Imagine your drive to work. How do you feel?

If you feel sad, depressed, annoyed, pissed off, or like you just don’t want to go, maybe it’s time to find a new place to hone your skills in commercial plumbing and piping…

Because what if your work environment was a positive one? What if you were able to *literally* build something great with people who have your back? And this one might seem crazy, but what would life be like if you actually liked going to work?

At J.W. McClanahan, we pride ourselves on creating and sustaining a healthy work environment in Northern California and Nevada.

And we don’t just “talk the talk” – we’ve been doing this for over 80 years. With nearly 200 employees located across three cities – San Francisco, CA; Sacramento, CA; and Reno, NV – our team members are THE reason J.W. McClanahan has been around for so long.

We are a group of people with families, diverse interests, and outside commitments that sometimes don’t fit perfectly in a 9-5 schedule.

That’s why we offer benefits that allow our staff to be the humans they are. Might seem strange, we know, but we believe it’s critical that our employees are able to take care of themselves, their families, and their communities.

Some of our team members’ favorite benefits include:

  • Medical, vision and dental coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Hybrid office model and work schedule
  • Retirement benefits
  • 401K profit sharing program

Perhaps most importantly, the one thing every person wearing the JWM logo has in common is a genuine care for one another. But don’t take our word for it…

Meet Diamond Harris, Project Accounting Manager

Diamond started working at JWM in 2013 as an administrative assistant. Over the last decade, she’s worked her way up to Project Accounting Manager. In her latest role, Diamond handles accounts payable, accounts receivable, and subcontractors payable for the entire company.

As a working mom, she appreciates the flexibility and work-from-home option she enjoys in her position. She says she is always learning something new, and she feels inspired by the collective experience of the people she works with.

And she’s not alone! Once people join JWM, they tend to stay a while. Years, in fact, with a median tenure of over a decade. And it’s no wonder why.

Diamond shared, “JWM has always let me learn and grow. Having so many benefits and a great work schedule is a plus in this working mom’s book!” She simply can’t see herself working anywhere else.

Are you interested in doing something big in the plumbing and piping industry?

Our portfolio of projects is huge, and the projects we do also tend to be…huge. We’re talking hospitals, casinos, government buildings, sprawling hotels, sports complexes, and more.

What’s unique about J.W. McClanahan is that no matter how big our projects are, each person’s individual role is important and valued. Why? Because we know it takes every team member to get the job done right, from project managers to pipe installers, and everyone in between.

We’ve built a reputation over the years that we’re proud of. And our customers expect the best from us. This is why we invest so much into training our staff and implementing the latest technology. In fact, we allocate 5% of our annual revenue back into our team members each year!

The real secret to our success and longevity as a company isn’t rocket science. It’s that we genuinely care about our employees’ success, which naturally feeds into the company’s success.

Regardless of an individual’s skill set or job title, our employees share some key characteristics. Do these describe you?

  • You are a curious, life-long learner
  • You can leave your judgements and biases at home
  • You build healthy relationships
  • You’re confident yet humble
  • You know when to ask for help (and you do!)
  • You are motivated to work towards a common goal
  • You strategize instead of agonize over issues that arise
  • You care for others’ well-being

There’s a real sense of pride when JWM team members spot the soaring 56-story Transbay Block 8 residential building in San Francisco. Or when the light catches their eye on the gorgeous (and LEED Platinum) 10th and O Street office building in Sacramento. And how about Carson Tahoe Hospital, named one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. by Soliant Health! We were honored to work on these projects. Want that feeling, too?

Check out our current job listings and apply to join the JWM team. Whether you’re based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento or Reno, we’re grateful for your interest and look forward to talking with you real soon.


Since 1940, J.W. McClenahan (JWM) has delivered innovative plumbing and piping solutions. We provide outstanding service and empower our partners and employees to thrive. We innovate to move the industry forward, and mentor to excite the next generation. From the jobs we create to the partnerships we nurture to the buildings we help construct, we exist to improve people’s lives and extend the legacy of excellence established by our namesake. To learn more, send us a note and we’ll be in touch with you as quickly as possible.