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Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Application

I applied in-person. I interviewed at KPW Structural Engineers (Oakland, CA)

Interview

The three owners interviewed me as a panel. They asked questions regarding my experience, and they were kind and very professional. It was interesting learn about the company history and learn about the AEC industry. I felt a real bond between the staff and the owners. It was reassuring to learn how hands-on the owners are with projects and teams, because I feel a disconnect when companies don't have their owners work with the staff.

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  • What can you add to the KPW team?
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KPW Structural Engineers

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA

No Offer
Negative Experience
Application

I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at KPW Structural Engineers (Oakland, CA) in Aug 2017

Interview

I applied for the position advertised in a SEAONC ad. I was interviewed by the two founders of the firm. The position appeared to be a fake. The Principals of the firm insisted I bring work samples. They kept reminding me constantly to show up for the interview via phone and email. The firm told me I would be paid and treated like an EIT even though I had a California Structural Engineer License and many years of significant experience in the work types the firm designed. The Principals kept telling how inferior I was because they did not want me designing projects at this firm. They had the audacity to blame me for what other firm did to me in my career. They were taking notes about everything I said. I think they were using me for free consulting. They refused to let me take a tour of the office. I was left wondering whether they planned on firing someone. They claimed I would have to work as an EIT even though they hired people of my experience level and Associates in the firm. After the interview, I was asked if I could email them PDFs of my work samples. After I refused to do it, the firm turned me down for the position. I do not believe they do not know how to design buildings for seismic forces. They wanted my plans for free because the firm allegedly has software that converts PDFs into CAD details for their use.

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KPW Structural Engineers

Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied through an employee referral The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at KPW Structural Engineers (Oakland, CA) in Mar 2017

Interview

I met with two of the founding principals during the interview. The interview process was professional. I came in with 2-years of experience. So, they did not ask me many technical questions. We focused more on my past experiences and area of expertise. They also made sure to emphasis that at KPW employees are expected to broaden the range of skill set and be willing to work on different project types and materials, which was something I sought after as a young engineer in the field. The interview lasted for about 1 hour, followed by a tour around the office.

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