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SAM Companies Overview

Austin, TX
501 to 1000 employees
1994
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
We’re more than a drone-flying, data collecting, technology- thriving company; we’re SAM, a creative, strategic, energetic bunch that works to build relationships both internally and externally. With over 25 years in business, we still operate through a ... Read more

Mission: To enhance and often change the way our clients and partners experience design and construction support through our innovative technology solutions, exceptional leadership and world class employees, while growing the business with the same honesty and integrity upon which it was ... Read more

Company Updates

  • SAM is pleased to announce we have acquired JMC Professional Surveying and Mapping, LLC (JMC). With offices in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, JMC has provided a full range of surveying services across the southeast U.S. for more than a decade. The acquisition is SAM's fourth in three years and supports our strategic expansion across the U.S. See the full story at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMLmx

    SAM Announces Acquisition of JMC Professional Surveying and Mapping, LLC

    SAM Companies, a leading provider of geospatial solutions and construction phase services in North America, is pleased to announce it has completed the acquisition of JMC Professional Surveying and Mapping, LLC (JMC). With offices in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, JMC has provided a full range of surveying services across the southeast U.S.

  • SAM is pleased to announce we have been named a 2019 Top Workplace for our Austin and Houston office locations. This is the eighth straight year our Austin office has received this recognition. Rankings are based solely on employee feedback, and we are honored to be recognized in this way by our employee team. If you’re looking for a career in the AEC industry, SAM offers the most advanced technology in our field, a generous benefit package, professional growth supported by a robust learning and development program, and, well, a Top Workplace! Continue to our website to learn how to join our team: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMDdl

    Learn more about our Top Workplace recognition here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMDdc

    SAM Ranks Two Offices As Top Workplaces for 2019

    SAM Companies are pleased to acknowledge that we have been named a 2019 Top Workplace for our Austin and Houston office locations. For 2019, the SAM Austin office ranked 14 in the category for midsize employers published by the the Austin American-Statesman.

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SAM Companies – Why Work With Us?


Come on in and have a seat! We’re glad you’re here. At SAM, we strive to foster an environment that supports a healthy work/life balance.  We take care of our folks, and we work to ensure they feel motivated and appreciated every day. We give high-fives for a job well-done through our You Earned It! (YEI) platform and we plan and prepare for future success through our Learning and Development program.  We take pride in the work we do, and we overcome obstacles through collaboration and teamwork. It’s important to us that our employees are celebrated for their hard-work, so we make it a point to host team outings, Halloween Extravaganzas and family picnics. If you’re a fan of breakfast tacos or Chick-fil- A lunches---we’ve got you covered there, too.  We’re excited to grow our business, but we’re even more excited to bring new talent to the table. We look forward to learning more about your goals and your interest in becoming a part of our SAM family.



Voted Best Place to Work by Austin American Statesman for the 7th consecutive year, SAM is home to over 1,000, talented employees. We believe company culture is not defined by a few individuals but by each and every person that works here at SAM.  With 30 offices nationwide, we’re in a bright position to expand our service lines and increase our client base. Most importantly, we work to mentor and develop our employees’ ambition by investing in their professional growth. Every one of our employees plays an integral role in the success of our firm. We make SAM a GREAT place to work, but it all starts with YOU!

Our five core values are the backbone of our company; a foundation that remains unchanged. They are our guiding principles on how we conduct business and our daily interactions.

SAM Core Values

  • Integrity and Ethics
  • People
  • Excellence in Service
  • Safety
  • Community


At SAM, we understand that strong teams are built on a foundation of diverse, human collaboration. We are committed to promoting and supporting a culture where the best outcomes are derived from the strength of multi-talented people working together for a common goal. The future success of our company is enriched by the multiplicity of voices, backgrounds, and cultures that are reflected in our communities.

SAM is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance to apply for a posted position, please contact (512) 685-3556 to leave a message or send an e-mail to careers@sam.biz. SAM also participates in the federal E-Verify Program.

Veteran’s Program

Hiring veterans is how SAM honors military service. We value the skills, experience, and leadership they bring to the job and appreciate their commitment to success. SAM Companies currently employs more than 100 Veterans, and we actively welcome qualified candidates from all branches of service. We know Veterans are looking for more than a job — they are looking for a career, with opportunities nationwide for growth and training to extend their potential. We have a culture of appreciation for veterans and are fully committed to helping them succeed in their professional lives.

Community is a Core Value that establishes the foundation of who we are as an organization.  Our company understands that with success comes responsibility — and there's no place where that matters more than in our communities. Through our employees, stewardship is woven into the fabric of SAM, and we embrace the individual passions they bring to the company.

SAM has partnered with many organizations over the years. Some of which include Boy Scouts of America, Foster Angels of Central Texas, Operation Blue Santa and the Wounded Warrior Project. SAM has implemented a Matching Donation Program which provides employees an opportunity to donate to a not -for-profit organization of their choice, and SAM will match up to $200 per employee per year. 

Additionally, we promote the importance of service time donations and encourage our employees to volunteer during a Company sponsored event or with a foundation of their choice.  In 2018, our employees supported over 100 organizations through more than 1,870 volunteer hours. 

Together, we are building better places to live, work and grow.

Looking for a challenging career working with industry leaders and using the most modern surveying and mapping technology?  You’re in luck, because your next opportunity starts here!

SAM is comprised of talented individuals from diverse backgrounds that are leading the way in the geospatial and construction phase service industry. Whether you are looking for an internship or a career, our positions are challenging, rewarding and provide tremendous growth opportunities.

With the implementation of our Learning and Development (L&D) program, we offer employees an educational experience to build their career and establish themselves as knowledgeable experts in our industry. L&D training is designed to prepare our organization for everyday growth as we continue to expand our service line and geographic presence. Therefore, as we develop, we want you to advance in your skill-set, too. Our employees’ work-ethic is steadfast, and we aim to provide the tools they need to thrive in their careers.

Summer Internship Program

SAM’s Summer Internship Program seeks to recruit, train, and hire the next generation of company leaders, as well as to expand our team of talented staff. We offer internships to qualified students enrolled in Engineering, Surveying, Geography, GIS, or Business-related degree programs. Interns are chosen from across the U.S., and our goal is to provide hands-on experience working with state-of-the-art technology in our industry.

As an intern, you’ll get to work with top experts in surveying, engineering, and business administration, while getting practical experience working on real world projects. We perform high-level work at a fast pace, with office environments that offer numerous perks to ensure you'll have a fun and fulfilling work experience.


SAM Companies Reviews

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    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
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    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are career driven, focused and, take the initiative, the opportunities seem to be limitless. Since being at SAM, the last XX years of my XX-year career have been profound in regards to getting the opportunities one has strived so long for.

    Cons

    Priorities. What company does not have them, however, sometimes those priorities can be misguided.

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SAM Companies Photos

SAM Companies photo of: Florida employees showing support for Ovarian Cancer
SAM Companies photo of: SAM Vapor and Crew working on one of the largest UAS inspection projects in the United States.
SAM Companies photo of: Welcome SAM 2019 Summer Interns!
SAM Companies photo of: Employees Volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
SAM Companies photo of: SAM's Applied Technology Team hosting a training.
SAM Companies photo of: Featured are some of SAM's leadership team with Founder Mr. SAM Hanna at the company's 25th Anniversary Celebration
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SAM Companies Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at SAM Companies (Dallas, TX) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Great Interview had an interview with senior management and mid level manager about skill and what I could bring to the table if hired. I was offered a job on the spot and promised additional duties and responsibility even though my resume specifically stated I had already pasted the level they wanted to hire me at. I was in a dead end job and took the job to prove my worth.

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SAM Companies Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces, Austin American-Statesman, 2018
  • ENR Top 500 Design Firms, Engineering News-Record, 2018
  • Top Workplaces, Austin American-Statesman, 2017
  • ENR Top 500 Design Firms, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2017
  • Top Workplaces, Austin American-Statesman, 2016
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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

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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