After serving for seven years in the U.S. Army, Ed Bailey found transitioning from active military to the workforce difficult.
First, there were the challenges of searching for jobs through the myriad online sites and platforms. Other concerns were understanding health care, 401(k) plans, and the differences between government and private sector work. But the biggest obstacle for Ed was simply finding the right fit in an employer.
WithersRavenel’s Human Resources Department and our other employee-owners are working on crafting a more military- and veteran-friendly workplace. Many of our ideas are coming from our military employees like Ed Bailey, whose insights are not only helping us recruit veterans but will also lead to better structured orientation and support programs.
Ed’s search for a career path led him to WithersRavenel, where he found a job that dovetailed with what excited him most about the military: collaborating with a team, physical activity, working outdoors, and finding creative solutions to complex problems.
As a survey technician working out of our Greensboro office, Ed enjoys getting out into the field and blending physical exertion with his mental agility. He enjoys the support and encouragement of his co-workers and supervisor.
It’s incredibly rewarding to see the result of my work,Ed said. In the military you don’t have that sort of fulfillment because the job stays the same every day. I served in the Army for seven years, and I feel that I’ve accomplished more in the past seven months working at WithersRavenel. Having the encouragement and support from the teammates I work with and our boss has been the best motivation.”
Eric Moser, PLS, is WithersRavenel’s Survey Director for our Greensboro office and Ed’s supervisor. A surveyor and manager with more than 20 years of experience in the profession, Eric enjoys having Ed on his team. Whether it is strenuous fieldwork or jumping in a river, Ed is always ready to go.
Ed is part of an employee mold they don’t make anymore,Eric said. It’s rare that I beat Ed to work, and he brings passion to succeed and the desire to do quality work to the job every day. He’s a great surveyor and I’m looking forward to his progression as he comes up through our ranks in Greensboro.”
Eric also pointed out the benefits of Ed’s military training and his background as an Army medic.
He opened my eyes to continuing improvements that we can make in safety,Eric said. And his military training combined with his team mentality makes him a great asset to WithersRavenel.”
WithersRavenel is currently expanding our outreach to veterans to join our teams in surveying, engineering, and other departments. We are committed to helping all our employees find success and satisfaction on the job.
Our company is employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), so our team members are invested in producing quality results every day. You can click here to check out our current job openings. If you want to speak in greater detail about employment opportunities, please contact our Human Resources team at HR@withersravenel.com.