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KCL Engineering Named #1 Top Workplace in Iowa by The Des Moines Register


KCL Engineering proudly clinched the prestigious title of #1 Top Workplace in Iowa within the small business category! This remarkable achievement highlights our unwavering dedication to our people and vibrant company culture.


At KCL Engineering, our culture is the secret ingredient powering our success. We’ve created an environment where support and encouragement is given equally for personal and professional wellbeing. Kris Kunze, Founder and CEO, reflects on this ethos, saying, "From day one at KCL Engineering, I envisioned a business where people are the priority. We work hard for our clients, but it's equally important to care for our employees.” Fast forward to today and KCL leadership continues to steadfastly provide individuals with the support and autonomy to care for themselves and their families, paving the way for more focused and efficient professional engagement with clients and design partners.


KCL Engineering’s culture is built on flexible work arrangements, unlimited approved paid time off (PTO), incredible benefits, and an office environment that fosters fun and friendships. Neil Smeenk, the head of our Des Moines office, highlights, "There's a distinction between merely offering flexibility and actively embodying it. Our leaders take time during the week for family, personal pursuits, and kicking back at the office. We understand that the most meaningful way to support our employees is by exemplifying how flexibility plays a part in our day." This approach to work-life balance is just one of the many ways KCL Engineering stands out.


Another foundational element of our culture is giving back to the community. Employees place importance on actively engaging in company-organized volunteer opportunities, partnering with organizations like the American Heart Association of Iowa, Habitat for Humanity, Meals from the Heartland, and Hope for Justice.


Founder Kris Kunze's unwavering commitment to philanthropy drew the spotlight at this year's Des Moines Register Top Workplace program, earning him a Leadership Award during the Top Workplace ceremony and adding an exclamation point to the evening.


Being recognized as a Top Workplace five years running and a three-time Best Benefits recipient is a testament to the unique formula that makes employees flourish and thrive at KCL Engineering. We are immensely honored to be crowned the #1 Top Workplace in Iowa and remain resolute in maintaining this distinction.



About the Des Moines Top Workplace Awards.


Honorees are selected exclusively based on employee feedback collected through a confidential engagement survey administered by Energage. The results are determined by comparing the survey's statements, which assess factors like leadership, company culture, and benefits that have a track record of predicting strong performance, against industry benchmarks.






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