Careers

With over 1,000 employees in 13 offices around the world, RTKL’s global reach means unlimited opportunities to create a positive impact on the built environment. At RTKL, you will be a critical member of a network of design professionals who value collaboration, fresh insight and bold talent. You will also be part of a sought-after corporate culture that supports dynamic career advancement and prizes work/life balance.

Find your interest, plot your journey and make your mark.

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Top 10 Reasons to Work at RTKL

Work hard, play hard
Working against a deadline can be stressful, but there’s a sense of relief and team accomplishment when we get them out. It helps that RTKL has programs in place to help blow off steam and socialize with coworkers both during work and after hours. It may sound cliché to say my favorite part about RTKL is the people, but it’s the truth. Simcha Ward

Travel the world
I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world in my short five years with RTKL. As an intern in the Washington, DC office, I never thought five years later I’d be living in Dubai and helping to build an office from the ground up. I love the small family feel of the Dubai office and was proud to represent it this year at RTKL’s 2013 Design Conference in London. The opportunity to travel and meet other RTKLer’s from around the world sent me back to Dubai feeling refreshed and motivated. Travel will do that to you. Natalia Lizarraga

You’re Never Done Learning
One thing I appreciate is the support I get from RTKL in terms of professional development. They really put their money where their mouth is. Outside of weekly lunch and learns, we each get $2,000 a year towards classes or programs we want to take to keep us on track in our careers. On top of that, RTKL pays the dues for the two professional organizations and reimburses your exam fees, which means one less stress when you’re working toward getting your license. Can’t beat that. Danielle Simpson

Global Perspective
I was surprised to learn that so many of my coworkers were from all over the world. Just here in DC we have people from China, Korea, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, France…am I forgetting anyone? It brings such a range of perspectives to our work and a true cultural understanding of the countries where we’re working. Plus, I have easy access to great travel advice when I need it. Augustina Soler

Local Impact
It’s undeniable that RTKL is a big firm, but each office has its own local flavor and mindset. The people here in Chicago are super involved in the community and an integral part of the city’s design culture. They serve on local boards, are staples at local exhibits and festivals, and we open up the office every year for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. Everyone has their own interests and sharing them helps keep us all inspired. Lori Mukoyama

Inspired surroundings
All of RTKL’s offices are designed to reflect the passion we feel for design and support the creative process. They seem to strike the perfect balance of collaborative space, sustainable practices and local flair, and each office captures the spirit of the employees who spend their days there. Jos Borthwick

Unlimited Resources
Being a designer in the 21st century means an undeniable connection to innovation and the latest technology. It’s been exciting working for a larger firm that has the resources and the attitude to adopt the newest tech and software quickly, not to mention the access to vendors and materials that I wouldn’t have in a small studio. Kathleen Callaghan

Internal Recognition
Our industry is notorious for having high turnover, so it’s really impressive how many colleagues have been here for 20 years or more. They also have multiple award programs, an annual design conference and our Works in Progress publication to recognize new concepts and encourage young designers to get their ideas out there. Bethy Zhang

Community of Individuals
It’s a really amazing thing to be able to combine the strengths of a global, worldwide firm and not lose the individual touch that we each bring to the table as design professionals. I’m surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do and always looking for new ways to express themselves and put their stamp on something. It pushes me to be a better designer. Mike Colburn

Voice in the Industry
There are so many ways to get involved here. As long as you have ideas and you’re willing to put your voice out there, you will be heard. Our blog is a great way to get started, since any member of staff is welcome to write posts, but we also have project competitions, conferences and media opportunities and you don’t have to be a vice president to participate. Mark Palmer

Benefits

At RTKL, we’re committed to creating a benefits program that is not only competitive but flexible and responsive to the changing needs of today’s workers. Our goal has always been to attract the best and the brightest; and we know that offering a creative environment, challenging but rewarding opportunities, and comprehensive benefits is our path to making our professionals, well, better people. And that makes us a better company.

While many of the details of these benefits depend on your position, how long you’ve been with us, and where you’re based, we think we have a lot to offer.

Work/Life Balance

Find your balance between work and life. Flextime and telecommuting are available, allowing you to have a career as well as a life. We also offer a competitive package of PTO (that’s paid time off) based on position, years of service and office. And did we mention you can wear jeans to work?

Health and Welfare

We want you healthy and happy, so you’ll find that we offer a complete package of benefits like medical and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, group life insurance, disability benefits, and more.

Professional Development

Never stop learning. We reimburse for job-related courses and seminars that invest in your professional career at RTKL.

Career Planning

As part of our comprehensive performance review program, you and your supervisor can map out your career at RTKL, defining the steps needed for growth in the firm.

Performance Reviews

Our performance review program is a formal, annual assessment of your work and potential. Its goal is to help you define a long and successful career path at RTKL, and includes 360° reviews of your supervisor and peers.

Professional Licensing and Certification

Learning more doesn’t always have to cost more. Annual professional license fees are covered, as well as paid leave to sit for examinations. An achievement stipend for an employee’s first professional registration is awarded in specific professional positions.

Retirement Planning

Keep your eye on the long term. Depending on which country you reside in, we offer a variety of programs—401(k) Savings Plans, national pension schemes—to help you save for the future.

Recruitment Bonus

Convince a friend to come and work with us and we’ll reward you with cash. It’s our way of encouraging the best and the brightest to come and work with us.

Stock Ownership

Being an insider pays off. You have the option to own a piece of the company by purchasing ARCADIS common stock at a discounted rate through payroll deduction.

Locations

RTKL is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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