At KCI, we’re building an enduring company that provides unparalleled value to our employee-owners. We make our mark designing and delivering our world-class solutions, so we invest deeply in developing our team. We reward integrity and commitment, and when we do well, you do well. Our people have freedom to innovate, unlimited growth, a voice that matters, a lifestyle that works, and skin in the game. Because life’s more fun when you own it.
The atmosphere is open and relaxed, yet challenging and professional. Our employee-owners understand they have a vested interest in the decisions that shape the company’s strategic and business plans, financial system, retirement plans, benefit packages, training opportunities, stock valuations, and the distribution of wealth and profits. Leadership and technical training, industry involvement and community stewardship are critical elements of the firm’s professional development programs.
Open communication is also a key component of the firm’s management style. The company shares financial, operational and strategic information with employees through a host of communications channels, including an informal open-door policy. Video conference town hall meetings led by President and CEO Nathan Beil are held each month. At the meetings, Financials are presented, project accolades and awards are announced, and news and upcoming events are discussed. Employees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the exchange. In addition, at least six meetings include presentations from employees about particular discipline, service or innovation—offering a platform to share their skills, services and accomplishments.
Employees are involved at every level of management, beginning with a Companywide Employee Committee that meets monthly to provide a forum to develop, evaluate and recommend employee ideas to upper management. An elected employee representative serves a two-year term on both the corporate board of directors and as chair of the CEC. A second employee is elected for a two-year term on the ESOP board of trustees.
Being a part of a great company enables KCI employees to work on award-winning, high-visibility projects, making us a firm of choice for engineers, planners, scientists, construction managers, and administrative professionals. The company’s strong work ethic has enhanced our bottom line and, in turn, the value of employee stock. Since becoming employee-owned in 1988, our stock has grown more than 5,000%.