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KARLSBERGER COMPANIES. Voted one of the Best Places to Work in Central Ohio 2005 2006. KARLSBERGER COMPANIES. Mission To improve the quality of life through intelligent foresight and thoughtful design. KARLSBERGER COMPANIES. Vision

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    1. KARLSBERGER COMPANIES Voted one of the Best Places to Work in Central Ohio 2005 2006

    2. KARLSBERGER COMPANIES • Mission • To improve the quality of life through intelligent foresight and thoughtful design

    3. KARLSBERGER COMPANIES • Vision • Karlsberger is privileged to engage our clients in our quest to: • - Set the standard for being a "thought leader," • - Imagine, explore, and discover solutions that lead to greatness, and • - Transform exceptional aspirations into reality • ...each and every day.

    4. Building a Culture that Develops People’s Skills and Potential • Collaboration • Continuing Education (formal and informal) • Mentoring (formal and informal) • Work hard, play hard • Leadership support • Creative, casual environment – lack of formality encourages interaction, brainstorming • Inviting all staff to participate in project critiques at various stages • Challenge employees to work outside their comfort zones • Social and economic effects: amazing staff that is passionate about what they do.

    5. Building a Better Community • Developed firm culture that supports our community – ongoing process, constantly evolving. • Firm’s leadership sets example by sitting on boards (personal and corporate). Associates encouraged to support organizations: local architectural review boards, Habitat for Humanity, national board for ALS. • Vision – In the mid-60’s, founder’s son and community visionaries developed concept for Capital South (model still exists and is eerily accurate). Office moved to redevelopment area in 1986. Two major renovations. • Long-term commitment to downtown. • Champions for Democracy – Franklin County Board of Elections – Employees encouraged to work as voting officials on election day. Karlsberger pays wages for the day. Mandatory election official training classes held in our office. • Stable workforce – 2nd largest architectural firm in Ohio. Long tenured employees. Some leave to pursue other opportunities, many return.

    6. Involving Employees to Save Money and Avoid Layoffs • Throughout 80-year history, remarkably few layoffs. • Don’t overstaff; push employees out of their comfort zone. Work hard, play hard. • Top leadership meets with senior management weekly (35 people) to share financial, marketing, and operating results. • Office-wide meetings after each quarterly board meeting to keep employees current. • Share good and not-so-good news. • In the past, when things got tight, top management took 20% pay cut, senior management 15% and middle managers 10%. Employees given the option to voluntarily reduce hours. Belt tightening from the top down demonstrated firm’s commitment to employees. When things got better, salaries and hours returned to 100% - in phases from the bottom up. While we did have a few layoffs, we were able to retain our core group.

    7. What makes Karlsberger a Great Place to Work? • Founded in Columbus in 1928 – continuous operation since then. • Culture • Environment • Commitment to employees and their families • Generous benefits • Voted one of the Best Places to Work in Central Ohio in 2005 and 2006.