A promise to our people

Our mission, created by our founders Frank Woodard and Al Curran, begins with a promise to our people.

 Woodard & Curran has built a national presence providing opportunities for our employees to do challenging work and thrive while working together to make a difference in the world. Hiring exceptional people, supporting them with the best resources and mentoring, and doing meaningful work; that’s what makes Woodard & Curran an employer of choice.

Our overall goal is simple: provide the kind of employee experience that attracts and engages a diverse and talented workforce, demonstrating a better retention rate than the industry average of 9 percent by 2020. In 2017, we set a 7 percent turnover rate goal and, in 2018, we adjusted this to 8 percent to account for the increasing talent challenges in the industry. We’ve seen our rate stay below 9 percent since 2017, coming down from 8.4% in 2017 to 7.8% in 2019 to 6.5% in 2020. We attribute this low and decreasing rate to the ongoing changes we continue to implement to make Woodard & Curran the best place to work. The data highlighted below and within the Health & Safety and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion sections offer a snapshot of 2020 key metrics.  Below are some key efforts that have made an impact over the last few years, in addition to two in-depth stories about our ownership history and our response to COVID-19:

  • Adjusted our performance review process, pivoting toward a more modern and effective approach in 2020
  • Continued development of biennial employee experience surveys to hear about a range of engagement topics
  • Communicated our extensive total rewards strategies for employees
  • Implemented new parental leave and volunteer time off benefits
  • Launched a refreshed wellbeing program, LiveWell, making it easier for employees to learn more about tools and resources available
  • Rolled out an office-wide mentoring program after several successful office pilots

2020 highlights

  • Voluntary
    turnover rate

  • Employee ownership percentage


A culture of safety

Woodard & Curran holds the health and safety of our employees, contractors, clients, and the public in highest regard. We are committed to providing a workplace that reflects this value. Built on a philosophy that safety is a core value rather than a priority, Woodard & Curran’s safety culture begins at the highest level and strives to engage and empower our employees to work and advocate for their safety and the safety of those around them.  The data below captures an updated, 2020, snapshot of our O&M, consulting and construction businesses.

2020 Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)

  • Operations & Management

  • Consulting &  Corporate Services

  • Woodard & Curran Constructors


2020 Days Away, Restricted or Transfered (DART) Rates

  • Operations & Management

  • Consulting & Corporate Services

  • Woodard & Curran Constructors


2020 Hours of Health & Safety training

  • Operations & Management

  • Consulting, Construction & Corporate Services


Diversity is the foundation of creativity & innovation

We view diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in every aspect of our work. Diverse teams working together in an equitable, inclusive culture provides the right environment for our employees to thrive, our clients to benefit, and our business to prosper over the long run.  At that same time, we understand that by many measures our industry and our workforce are not as diverse as they could be. To change this, we have embraced and grown a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program to ensure we achieve equitable representations of employees and provide inclusive work environments.  The data below captures an updated, 2020, snapshot of our employee and Board of Directors demographics.

2020 Employee demographics


  • Female

  • Male



  • Under 35

  • 36 to 54

  • Over 55



  • White

  • BIPOC1 8.8%

  • Undefined


2020 Board of Directors demographics


  • Male

  • Female



  • White

  • BIPOC1


1 Black, indigenous, and people of color.

2020 Goals

  • Voluntary turnover rate of 8%
  • Expand internal ownership to 35% of all employees
  • 50% reduction in TRIR compared to previous year
  • Improve employee engagement scores for our benefits and wellness programs