ISG Lands Second-Straight Honor on the Des Moines Register’s Top Places to Work List

Sep 20, 2017

Newly ESOP firm moves up 30 spots while doubling local talent

September 19, 2017 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Des Moines Register recently released its rankings for the 2017 150 Top Places to Work survey results with ISG, a multi-disciplinary Midwest firm with three Iowa offices, moving up 30 spots to land in the top 50 among the small business group. In its second straight feature, the coveted ranking, which is shared with the area’s most reputable and humble companies, comes after a recent office move and expansion in Des Moines’ East Village, and formal shift to an ESOP structure.

“It’s incredible when I look around our local Des Moines office and can witness the tremendous growth that has gone hand-in-hand with the firm’s increase to 250+ professionals,” notes ISG Des Moines Office Leader and Associate Principal, Derek Johnson, PE. “Our office happy hours have extended to include the likes of water/wastewater engineers, landscape architects, planners, water resource specialists, and AV/low voltage and electrical engineers, just to name a few – with an infectious amount of ambition and opportunity on the horizon,” shares Derek.

Administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LCC, ISG received an 88% response rate to the Iowa survey, exceeding the industry average by 13%.

“I think one of the best feedback items from the survey was the fact that 96.8% of Iowa ISG professionals noted they would recommend a career at the firm to a friend,” states ISG Storm Lake and Algona Office Leader and Associate Principal, David Doxtad, PE. “We are all owners now, and already so invested in the Iowa communities we serve and schools that mentor local students, that our growth is truly tied to our talent. Whether it be our drone flying around the State to complement projects or hyper realistic virtual reality walk-throughs, we’ve had the opportunity to add some pretty stellar service offerings to the mix,” notes David.

ISG will formally receive its nationally recognized Zweig Group 2017 Trifecta award (i.e. Hot Firm, Best Places to Work, and Marketing Excellence) later this week in Seattle, Washington, with PSMJ’s 2017 Circle of Excellence award being presented the first week of October in Denver, Colorado.


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