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Saiful Bouquet Reviews

Updated May 29, 2019

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Saiful Bouquet CEO Saiful Islam, Ph.D., S.E.
Saiful Islam, Ph.D., S.E.
18 Ratings
  1. "Great Place to Make a Career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Saiful Bouquet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Excellent support and help from project managers and colleagues .The team has a great chain of command and any time I’ve had an issue, my supervisor has always been approachable, a good listener, and gives such great advice. It's a great chance for engineers to learn. 2. Great projects all over the nation and opportunities to grow. Received exposure to a broad range of things. Engineers have chance to work on the...

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    Cons

    Hours can get rough when deadlines hit, but that is to be expected anywhere.

    Saiful Bouquet2019-05-29
  2. "Exponential Growth - Holistic Exposure Of Running The Show (Projects)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saiful Bouquet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Briefly about me; I worked for 3 1/2 years at SBI. Worked directly with executives, Saiful & Tom and principals Matt & Vernon and often interacted with several other principles. I was a fresh graduate out of UCSD and this was my first full time job. (1) Getting onto the point I feel to be the most important. It was a period of exponential growth for me. I was directly part of much more of what can typically...

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    Cons

    Need additional time for R&D and a reserved & designed time for personal development. Might sound like a radical idea but is not and this can be big winner for time ahead.

    Saiful Bouquet2019-05-25
  3. "Good company"

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

    I have been working at Saiful Bouquet full-time

    Pros

    -insurance -working environment -high salary -overall a good company to work for

    Cons

    -interview process was too long

    Saiful Bouquet2019-04-14
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Honest Review: Come here for health insurance, not work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saiful Bouquet full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance, that's it. They have an excellent health insurance plan where you don't have to worry about getting killed by the deductibles and co-pay. Hopefully you won't have to use it during your term there.

    Cons

    1. Work culture is very bad. I saw some recent reviews tactfully putting the sentiment that the young engineers should do their "homework" on their own time, which basically means company doesn't want to pay you to learn anything, which comes to you working 45+ hours on a 40 hour pay (I would encourage you to question the recent "five star" reviews by talking to present/past employees to make sure they are not fake reviews...

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    Advice to Management

    You have lost a large number of talented and motivated people over the 20+ years you've been in the profession, and it seems Saiful's ears are closed in terms of being flexible, which is ironic given that he's trying to change the ways of other principals/managers. Please compensate the engineers well, and don't overwork them without overtime. The faux banked hours will only do so much.

    Saiful Bouquet2019-04-29
  5. "Prestigious and forward-thinking structural engineering firm"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company that gives to young engineers exposure to exciting projects. Engineers who are willing to take responsibilities are rewarded by working on very high profile projects. All principals are very knowledgeable and technical therefore you will always find an answer to your questions. The company is fast pace therefore you will get to learn a lot in a very short term. The company rewards long term commitment...

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    Cons

    As the company works on very high end and fast pace projects, young engineers need to close the gap between the school knowledge and practical/required technical knowledge within the first 6-12 months. Therefore engineers need to do their "homework" and be willing to work on their own to match the company expectations. This pressure is not easy to take and sometimes overwhelming but i do believe that this is for the engineer...

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    Advice to Management

    Have faith in young engineers and empower them.

    Saiful Bouquet2018-10-08
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Structural Engineer - Pasadena"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saiful Bouquet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Saiful Bouquet for sure provides more than an engineer can expect. However, not everyone is able to understand and feel it, let alone benefit from it. Projects & Work The best part about the company is the high profile projects that an engineer can work on. Unlike the big firm only allows one to work on something he is good at, Saiful Bouquet gives young engineers the opportunity to work as much as he can. From conceptual...

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    Cons

    Sometimes the workload may be higher than usual, which increases the pressure. However, it does happen in every firm that has a growing reputation. Some managers may be harsh to engineers when they make silly mistakes. Do homeworks first before taking the exam and don't take it personal.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone has 20+ years of experience and born to know everything. Here I quote what Mr. Saiful said to engineers before:"be patient, and good things will come". I guess the wise suggestion may be considered by everyone.

    Saiful Bouquet2017-05-03
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyed my Time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Saiful Bouquet

    Pros

    I was well taken care of during my time at SBI. There were occasional company outings and coworker bonding events as well as good snacks. My specific team of coworkers were fun people and generally hard workers.

    Cons

    Often times demands/deadlines lack a realistic approach to getting work done on time. This can lead to crazy hours or not being able to give proper time to a project.

    Saiful Bouquet2016-09-18
  8. "Part-time intern - San Diego"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saiful Bouquet

    Pros

    My experience at the San Diego office was extremely enriching. The office is a small group of devoted and intelligent engineers. They are also great people, and the office is like a small family were everyone gets along very well each other. On the technical side, you can get out of the job as much as you put in. Projects are challenging and engineers there get to work on multiple aspects of each project, thus promoting...

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    Cons

    I did not have any negative experiences while at the company.

    Saiful Bouquet2015-12-18
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great platform to grow and learn."

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saiful Bouquet

    Pros

    As a Structural Engineering Firm, Saiful Bouquet has been growing at a very fast pace. This has brought in a lot of interesting and high profile jobs and has opened up great opportunities for the employees to gain tremendous amount of experience as structural engineers, drafters, coordinators, admin, marketing and managers. I have been working as a full time engineer for over a year now and have realized many benefits...

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    Cons

    Sometimes as a young engineer all you care about is engineering. You may get disappointed by the fact that sometimes you don't get to do analysis or engineering due to the phase your project is in. This phase may get stretched for a long time depending on the project you are working on. I believe, this is inevitable regardless of where you work.

    Advice to Management

    My only advise to the management would be to try and understand the thoughts and needs of the new generation and bring a change in the work environment once in a while.

    Saiful Bouquet2015-07-19
  10. Helpful (2)

    "A place for engineers who are passionate about their work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Management in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saiful Bouquet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Saiful Bouquet is a dynamic, growing company with fascinating projects, set up with a structure that allows engineers to establish their careers and grow with the firm. However, it is not an easy place to work. A lot has been written here about Saiful's tendency to challenge engineers publicly. I actually see this as one of the positive aspects of the firm, but others take it differently. Saiful wants to train his...

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    Cons

    Some employees do not appreciate this type of work environment. Being called upon to discuss and defend projects can be distracting and uncomfortable for many engineers, as well as others in the open office area. As noted above, Saiful Bouquet pursues some of the most high-profile projects available, and these projects also tend to have very demanding schedules. Engineers at Saiful Bouquet are frequently asked whether...

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    Saiful Bouquet2015-07-02
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