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Coffman Engineers Overview

Seattle, WA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Coffman is a multidiscipline engineering firm that brings creativity to our designs, proven results in practical engineering solutions, and all of this is reflected in the lasting relationships we have with our clients. For 37 years, Coffman has provided civil, structural ... Read more

Mission: Coffman's mission is to empower our team to deliver innovative engineering solutions focused on our clients’ success.

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  • Coffman Spokane is excited to host the local architectural community for ARE Prep with Coffman Engineers! For more information, how to register, and for future sessions check out AIA Spokane's event page.

    ARE Prep Sessions with Coffman Engineers

    AIA Spokane is pleased to announce ARE Prep with Coffman Engineers. These sessions will take place at the offices of Coffman Engineers after work hours between 5:30-7pm. (Note that the building locks at 6pm.) Topics will be covered on the dates noted below. These sessions are FREE but pre-registration is required.

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Coffman Engineers – Why Work For Us?



The right team is more than an advantage.
It's a game changer.

At Coffman Engineers, we serve as both prime consultant and sub consultant on projects large and small, including commercial, retail, institutional, government, industrial, and project/construction management. Incorporated in 1979, we have offices in Anchorage, Bozeman, D.C. Metro, Guam, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, and Spokane – serving clients all over the United States as well as overseas.

To meet client objectives and to integrate our many disciplines, we can create teams comprised of structural, mechanical, electrical, corrosion control, and civil engineers, as well as project/construction managers and professionals in a variety of specialty services. This ability has made us a leader in the engineering and construction communities, and has strengthened our reputation as being progressive, innovative, and a great place to work.


To do work that matters, it matters where you work.

The right tools. The right environment. The right people.

Is Coffman Engineers the right place for you?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” if you want to work for a company that values employees for who they are as well as for the skills they possess, that encourages creative and innovative thinking, and whose culture is built around embracing new opportunities and challenges.

Coffman Engineers is made up of a group of people who like to work on interesting projects together. We offer a fun yet professional work environment, the opportunity to work with a broad mix of clients on a wide variety of projects, and a comprehensive compensation/benefits package.


Quality of life is part of the package deal.

When you work at Coffman Engineers, you work for a company that genuinely cares about its people. Part of caring for our people means providing a safety net of benefits to meet those inevitable challenges of life. We also take pride in helping employees grow personally and professionally. Listed below are some of the benefits we currently offer to help fulfill these needs.


  • Group medical, dental, vision, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance plans, health savings account, flexible spending plan
  • Competitive compensation (wages and incentive bonus program)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Transportation subsidy
  • Employee-Assistance Program
  • Substantial employee development and training opportunities for all employees
  • Company-sponsored wellness program


  • Commitment to maintaining up-to-date technology
  • Corporate and employee involvement in charitable activities
  • Sustainable practices


  • Casual Fridays
  • Fun events (Holiday parties and picnics, happy hours, monthly office-wide birthday celebrations and meetings)
  • Company-provided food and beverages

undefinedIt's more than making a living. It's making a difference.

Coffman Engineers' culture is one that reflects the values we hold, which are: Respect, Collaborative, Entrepreneurial, Diversity, and Balance. We are a company filled with individuals committed to a group effort - to make our clients successful. The unofficial motto in the company has always been "work hard, play hard" and we take that to heart. Our culture allows for us to be an employer of choice, encouraging the health and development of our staff on multiple levels.

Our Culture

  • Respect
  • Collaborative
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Diversity
  • Balance

Throughout the year, Coffman Engineers finds ways to give back to their local communities. Whether it be through volunteering, raising funds, or running our hearts out - it's who we are and it's a part of the culture that we cherish.

The American Red Cross Association

Coffman Engineers raised donations in support of the thousands of Louisianans that were affected by the record rainfall and flooding. Employees donated $6,220 and the company matched the amount bringing the total to $12,440. The donation was made to the Washington Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross on behalf of the whole company.



Growing eWeek on the Island of Guam

Coffman Engineers reached out to local public/private high schools and middle schools, helping provide over 70 classroom presentations, speaking to over 3,800 students during Engineers Week.



SAME Bridge Building Competition

Coffman Engineers helped organize the 5th Annual H. Dean Gilham Bridge Design Competition at the Society of American Military Engineering event. This bridge building competition encourages high students to be creative and pursue their interest in engineering.



Kids at Heart

Coffman Engineers attended the Kids at Heart Luncheon that benefits the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.



American Cancer Society Walk

Team Coffman had an amazing time walking for a great cause and raised $725. It was an early morning 3-mile walk, but the route along the water at Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park was well worth the early start! Over 4,000 walkers attended the event to help raise over $185,000 for the American Cancer Society and to bring more awareness about the risks of breast cancer.




The Coffman team built an award-winning structure for the 11th Annual Canstruction event. This year’s sculpture of Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka was awarded Most Cans, People’s Choice and Honorable Mention! Coffman donated 1,015 pounds of food through the structure and helped the event in total raise 22,725 pounds for the Hawaii Foodbank!




Coffman Engineers’ Los Angeles office donated toys, food, and clothing to the Annual BOMA/GLA Toy Drive. Year after year, this drive has supported a number of deserving charities and those less fortunate.



Alaska Mountain Rescue Group

Coffman Engineers sponsored the Twin Peaks Race put on as a fundraiser by the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG). The AMRG is a nonprofit volunteer search and rescue organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, dedicated to providing search and rescue services in Alaska




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    "A Great Place to Work!"

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    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time (Less than a year)


    The culture at Coffman is the key differentiator compared to other engineering firms. The energy and enthusiasm of the office drives productivity for the employees, which results in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. What Coffman has been able to create and maintain is truly unique. As the company continues to succeed, there is a strong emphasis on maintaining this culture and ensuring each employee feels respected and appreciated.


    The schedule can be demanding at times, however, that is typical for all engineering firms.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! It means so much to all of us to be able to contact anyone in the company without experiencing individual egos. This attribute makes it much easier to learn and contribute to the overall team atmosphere.

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Coffman Engineers Photos

Coffman Engineers photo of: Canstruction Fun in Honolulu
Coffman Engineers photo of: The South Pole
Coffman Engineers photo of: Guam receiving SAME Certificate of Appreciation
Coffman Engineers photo of: Receiving the Disaster Relief Partner Award
Coffman Engineers photo of: Oakland's 2017 Cat's Away
Coffman Engineers photo of: Los Angeles Office
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Coffman Engineers Interviews



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    Senior Structural Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Coffman Engineers (Seattle, WA) in February 2018.


    This firm is one I would never apply for. They are run by complete idiots. You will be forced to fill out additional forms and you will not ever get an interview even though I already filled out the basic form online. The reason they do this is so they can recruit your references. Their HR person told me I was not even qualified to be a structural engineer in California even though I am licensed as one. Then they have the audacity to repost the opening again. The reason I think Coffman Engineers does this is for free consulting. When I asked the HR person why I was not qualified, she could not even explain it. Heck, their HR people are so stupid they would screw over applicants who hep their own family members.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no unusual questions because they lied about the job opening to begin with.   Answer Question
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Coffman Engineers Awards & Accolades

  • LEED Certified, U.S. Green Building Council, 2016
  • Healthiest Employers, Healthiest Employers, 2016
  • Zweig Letter Hot Firm List, Hot Firm List, 2016
  • Best Places to Work Winner - Small Company Category, Best Places to Work, 2016
  • Top 55 Engineering Firms (Ranked #20), Building Design + Construction Magazine, 2016
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