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Updated 19 February, 2018
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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
  • The medical benefits could be slightly better, no dental and medical cost is pretty high (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "working at KPFF"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at KPFF full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good projects, some nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Mixed bag in terms of staff. 75% of the staff is incredibly nice, hardworking, and intelligent. The other 25% of the staff are the opposite.


  2. "Drafter"

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    Current Employee - CAD Drafter in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - CAD Drafter in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and regular 8 hrs work

    Cons

    No salary increases, tiny bonuses

    Advice to Management

    salary increases, bonuses


  3. "Mixed Feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with experienced engineers
    Good pay and benefits
    Friendly coworkers
    Compensation for overtime hours

    Cons

    Deadline-driven work means you'll have slow weeks and super busy weeks
    Feedback from management is not always clear
    Managers may be too busy with their own tasks to provide clear direction on the tasks they assign

    Advice to Management

    Have a training program to get new engineers up to speed and have concrete metrics to measure performance


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's an option but look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    -Variety of project materials (wood, steel, masonry, concrete)
    -Variety of project types: retrofit existing buildings, new design, analysis, etc...
    -In general you will get exposed to all the stages of a project: schematic design, construction documents, etc...
    -Perform construction administration (CA)
    -Young office
    -You do pretty much everything (calculation packages, draw and send your details to the drafter), CA
    -You get a variety of experiences fast

    Cons

    -Office has a very high turnover rate, people continue to leave which is why the office is so young
    -Office is not profitable
    -No dental insurance
    -No vision insurance
    -You do get a HSA stipend but it still does not make up for it
    -Bonuses are poor compared to competing firms
    -Salary is poor compared to competing firms
    -No project reviews- no one really looks at your work
    -Performance reviews are nonexistent, you have to ask for a review and even if you get one, it's you reviewing yourself (your manager doesn't know what you did) or your manager just never gives you one or postpones it inevitably
    -No raise or bonus for getting your P.E. license
    -Drafting department is poor
    -No mentorship
    -Office is deeply segregated into pods (bunch of different teams)
    -Poor management
    -Some engineering decisions on projects are questionable
    -Lack of professionalism


  6. "Excellent employer and work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, excellent monthly company meetings, positive environment.

    Cons

    No parking, small bathrooms, only high-ups get windows.


  7. "Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love KPFF. The people are awesome, everyone is treated as an equal. Everyone is supportive of your goals. Asking questions is encouraged.

    Cons

    The medical benefits could be slightly better, no dental and medical cost is pretty high.


  8. "work environment and projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly, different jobs and projects, site visits

    Cons

    sometimes small projects, new hire has to work hard


  9. Helpful (1)

    "mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the managers are OK to work with.

    Cons

    Offices lie about # billable hours to make there office look good.


  10. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Great opportunity.

    Cons

    This is not the place for someone who isn't motivated and a self starter.


  11. Helpful (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.


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