Barr project work offers challenges as well as opportunities for learning and growth
working at Barr

contact information for our corporate headquarters:

Barr Engineering Company
4300 MarketPointe Drive, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Phone: 952-832-2600

Fax: 952-832-2601
Toll free: 800-632-BARR (2277)
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why work at Barr?

People like it here and, once hired, they tend to stay. At Barr, they find:

  • Opportunities to work on some of the region’s most challenging and interesting projects and to do what they’re best at
  • A collegial atmosphere and 100% employee ownership
  • Flexibility to set a work schedule that suits their needs
  • Stability and long-term viability built on a reputation for technical and scientific excellence  

From a recent employee survey:
"Barr is a tremendous company to work for and I honestly can't imagine myself being anywhere else."

a best place to work

People at Barr aren’t the only ones who think this is a great place to work. Barr was named one of the top three environmental services firms to work for in the nation by publisher ZweigWhite in 2013. We also ranked seventh among civil engineering firms. Barr received similar honors in both the environmental and engineering categories in 2011. 

Rankings are based on determinations by a panel of independent judges and the results of employee surveys. Criteria include firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and support for professional development.

ZweigWhite is the publisher of CE News and Structural Engineer magazines. For more information about the “Best Firms to Work For” competition, visit ZweigWhite’s website.

2013 Civil Engineering Best Firm Winner  2013 Environmental Services Best Firm Winner

The Business Journal (Minneapolis-St. Paul) has also selected Barr four times as one of a handful of "Best Places to Work" in the Twin Cities. 

giving back

At Barr, we’re proud to support the towns and cities that support us. We use our time and talents to give back to the communities in which we live and work. That’s why you’ll find us pulling buckthorn at local parks, collecting Toys For Tots, donating blood, serving as student mentors, and building houses for Habitat for Humanity every year—to name just a few of the things we do. We also contribute 2 percent of our company’s annual pre-tax revenues to educational and charitable organizations.


We like what we do, but Barr wouldn't be a great place to work if all we did was work. We also have fun!

Our employees say that one of the best things about working here is the people they work with. There are plenty of opportunities to spend time with co-workers outside the office, including our annual holiday parties, summer outings, and barbeques. Barr also sponsors sports teams in local recreational leagues and supports an enthusiastic bike-to-work group.

And our community projects have a way of turning into social gatherings, offering a chance to give back to the places where we live and work (see Giving Back) and then kick back with friends.


While people come to Barr—and stay here—because of the camaraderie and outstanding career opportunities, we also offer a full package of employee benefits, including:

  • Comp time (time off for extra time worked)
  • Professional-development funds for each employee
  • A 401(k) retirement savings plan with regular company contributions
  • Company contributions to the employee stock-ownership plan (ESOP) accounts
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability and accidental-death insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for health-care and dependent-care expenses
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacations, "personal" days