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KPFF Reviews

Updated 24 March, 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. "Better than other reviews suggest"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    -Amazing benefits: paid for every hour over 40, great medical, 401k contributions, free snacks and drinks, speperate sick and personal time off, and dental coming soon.
    -Lots of variety to work.
    -Principal really cares about employee success and wants to help them meet their career goals.
    -Ping pong table and dart board

    Cons

    -Principals are very busy so you must be a self starter and very organized.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decisions are made at the local level, engaged principals and project managers, excellent company culture, wide variety of projects, great people

    Cons

    Sometimes there seems like there is too much work to get done, but that's what you'd expect when we have so many great repeat clients and large projects. You also get a lot of help during crunch times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - it is working!

  3. "Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Design 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

    Fun and friendly environment, get to use over-time as vacation.

    Cons

    Quick turn around for employees.


  4. "Pro's and Con's"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. No micromanaging.

    Cons

    Not culture friendly. Too much emphasis on only the people that bring in the work, not just help the project or pursuits.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bigger part of day to day interactions. Avoid favoritism. Provide clear instructions for growth potential in the future and the path to achieve it.


  5. "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.


  6. "Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits is the only positive experienced.

    Cons

    Comrade between engineering staff and admin staff is non existent. Internal proceedual conflicts observed.

    Advice to Management

    Headquarters needs to play a more active role in their satellite offices.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. Helpful (5)

    "It's an option but look elsewhere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Mixed Feelings"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Excellent employer and work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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