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KPFF Reviews

Updated 2 July, 2017
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Pros
  • It is a great place for professional growth and work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Overall great place to start your career and gain experience as a new engineer (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay is consistently lower than industry average (in 2 reviews)

  • High turnover among Associates and mid-level engineers with 5 (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    opportunity for growth, supportive environment

    Cons

    commute and parking, that's it.


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy. Freedom to excel without others around you providing a limiting ceiling.

    Cons

    No Dental or, Vision provided.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your stars.


  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the lower level co-workers and software

    Cons

    Associates and Principals do not own up to their responsibilities. Very stressful environment and turnover is very high. Good engineers do not last.

    Advice to Management

    Your company is entirely focused on making money.... Look at your employees, there is a reason why everyone leaves and does not stay long.


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    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Wide range of projects to work on though you can get pigeon-holed into designing for certain materials or project types depending on whose team you're on. Friendly environment with great colleagues and accessible senior managers. Overall great place to start your career and gain experience as a new engineer. If after you pass your SE it doesn't seem like you're on the track to become an Associate, you should think about taking your talents elsewhere.

    Cons

    High turnover among Associates and mid-level engineers with 5+ years of experience usually due to burn-out or better opportunities for career growth elsewhere. Emphasis on our "flat organization" is laughable. There are no clear pathways for career progression and a serious lack of professional development beyond technical skills. Senior managers are well-intentioned but TERRIBLE at following through with employee initiatives. Any promise of leadership or management training is just as quickly forgotten so it's hard to take them seriously. Employee reviews also happen sporadically and feels rushed and not well thought out.

    No dental or vision coverage. You'll receive a $500 stipend for related costs which is tough for anyone with a family.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Culture isn't aligned with Portland"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People like working here, the pay is ok for some roles, the management is competent, location is good.

    Cons

    For some reason we find it cute and funny to make fun of other companies in our building. There is a dress code document that specifically pokes at another company. Who does this? And specifically in Portland?? Why have an office in Portland if you can't appreciate Portland's unique ways. This is a massive cultural flaw and reflects poorly on leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, and appreciate the environment where you choose to do business.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity for a person with drive who has an entrepreneurial spirit. Competitive overall compensation. Ability to reap what you sow, no corporate presence holding you back or telling you how to do your job. Excellent leadership. Great people.

    Cons

    There is nearly limitless opportunity here, but it's largely up to the individual to seize the opportunity. This is uncomfortable for some. It is expected that you take ownership of whatever your role entails and some struggle with this responsibility.


  8. "Responsibility and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees given lots of responsibility, and benefits are good.

    Cons

    High expectations not always followed up with timely training.

    Advice to Management

    Try to nurture employees more.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global company, and quite a few talented hardworking people. Some of the employees work hard and help others, but they do not stay for long.

    Cons

    Most managers are either incompetent or rude. Constant pressure from upper management, and unrealistic deadlines that will force you to stay past midnight. Company seems to do fine, but layoffs happen the moment business slows down. Great engineers do not last long in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of communication and knowledge is a constant source of inefficiency from your associate level employees.


  10. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    No micromanaging, they trust you to get your job done. Fantastic management. Pay is competitive to market. The ability to succeed and grow is possible as long as you want it.

    Cons

    Downtown Seattle location is a pain to commuters.

    Advice to Management

    Best management I have ever worked for!


  11. "Good Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Drafter
    Former Employee - Drafter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people good place to work

    Cons

    No place for advancement as far as the drafting department is concerned.

    Advice to Management

    Drafting department has no place for advancement


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