Hollis Gentry and Shawn Buckholder, McCarthy Building Cos. Inc.

Hollis Gentry and Shawn Buckholder, McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. Photo by Bob Thompson/Fotowerks

1. McCarthy Building Cos. Inc.

Top local executive: Robert Betz, Executive Vice President

Address: 9275 Sky Park Court,, Suite 200, San Diego 92123

What they do: General contractor focused on health care, education, commercial and parking structures.

When people go to work for McCarthy Building Cos., they stick around.

“We’ve got a lot of people who stay with us for a very long time,” said Paul King, vice president of business development. “They understand the value of being here.”

With a nationwide workforce of 1,950 and a San Diego staff of 61, McCarthy Building Cos. was rated No. 1 by The San Diego Business Journal in the Best Places to Work Large Employer category (250 to 1,999 employees).

McCarthy Building Cos. has been employee-owned since 2002, and it’s that sense of ownership which King said is largely responsible for the high level of satisfaction among people who work at the company.

“We value each other as partners,” King said. “We have outstanding training programs and well thought-out and developed career paths well-identified and explained to staff members of all types.”

When someone starts work at McCarthy, regardless of their position, they’re sent to the company headquarters in St. Louis for orientation to learn about the company’s culture and meet others in the company, King said.

That culture includes an emphasis on achieving a work/life balance.

McCarthy Building Cos. has been named a Best Place to Work in multiple markets and was named one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers magazine.

“Good people are hard to find. We have a lot of great people that work for us. We want to make sure people are healthy and happy so they stay with us as a career,” King said. “Being a partner with folks, they’re more than just another employee.”

Toward that end, the company offers stress management workshops and “lunch-and-learn” classes on a variety of topics with the company providing free lunch for those who attend.

Many workers also have organized afternoon group walks to promote healthy living.

The company also sponsors birthday burrito Wednesdays, beer and wine happy hours after training sessions and project wins, chili cook-offs and frozen turkey bowling.

“It goes to the family feel, the family environment that we have here,” King said.

Hollis Gentry and Shawn Burkholder reflected on the company winning the honor.

Said Gentry: “This award is a great testament to McCarthy’s strong employee-focused core values of ‘Genuine,’ ‘We, Not I,’ and ‘All In.’  We live these values every day.  The Best Place to Work award makes me proud and honored to be a Partner at McCarthy Building Companies Inc.”