BKF Engineers

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BKF Engineers Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people, great projects, great atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A combination of a casual and busy workplace. Competitive compensation, great benefits, good perks. Training ranges from lunch and learn to attending CAD Masters classes. A diverse range of projects, from private land development, to public infrastructure works. Very competent management and upper-level engineers. The company has an impressive and detailed strategic plan for the future.

    Cons

    Work hours can be long, but can be extremely flexible depending on the Project Manager. It would be nice to have more time off, even if it was unpaid, but welcome to corporate America. There are currently 20-25 Project Managers and 10-12 Associates. For this reason, I see it being difficult to advance past Project Manager in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering more time off, even unpaid. Consider offering 4-day work weeks, 10 hours a day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere

    Cons

    Didn't learn much and was often hard pressed to find work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Marquee projects, good people, great opportunities!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    BKF has a flat organization structure for a 270 person firm. Each group has relative attonamy to manage projects and mentor staff.

    Cons

    With a flatter organization structure and less corporate goverance and oversight, some corporate-wide functions (like formal training) can vary from group to group.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company. Not a great place to grow your carreer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer I in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer I in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    BKF works on the most high profile jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and works with some incredible companies. Certain groups encourage a great work life balance, including the ability to move hours around during the week to take time off without using vacation time.

    Cons

    It is very easy to get stuck in a particular position, and then very difficult to climb out of it. The on-the-job training is nearly non existent unless a job requires you to learn new skills- consequently there are large skill and knowledge gaps between engineers of the same level within the same group. Many engineers will have their careers plateau here after 2-3 years even after obtaining their PE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a large focus on promoting from within, and put some effort, time, and money into continuing education. Bi-monthly lunch time seminars that only touch on advanced concepts that 95% of the room hasnt used at a introductory level is not helpful to those 95%. Actual classes will cost $$ upfront but will show employees that BKF actually adds value to the employees instead of just taking it. Currently, many employees feel as though the value added scale is tipped a little to far in BKF's favor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKF Engineers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great People -- Solid Projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More early advancement opportunities, hire more engineers or better distribute the work load

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time

    Pros

    BKF 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrific

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at BKF Engineers

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They only have offices in California

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open offices out side the state

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good variety of jobs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at BKF Engineers

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    project engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BKF Engineers

    Pros

    Good projects to work on

    Cons

    poor management, lack of vision and transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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