Keeping Up With the Millennials

When Ernest Poole founded a small construction company in 1906, no one could have imagined that his handwritten rules of business would govern the $7 billion enterprise that is PCL Construction today. Known as Poole’s Rules, these guiding principles of honesty, integrity, and respect guide all of PCL’s company relationships and are the basis of PCL’s culture. 

PCL employees from across the US compete
among their colleagues in a March Madness
basketball tournament.

Employees from PCL’s Seattle office pose in a
photo booth to celebrate being named one of
Washington’s Best Workplaces by Puget Sound
Business Journal.

Employees celebrate at a colleague’s wedding with
lunch and gifts.

Building on Our Roots

PCL’s lengthy history forms a solid foundation, but PCL’s continued success is dependent on the ability to evolve and meet the needs and wants of new generations.
“PCL understands that we work very hard, and they want us to be happy and healthy,” said Christine Pageau, field engineer for PCL in Denver. “I am motivated to work harder for PCL because they care about my personal well-being.”
PCL recognizes that employees are happier, healthier, and more engaged if they are provided with the tools necessary to complete their jobs while still maintaining a work-life balance. Part of providing the necessary equipment to employees is teaching them how to use it, which is why PCL for the past 25 years has offered employees more than 50 online training programs through its College of Construction. To encourage a work-life balance, PCL offers a minimum of three weeks of vacation to all salaried employees, along with celebrations for all occasions, from birthdays to baby showers. The annual United Way fundraising campaign, March Madness basketball tournament, and Habitat for Humanity build days provided additional opportunities for employees to interact with their colleagues and the community.

“Others of my generation tend to switch jobs every few years. I have chosen to stay at PCL for over nine years because the company takes an interest in developing my career path and provides amazing benefits that I can’t find anywhere else,” said Stephanie McCay, manager, US Communications. “Every year PCL works to enhance the company culture, which ultimately leads to a great place to work year after year.”

PCL is honored to celebrate its first year as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in the United States, ranked #73 by the Great Place to Work Institute. As this is the award’s inaugural year, PCL looks forward to continuing to be a company of choice for millennials. More information about the Best Workplaces for Millennials award is available at



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