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KPFF Reviews

Updated 13 November, 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
  • The medical benefits could be slightly better, no dental and medical cost is pretty high (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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