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MSA Professional Services, Inc. Overview

Baraboo, WI
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
MSA’s roots reach back to the 1930s. Once a rural land survey company, our firm now consists of more than 350 engineers, architects, planners, funding experts, surveyors, GIS experts, landscape architects and environmental scientists. MSA excels at helping clients ... Read more

Mission: We recently held various focus groups made up of employees—each having the opportunity to provide input and direction for our purpose statement.

MSA enables people to positively impact the lives of ... Read more

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MSA Professional Services, Inc. – Why Work For Us?

As a full-service, employee owned consulting firm, MSA Professional Services (MSA) is all about creating communities that work. We partner with clients to help solve today’s complex and multi-faceted infrastructure challenges and improve the quality of neighborhoods. Our focus is to enable people to positively impact the lives of others by providing exceptional professional services that build strong communities where we live, work and play.

MSA’s roots reach back to the 1930s. Once a rural land survey company, our firm now consists of more than 350 engineers, architects, planners, funding experts, surveyors, GIS experts, landscape architects and environmental scientists. MSA excels at helping clients identify grant and funding sources and then delivering high quality, cost-effective solutions. Based in 16 offices across six states, our technical teams collaborate to assist communities throughout the United States.

MSA supports many larger cities and agencies, but remains committed to understanding and serving the needs of small and rural communities. Our portfolio rang­es from complex projects for governmental agencies and large municipalities to more straightforward infrastructure projects in unincorporated rural townships. MSA knows what it takes to build and improve—both large and small communities.

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MSA employees have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects from start to finish—from bike trails to interstate highways and wastewater plants, while working collaboratively with co-workers and clients to create innovative and sustainable solutions.


  • Commercial
  • Education facilities
  • Municipal buildings
  • Recreation facilities
  • Student housing


  • Agricultural
  • Municipal infrastructure
  • Park & Recreation Facilities
  • Potable Water
  • Storm water
  • Transportation
  • Wastewater


  • Brownfields
  • Site remediation & restorations
  • Waste management
  • Wetland & natural resource preservation


  • Capital improvement planning
  • Grant administration
  • Grant procurement
  • Municipal finance
  • Tax incremental financing


  • Comprehensive planning
  • Downtown revitalization
  • Economic development
  • Park & rec planning
  • Neighborhood & corridor planning
  • Transportation planning


  • Construction staking
  • Geographic information systems
  • Land title surveys
  • Right of way platting
  • Topographic surveys

You are one-of-a-kind—and so is MSA Professional Services. Together, we can positively impact the lives of others.

MSA is about more than just a job. It’s a career. We ensure the development of each employee, while providing a work/life balance with flexibility and comp time. As a firm large enough to have resources and experts, we still remain small enough to create a close-knit team.

  • Flexibility.
  • Work/life balance.
  • Hands-on projects from start to finish.
  • Ability to work on local projects that impact your very own community.
  • Employee-owned.
  • We help you find your career passion even if it was not in your original job description.
  • President/CEO and leadership team easily accessible and listens to input.

MSA is proud to support each team member’s career through guidance, mentoring and training. We support and allow you to find your true passions—even if it’s not in your original job description. MSA team members receive the following benefits:

  • 2 medical plan options
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program and incentives
  • Paid time off and comp time arrangements
  • 8 paid holidays
  • Support and encouragement for staff to participate and volunteer in community events and STEM outreach with local schools
  • Opportunity for leadership opportunities in technical internal groups
  • Company provided life insurance
  • 100% company paid short and long-term disability
  • Health club membership reimbursement
  • Computer and exercise purpose programs
  • Support of membership in professional organizations
  • Paid time for leadership roles in professional organizations
  • Reimbursement for professional licenses and certifications
  • Company provided exam study materials
  • Continuing education and professional development opportunities
  • Access to thousands of courses through MSA Online powered by Red Vector
  • Discounted employee apparel





Because most of us spend more hours at work than anywhere else, MSA keeps our people and culture at the forefront of everything we do. There are a lot of reasons our employees love where they work, so we’ll let them tell you…

  Terri Velk, Engineer in Madison

“MSA has a comfortable and laid-back work environment and allows me to maintain a healthy work-life balance. They understand the importance of this and the benefit to employee productivity. MSA also employs people with a diverse set of talents, which results in an array of resources.

I love that I am able to work on an array of projects with different clients every day. There is an element of surprise that comes with our industry, which keeps work exciting. When we serve a community we represent and defend their best interests, we are positively impacting the communities we serve.”    

Greg Gunderson, Team Leader in Madison

“MSA has allowed me to pursue my passion. They’ve given me the opportunity to take the training and development courses that put me where I am today as a Team Leader. Whether it be technical or management training, MSA has made it happen.

MSA also provides time and location flexibility that my young family needs. With the technology made available, I can work remotely, which provides significant flexibility in the hours I keep in the office.”

 Sarah Fosbinder, Project Engineer in Dubuque

“I have been with MSA for more than 10 years, which is a testament in itself to the flexible, caring culture they provide and the employees who continue to uphold it. MSA’s workplace is one that fosters relationships and truly gives priority to its employees. We genuinely care about one another on a personal level and that directly transfers to our work responsibilities; we refuse to let each other down. Because MSA is an employee-owned company where information is openly and willingly shared with employees, everyone has a personal stake in the company, creating a sense of camaraderie. The leadership at MSA is communicative and keeps employees frequently engaged to provide feedback used to continually strive to be the best place to work.

At MSA, I get to work with communities to find solutions to their drinking water and wastewater challenges. Whenever I can help make life easier for someone else, that is a good day! I enjoy helping make projects more affordable for communities by evaluating funding alternatives and assisting with grant applications. Ultimately, I love that my work positively impacts communities by improving water quality, whether it be drinking water or the quality of water in their neighborhood creeks and rivers. That is important! Nothing can thrive without clean water, and that idea is what makes my work truly fulfilling.”    

Raine Garder, Project Engineer in Baraboo

“I got into engineering because I grew up in a family of problem solvers. I love solving problems daily. My passion is designing and constructing roads, utility systems and other infrastructure. Every field of engineering impacts society in all that we see, do, touch and use.

MSA allows me to pursue my passions, especially within park/recreational type projects, where I’ve had the opportunity to create a division that not only resulted in my own personal growth, but also contributed to our company as a whole.”   

MSA Professional Services, Inc. Reviews

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  • "Great employee-owned company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Marshfield, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Marshfield, WI
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at MSA Professional Services, Inc. full-time (Less than a year)


    A company that hires good hardworking people. Very helpful in putting you in a position to succeed.


    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Stay engaged with all employees.

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MSA Professional Services, Inc. Photos

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MSA Professional Services, Inc. Interviews



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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Marshfield, WI
    Accepted Offer
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    Easy Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at MSA Professional Services, Inc. (Marshfield, WI) in January 2017.


    Interviewed with project leader, team leader, and division leader. They asked my prior experience and what I would do in my new job. They also asked where I was from and what I like to do in my free time. They just wanted to get a feel for who I was personally and professionally.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your favorite class in college?   1 Answer
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MSA Professional Services, Inc. Awards & Accolades

  • Best Firm to Work For, Zweig Group, 2017
  • Engineering Excellence Award, ACEC Iowa, 2016
  • 2016 Public Works Project of the Year Award-Transportation, APWA Wisconsin, 2016
  • Small Cities/Rural Communities Project of the Year, APWA Wisconsin, 2016
  • Best Firm To Work For, Zweig Group, 2015
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