to schedule a bout of the flu or your child’s track meet. We simply ask you to manage what you can, and adapt as needed to
unplanned events.


When do I use administrative leave?
Salaried employees use administrative leave whenever they have worked less than 40 hours in a workweek.

For instance, let’s say you had to attend a public meeting on Tuesday night and worked 11 hours that day. You decide you’d like to take Friday afternoon off. By noon on Friday you’ve worked 39 hours, so you would take one (1) hour of administrative leave to bring your time sheet to 40 hours.

As another example, you may want to take a workweek off to travel to a family reunion or you plan to spend time away from the office on July 4th. Those days would be accounted for on your time sheet using administrative leave.


Where do I record administrative leave?
Administrative leave is recorded on your time sheet. As a salaried employee, it’s the only leave you ever need.


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    I have been working at DOWL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is full of go getters that are constantly looking for ways to keep ahead of the competition and to their best for their clients.

    Cons

    Internal expectations are high, as they should be. Folks are expected to be utilized, and looking for opportunities including new projects and new clients.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the course of charting new waters. The company has grown from Alaska, to the Pacific Northwest. This diversification of practice areas and geography has allowed many new opportunities for our clients and our employees.

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DOWL Photos

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DOWL photo of: CAW Winning Project of 2016
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DOWL Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at DOWL (Billings, MT) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I got calls from two different parties to introduce themselves and get to know me. They told me about the company and the available position. They allowed me to ask any questions I had and asked about my experiences and school.

    Interview Questions

    • What was my favorite class in college and how does that apply to what I am seeking for in a job.   Answer Question
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DOWL Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Seattle Business Magazine, 2016

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