Employee Spotlight: Marissa Siemens

Spokane Office

  1. How did you first learn about TD&H? “Growing up in Bigfork, I heard about TD&H through my parents’ business when they owned Glacier Precast Concrete. When I moved back to the Flathead Valley from Houston in 2014, it was one of the first engineering firms I was interested in due to that connection.”
  2. What is your role at TD&H? “Civil Engineer and Project Manager.”
  3. Before working at TD&H, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? “I worked for ExxonMobil as a rotational drilling engineer supporting offshore drilling operations in Angola and Turkey. Not only did I get to work overseas and experience the culture, but I did it on 28 day rotations where you work for 28 days and then get 28 days off.”
  4. What are 3 words to describe TD&H? “Quality, Integrity, Family-Oriented.”
  5. What do you find the most challenging at TD&H? “It varies depending on the projects, but managing clients and their various personalities and expectation can be quite the challenge.”
  6. What do you like most about TD&H? “The variety of the work and that not every day is the same.”
  7. What drew you to TD&H originally? And how has TD&H changed since? “I ended up in the Spokane office because the job market in Kalispell was stale and I needed to expand my job search. When the Spokane office advertised for an opening, I jumped on it right away and it has all worked out for the best. There has been minimal change within the Spokane office and I think that shows people are happy working for and with TD&H.”
  8. What is your favorite part about working for TD&H? “Working for a manager who does not micro-manage and supports your career and life goals. This was not the case when I worked for a major corporation. Also, the people and positive atmosphere in the office.”
  9. How do you balance your career at TD&H, education and family? “By making it a priority and using the flexible work hours to fit my plans.”
  10. Any favorite line from a movie? “You don’t have a choice if you get  hurt in this world, but you do have a say in who hurts you” – The Fault in Our Stars
  11. What do you like to do on your days off? “I show quarter horses competitively at a national level and when I’m not at a horse show during the spring, summer, and fall, I am either hiking, camping, 4wheeling, or enjoying lake days.”
  12. What is the first concert you attended? “I can’t recall, but one of my favorite concerts was Creation Music Fest at the Gorge.  It’s a 4-day concert series where you camp at the Gorge and bounce from stage to stage all day long listening to great music.”
  13. If you could be stuck in an elevator with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be? “My mom and nephew Clay who both passed way too young and the third person would have to be Jesus as I have lots of questions.”
  14. Best advice you’ve ever been given? “My mom always told me to “Do all things without grumbling or complaining.” – Philippians 2:14”
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