Almost every engineer has already thought about the possibility of working for one of the largest and most renowned engineering companies in the world. Those that employ professionals all over the globe and have incredible, and most of the time unbelievably, massive revenues, which allow them to keep growing. In today’s episode of the Civil Engineering Academy Podcast, Isaac walks us through the top 10 engineering companies in the world, going from the USA all the way to Germany, in addition to mentioning some of the honorable mentions of engineering firms in the US.
If you are a civil engineer already working in the field or someone just fresh out of college, this episode will give you some insights regarding the many possibilities within the field by showing you how the field of engineering can be not only profitable but also rewarding from a professional standpoint, when you get the chance to work for these massive companies contributing to the many of the remarkable projects these companies are part of.
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Isaac Oakeson: What's up, everybody. All right, let's dive right into it. So today we're talking about the top 10 engineering companies to -- Well, not work for, but the top 10 civil engineering companies in the world. Maybe that's another episode. But these are just massive companies that made massive amounts of money and have massive amounts of employees. So it's kind of fun to learn about. We're going international on some of these. I doubt you've heard some of these names, but maybe you have. But it's always fun to look outside of the box and talk about these. So, let's dive right into this today. And, so, the number 10 company is a company called Laing O'Rourke, and that is a United Kingdom company. They made about $3 billion in 2018 and they have about 13,000 employees. So it's a massive company. They've you know, acquired other companies to get this big, it's kind of how they have grown. But it was previously known as R. O'rourke and Son, and they kept buying another company. And so anyway, you know, here we are. So, this is a large company. They do a lot of different projects and definitely one that has an international flair to it. So something that you might want to check out sometime. So, that company was actually established in 1978, like I said, it is headquartered in the United Kingdom. It is a private civil engineering company, with the owner Ray as the chairman of the establishment there. So, pretty crazy, pretty big company, and one of the big players out there in the United Kingdom and in Europe.
Isaac Oakeson: The next company is called the Royal BAM Group. Now this group is also massive. The company was founded by a guy named Adam Van Der Wal and back in 1869. So, they've got over 20,000 employees. They're an international company that does work all over the place. You know, I'm just navigating their website right now. You've got their home office in the Netherlands. They're dealing stuff with Africa and the Americas, Asia or Australia, the middle East and Gulf States, other areas as well. Their profit bounces between, like four to ten billion. And I'm sure with COVID that, you know, it might be taken a dive, like everyone else's. But, it's a huge company. And so, they deal with all things civil engineering and definitely one to check out. So, 20,000 employees is massive. The money they bring in is massive and the projects that they work on are massive. So,you know, if that's of any interest to you, you can check out BAM. Or if you want to look at a career, you can go to bamcareers.com and check them out.
Isaac Oakeson: All right, let's talk about our next one. The next company is one that you probably are familiar with, or at least have heard about. And that is called the Kiewit Corporation. I know. Actually, when I was going to school, Kiewit hired a few people from school, they were always one of the top paying companies for those engineers that just got out of school and definitely a good company to go and check out. But Kiewit, it's a private company. It was established in 1884, it is always ranked pretty high as one of the best civil engineering companies in the United States to work for. It's actually headquartered in Nebraska in the US, and it was founded by a guy named Peter Kiewit. So, it's a large company the revenue it brought in was about $9 billion at the end of 2018. So, you know, I don't know what the date is more recent than that. And they also have about 20,000 employees. So lot of employees and they're doing a lot of work. So, it's one of North America's actually largest and most respected construction engineering organizations. So, it's a large company and they have a lot of subsidiaries too. Most of these large companies do, even if they are international. A lot of these companies have subsidiaries that work, you know, in the United States or whatnot. So, there is still a way to work for some of these large companies without having to leave the United States and still work for them. But, Kiewit is here in the United States, where I'm at, and, yeah. So, they have subsidiaries, though, in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and they offer all kinds of services. Construction, engineering, all kinds of stuff. Dealing with transportation, oil, gas, chemical, power, building, water and wastewater, industrial and mining. In my own employment, I work a lot with Kiewit, actually, in the power industry. So, they are in there and a lot of times they are known for their transportation. I feel like that's kind of what their bread and butter is, but they're a massive company. Definitely one to check out if you're interested to gain a lot of experience and work for one of the top companies to work for. If you go check out, actually, Forbes, it's listed here that it was listed as number 43 as America's largest private companies in 2019. It was listed as number 91 as America's best employers in 2019. So, they got a lot of good things going for them. So, definitely go check them out if, you know, if you're in the market. So, Kiewit.
Isaac Oakeson: All right. Next up is a huge, huge company. And it's based out of France and I'm probably going to slaughter the title of this, but we're going to give it a shot. That company is called the Bouygues company, B O U Y G U E S. Bouygues company. These guys brought in almost $12 billion. It's a construction company, mainly, out of France, founded in 1956 with the CEO being Martin Bouygues. This company has over 130,000 employees. And -- Sorry, I lied to you. The sales that brought in was $42 billion. Huge company. So the Bouygues provides construction for buildings, civil, energy, property, roads, you know, coal. All that good stuff. It does also commercial highway and residential construction, mobile telecommunication as well. An International company, okay? It's headquartered in Paris, France, and definitely a company we're checking out. If I navigate to their website, they've got over 65 years of experience. It's grown, you know, along the way. And it is still based in France, obviously, but just massive company. They deal with building, public works, energy concessions. All kinds of stuff. So another massive company that continues to grow. I'm sure COVID is probably taking a toll with them, but still another massive company.
Isaac Oakeson: Okay. Let's dive into our next company, which is called Balfour Beatty. Hope I said that, right. Wow. Balfour Beatty. That's B A L F O U R B E T T Y. This is a huge public company. It was established back in 1909 by George Balfour and a guy named Andrew Beatty, B E A T T Y. It's in London. It's in the UK. So, that's where the headquarters is. And it brings in a lot of money. There's about 36,000 people that work for that company. And, again, one of these massive companies that does international work. It's an infrastructure-services company. It operates across the, you know, all kinds of services as well with civil engineering. They also deal with mechanical and electrical engineering. So, if you fall into any engineering category, you could check out this company. But they deal a lot with professional services, construction services, support services, infrastructure, investments, all of that good stuff. They're, again, a big company. The revenue was somewhere around $11 billion and a lot of employees. So, you know, they've had a lot of acquisitions, which all these companies do, as they keep growing. It's just the nature of it. But you know, in terms of America, again, I'm looking at just a Forbes ranking here, but it was listed as number 46 as America's best midsize employers in 2019. Again, this is a company that's international that you could still find a home here in the US and still work for one of these massive companies. So, that is Balfour Beatty, B A L F O U R and then B E T T Y. Go check them out.
Isaac Oakeson: Okay. Next up is a company called American Bridge. So obviously, that's pretty straightforward I think, right? American Bridge, another good company to work for. Let's look at this guy. So, it's headquartered in Pennsylvania USA. Michael Flowers is the president of the company. It was founded back in 1900, actually when JP Morgan led a consolidation of 28 of the largest US steel fabricators and constructors. They consolidated them all and came up with this companies. So, you know, the roots are actually founded late 1860s with some of the original companies but their first steel bridge was laid in over the Mississippi River. And, it's actually in 1902, the company became a subsidiary of United States Seals. So, still, wow. So, another cool companyMaybe if I could look at a little more on here. You know, obviously the name implies that they deal with building bridges, but they also deal with other large complex structures as well. The firm has definitely built many bridges in the US and elsewhere. So, they've also helped with a lot of other stuff, like the Willis tower, the Empire State Building Chrysler Building, all kinds of launch pads, resorts, and more. So, they dealt with a lot. It made 328 million in revenue and they actually are -- You know, they have 500 employees. So definitely on the smaller edge of what we're talking about when we're talking to other companies that have 130,000 employees. So, this is a company that has about 500 employees. And, if you want to go check them out, go check out americanbridge.net, and that's the American Bridge company. So, another big company. Good company to check out.
Isaac Oakeson: All right. Next up is a German company. They have subsidiaries as well. And I'm going to slaughter this name because I don't speak German. And that's the Hochtief company. H O C H T I E F. And it's one of the biggest construction companies. It was built in 1874. It is headquartered in Germany. You know, they do similar services, project management, construction services, facility stuff like that. And, again, another large company in the civil engineering world. Now, a reason why they are so big is because one of their subsidiaries is actually Turner and Turner is based out of New York. So that was started by Henry C. Turner, but they are owned by this German company, Hochtief, which I'm sure I'm slaughtering. But if you go to turnerconstruction.com, you can go read more about Turner. Turner's a huge company. And, you know, the latest figures I have is that they made $10 billion in revenue and they have over 5,000 employees. So, it's a company that's in New York. It's Turner. Turner Construction. Big New York company. Definitely one to go check out, but that is a subsidiary of that company, which I cannot pronounce. So we'll just leave it at that.
Isaac Oakeson: All right. Next up is a company called Bechtel, which is a huge company. They made revenues of about $26 billion. Founded in 1898in the United States. The chairman is Brendan Bechtel. So, a big company. Employs about 55,000 employees. And, again, made almost $26 billion in sales. So big, big company. This company was actually founded in 1898. Bechtel's a global engineering company, a construction and project management company. Works on projects all from civil stuff, power, telecommunications, working with government agencies. All of that stuff. It's actually a fifth generation of the family to run the company. So, it has stayed in the family this whole time. Some of their most notable projects, those working on the Hoover Dam, the Channel Tunnel, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and this company is actually headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and again, 55,000 people in nearly 50 countries. And it was actually ranked number 14, as America's largest private equity companies in 2019. And one of the America's best employers by state. So, a big company, good company definitely one to check out if you're in the hunt for a job. Again, another one of these massive firms, and that is Bechtel. So, definitely go check them out.
Isaac Oakeson: Our next large large engineering firm is called Grupo ACS. This is a construction engineering company that was founded in 1942 in Spain. Big, big company. It employs over 190,000 employees and made sales of already four or over $43 billion. Wow! That's a lot of money. So, they obviously specialize in civil work and they operate through similar segments. Construction, industrial servicesall of those things. You know, residential and nonresidential buildings, all kinds of stuff that they deal with. They're also involved in the installation and maintenance of energy and the energy sector, communication sector, control systems. They are all over the place andthey're a massive company. So, the company was again, founded in 1942 andthe corporate unit segment includedcorporate activity that was undertaken by ACS. So, one of these things where companies, you know, by others and keep merging and moving up. And so this is a very large company. Definitely go check them out. It's called Grupo ACS and that is located in Spain. And that might be worth seeing what they got here in the US. I haven't done that, but one of these very, very large engineering companies.
Isaac Oakeson: All right. The last big large company on our list is called DaVinci company, named for the famously Leonardo DaVinci. This company is huge. Just massive company, again. They've been working for a while. They have over 192,000 employees, employed throughout the world. They are located in France. They were founded in 1910, and they make sale of close to 40 -- I mean, $55 billion. So, huge company. They're in the design, the building, finance and management of facilities for transportation systems, public and private buildings, urban development, water, energy, all kinds of stuff. Contracting you name it, they do it. Basically is what's going on here. Just a huge company that does a lot of work everywhere in the world and kind of a fun name, DaVinci Group. So, the company was founded by a guy named Alexander Giros, G I R O S, and another guy named Louis Loucheur, in 1899. And it's headquartered in France. So, this is the biggest company that we have found on our list, and that's called DaVinci group. Again, huge company, making $55 billion and has over 192,000 employees. So huge, huge company.
Isaac Oakeson: Guys, I hope you enjoyed that list. There are some notables that I didn't bring up, there's probably more. But I thought I should give some honorable mentions because these are also located here in the United States and definitely places you could go check out if you're interested inOne of them is AECOMthat employees over 87,000 employees. So pretty big companyobviously, and making a lot of money. So, their net income was almost, you know, $350 million. Their revenue in 2017 was $18 billion. So not a small company. So AECOM is a good mention. Another good mention is Stantec. Another good company. They've got about 22,000 employees, and you can find them pretty much anywhere. But Stantec's a pretty good-sized company as well. Another good company -- You know, I could go on and on. Another one that kind of popped up is Parsons Brinckerhoff which is another engineering company. Approximately 14,000 worldwide employees, but another good company check out.
Isaac Oakeson: So, those are some honorable mentions. This was a fun list to kind of look at and develop and review with you. Kind of an international flair on what's out there in terms of the civil engineering world, and definitely opened my eyes to what's out there as well. So, hopefully you learned something new today. I know I did in this episode, and maybe it peaked your interest into actually looking at some of these companies and seeing what they offer or if they even have positions up in places close to you. So, what do you guys think? Have you ever heard of these companies? Are there companies you wish I mentioned that I didn't? Shoot me an email, [email protected] and let me know. I would love to hear your opinion about it. I'd also love to know where you work. What do you do? Where are you working? Do you like it? Do you not like it? Those kinds of things are fun to hear about, you know? To get your own story on where you're at in your journey in this civil engineering world.
Isaac Oakeson: Guys, this was fun to be with you. Hopefully, like I said, you learned something new. If anything, it was a fun entertainment. So, I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you, like I said, need to contact me for any reason, including studying for your exams, feel free to email me or go check out our website, civilengineeringacademy.com. All right, guys, we're going to wrap this up and I will see you in the next episode. Bye.
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