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KPFF Reviews

Updated Oct 19, 2019

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KPFF CEO John Gavan
John Gavan
41 Ratings
  1. "Challenging work, enjoy working here"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting projects, lots of room for following and pursuing personal interests, company is invested in culture, beautiful/modern office space, work closely with others, social office environment, comp time (pay or vacation for every hour you work)!!

    Cons

    Lower pay than competitors, mostly male management though there is conscious effort to help promote women, office can be loud/distracting at times

    KPFF2019-05-14
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Diverse company with wide range of projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, overtime can be paid out at 1.0x or can be used as PTO. Diverse company with great people to work with. Projects are fun and can be high profile. Good culture, flat organization.

    Cons

    Salary may be lower than market value. Long hours can be expected. Flat organization may lead to uncertain career path. Hard workers are valued the same as people who drag their feet. There seems to be a lot of office politics and favoritism, but not more than any other company. Everyone is busy, it’s hard to get time and support. Some teams seem understaffed. Questionable management practices.

    Advice to Management

    Salary should be adjusted to the current economy across all positions. It seems like there is a huge gap in pay between top earners and the rest of the company. Pay the people who do excellent work or they will start looking elsewhere. Provide proper support to the engineers, especially the ones who work copious amounts of OT. Invest in the employees.

    KPFF2019-05-12
  3. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are friendly Wide variety of Work Company has a good reputation

    Cons

    It’s in downtown. Only associates get free parking

    KPFF2019-04-26
  4. "..."

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    Current Employee - Structural Designer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    there was good engineering being done

    Cons

    40 hour work week is a lot

    Advice to Management

    ...

    KPFF2019-04-23
  5. "Growing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good health benefits Knowledgeable

    Cons

    Might Salary and profit sharing

    KPFF2019-03-01
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Bait & Switch"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company culture, if you are an alcoholic

    Cons

    Project managers can't wait for new employees to come through the door. As soon as you do, they'll dump all the crap they (or anyone else) don't want to do on your desk.

    Advice to Management

    You can't advise someone whose already got it all figured out

    KPFF2019-02-08
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Assistant Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The organization is incredibly open minded to entrepreneurial individuals. If you have an interest in something, and can show that you have the ability to profitably take on work, most people in leadership will support you. The principals are generally a well-versed and strategic group, who are widely trusted to be driving the company while thinking about the long-term stability and profitability.

    Cons

    While the flat organization and independent operating structure allows for great flexibility and adaptability, the lack of centralized data management can cause gaps in information flow and inconsistencies from one project/group/division/manager to the next. Similarly, those with an interest in cutting edge technology would likely find the speed to adoption of new project management software in this setting to be... stifling.

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    KPFF2018-11-25
  8. "Great work. Great People. Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. GREAT VARIETY AND VOLUME OF WORK. As a young engineer, it has been amazing to be at a company that has breadth and depth in various markets. This provides numerous opportunities to grow as an engineer and will pay dividends down the road. 2. GREAT PEOPLE AND CULTURE. KPFF puts a high value on relationships, at the very core of it's business model. This applies to client relationships, but also relationships... among employees. Case in-point: it's not uncommon to see the upper-level employees taking time out of their day to join some break room fun at the pool table and ping pong table. Yes, that's right, this company devotes useable square footage to a break room where employees can relax and connect on a relational level. 3. GREAT COMPANY. This company cares about providing good compensation and benefits. More than that, they care about the lives of their employees. In the good and bad, you'll see people go out of their way to celebrate with you or help you in a hard time,

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    Cons

    KPFF seeks to provide an environment that is well-suited to self-directed career path. Sometimes this can make employees feel a little "lost," so to speak. Overall this strategy is a positive, and the leadership is committed to its employees' success, but it seems like the type of place where you won't go far unless you take the lead on your on career.

    KPFF2018-11-27
  9. "Great work experience"

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    Current Employee - CAD Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work on different types of projects

    Cons

    Haven't notice any cons so far

    KPFF2018-11-14
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Civil Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Civil Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, semi-annual bonuses. If you work hard, you are recognized. Able to work remotely in inclement weather, and any overtime is paid or can be used as comp time. Flat organization provides lots of exposure to various projects and clients.

    Cons

    Some people are working from home too much. Certain PM's will throw you under the bus to save face for their screw-ups. That being said, try to make a good impression on people you like working with, so you have a good outlook, and variety of work.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the PMs who bring in the most work are not good managers. If they have a better business relation, pair them with a midlevel engineer that can assist with red line reviews, allowing said PMs to continue bringing work in.

    KPFF2018-09-25
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