RLG has amazing employees in its ranks: from industry influencers, travelers, marathon runners, animal lovers, and community leaders. The Employee Spotlight highlights the talented individuals who work here. Each week, we’ll be featuring an interview here on the blog and on our social accounts.
For this week’s Employee Spotlight, we spoke with Kellen Robertson. Here at RLG, Kellen is an Engineer on the Civil Team.
I am a Texas Tech graduate, dog-dad to two blue heelers, and happily engaged to my fiancé, Courtney! I love being outdoors, whether it be dog walks, grilling, mountain biking, or working on the yard at the home we recently purchased in Frisco. We have land and an Airstream in Pottsboro, Texas and will often spend our weekends there relaxing and renovating the Airstream. With my extra time I’ll open up my guitar case, maybe get out a harmonica, and play a few songs.
How long have you been at RLG? 2.5 years
How did you hear about RLG? Why did you want to work here?
Just before graduating from Texas Tech, I found and applied to the position online. After some research I realized that I knew a few employees working at RLG. Once I was able to touch base with them, they each had great things to say about the company. During my interview I learned that the team at RLG was a close-knit group that knew how to get their work done and have a good time doing it and I definitely wanted to be a part of that.
What is the most challenging project you've worked on during your time here so far?
The most challenging project was the Baylor Admin Center in Dallas. Before the project took off, I had only been working with RLG for about 6 months. My supervisor at the time made this a major priority for our team and enabled me to learn and work in CAD more independently. The autonomy and pace of this project helped me to grow and expand my knowledge in land development. Also, an added bonus is that it’s a beautiful building!
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at RLG?
RLG really prioritizes building strong relationships with clients. Being witness to this and the success it brings both our company and our clients has showing me that making the extra effort to build strong working relationships is crucial. Customer service is an integral part of every business and I love working for a company that not only understands that but also embodies it.
What’s your favorite thing about working in your Department here?
My coworkers here are extremely smart and dedicated. We have an open door policy, which means I am able to go to anyone with a question and they will drop everything to help you – even our CEO. This eliminates wait times and helps us to deliver on deadlines and goals efficiently.
What's the first thing that you do when you start working every day?
I look over my active tasks list, check emails, and then I’ll plan my day accordingly. After that I’ll most likely put on my jacket because the office is kept pretty chilly.
What’s your workspace like? Minimalist? Homey? Neat?
That depends who you ask! I’d like to think it’s fairly neat and organized; however, most engineers are pretty neat and organized so by comparison mine may not be the MOST organized. The important thing is that I know where everything is.
Do you have a go-to sound or song that you listen to when you need to just start working?
This week I’ve been listening to John Prine’s Bruised Orange album, but Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, and Guy Clark are also on frequent rotation. An acoustic guitar is tough to beat in my book.
If RLG announced a last-minute day off for tomorrow, what would you do with your suddenly free day?
I’d try to make it up to Pottsboro to whittle away at the Airstream restoration.
What would you do if you weren’t working at RLG?
Before I started my engineering degree I worked as a sound technician, so I would likely be somewhere in that field. I used to play some gigs around Lubbock, and once things open up a bit more I’d like to do the same around here, especially now that the PE exam is behind me.
About RLG Consulting Engineers
Founded in 1953 by Raymond L. Goodson, Jr., RLG Consulting Engineers specializes in civil, structural, surveying and forensic engineering. For more than 65 years, RLG has been recognized as one of the top engineering firms in Texas for their ability to attract and retain a talented, experienced team. Known for thorough and meticulous work, RLG has designed major projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and throughout the country. The staff of more than 80 employees, includes professional engineers holding licenses in 47 states, graduate engineers and registered professional land surveyors.