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Join Our Team And Become An Employee-Owner

W.E. O’Neil has been a proud employee-owned company since 1994, and we were thrilled to become 100% employee-owned in 2020. Employee-ownership fits because it reflects our values. Learn more about working here and check out our open positions:
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100%
Stock is owned by our employees
3
Years until fully vested
$0
Amount our employee-owners pay for this benefit

What Does It Mean To Be “Employee-Owned”?

Just what it says—the employees own W.E. O’Neil. All of it. 100%. Every non-union, full-time employee and many part-time employees have a direct path to ownership at no cost to them.

Employee ownership is a different way of doing business, where all employees’ interests are directly aligned with the company: we are all 100% accountable and 100% invested. This creates a powerful dynamic that benefits our people, our clients, and our work.

The Ownership Advantage

As an employee-owner, you contribute your ideas, effort, and teamwork. Your work, combined with the work of your fellow employee-owners, drives company performance.

This increases the value of our business, which flows back to you as an owner in the form of share values and ultimately dollars in the bank.

Here’s how it works: each year as an owner, you receive a distribution of shares. You don’t pay for these shares; you earn them with your ideas, effort, and teamwork. As we grow and become more successful, our share price increases, which means your shares will be worth more and more.

What is an ESOP?

An ESOP is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, the structure through which O’Neil is employee-owned.

Technically, an ESOP is a retirement plan, similar to a 401(k). However, unlike a 401(k):

  • Your account balance is tied to the share value of your company, not external securities.
  • You pay nothing for your shares. W.E. O’Neil makes all the contributions to your ESOP account.
  • The value of your ESOP is transferred to you when you retire or leave the company.

As a 100% employee-owned company, we all are creating our own wealth. That is incredibly exciting! It makes you want to work harder to increase the share price, and we have that money set aside for retirement. For our clients, it means we care and are committed to success for their project.

Stephanie Cotey
Senior Director of Project Services

We all prosper directly from working together. Our culture and clients benefit as well through a more engaged, enthusiastic team that often creates fun experiences while delivering our projects.

Chris Cable
Senior Preconstruction Estimator

Employee-ownership makes me more invested in the outcome of every project. It makes me want to represent our company to our clients in a good light. It also makes me feel more confident in speaking up with concerns, because I have a right to.

Grace Lahrs
Assistant Superintendent

Employee-ownership creates the kind of accountability that makes you learn from each other, and train others. We actively work on facilitating processes, and we share best practices—even across offices nationally—to ensure the success of the company, our projects, and each other.

Janet Perez
Project Manager

As an employee-owner, you understand that your decisions and actions today inform your own personal financial success in the future.

Kevin Mraz
Director of Special Projects

Being an employee-owner means my opinion matters. It makes us all work harder because we care MORE about the end results. It also means I’m not working for a big, faceless organization. I am working for ME and this team. It means that I get to see my hard work pay off personally.

Melissa Phillips
Project Manager

Being an employee-owner means two key things to me: transparency and accountability. We have full visibility into the performance of the company, and we deliver on our commitments. Our collective efforts combine to create our collective success. We need and support each other.

Lance Hornaday
Director of Self-Perform

Being an employee-owner, we have a personal commitment to see everyone succeed as a team. There is value when your team members have an open and honest line of communication while contributing to their teammates, company, and themselves as an employee-owner.

Britta Elder
Admin. / Human Resource Manager

Meet Our Employee-Owners

Stephanie Cotey
Senior Director of Project Services
Chris Cable
Senior Preconstruction Estimator
Grace Lahrs
Assistant Superintendent
Janet Perez
Project Manager
Kevin Mraz
Director of Special Projects
Melissa Phillips
Project Manager
Lance Hornaday
Director of Self-Perform
Britta Elder
Admin. / Human Resource Manager

Ever wanted to own a company?

Join our team and become a fellow employee-owner. Employee ownership is a different way of doing business: we are all 100% accountable and 100% invested. This creates a powerful dynamic that benefits our people, our clients, and our work.

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