A look at engineering consulting firm Pennoni (plus advice to get hired there)

Pennoni, the consulting engineering firm based in Philadelphia, has been around since 1966 but focuses on the most recent and future innovations. Learn all about the company that played a hand in Citizens Bank Park, the Cincinnati Music Hall, Camden Waterfront Redevelopment and more, including a look at its company culture and advice for getting hired.

Pennoni rundown

Size: Pennoni has over 1,200 employees

Industry: Engineering

Locations: Pennoni’s headquarters are in Philadelphia with 36 total offices along the East Coast.

Founded: 1966

CEO: Dave DeLizza

Pennoni Jobs

Pennoni is currently hiring for a Senior Electrical Designer and a Senior Traffic Engineer to join the team in Newark, Delaware.  In Herndon, Virginia the company is looking for a Staff Landscape Architect. View Ladders’ Pennoni Jobs page for a full list of open roles at Pennoni and information on how to apply.

Pennoni company culture

A major part of Pennoni company culture is professional growth, which the company aides through mentorship and job coaching in addition to supporting memberships in professional organizations

“The regular coaching and mentoring that happens at Pennoni is part of the fabric of the firm – it’s fundamental to life at Pennoni,” said Joyce Hess, Pennoni Vice President, and HR Director.

Behind great mentors are great professionals, and those are present everywhere you turn at Pennoni, according to Project Engineer Brad Pferdehirt.

“At the risk of sounding overly simplistic and completely cliché, the people are what really makes Pennoni a special place to work,” Pferdehirt said. “My immediate team is comprised of talented professionals, who create a collaborative environment and genuinely enjoy the work they do.”

Pferdehirt also credits the Network, an internal committee at the company, for enhancing engagement throughout the company by promoting communication and solutions of staff concerns to executive management. The committee, which is comprised of a cross-section of employees across the firm, works to create an engaging company environment.

Interview advice from the Talent Acquisition Manager

“As a recruiter for Pennoni, one of the first things we look for in a candidate is good communication skills and signs of a strong work ethic,” said Michelle Sears, a Talent Acquisition Manager at Pennoni. “We have a very collaborative environment, and while we need someone who has the skills to do the job, we also want to make sure we hire team players who are eager to not only learn, but also be mentors to others.”

Representation is important to the company, so hiring managers search for candidates who will make the company look good not only in the office, but also outside with clients and within their communities.

Candidates will go through a phone screening with a recruiter to be assessed for these communication skills, and then meet with them in person to get a better sense of who they are.

Interview advice from CEO Dave DeLizza

“Be on-time, be well-prepared, practice, do some research on the company that you’re interviewing with,” is the interview advice that CEO Dave Delizza gives to his youngest daughter. “Be able to engage the interviewer in a discussion where you can show them how your skills can help the company.”

Perhaps the most important part of the interview process, is what follows the interview itself.

“By all means, you’ve got to follow up after the interview,” DeLizza said. “Send a handwritten thank you note, or an email, or a phone call to say, ‘Hey, I appreciate your time you spent with me. Is there anything else you need from me,’ and make sure you keep that communication going. I see so many people that don’t do that. Not just the younger people, but all people that don’t communicate after the interview is over, when to me it’s very important.”

Employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from three-star reviews titled “ok place” to five-star reviews stating that it is a “great company to work for” with a “friendly work environment.”

“Very diversified set of skills and management incorporated into the company,” one reviewer wrote. “Everyone is always on top of their job prospects.”

What does Pennoni do?

Pennoni is a consulting engineering firm that partners with clients on projects across 11 different markets. From Citizens Bank Park to Camden Waterfront Redevelopment, the company’s projects differ greatly.

The company offers services in 11 different markets:

  • Commercial/Retail
  • Design-Build
  • Education
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Government
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
  • Industrial
  • Infrastructure
  • International
  • Leisure and Entertainment
  • Residential

The company’s services include:

  • Civil/Site
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Materials Engineering & Testing
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
  • Structural
  • Survey and Geospatial
  • Technology Solutions
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
  • Water/Wastewater