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Careers Contribute to Improving Society

Our team strives to live our values and mission every day. In 1967, an energetic engineer saw opportunity where others saw too much risk and bureaucracy. Our founder, Hem Gupta, stepped into the opportunity and developed an electrical design solution that has become a standard applied to the design and construction of high-rise office buildings to this day. Mr. Gupta’s energy, curiosity, and kindness are embodied in our corporate values of respect everyone, work hard, and play to win while shaping our mission to improve society through the built environment.

Work With Us On Today’s Toughest Problems

How do we make people’s lives better at work? How do we build communities around skyscrapers?

The people who work for ESD love asking these questions, and love finding the answers. We learn from each other and teach each other. We support each other and our clients. We’d love for you to join our team of practical dreamers.

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Why Join Our Team?

Opportunity for sustained career growth. Diverse support from a team of industry leaders. Unique offering of projects showcasing cutting-edge thought leadership and problem-solving. Over 100 perks and benefits. The list goes on…

Hear from our people why they came to ESD… and why they stay!

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The best thing about working for ESD is the opportunity to work on multifaceted projects with a high degree of collaboration.
Justin W. | Senior Project Engineer - Mechanical

ESD is a Certified Great Place to Work!

  • 91% say people at ESD are given a lot of responsibility
  • 90% agree management is honest and ethical in its business practices
  • 88% say they are proud to tell others they work at ESD

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Putting Words into Action

  • See how our work is reducing carbon
  • See how our work is creating healthy buildings
  • See what we are investing in to foster continuous improvement
  • See how we actively seek inclusivity
  • See how we are improving society through the built environment

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A Culture Built on the Foundation of Universal Values and a Future-Oriented Mission

At the forefront of our values is respect everyone. Supported by work hard and play to win. When applied in our daily activities and decisions, these three values are the foundation for fulfilling our mission to improve society through the built environment.

Respect Everyone

As a professional services firm, respecting every person is intentional. We provide training. Our policies are aligned. Our internal groups are supported.

Work Hard

Working hard is multi-dimensional. We depend on each other to deliver value to our clients and partners while creating opportunities for personal and professional fulfillment.

Play to Win

We seek continuous improvement and celebrate innovation. Playing to win embraces ethics and best practices while supporting each other’s, our partner’s, and our client’s success.


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At any given time, there are opportunities to join an ESD supported team to enrich personal and professional growth.


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Professional growth is supported through ongoing leadership training, mentorship programs, and professional licensing support opportunities.


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We actively engage with our clients and partners to affirm the value we offer is respected while seeking to continuously improve.

Supporting Our Team’s Physical, Mental and Financial Health & Wellness

When we feel good, we do great things. ESD’s benefits have been curated to support the personal and professional health and well being of our people.


We offer comprehensive individual, + partner, and family health plans, as well as options to cover vision, dental, and mental health. You can also get your gym membership subsidized. Or start a Health Savings Account (HSA) and begin saving to cover anticipated medical expenses now or after retiring.

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ESD offers a 401k plan with a generous corporate matching contribution, a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to put toward medical and/or transportation expenses, long-term disability plans, tuition reimbursement, and eligibility for a company bonus program.


In addition to generous paid time off/vacation accruals, paid holidays, and paid service day or floating holiday, we also like to have fun together. ESD has a history of supporting company-wide and business unit level events with everything from Trivia Happy Hours, Fruity Fridays, birthday celebrations, summer outings, holiday parties, and more.

Professional Development

At ESD, we encourage and support professional growth with ongoing leadership training, mentorship programs, and professional licensing support as well as less formal offerings like our regular “Lunch and Learn” series and our annual “Innovation Fest” event.

ESD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy (including childbirth and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, citizenship status, order of protection status, or any other protected classification.

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News and Events: Our People and Values in Action

The various facets of our company are reflected in the thought leadership, instructional videos, podcasts, and other information offerings we post regularly. Check out the latest.

ESD Now Stantec Women Build Bonds and Homes

Two teams from ESD now Stantec and Stantec join a total of 600 Women Build volunteers in this year’s effort by Habitat for Humanity to construct houses for Chicago women who might not otherwise be able to afford a new home. (Learn more about Habitat for Humanity Chicago’s Women Build.)

Building Community Pride with Structural Support

Residents of Chicago’s historic Englewood neighborhood are pointing to a new 25-foot-tall art installation at 6701 South Wentworth Avenue as a symbol of inspiration, hope, and achievement of students living in the southside community. (Learn more about the Englewood monument.)

Menges Leads IFMA Cares Committee

The New York Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has a new chairperson for its charitable arm of the organization. ESD Operations Director for the New York Office Ryann Menges is heading the IFMA Cares Committee. (Learn more about IFMA Cares.)