Working at Ayres means working for clients who are happy with their consultant and confident about their projects.
"Designing roundabouts to solve clients' complex intersection issues is very rewarding for me. While working on a project, I know that I'm offering an intersection control solution that will potentially save lives, as well as provide improved traffic operations."
"People ask me why I came out of retirement to work at Ayres. One thing that I noticed quite profoundly is it's a very family-like atmosphere. I also enjoy the chance to mentor the younger engineers, and there's a breadth of different types of projects to work on."
"I have really enjoyed working for Ayres. I like the size of the company, and I like the sharing of information and open communication. It's very much a family atmosphere. I also enjoy getting to work on a variety of projects."
"The part I like best about working at Ayres is the support you get on a day-to-day basis. Not only is there support from your counterparts at the project level to work through a difficult situation, but support from all company levels. It is like one big family."
"I've worked with great people in multiple offices. We are Ayres Associates in company ownership, in how we interact with each other, and in the way we support our clients by striving to make a positive difference in our world."
"The people who work here are smart, talented, dedicated employee owners who care about each other and their clients. Thanks to our leadership and due to the influence of our founder, I never have to worry that the ethics of the company will be in conflict with my own."
"I chose to work for Ayres because I thought it would be a challenging and rewarding opportunity. It's been much more than that. I've been blessed to work with professionals with industry-recognized expertise who have been generous in sharing their experience."
"I enjoy working with my clients, who I know well, and I enjoy the challenge of working with different clients and understanding their individual needs. And, of course, I value the flexibility of my job that allows me the family time I desire."
"I think one of our greatest assets is the transparency of our actions and operations at all levels. There's also a willingness by the staff to really pitch in and see that the success of the company comes to the front. It's like a big family."
"Almost every day I am reminded of the long-term relationships that have been built over the years with our clients. Being able to foster and grow those relationships while providing top-notch technical services with a talented team is immensely fulfilling for me."
"I have spent most of my career at Ayres Associates because I continue to be presented with challenges and growth opportunities. Interacting on a daily basis with professional and courteous staff makes it very easy to come to work every day."
"Ayres Associates allows me to balance my family life needs with my professional needs. I am afforded a flexible schedule where I can succeed both personally and professionally. These needs are supported and understood by upper management."
"I love my job! My happiness comes from being respected and working for a company that cares about its employees, vendors, and clients. This is a company that does its best to 'do things right.' The work we do is important, and I'm proud to contribute to our success."
"I've worked at Ayres more years than I would like to admit. The best part of working here is the challenge of solving problems and collaborating with fellow workers to find the best solution for our clients. I feel like everyone's ideas, including mine, are valued and respected."
"I really enjoy the people I work with and for at Ayres. I think Ayres has a lot of really talented and dedicated staff. I also like that Ayres is employee-owned because I feel that I really know what is going on with the firm."
"Working on dams provides me with challenging work since each dam has its own unique characteristics. I enjoy interacting with dam owners to not only help them with their project but also learn from them and their experiences in the operation of the dam."
"Ayres provides me an intellectually challenging and diverse project environment for water resources engineering. I've been part of teams extending the state of practice in bridge hydraulic design, scour analysis, scour countermeasure design, and river rehabilitation and restoration."
"With Ayres being an employee-owned company, there is a focus on both the employee's professional needs and life outside of work. Tools and resources are provided to allow the employee to grow and succeed, but an emphasis is also placed on life away from the office."
"One of the most satisfying things about working at Ayres is building lifelong relationships with colleagues, regulatory staff, and clients. It is a family environment, where we work hard, have fun, and go out of our way to be good stewards to the environment and communities we live in."
"Ayres is just a good place to work. The company values me and my efforts as a project manager to make projects and the company successful. Everyone is conscientious and committed toward a common goal. Projects challenge me professionally and push me to improve."
"I think the thing I've enjoyed the most about my career at Ayres Associates is getting to know a diverse clientele and being able to work with them to solve their problems, whether it's a technical engineering issue or simply navigating the agency approval process on their behalf."
"I enjoy working for Ayres because of the opportunities and freedom I have been given. I have been allowed to grow and learn and adapt to my professional interests and personal life. I also find my job interesting as it is always changing with different challenges presenting themselves."
"At Ayres I feel a sincere, company-wide focus on building long-term relationships with our clients. These relationships are based on professional integrity, creativity, and a willingness to take the time to understand and address the complexities of each client's situation."
"The variety of projects the municipal group works on can be complex and challenging, keeping my job exciting. The challenges each new project brings keeps me learning on a daily basis. On top of the interesting projects we work on, the staff in my office are fun and entertaining."
"I've gotten to know people in most of the offices, and I really believe that caring is a distinctive hallmark of this company. Caring about each other, caring about clients as friends, and caring deeply about the effects of our projects on the communities we serve."
"I like the work atmosphere, as I enjoy the people that I work with. Everyone pulls together to help meet project deadlines and resolve any issues that arise. I like the fact that Ayres has built a very good reputation with our clients and within the communities where we are located."
"At this stage in my life, I treasure flex time and less travel on weekends. I value opportunities to accept responsibility to design complex structures with public safety implications, interact with clients, teach classes to younger engineers, and participate in professional societies."
"From my first day, my peers and managing staff made me feel as though I had been with the firm a long time and included me in the activities and culture. The level of excellence that everyone seeks to achieve is contagious and elevates my own expectations and performance."
"I really enjoy working in the Ayres Associates survey group. The wide variety of projects keeps things interesting and challenging. Ayres provides its staff with the latest techniques and technologies, which allows us to be more efficient."
"Ayres provides a team environment I enjoy working in. Clients are offered a range of services, and I have resources to draw from for additional expertise. This provides a collaborative atmosphere, which is satisfying to me and provides better services to our clients."
"The thing I enjoy most about working at Ayres is the quality of people, both personally and professionally, that I get to work with inside the company. It's a great feeling to work on a team with people I respect and trust."
"One of Ayres' greatest assets is its deep bench of experts in nearly all aspects of a design project. I've been able to bring professionals from around the firm to meetings with clients to help answer their most complicated questions. It shows clients we can help them with their toughest problems."
"It's always great being able to help a client out above and beyond what they expect. Once we have a relationship formed, it's wonderful to just keep finding them opportunities to advance their goals and of course keep us challenged at the same time."
"As an engineer at Ayres, I am able to be directly involved in a project, from embracing the vision of a client to turning the vision into lines on paper and finally assisting in construction management to see the project become a concrete and steel reality."
"Over 19 years ago, when I was working at Resource Consultants and Engineers, we merged with Ayres Associates. The history and culture of Ayres Associates have turned out to be a perfect fit for my professional areas of expertise as well as my career aspirations."
"Ayres offers a laid-back culture that allows for professional and personal development, and it provides employees the freedom to develop and implement creative solutions. It's great to work with other people that care about their company and are doing an excellent job for our clients."
"I am excited to come to work at Ayres because of the diversity of projects, both civil and environmental in nature. I have been able to work on everything from a sidewalk design to a wastewater treatment plant upgrade, and that was a major draw for me."
"Seeing Ayres from the outside, it was always apparent how well respected Ayres is in our industry, not only from a client/consultant perspective but also in the leadership and support they give to grassroots efforts and to the organizations to which they belong."
"I am proud to say I work at Ayres Associates. I enjoy the opportunities to work within the many different groups on unique and challenging projects. Ayres' strong reputation has been carried forth since I was a kid looking up to Ayres Associates."
"Despite being at Ayres for more than 23 years, it feels at times like I started just yesterday. I've been offered so many opportunities and love working here for more reasons than I can count. I've never had a day that I didn't want to come to work because of my job."
"The camaraderie is great at Ayres, and there is a fun atmosphere even through intense project delivery work. I enjoy the variety of projects and pursuits. There are always unique challenges, and observing the creativity of my co-workers in handling them is always refreshing."
"We get things done and make a difference in people's daily lives. As a traffic engineer, I can get a problem, like with traffic signal timing, on one day and then in a matter of days develop a solution and then put it out at an intersection and see how well it works."
"What I've really come to appreciate at Ayres is the level of leadership and decision-making that exists at all levels. When it comes to steering the ship, the VPs and managers do a great job of consulting with the appropriate discipline experts to reach a conclusion everyone can stand behind."
"I enjoy the flexibility that I have been afforded to be able to combine both office and field work, which makes my job more enjoyable and has given me the opportunity to use the most technically advanced land surveying equipment available."
"I have lived in Eau Claire a long time, previously working for the City. During that time, I observed that Ayres had a positive impact on the community, from their work with the YMCA to their ongoing support throughout our community."
"I enjoy the people I work with and the fact that it is a more relaxed work environment than what I've seen or heard from at other companies. Ayres also seems to be a well-respected company with many clients."
"Ayres Associates has allowed me to expand my knowledge and develop as an architect and project manager. The company also provides opportunities to give back and is supportive in assisting you to provide growth to your community and causes that you support."
"Every day at Ayres is unique. When I pull into the parking lot each morning, I have no idea what is waiting for me inside this office. When there are challenges to work through, I know that there will always be a great team around me to lean on."
"I enjoy working at Ayres Associates because of the family-friendly atmosphere and flexibility. My position offers me challenging types of work. I feel I make a difference in my community by designing local and statewide projects."
"I enjoy being an architect at Ayres Associates because I am able to work on some interesting projects that really make a difference in our communities, and I work with a great group of co-workers and clients."
"Ayres is a project-manager-oriented company. To each PM, that can mean something different, but for me it puts the importance of clients, projects, and staffing in the hands of the project managers. That provides challenges, a lot of responsibility, but can be incredibly rewarding."
What does Ayres do? Provide superb project managers who stretch dollars, solve problems, and focus on building long-term relationships with clients and respect among regulators. Play the video to see what our kids think we do.
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