The Kleinfelder Group

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The Kleinfelder Group Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
67 Reviews
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The Kleinfelder Group President and CEO Bill Siegel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Challenging environment with a variety of projects (in 3 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was very good (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management turns a blind eye to the chaos, only to dismiss logical suggestions for improvement from their staff (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior management cannot decide on how to organize and run company, changes every year (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Corporate Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a company that is striving to grow. My particular office had great people. Decent benefits, pay and time off. The company I worked for was bought out by Kleinfelder and they eased us into the transition well.

    Cons

    A growing company like this is challenging to work for, when things always feel like they are in flux. The company was trying to grow by buying out other companies and focusing on bigger clients. Upper management doesn't always understand what they are asking their people to do because of the multidisciplinary nature of the company (as is the case with many other corporate companies). Finally, keep Christ in Christmas. There's nothing to celebrate about winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand the different disciplines of your company before making decisions that may make things unnecessarily hard on your employees. Care about your employees (ex. by listening to their feedback and making changes accordingly) and they will make the company grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Burning Ship

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good projects to work on to get great technical experience. It is pretty easy to work on a variety of projects from around the country. Very good work/life balance, not a lot of pressure to work a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    The company is in trouble and no one in leadership positions will admit it. The financials are a mess, the company is laying off people left and right, closing offices, and people are fleeing the company for better work environments. As the economy is improving across the country this company is continuing to under perform despite employees being as busy as ever. There are way too many senior leadership positions that are 0% billable that are bringing this ship down. This is one reason why salaries are notoriously well below industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat at the top. The senior leadership needs to be over hauled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underpaid entry-level engineers; company disorganization

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    Current Employee - Staff Professional I
    Current Employee - Staff Professional I

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy to work from home; national offices are very connected and share projects; quality engineers; large variety of projects

    Cons

    lower salaries; limited holidays; quick to let go of employees; financial struggles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be so quick to let go of employees (I haven't been let go but see it occurring on a monthly basis); don't eliminate employee benefits such as overtime compensation (the method for bonuses is very unmotivating as it is now) and other little office perks...those are the things that keep employees happy, motivated, loyal, and hard-working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group

    Pros

    Different project types and work loads

    Cons

    Insiders or money-makers advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within, quit paying big bucks to outsiders and alienating current employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Extremely poorly run company with inexperienced senior management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gain entry level experience and take this experience to a better run company
    Regional strengths but very inconsistent across the firm

    Cons

    1. Senior management cannot decide on how to organize and run company, changes every year
    2. Stuck in 1990's way of doing business with no overarching strategy of how to grow
    3. Vision to be a multi-faceted engineering design firm cannot happen with current senior and mid-levelmanagement who are long term Kleinfelder employees focused on geotechnical engineering and lab services
    4. Cultural is very parochial and focused on local office capabilities and not team work, offices often compete for the same project against each other
    5. Management's actions do not follow their words

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Need to bring in new blood that have managed nationwide design firms and shed employees who are not buying into concept of being a prime consultant
    2. Change makeup of Board of Directors to include Directors with experience doing what you want to do in the future and not a bunch of long term Kleinfelder managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great starting job, but not for the long term.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance was very good. Young employees are given the opportunity to manage projects right off the bat.

    Cons

    401k match is very low. Benefits are lacking. Opportunities difficult to get across the company. Bonus program is a joke. The lack of marketing has left some offices with a bleak outlook. Can't say I ever saw the "bright people or right solutions."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees for good work. Need to diversify regions/offices in different types of work/clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think twice.

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    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and benefits are adequate

    Cons

    Within my department- Unprofessioanl management, unbalanced work load, too many restricitons to get work done, not enough staff to properly service clients and almost feels like working in a frat house!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to what the employees are telling you. You should have a review of management by employees. The exit interviews are done for a reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    People fun to work with and a lot of opportunities to learn

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    Former Employee - Staff Professional I in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Professional I in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of training and opportunities to learn, opportunity to work on prestigious projects with experienced people from different technical backgrounds.

    Cons

    Compensation is decent, frequent "restructuring" and over-hiring for big projects and then layoffs once the projects are completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give priority in keeping people with good experience and technical background instead of replacing them with less experienced

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for a challenging career

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great range of projects, including large and technically challenging ones that really allow employees to expand their capabilities and grow as professionals. There are some great people that are really enjoyable to work with. Excellent senior technical staff which provide great mentorship opportunities. The company recognizes and invests in its technical staff and capabilities. Based on my observations, advancement in the company is merit based, not a "good-old-boys" mentality or "political" as some reviewers have suggested.

    Cons

    The company has undergone a lot of growth and in recent years the growth has focused on diversifying services lines. At the same time, there has been ongoing internal restructuring efforts. All of this change has come with some growing pains, but has positioned the company very well for the future. Those that are not adept at change and evolution in their work place have experienced difficulties. Large firm-type administrative bureaucracy is sometimes cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's work with the systems we have rather than pursue more internal restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company But Politics can be hard to handle

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    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Made some great friends along the way. Good starter company if you are looking on pursuing a career in construction management/inspection services.

    Cons

    Upper Management. The politics you have to deal with are a bit stressful. Very underminding individuals, who use placing fear into their employees as a way to continue practising managment the way that they do without interuptions. They are not for the entry level employees whatsoever, the only people that matter to this company are upper management. Anyone else, they are just a number. They use your utilization against you, when at times it is not your fault that you have no billing hours. You can never get a hold of any supervisors cause they are "too busy". This place is not what it used to be that is a fact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Treat them with respect and courtesy, they are people too. Reward those who work hard, and stop playing favoritism! Its BS.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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