A well-traveled barbecue smoker trailer is a key piece of equipment in the Swinerton Inc. inventory. It doesn’t serve customers. Rather, Swinerton uses it to serve the company’s other key constituency, its employees.
Swinerton’s work with its employees won the business the top award this year in the Best Places to Work competition, mega category.
“We are very honored to have received this again for the fourth time,” said Mike Berryhill, operations manager. “Each and every one of our employees is very proud of this acknowledgement.”
Notable projects for Swinerton in the last year include the Sycuan Casino Resort expansion and the Luma tower in Little Italy. To make such a mark on the San Diego landscape, Swinerton does work behind the scenes supporting its employees from being employee owned to offering benefits packages, bonus awards and stock options.
Local employee perks include a catered lunch four days a week. Swinerton makes time for its workers to recharge. Employees organize Ping-Pong matches and cornhole tournaments. There are happy hours and days to watch the San Diego Padres as well as thoroughbred horseracing at Del Mar.
Then there is the barbecue trailer. It’s a fixture at office get-togethers and job site celebrations involving employees and subcontractors. During an annual stop at the Estimating Department, employees smoke more than 150 pounds of meat.