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Brennan Awarded Great Place to Work® Certification Despite Pandemic [NEWS]

Posted by Kimberly Walters on August 17, 2020

(La Crosse, WIS – August 12, 2020) – Specialty marine construction firm J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan), announces its 4th consecutive certification from international research and analytics organization Great Place to Work®.

95% of its employees consider Brennan a great place to work, compared to just 59% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company. Brennan’s high-ranking status among other companies is compounded this year by the changes in safety, travel, and essential work protocol brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are honored to be identified as a Great Place to Work® and are blessed to have one of the greatest teams anywhere in America. Over the past 5 months, nearly every facet of how we’ve done business has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve seen the true resilience of our team through the diligent, safe performance of our work in this new reality. I believe our team has put us on a path to collectively thrive and be one of those organizations that helps this country recover.

– Brennan President and CEO Matt Binsfeld

Throughout the pandemic, the company increased cleaning staff, disinfectant supplies, added safety signage, implemented mask requirements, and closed all common areas while providing clients a proactive COVID-19 management plan.

96% of employees believe that Brennan’s offices and updated facilities contribute to their great work environment. Meanwhile Brennan’s management and human resources department credit their people for success on and off the job site.

“The true key to our success within Brennan is our people. As an HR team, we strive to provide the best possible experience to employees at Brennan because without them, we could not accomplish the challenging work that we do,” said HR Business Partner Angela Capwell.

Years before COVID-19, Brennan hired more employees to focus on safety. This year, their foresight and safety-first culture helped them continue operations while still following stringent safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. The industry standard for safety professionals to employees is 1:100. Last year, Brennan had 13 safety employees on the ground and 4 people in administration, for its approximately 600 employees.

Who is Brennan?
Brennan specializes in providing marine construction and environmental remediation services throughout rivers and lakes in the United States. Focused on quality since 1919, Brennan takes immense pride in upholding high levels of safety, integrity, and professionalism.

For more on Brennan's safety culture and 100-year history, visit our About Us page. 

Topics: safety, Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Great Place to Work, careers, Total Quality Management

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