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Jones|Carter Overview

Bellaire, TX
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Jones| Carter is an award-winning, full-service civil engineering, planning, surveying, and professional consulting firm assisting public and private sector clients in design, development, implementation, and execution of infrastructure projects. For over 40 years, we have ... Read more

Mission: Our core purpose is to enhance lives through engineering excellence.

Jones|Carter – Why Work For Us?

Jones | Carter One Company. Unlimited Potential.

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 success is based on yours

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); Katy (2014); and Fort Worth (2018).

Uncommon depth and breadth of expertise

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 9 offices across Texas, we have organized our firm around 9 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.

A multi-collaborative approach

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. 

Jones | Carter One Company. Unlimited Potential.

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.

One house, many doors

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. 

Jones | Carter One Company. Unlimited Potential.


To enhance lives through engineering excellence!

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. 

Unlimited Opportunity: Campus Recruiting

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. 

Unlimited Opportunity: Experienced Professionals

Experienced Professionals

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. 

Jones|Carter Reviews

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    Awesome culture, great people, fantastic leadership, inspiring opportunities. It's an exciting time to be here!


    None - the company has actively and openly worked to address issues and continuously improve.

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    Keep doing what you're doing.

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Jones|Carter Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces, Houston Chronicle, 2017
  • Ranked in the top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Houston, Houston Business Journal, 2017
  • Houston Fast 100, Houston Business Journal, 2016
  • Zweig Group Hot Firm, Best Firms, and Marketing Excellence, Zweig Group, 2016
  • ENR Top 500 Design Firms #174, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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