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DOWL Overview

Anchorage, AK
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
For over 50 years, it has been the quality of our people that defines the DOWL difference.

Our staff of dedicated professionals consistently exceeds our client's expectations, and has enabled us to develop into one of the ... Read more

Mission: DOWL provides a wide range of civil and structural engineering and related services, including facility site planning and design; the design of roadways, highways, airfields, and trail systems; bridges and structures; water, sewer and storm drain systems; environmental ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We're calling today Future Friday, and as National Public Works Week comes to a close, we have our eyes set on what the future of engineering and public works looks like. A big part of that is planning for the potential for earthquakes, storms, and other unexpected events. From inspecting critical water towers in Vancouver, WA, to providing a full inventory and seismic resiliency rating of every bridge in Eugene, OR, our team is dedicated to making sure our public works are ready for the future, no matter what comes our way.

  • As National Public Works Week continues, we're thrilled to celebrate the public works projects that manage and protect our planet's most plentiful resource: Water. Stormwater, wastewater, drinking water... All of it is essential and worth protecting. So grab a glass and join us in celebrating Water Wednesday! 💧

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DOWL – Why Work With Us?


Small-Town Service, Big-Time Experts

At DOWL, our people are our firm. It’s the friendly faces you know and trust who make sure your project and our shared communities receive the care they deserve. Just like you, we live, work, and play in our community – that’s why doing it right means so much.


Our Services

From initial planning and investigation through construction administration, DOWL’s team knows your end goal isn’t the permit or the plan set – you’re looking for the final product and so are we.  DOWL is a professional services firm skilled in planning, surveying, engineering (transportation, civil, structural, water resources, and geotechnical), environmental, and other support services.



If you are looking for an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to start a career and to enjoy a challenge, consider joining the DOWL team of over 450 professionals in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Finding qualified personnel through affiliations in the business and educational communities, we regularly expand to meet seasonal and project schedules.

DOWL offers career opportunities in the following employment categories:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Bridge/Structural Engineers
  • Transportation/Traffic Engineers
  • Water Resources Professionals
  • Planners
  • Landscape Architects
  • Environmental Specialists
  • AutoCAD® Technicians
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professionals
  • Materials Testing Technicians
  • Construction Inspectors
  • Land Surveyors, Licensed Surveyors, Crew Chiefs, Crew Members
  • Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Accounting Professionals
  • Information Technology Professionals

  • Medical/Rx Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid personal leave
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Wellness activities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Reimbursement for certifications and professional licensure
  • Support for participation in continuing education such as workshops, seminars, and conferences
  • Lunch and learn programs
  • Paid professional association memberships
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings and Investment Plan
  • Discretionary 401(k) employer matching contributions
  • Discretionary 401(k) employer contributions, even if you don't contribute
  • Continuation of health benefits after you retire

DOWL's Committed to Giving Back to the Community

DOWL managers and employees commit time and money to organizations that make the communities we live in better places. Some of DOWL’s community philanthropy includes a match of employee’s United Way donations 50 cents on the dollar, major gifts to two children’s hospitals and contributions of time and/or money to food banks, homeless and women’s shelters, street and park clean-up, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, rotaries, economic development organizations, and much more. In addition, engineering services have been donated and/or fees greatly reduced to projects at children’s camps, humane societies, low-cost housing projects, and food banks.    

DOWL is committed to providing opportunities for youth in our communities. Our employees donate time to assist with Math Counts, robotics competitions, and other STEM programs for students. DOWL is a supporter of various universities through their engineering programs. 


On October 20th, 2015 the Helena office worked with the local Habitat for Humanity in an effort to clean up their ReStore site after an arson incident.

DOWL Reviews

  • "The sky is the limit"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Designer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Civil Designer in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DOWL full-time (More than a year)


    Autonomy, Opportunity, Engagement, Mentorship, Benefits, flexible schedule


    New office, turnover, slow software adoption, city commute, company merge issues

    Advice to Management

    Management has great attitude towards employees. Advice: pay closer attention to employee concerns about software issues. It's hard to come to a work place knowing you're going to encounter random software bugs. Please get BlueBeam PDF. Also, I would recommend hiring a CAD Manager to handle all of the details and standards. Because City communiting is dreadful and expensive, I would also see if there is possibility for part-time work-from-home options.

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DOWL Photos

DOWL photo of: DOWL's participation in the annual Canstruction project
DOWL photo of: Captain America CANstruction
DOWL photo of: Annual United Way Drive 2017
DOWL photo of: Happy DOWLoween!
DOWL photo of: DOWL Portland Softball team
DOWL photo of: DOWL's Fairbanks Engineers participate in the Biz Bee
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DOWL Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied through other source. I interviewed at DOWL.


    Laid back interview session, met with 5 people for lunch and an interview in a larger office. They do not give cost of living increases and do not give raises, and as soon as they said that I mentally checked out.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at DOWL?   1 Answer
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DOWL Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Seattle Business Magazine, 2016

Pledges & Certifications

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

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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