Creating Your Place
DES Architects + Engineers offer tremendous growth opportunities for talented professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join our firm and work on amazing projects that captivate your interest, maximize your potential and transform the design experience for our clients and the communities in which we live.
At DES, you have the opportunity to pursue your ambitions: a specific project type, team role, expertise, or educational endeavor. There’s a career development program, licensing assistance, educational stipends, mentorship and much more to support you.
With four major markets and seven in-house services, there is a wide range of opportunities whether you're into analyzing sustainability, sketching design concepts, detailing new approaches, or building client relationships.
Career Development Facts:
DES designs incredibly impactful working, learning, and healing environments throughout the Bay Area. Each year, the firm works on more than 300 projects for a diverse range of clients: fast-growing startups, global giants, nonprofits, and developers.
We’re an interdisciplinary team—architects, engineers, designers, planners, and innovators—that challenge ourselves and one another to create forward-thinking environments. Together, we’re the largest architecture firm in Silicon Valley with over 150 employees. Yet, as a regional company, the firm has a tight-knit culture filled with fun-spirited, endlessly curious, and respectful team members.
And, we do countless fun things outside the office: club events, regular happy hours, sports leagues, and community events.
Each year, DES’ WOW Award (What Outstanding Work) recognizes employees that have gone above and beyond their normal job duties. Any employee can nominate their co-workers for consideration for the WOW award. DES’ Senior Associates present the WOW Award at one of the monthly all-hands meetings.
I have been working at DES Architects + Engineers full-time (More than a year)
Great corporate leadership. Good work life balance. High profile clients & projects. Challenging work with accomplished and friendly people.
Pay is at statistical average for your title. local (SF bay, peninsula) adjustment desired. Moving up the ladder is a bit slow.
Advice to Management
Keep doing it the DES way. Vision is good.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at DES Architects + Engineers.
I applied for the Structural Engineer position they advertised on the firm's website. The interview consisted of a panel of the HR person and the head of the structural engineering department. i was asked about my previous experience. I felt I would be a fit for this firm because I have designed all building types.
During the interview, I was constantly being told the firm had to turn down work because they claimed they did not have the manpower to work on some of the projects. I felt this was a win-win situation for them.
In the end, the position did not even exist even though the firm stated this on their website. DES claimed they had to reassess their needs. This was a complete waste of time. I can only imagine how they treat their clients. They are Dumb Engineering Stupidists indeed!
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Veteran Hiring Commitment
Committed to helping America's military veterans find work
Pay Equality Pledge
Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience
Career Advancement Program
Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions
Social Responsibility Pledge
Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities
Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce
Pledge to Thrive
Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being
First Job Programs
Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts