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15 Reasons Why VP Engineering Employees are the Best

Earlier this year, VP Engineering reached a major milestone as a company — the 15th anniversary since first opening our doors as an MEP consulting firm!  We’ve accomplished (and learned!) a lot since that time, and thought it was only appropriate to create a campaign around the number “15” to celebrate. Since our employees are the reason we’ve been in business so long, we thought it was only appropriate to start with this blog highlighting all the reasons why they’re the best employees around. We hope you enjoy!

  1. Their Sense of Humor: At any given time, laughter is ringing throughout the office. It’s a clear indication of how much we love what we do and who we do it with!
  2. Dedication to Their Craft: Design is always at the forefront of our designers’ minds.  There’s no better example of this than how something as simple as a beer after work can lead to an in-depth discussion on the MEP design of that brewery or restaurant.
  3. Loyalty to the Company: We recognize that our employees are our greatest asset and our employees reciprocate this mentality by investing years of their lives into our firm.
  4. Willing to Share Opinions and Ideas: Our employees are smart (and we’re smart to hire them!).  They openly share their thoughts and opinions to provide our clients with the best possible experience and results.
  5. Their Diversity: We’re a melting pot.  Our employees hail from many different cultures, all of which add to the richness of our own company culture!
  6. Putting up with Those Pesky Bosses: Our three principals are as different as night and day. Navigating those distinct personalities can be challenging, but no less entertaining.  Besides, our employees are engineers.  Overcoming challenges is in their wheelhouse!
  7. Friendships In and Outside the Office: Our employees are just fun, plain and simple.  There’s no better indicator of this than how frequently our employees choose to spend time together outside of their regular 40+ hour work week.
  8. Always Looking to Improve: MEP design is a moving target.  Our employees appreciate this and actively research opportunities to build upon their already impressive skillsets.
  9. Open to Constructive Criticism: This builds upon #8.  Our employees understand there’s always room for improvement and graciously accept critiques and suggestions for that reason.
  10. Treat One Another Like Family: When you spend as much time together as we do, it isn’t surprising that our employees have become like family. They laugh; they argue, but they always support one another—just like family!
  11. Great Conversationalists: Our employees are both witty and sarcastic, making for some pretty humorous conversations throughout the day.
  12. Their Friendly Faces: This is at the heart of it all.  Our employees are genuinely gracious and approachable people.  They extend those characteristics to whomever they’re interacting with from their co-worker in the next cubicle to a client during a site visit.
  13. Their Fashion Style: Several of our employees are style mavens; some so much they look as if they walked off the cover of a fashion magazine.  Way to make us look good!
  14. Passion for Sports: As dedicated as they are to our clients; our employees are as equally dedicated to their sports. You will often find them gathered in a conference room during lunch watching the Olympics, ACC Tournament or most recently, the World Cup.
  15. Never Needing IT Support: Oddly enough, our employees’ computers almost “never” require IT assistance, especially for anything that could be a user-error.
Katie Cothern - vp engineering - director of operations

Q&A Session: Katie Cothern

In an effort to show our friends and clients just what kind of company we are, it only seemed natural to ask for help from the people that know us best – our employees!

It takes a special kind of person to understand and adapt to the variety of personalities you’ll find at VP. Katie Cothern, our Director of Operations, has been with the company for over 8 years and is a seasoned pro when it comes to managing the different opinions and characteristics that go along with such a diverse group of individuals.

Katie has her own opinions about what makes VP Engineering so special. Take a look at her thoughts and learn a little bit about the woman who wears a “gazillion” different hats.

VP: How has VP helped in your career development:
Katie: “I have learned so much at VP. Starting as a receptionist and helping in accounting, I never would have imagined I would be where I am now! When others have faith in you and you have a good support system, the places you can go and things you can learn and accomplish are amazing.”

VP: What advice do you have for future VP employees?
Katie: “Work here. We’re awesome.”

VP: What are 3 words to describe VP?
Katie: “1 – Loyal. To both employees and clients. 2 – Hardworking. Employees put in the time and effort to get work completed to make sure deadlines are met. 3 – Pranksters. Always know if you are going out of town for vacation or having a big birthday coming up, you will return to something! Would I do something to someone? Me? Maybe…”

VP: How has the company changed since you first arrived at VP?
Katie: “The company has grown! When I first started here there were around 8 employees. We are now up to 28. It has been amazing to watch the company grow and transform into what it is today.”

VP: What is your favorite thing about working at VP?
Katie: “My favorite part about working here is that I LIKE working here. Of course there are days that you may want to stay at home and be lazy but I have never had a day that didn’t want to come to the office because I didn’t like being here.”

VP: What is your personal philosophy?
Katie: “It changes by the day. I print out memes that mean something to me and I hang them up in my office. Some are encouraging like “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” Then there are some like “if Monday had a face, I would punch it.” Depends on my mood I guess.”

VP: How do you define success?
Katie: “Success is defined by those around you. Your work, your friends, and your family. As long as your surround yourself with good people, you will be successful.”

VP: What are your most overused words/phrases?
Katie: “I am told that I exaggerate a lot. Like a gazillion times a day.”