BKF Engineers
3.3 of 5 9 reviews
www.bkf.com Redwood City, CA 150 to 499 Employees

BKF Engineers Reviews

Updated Feb 4, 2014

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David LaVelle

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great People -- Solid Projects

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsGood people working at the company, interesting fast-paced projects, nice perks, flexible schedules, and cool bay front location, hourly pay means overtime and no getting taken advantage of

    ConsWork-life balance (means more overtime though), work really depends on PM, too much work for the current amount of employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore early advancement opportunities, hire more engineers or better distribute the work load

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Experience varies from office to office, and depends on the project manager that you work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey do take time to train you, and there are many young engineers

    ConsThe pay isn't the most competitive in the industry, but they do have pretty good benefits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBKF maintains an excellent entrepreneurial atmosphere where new ideas and markets are explored.
    BKF's work includes great marque projects throughout California including Santa Row, Treasure Island, Oakland Coliseum redevelopment, Oracle, Highway 4 widening, etc. etc.
    BKF provides the ability and encouragement for both individual and team growth.

    Conswith the emphasis on projects, training and operations can be lacking at times

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue to improve the internal operations and communication to help facilitate a better work/life balance for all employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrific

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsGood people, loyal, great work environment...makes sense that they have been awarded one of the best civil engineering firms to work for.

    ConsThey only have offices in California

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen offices out side the state

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good variety of jobs

    Civil Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsThe company has a good famiy and work balance atmosphere. If you need time off, you can work longer hours one day to transfer to another day.

    ConsThe company has a lot of employees whom have been there for over 10 years. With that said, those employees have become comfortable with their job positions and promotions and raises are rarely given.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    project engineer

    Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood projects to work on

    Conspoor management, lack of vision and transparency

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee long term goals, although they recently change themselves from "local company" tag to more broader company..

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    It's a Job

    Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsFriendly employees. Decent place to work for. Pay is average. Long hours during busy days. Lots of politics. Management plays favoritism. Flexible hours.

    Conspoor upper management. very competitive work enviroment. Management plays favoritism. Long hours. Massive lay off during down time. Low bonus pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPoor management overall. Managers will need further training in handling non-technical aspect of the business. Grow too big too fast.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be Cautious

    Project Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking at a mid-size firm like BKF is always a good thing because you meet and know everybody you work with. There is also a wide variety of good projects that BKF employees get exposed to.

    Cons1. Employee Reviews do not happen at all (at least in the transportation group). Which results in little to no yearly raises.
    2. The offices are not social at all. BKF is a place where you put your head down and work.
    3. Management intentionally commits to unrealistic deadlines. Some managers have no idea what is going on, or what it takes to complete tasks.
    4. If you have skills, expect to receive more responsibilities. However, do not expect to get paid for these additional responsibilities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of current employees are dissatisfied with working at BKF. Managers need to provide more flexibility in the time allotted for completing tasks. More importantly, BKF should compensate their talent!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    BKF is good for 3 to 5 years -- after that its time to move on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat family work balance. able to try different projects. Decent training programs

    ConsVery little upward mobility. Salaries and bonuses are on the low side.

    Advice to Senior Managementpay your employees what they are worth.

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