Mission: Our core purpose is to enhance lives through engineering excellence.
Jones|Carter was founded in 1976 when JR (Bob) Jones, PE and Larry Carter envisioned a better way to deliver engineering solutions across Texas. They instilled core values – quality, collaboration, accountability, respect, and ethical behavior – that continue to drive our firm and inspire our people to this day. Our innovative solutions to complex engineering challenges are based in a company culture that “seeks to say yes” and grounded in a 40-year legacy of expertise.
Our mission since day one is simple and true: WE ARE IN BUSINESS TO HELP OUR CLIENTS SUCCEED. With this in mind for every engagement, Jones|Carter has experienced a steady expansion of locations and market practices throughout Texas, and a significant growth in services and resources.By responding directly to meet client needs and a growing economy, we opened offices in Houston (headquarters 1976); Dallas (1996); Austin (2000); The Woodlands (2003); Bryan/College Station, and Rosenberg (2007 through the acquisition of Pledger Kalkomey, Inc.); San Antonio (2007 through the merger with Brown Engineering Company), and Katy (2014).
Jones|Carter is an Engineering News-Record Top 500 National Firm offering full-service engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients. Our depth of services is comprehensive and our knowledge is unmatched in the industry. With over 500 employees in 8 offices across Texas, we have organized our firm around 8 market practices. This allows us to best leverage our resources across the firm, deliver expertise-driven teams, increase responsiveness to your specific needs, and individualize project solutions.
We address major issues that affect us all: water, government infrastructure, municipal and district services, community development, site development, land planning, surveying, and construction services. We take seriously our involvement in creating the foundation for the spaces we, as a society and as communities, live and work.This cross-discipline collaboration brings not only a fresh perspective to every project, but a broader one as well. Our ability to connect that expertise seamlessly is just another layer of value. We are one, unified company offering unlimited possibilities.
We’re a big company that acts like a small boutique firm. We have extensive expertise in a wide range of practice areas spanning concept to completion, and you have our complete and unwavering attention. Whether you need project research, surveying, engineering consultation, or turnkey construction management, we work hard, with uncompromised integrity, to deliver a better product and ensure your success.
Public and private clients alike can benefit from the breadth of our expertise at any of our offices conveniently located throughout the state. We leverage this holistic perspective to deliver the best solutions to your unique challenges.This approach has served Jones|Carter well for 40 years, allowing us to grow strong and steadily into a company that is respected throughout the industry. For those who work here, it is a rewarding professional opportunity with unlimited potential.
Our core purpose, To Enhance Lives through Engineering Excellence, is the reason Jones|Carter exists. This vision has meaning for our employees, our clients, and our communities, and captures the essence of what our firm is and always wants to be. What we do matters a great deal and by delivering our services with distinction, we are holding true to our core purpose.
Our core values – how we conduct our business – resonate deeply within our culture and wholly support Jones|Carter’s core purpose. Quality, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Ethical Behavior drive us to enhance lives through excellence each day. These values provide clarity and guidance to focus our efforts, while remaining true to the fundamental nature of what built this firm for the past 40 years. At the same time, they create a balance between the importance of our employees, our clients, and the communities we serve.
Quality – We pursue excellence in everything we do, such that our clients (internal and external) acknowledge the superior nature of what we do. We strive to deliver quality by delivering projects and solutions on-time, on budget, and in a way that produces unquestionable value without compromising the safety of our employees or the public. We are a learning organization striving for continuous improvement and boldly sharing lessons learned.
Collaboration – We work together to fulfill our core purpose. We value organization success over individual and business unit success. We create an inclusive environment that is conducive to feedback and active participation in problem solving and development efforts. We communicate openly, honestly, respectfully and in a timely and complete manner to make our teams efficient. We are driven to seek the best solutions through high performance teamwork between clients, staff, consultants, and other interested parties.
Accountability– We are committed to being good stewards of the resources that we have been given and covenant to be transparent in our actions. We embrace our personal duty to fulfill our obligations and promises to our clients, colleagues, partners, and the communities in which we operate. We accept responsibility for our actions.
Respect – We believe that it is important to create a positive environment where we can share and debate diverse thoughts and opinions. We recognize that our colleagues, clients, and partners may bring different perspectives to resolving issues and are committed to courteously engaging with each other, even if we disagree. We recognize the contributions of individuals and teams that promote our corporate success. Our behavior is easily recognized by its positive and winning qualities. We believe in treating others better than we wish to be treated.
Ethical Behavior – Our commitment to ethical behavior is uncompromising; we strive to set the standard for our industry. We operate with integrity, honesty, and fairness to promote an environment of trust with our clients, partners, and colleagues. We avoid conflicts between our professional obligations and personal interests and work tirelessly to protect the company’s reputation and image, avoiding any hint of impropriety.
Engineer your path to success…
LEARN… We invest in you. You will be surrounded by the most talented professionals in the industry who will foster your knowledge. You can participate in Jones|Carter University (JCU, a comprehensive training program that promotes your personal aptitude and advance your career). Continuing education is a top priority as evidenced not only in JCU, but our financial assistance program should you choose to continue your formal education. CONTRIBUTE… We value your ideas. We encourage initiative. We want you to grow your professional network, add value to our team, expand our client base, and support our reputation for innovative, smart solutions. ENJOY… At Jones|Carter, we work hard and enjoy what we do, but we also always make fun a priority. We sponsor regular team-building activities, quarterly social functions, annual holiday parties, golf tournaments, and intramural sports teams, as well as give back to the communities in which we live through various service projects.
The best clients. A hands-on, collaborative experience. Opportunities to expand yourself while adding value to our clients and Jones|Carter. Career ownership. Here is your chance to take your career to whatever level you wish, without limits.
I have been working at Jones|Carter full-time (More than 5 years)
We are growing. We have a solid financial forecast for 2016, another record year. Fantastic backlog, fantastic clients, fantastic business development pipeline, and fantastic employees. Our leadership, our integrity, and our honesty towards our employees and client, is and always has been first class. We re-branded a couple years back, re-organized to a Practice Based firm with support services serving all of the practices firm wide. This Practice based organization has allowed employees the opportunity to grow in their careers by moving to another geography to expand a particular Practice. It also allows us to hire highly coveted staff in markets where they live and stand up a department or division around them, if they choose to stay in that market for family or other personal reasons.
Our firm has some of the best benefits in the industry.
401k - 50% match on first 6% of your salary contributed and this match occurs per pay period and we have historically contributed profit sharing after we annually audit and close our books.
Jones & Carter University (JCU) - our training program is second to none. EIT's are trained in courses that take the book smart stuff they learned in school and shows them the best way to deploy it on construction plans!
PE's are able to achieve their required PDH's in house during the lunchtime sessions while eating food provided by the training staff. (Sandwiches to pizza to fajitas)
The four and a half day work week is awesome to be able to get out of town early on Friday's. But make no mistake about it, we like to work and we like to have fun.
After hours stuff:
Bowling, softball, pedal party, MS 150 Bike Ride and in the Houston Market, touring all the local craft breweries (after work)! Oh and a group went to the Escape Room and set a record on escaping (duh, we're Engineers)
The biggest challenge with any Engineering firm in Texas is hiring good people. Another challenge is knowing that firms from across America understand that Texas is a huge growth market for them, thus tightening the labor market even further. TxDOT has told us that 5-7 firms submit quals to them on a weekly basis. These out of state firms are thieves and poachers of staff.
Advice to Management
Go long on the Texas Market.
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Jones|Carter (Baton Rouge, LA) in September 2017.
I talked with Jones/Carter at my campus career fair and immediately received an interview for the next day on campus. Interview lasted about 30 minutes and was one-on-one with an employee in their HR department. The interview was very relaxed and asked some interesting questions mostly geared towards personality. None of the questions were too difficult to answer.