career development

DES is committed to the professional growth of every employee and establishes an individual Career Development Plan for all employees. Each employee receives an annual career development stipend complete with paid training hours. A program has been designed specifically for professional licensing which we refer to as “Licensing Track”. The company provides study resources, support, motivation, training and mock exam testing for the employees, as well as reimbursement for fees and a licensing bonus.

Also incorporated in the Career Development program are project site visits, vendor presentation lunches, lessons learned seminars/events and design charettes.

health & wellness

We take health and wellness very seriously. Our Fitness Factor program was established in 2003 and we use a seasonal approach by introducing a schedule of activities each quarter. We believe that fitness is comprised of five basic areas: physical, financial, emotional, sustainable and community. We also provide employees with a monthly fitness stipend.

work/life balance

We encourage our employees to establish a healthy work/life balance. We offer flexible hours to accommodate individual needs. We also support both corporate and\ individual volunteerism with a “give back” philosophy.

Our Little Things program is designed to provide assistance and help to relieve stress in our employee’s personal lives, offering services such as valet dry cleaning, commuter programs, health fairs and rental car discounts.

benefits

DES pays 100% of employee benefit premiums to assure that our staff is well taken care of and offers a wide range of benefits including three medical, dental and vision options, life insurance, short/long term disability coverage, flexible spending account, employee assistance program, 401k and profit sharing, vacation, sick leave and paid holidays.

workplace awards

2015
• American Heart Association: Fit Friendly Company, Platinum

2014
• AIA San Mateo County: Outstanding Firm Service
• American Heart Association: Fit Friendly Company, Platinum
• American Heart Association: Fit Friendly Company, Innovation

2013
• San Francisco Business Times/San Jose Business Journal: #1 Healthiest Employer in Med-size Firm Category

2012
• San Francisco Business Times/San Jose Business Journal: #1 Healthiest Employer in Med-size Firm Category
• American Heart Association: Fit Friendly Company, Platinum

“At DES, the senior leaders invest time and resources helping you grow professionally — and personally. With their support, I feel like I have tools to achieve my goals and make a difference in the world." Enoc Lira, DES Structural Department