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March 18, 2024

Best Places to Work 2024: 1. Consigli Construction

CT Main Office: Hartford Industry: Construction Website: Top Executive: Anthony Consigli, CEO Check out the other 2024 Best Places to Work
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It’s noteworthy for any company to endure for nearly 120 years, but Consigli Construction is doing just that and thriving.

A fifth-generation, family-led business, Consigli provides construction, renovation and restoration services for academic, healthcare, life sciences, government and other industries across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

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Despite having 13 offices and 1,800 employees, the company maintains the spirit of a smaller organization, emphasizing an environment of teamwork, according to Josh Sylvester, director of operations for Connecticut.

“Our culture is built on drive, humility and accountability,” Sylvester said. “We focus on building three things: great people, great projects and great relationships.”

During his 10-year tenure, Sylvester saw the company’s 2018 transformation into an employee-owned business, with brothers Anthony and Matthew Consigli at the helm.

“There are only advantages to being an ESOP,” Sylvester said. The corporate structure gives employees, including the 100 in his office, “more incentive to be engaged and feel like they play a part in all decision-making on a daily basis,” from entry-level workers and recent college graduates to senior leaders.

Alondra De Leon, a senior project manager, joined the firm two-and-a-half years ago and immediately felt at home because of its welcoming, supportive culture, she said.

“I’ve always been treated with respect and felt valued and appreciated,” De Leon said. “The best places to work are made of the people who create environments where you can be your best, truest self, and Consigli provides that for us.”

The company created a field guide, “Building Beyond Ourselves,” that employees can keep in their pockets at job sites, Sylvester said.

“Construction is a tough industry,” he noted, “with high expectations, unrealistic deadlines and constant people management.”

He said the guide gives encouragement and advice on how to handle difficult situations, as well as the context behind Consigli’s nearly 120-year history, “showing how we got to where we are.”

Culture and connectivity

Consigli also offers a six-month Manager Excellence Academy, which provides training on “soft skills to become effective leaders.”

“It’s also a way to strengthen culture and connectivity within our company,” Sylvester said, noting there is representation from regional offices.

Consigli has a diversity, equity and inclusion task force, and employee resource groups like Pride, People of Color Network, Women’s Initiative Network and Military Veterans.

Recruitment efforts include a partnership with New Haven Promise, a nonprofit that provides academic support and scholarships to New Haven Public School students. The collaboration ensures “a broad spectrum of people can put their fingerprints on the culture of our company,” Sylvester said.

Employees also receive an array of benefits and fun perks.

The company covers 87% of medical and dental insurance costs for employees and dependents, and offers maternity and paternity leaves, annual flu shots, wellness program discounts and tuition reimbursements.

For fun, the workforce enjoys half-day summer Fridays, catered lunches and free breakfasts. Employees also bond over special events like softball games and chili cook-offs.

“My coworkers have become friends, and we support each other personally and professionally,” De Leon said. “We motivate one another to be the best versions of ourselves, both on and off the job site.”

“Consigli has always fostered a company culture that feels more like family and prioritizes staying true to who we are as genuine builders above all else,” she added.

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