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Our Culture

The key to E.S. Wagner’s award-winning construction success has been - and will always be - our people. We are continually driven to developing and finding the best construction professionals to join our team. We offer a variety of career opportunities in heavy civil construction including road and bridge construction, site development, project management and project engineering to name just a few.

We take pride in our culture that strives for excellence in all that we do. At the heart of our team, we believe in acting with purpose, the power of teamwork, and endeavoring to win every day. We honor our commitments and we earn the trust of our clients, business partners and most importantly – each other.

Priority #1 for every member of E.S. Wagner is our commitment to safety. The safety, health, and well-being of our employees is what drives us to invest in construction safety education and hold each other accountable for a safe work environment – every day, in every operation.

E.S. Wagner invests in students and recent graduates by offering internship and co-op opportunities in Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina for students and recent graduates of civil engineering, construction management or other related degree programs. Our interns work alongside construction professionals in all facets of heavy civil construction. An internship and co-op with E.S. Wagner Company provides hands-on experience and sets our interns up for the best construction career possible.

Open positions are listed on these job pages for Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.

At E.S. Wagner, our culture is at the heart of our organization. It is our standards for how we behave towards each other, our customers and our community. Building and sustaining our culture requires intentional effort from everyone in the organization. Our Culture Playbook outlines our core beliefs that shape our behavior that ultimately determine our success.

What we believe

How we behave

Outcomes we achieve

Do what you say. Follow through.

Trust is built through people repeatedly experiencing you doing what you say you will do. Be intentional and purposeful about the commitments you make. If you make a commitment, then follow through. Have the courage to acknowledge when you don’t follow through, and then work hard to follow up and honor the commitment you made.

Own your attitude and impact.

Your attitude impacts the people around you. Own it. Your attitude is your choice, so choose a productive one even when you don’t feel like it. Manage your self-talk, keep it discipline-driven. Be proactive and look for solutions and ways to build trust. Find and focus on what really matters. Remember, a good attitude is fun to be around.

Lead and be led.

Great leaders are great followers. If you don’t know how to follow, then you don’t know how to lead. Know when to let someone else lead. Value the strengths of each of your teammates. Respect their abilities and actively seek to leverage their abilities to get the job done.

We earn trust.

Commit to each other and the process.

Our commitment to each other exceeds our desire for comfort. We owe it to each other and to ourselves to demand the highest levels of teamwork and collaboration. Sometimes this means we have to say things we aren’t comfortable saying and hearing things we aren’t comfortable hearing. We are committed to the process of growth and we embrace the productive discomfort that comes with trying new ideas, learning new skills, and actively adapting to change.

Invest the time to care, listen, and communicate.

Caring is an action, not an emotion. When we care, we pay better attention and give better effort. Listening is one of the most important things we do. When we invest the time to listen, we create the personal connections that enable us to communicate and work together at a high level. When we communicate, we share ideas and perspectives and make better decisions.

Give help, take help. Make each other better.

Pay attention, when you see someone who needs your support, help them. When you need support, ask for it. Always be on the lookout for ways to make each other better. Think and act in ways that motivate others to perform at the next level. This requires each of us to be others-centered, not self-centered. We are family, so act like it.

We are aligned.

Step up to challenges.

We expect to win every day. We love big challenges. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be any fun. Our customers and our teammates look to us to solve problems and get the job done. When we have the courage to step up to our challenges, it encourages our teammates to step up to their challenges.

Bring positive energy and passion.

Bring the best version of you to work every day. The energy and passion you bring to the job makes a big difference to your teammates. Find ways to inspire and motivate each other. Be an energy giver, not an energy taker. Focus on what we can do, not on what we can’t do.

Find solutions. No BCD.

We focus on solutions. We understand that big challenges require even bigger solutions, and we are committed to finding a way. We don’t waste time blaming, complaining or defending. Instead we own what we can do in our 20 square feet to be part of the solution.

You Grow. We Grow.

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Safety Drives Us

In business since 1947, E.S. Wagner Company has developed a recipe for success that is built upon a comprehensive understanding of the construction industry, strong financial management and a progressive asset management program. Our employees are the primary focus of this program and the safety, health and well-being of all E.S. Wagner personnel are of paramount importance. Learn more.

Priority #1 for every member of E.S. Wagner is our commitment to safety. The safety, health, and well-being of our employees is what drives us to invest in construction safety education and hold each other accountable for a safe work environment – every day, in every operation.