Many people come to Wight and stay. We like that about our employees. We also like what that says about us—Wight is a great place to build a career. The Wight experience includes ongoing opportunities to contribute to important projects for exceptional clients; a dynamic, high-performance work environment that fosters innovation, collaboration and fun; and a culture that supports teamwork and thoughtful risk-taking.
Excellence is at the center of Wight & Company’s dynamic culture. Our Culture of Excellence drives our ongoing focus on iteration, innovation and an immersive process. It’s a mindset that extends throughout our organization, influencing our approach to project leadership, the way our teams engage with clients and the strategic partnerships we form. Our Culture of Excellence is perpetuated by our passion for trying new things, our willingness to challenge the status quo and our inherent desire to solve challenges.
Because we believe that good design is good business, we’ve created a workplace where design thinking is cultivated and celebrated. Also embedded in our DNA is a relentless curiosity and a collaborative spirit that drive us to constantly explore new ways to delight our clients.
Wight & Company is always looking for top talent to join our dynamic, ever-growing workforce.
Our summer internship program equips college students with hands-on project experience and personalized mentoring. Students who participate in an internship at Wight gain valuable experience and get the opportunity to develop their skills and learn from diverse professionals across the firm. The comprehensive experience includes contributing as full members of project teams, learning technical and client relationship skills, and building valuable relationships with other interns through ongoing networking and recreational activities.
We provide a variety of internal programs at Wight to develop and inspire our employees and provide opportunities for growth.
Structured around the concepts of learn, grow, and share, the program provides ongoing opportunities for our staff to expand their knowledge, expertise, and experiences.
- Presentations: Lunch and Learns and informal breakfast presentations by vendors about products and processes, held several times a month.
- Eames: The “Eames Initiative,” created in honor of the pioneering design team of Charles and Ray Eames, ignites our culture and innovation to further support our Integrated Services structure. The Eames program seeks out leading thinkers across varied disciplines to inspire us to look at problems differently, learn something new, and impact the world positively.
The Leadership Council provides ongoing opportunities for Wight & Company’s future leaders to actively participate in the firm’s evolution. Members of this core team learn about the firm’s operations and performance while contributing their ideas and developing their strategic leadership skills.
Sustainability Center of Excellence
The Sustainability Center of Excellence works together to inspire innovative action within Wight. It also develops the Wight Sustainability Standard, a set of criteria that guides project teams in implementing sustainable design, engineering, and construction practices on all projects.
By measuring the sustainability performance of projects and tracking the progress of project teams, Wight is committed to remaining at the leading edge of the industry.
A Statement of Solidarity
In the wake of the tragic, senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the unjust experience of Chris Cooper, our community - like so many across the country - is hurting. Every day, Black members of our community are afraid that what happened to George Floyd could happen to them. They are afraid for their children, their siblings, their friends, and their neighbors. Their pain is real. Their anger is expected. And, their lives matter.
We decry the centuries-long history of profound and systematic violence against, and disinvestment in, communities of color. We also acknowledge the role that the built environment has played in perpetuating spaces and places that have been distinctly hostile to the Black community. The recent pandemic has disproportionately impacted the Black community. In Illinois, Blacks are dying of COVID-19 at a rate two times higher than White Illinoisans. Disparities pervade virtually every aspect of health, education, housing, the criminal justice system, and access to capital.
This is a moment of reckoning. We must be resolute in our actions.
Wight & Company is redoubling our efforts to actively and intentionally cultivate a workplace that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will step up our efforts to recruit and hire talent from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in our industry. We will seek to amplify the voices of Black leaders in our field, as well as the minority- and women-owned businesses with whom we partner. We will continue to support a range of community organizations that provide opportunities for Black students to pursue their educational goals.
We say their names. And we pledge to actively seek ways to dismantle systemic racism in pursuit of a more equitable architecture, construction, and engineering industry, and a more just society.