Learning doesn’t stop when you leave school. Most professional development occurs on the job as you face real challenges and solve real problems. At Barr, you’ll have opportunities to work with and learn from experienced engineers, scientists, and technical professionals.

We provide the tools to help employees set and achieve their own career development goals. One of our top priorities is to promote an inclusive working environment where individuals feel supported as their authentic selves. From learning a new skill set to diving into a new industry, our employee-owners take the lead in honing their professional skills and establishing their career trajectory.

Choose your own adventure

Barr’s operating philosophy was founded on the idea of a free-market system (sometimes described as a “flat” company structure). Our people leverage internal networking connections to join projects and step into the roles they choose to pursue. 

Employees are entrusted with building their own workloads according to their individual work-life balances and professional goals. We also have support mechanisms in place to help make sure each employee finds the balance of work they want.

Setting you up for success

New-employee support helps everyone get off to a good start. Each new employee has a sponsor (or sponsors) that help them navigate their first few months at Barr. In addition, orientation sessions and a new-employee training program bring everyone up to speed on our company’s structure, values, and employee resources. For the first year, new hires also have the option to attend monthly lunch meetings that address topics such as how Barr conducts annual planning and how to build an internal network.

Navigating your career path

Once you’ve been at Barr for six months, you select a coach (or mentor) who will help guide you through your career and day-to-day life here. Our coaching program helps staff set short- and long-term goals and figure out how to best achieve them. Employees can also find a mentor through our optional mentoring program to learn a specific skill or further explore career opportunities. In addition, relevant and timely conversations with colleagues, which are at the heart of our feedback program, promote personal and professional growth.

Developing your skills

Investing in our employees’ development makes us stronger. Barr provides learning and professional development opportunities through internal classes, webinars, workshops, and panel discussions. Topics include everything from technical and regulatory issues to interpersonal and leadership skills. We also support self-directed education. Attend seminars and conferences, pursue an advanced degree, or get career-related training using an individual education account (IEA), which Barr provides for each employee.