Where does WJE have offices?
To serve client needs, WJE maintains nineteen offices strategically located throughout the continental United States and Hawaii.
Click here to view a map of WJE offices nationwide
How do I get a job at WJE?
After you apply online, your resume is sent directly to our recruitment database. A member of our staffing team then carefully assesses your qualifications relative to the position requirements. If there appears to be a good match, a Human Resources team member will contact you to schedule a phone interview.
What are the steps in the hiring process?
After the initial phone interview, if it appears that your interests and qualifications are a good match, a Human Resources team member will schedule interviews with staff members who are with the department where the opening exists. The next interview may be a phone interview with the unit manager followed by face-to-face interviews with the staff and manager of the unit. Our goal is to make the interview process as convenient and as informative for you as possible. We will conduct reference checks, a drug screen, and a background check upon an offer of employment.
Why choose WJE?
We recognize that there are many factors that influence career choices. Employees want a work environment that is enjoyable, challenging, and provides professional growth. One of WJE's goals is to continue to provide opportunities for employee development and well-being so that every employee would rather work at WJE than anywhere else. At WJE we offer:
- Great projects
- Challenging and varied work
- Working with, and learning from, industry experts
- Annual bonus potential
- Promotion from within
- Employee ownership potential
- Reimbursement for prep-class and licensing exams
- Attendance at industry seminars and conferences
- Regular in-house technical seminars
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What can I expect to do at WJE during my internship? Will I get real work?
At WJE, you can expect to be challenged and supported by other staff members with real work in a very technical, fast-paced professional services environment. You will receive professional assignments tailored to your educational level and academic background. Many of our interns accompany staff into the field to assist on forensic investigations. They may even travel for out-of-town work assignments.
During what times of the year does WJE employ interns?
Although most interns work during the summer, we have full- and part-time paid positions available throughout the year at many of our locations.
After I complete my internship and obtain my degree, is there potential to be hired as a full-time employee?
Yes. The purpose of the intern program is to engage potential full-time employees in a meaningful work experience that allows both the intern and WJE an opportunity to evaluate mutual "fit" for a potential full-time offer at the end of the internship.
Will WJE be recruiting on my university campus?
We will be on selected campuses throughout the year to meet with and introduce interested students to our outstanding company and the world of forensic engineering and architecture. If you're interested in WJE but don't see your university listed on our campus recruitment calendar, we encourage you to review the Job Opportunities section of our Web site. There, you can find current information about open internship and full-time positions.
See the Campus Recruiting schedule to see if WJE will be visiting your campus soon.
How will my career at WJE begin and develop?
Working with highly talented and skilled professionals on challenging and exciting projects; you will be able to apply skills learned in the classroom to solve real-world problems. You will work in a very technical, and fast-paced professional services environment. Field work will give you the opportunity to be hands-on and see your projects up close.
What kind of training will I receive when I join WJE?
Soon after joining WJE, all new employees participate in a two-day new employee orientation at our headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. In addition to helping the employees better understand our vision, culture, and values, they are further able to build their network and make contacts with WJE experts. We also provide training in each unit through noontime seminars and company-wide Webinars, workshops, and conferences. WJE provides financial assistance to all eligible employees who pursue external educational programs related to the employee's current position or a probable future WJE assignment. Our engineers, architects, and materials scientists average over ninety hours of training per year.
What professional activities does WJE support?
Employees are encouraged to participate in professional activities, paid for by WJE, to satisfy their individual goals and interests. Every unit provides training through noontime seminars. WJE provides financial assistance to all eligible employees who pursue formal educational programs related to the employee's current position or a probable future WJE assignment. All professional and technical employees are encouraged to participate in our Technical Resource Groups (TRG); which provide a forum for interaction, collaboration, and sharing of technical knowledge.
What does WJE do to support specializing in a specific technical area?
All professional and technical employees are encouraged to participate in our Technical Resource Groups (TRG), which provide a forum for interaction, collaboration, and sharing of technical knowledge. Each group is responsible for developing technically-focused Webinars and workshops. Through our in-house research program, we also support our staff's pursuit of a specific technical question.
Does working for a forensic firm such as WJE, rather than a design firm, make it more difficult to obtain an engineering or architectural license?
Absolutely not! Entry-level engineers and architects at WJE receive a breadth of analytical and design experience, intensive exposure to the various building codes, and many opportunities to review the designs generated by professionals working for other firms.
The percentage of WJE employees who pass their PE, SE, and RA tests on their initial attempt is far above the national average. This is, in part, because WJE hires the "best and the brightest." It is also because of the mentoring that we provide to our new hires, to help them develop a feel for how structural and architectural systems actually perform in service. WJE professionals view the building codes as more than just a "cookbook" for designers. We strive to understand the rationale behind the various provisions included in the codes and, in doing so, develop a better understanding of how to properly interpret and apply the building codes. This experience is invaluable as our younger staff members pursue professional licensing.
So what's it really like to work at WJE?
We trust our people to act in accordance with five core values: Consummate Professionalism, Exceptional Service, Technical Excellence, Shared Destiny, and Fiscal Responsibility. These values are integrated into the way we manage projects, run the organization, and reward ourselves. The enthusiasm that people bring to their work is inspiring. Senior personnel are considered experts in their fields as demonstrated by the types of projects they attract, the committees they chair, and the papers they've published. Most experienced hires also find our culture of trust and personal responsibility very refreshing.
What key traits does WJE look for when hiring experienced professionals?
We look for seasoned professionals that have a passion for their work and can complement our existing capabilities or bring targeted new areas of expertise. To be successful, our experienced professionals must be committed to our values, have outstanding character, be enthusiastic about their work, and possess the depth of expertise expected of a senior member of our team.
With everything that WJE offers, how does the company fare in retaining key staff?
Our company has markedly less turnover than other organizations in our industry and the turnover rate within the senior ranks of our firm is extremely low. The long-term stability and strength of WJE are testimonies to our supportive yet challenging work environment. We tackle interesting projects with the tools, resources, and collective expertise needed to deliver better solutions for the built world.