- about RDK
At RDK, our work environment is a collaborative one. We work together, but we also have fun together. Being a member of the RDK Team means you have the autonomy to make your own decisions and you can benefit from seasoned leaders and many resources to support you along the way.
We like to kick off the weekends in style at RDK. Fridays are given a theme and the office dresses the part. Themes in the past have included Vacation Shirt Day, Fitness Shirt Day, Wear Your Favorite Shorts Day, Flannel Shirt Day, Patriotic Day, and more.
What better way to cool off during the summer heat than with a visit from the Kona Ice Truck! Our employees enjoyed this treat during the hot summer weather. The hardest part was deciding which of the thirty flavors to order!
Who doesn't like a little friendly competition? In June 2016, all RDK offices had the opportunity to participate in our company-wide spelling bee. After a tough Championship Round, Nick Wheeler in our Andover office took home the title!
The Boston office participated in a city-wide scavenger hunt on Friday, May 13, 2016. Each team came up with a team name and uniform and were given a list of 39 things to find in order to gain points in the challenge. It was a close competition and a fun day had by all.
While it was certainly a productive year for RDK, we remembered to balance our hard work with amusement, games, and giving back. From getting our creative juices flowing at paint night to keeping competitive with friendly office ping-pong and post-work bowling, our downtime quickly became fun-time. Many RDKers embraced their generosity by putting their time towards walking for the Jimmy Fund, donating food and supplies to soldiers for the holidays, and supporting a local animal shelter. Of course, we can’t forget to mention the RDK Warriors, who won their softball league! After such a fantastic year, we are excited to see what 2016 has to offer.
RDK wins "Most Complex" award at the 2014 Creative Food Drive! The design consisted of close to 700 food items assembled into a maze spelling out RDK. To read an article from The Herald Sun on the Creative Food Drive, click here.
RDK employees can breathe a little easier at work knowing that 46 of their colleagues are now CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association following RDK sponsored training events in July, August and November. The comprehensive three hour class, taught by Partners in EMS, covered the basics of CPR, Rescue Breathing and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator on both adults and children.
As part of our lean process, RDK held a 5S day on May 30th where each employee was asked to perform 5S on their work space. The 5 items that make up 5S are Sort, Set locations, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. Lean stations were set up throughout the offices and were equipped with wipes for desks and monitors, markers for labeling items, drop boxes for items to be scanned, containers to put discarded paper and binder clips, recycling bins for paper, red tags to label and organize items and pins for hanging items in cubes. In just one hour, employees were able to organize and improve their work spaces.
On November 13th 2013, RDK’s Chief Electrical Engineer and Chief Plumbing Engineer took a group of WPI students and their advisor through the Life Science Laboratory Building at the University of Massachusetts. The tour helped assist these students in the preparation of their Major Senior Qualifying Project (MQP) for the WPI program that involves a competition to design a large facility. It is a wonderful role RDK is happy to fill, giving back to a community of students in the engineering field!
RDK’s Andover office has partnered with First Light Farm of Hamilton, Massachusetts to offer employees an opportunity to purchase a farm “share.” By purchasing a share, a box of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables is delivered to the office in their name every Wednesday afternoon. The farm has recently provided RDK with an extra box of vegetables which we designated as the “swap box.” The swap box allows employees the chance to swap out any unwanted produce for one in the swap box or donate the produce to charity. At the end of the day, the box is donated to the Emmaus House, an organization that provides meals for those in need. The Emmaus House provided over 80,000 meals for people in Massachusetts last year. This great idea encourages RDK employees to support local business, eat healthy and help others in need!
For the past 10 years, RDK Engineers has been a proud supporter of Santa Clause Anonymous, a non-profit fund-raising organization that supports programs dedicated to the educational, social and character development of youth in the Greater Boston Area.
This year, RDK sponsored and decorated several Christmas trees for Santa Clause Anonymous' 25th Anniversary SnowBall, which was held on December 2. Each year, 100% of the proceeds from the SnowBall go to three deserving programs. This year, the funds raised benefited three different non-profits: The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, Girl's LEAP, and The City School. Santa Clause Anonymous also donates all decorated trees to Christmas in the City following the event. RDK is already looking forward to next year's SnowBall and to a continuing relationship with Santa Clause Anonymous for years to come.
Every RDK office gives back to the local community in its own way, and our Raleigh-Durham office is a proud supporter of the Durham County Fraternal Order of Police “Shop with a Cop” program. “Shop with a Cop” matches children with participating police officers who accompany the youngsters on a holiday shopping spree for toys and clothing. The event is one of several nationwide "Shop with a Cop" programs, which promote beneficial relationships between police officers and children in their communities. It is truly inspiring to see these officers, who already do so much for their communities, helping to make a child's holiday season brighter.
With the holiday season in full swing, we like to keep in our thoughts all those we walked with and in honor of during "Light the Night" back in October. On October 2, "Team RDK & Friends" showed their support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by participating in the 2011 Light the Night walk in Wakefield, MA. The walk was one of over 200 held nationwide throughout the year.
Lead by team captain Kris Scarborough, "Team RDK & Friends" tackled in the three-mile, noncompetitive walk around Lake Quannapowitt. Team RDK & Friends participated in the walk in honor of all those battling blood cancer. Many walkers held illuminated balloons, each symbolizing something different – white for both cancer survivors and deceased love ones who lost their battle with cancer and red for supporters.
All of us at RDK congratulate Team RDK for their work for such a great cause. This was the team’s 11th year in supporting Light the Night, and all employee donations were matched by RDK Engineers.
Giving back to the community and non-profit organizations is very important to RDK. For many years, we have made contributions to a variety of organizations about which our clients and employees are passionate. Each year RDK employees actively participate in special fund-raising events and also make charitable donations to several worthy organizations.
Click on this link to find out how RDK gives back.
“We invest heavily in education and technology because we want our staff to have the best possible tools and training available to them.”
-Christopher J. Cummings, CEO
"I enjoy the challenges and rewards that are afforded to me at RDK. I especially appreciate the mutual trust and true team atmosphere that we have here, as well as the desire and drive toward continuous improvement and employee development/satisfaction.”
-Tim Curran, Principal
“How would I describe RDK’s culture? Open, communicative, upbeat and friendly; We’re a hard-working group. We take our jobs seriously and we care about the quality of our end-results. We also know how to have fun and cheer each other on when we accomplish our goals and make our clients happy.”
-Scott Guertin, Principal