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Ghafari Associates Overview

Dearborn, MI
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Ghafari's #YearInReview video debuted at last week's Bi-Annual Employee Town Hall Meeting and we couldn't be more proud of our global team's 2017 accomplishments. What can we do for you in 2018? #GhafariCo

    Ghafari Looks Back on 2017

    We've done some extraordinary things this year. What can we do for you in 2018? #GhafariCo

  • Ghafari leadership, including Chairman + Founder Yousif B. Ghafari and CEO + President Kouhaila G. Hammer, celebrated our “Design Firm of the Year” recognition at ENR Midwest’s Regional Best Projects Awards ceremony in Chicago on November 29.

    ENR editors announced their “Design Firm of the Year” selection in April, choosing Ghafari in part because of our track record of continuous growth and ever-strengthening position in the Midwest region. In May, they published an in-depth profile on the firm’s 35-year legacy as an innovator in our industry and a powerhouse in the Midwest.

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Ghafari Associates – Why Work For Us?

Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.
Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.
Our offices in North and South America, the Middle East, and Asia share insights and resources so that each client experiences the same caliber of service and quality, no matter where they are in the world.

When you join the team at Ghafari, you join a diverse community bent on advancing the EAC industry.

We work together — engineers and sustainability experts, process designers and architects — to spark new possibilities for our clients and for each other. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations across an array of state-of-the-art projects, we keep our global clients and colleagues at the cutting edge. Join Ghafari and discover what you can really do.

Ghafari Associates offers competitive compensation and benefit packages for our employees. While these programs may vary slightly for international employees, key benefits include:

  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Coverage
  • Voluntary Accident Insurance
  • Voluntary Critical Illness Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent Care
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • On-site Fitness Center or Gym Subsidies
  • Annual on-site Health Assessments and Biometric Screenings
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Investment Advisory Services
  • Educational Seminars on 401(k) Planning
  • Company-Paid Life Insurance
  • Company-Paid AD+D Insurance
  • Company-Paid Short-Term Disability
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Flex-Time
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Identity Theft Assistance Program
  • Will Preparation
  • Educational Reimbursement
  • Professional Development Reimbursement
  • Professional License and Certification Reimbursement
  • Training and Development Programs
  • Apprenticeship and Internship Programs
  • Plentiful Snacks
  • Employee Clubs and Social Events
  • Corporate Discounts
  • Recreational Sports Teams
  • Spot Bonuses
  • Employee Referral Bonuses

Ghafari Associates Reviews

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    "An Industry Leading Destination Firm"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Dearborn, MI
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    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time (Less than a year)


    Ghafari offers some unique design challenges working for prestigious clientele. The company offers competitive benefits and pay, as well as a multitude of corporate discounts. The office environment is fresh and modern, with a workforce that's very culturally diverse. They also offer amenities like a fitness center, and complementary snacks. Ghafari has the resources to stay up with cutting edge technology as well as a diversified clientele and market share, to weather fluctuations in the economy. There is much room for advancement and opportunities to work in locations across the globe. It is a destination firm for the best of the best in the A/E industry.


    The level of prestige is both a blessing and a curse. Things were a little frustrating at first. My skill set was definitely under the microscope, and I had much to prove about my own capabilities and knowledge of Autodesk software applications. I had to make sure if I was suggesting improvements or pointing out discrepancies, I had absolutely every detail covered. I think some people may have felt threatened, or possibly like their work and ideas were being overridden? I don’t know, my original suggestions were met with a bit of hostility like “who do you think you are to tell us what to do?”. Being patient, diplomatic and concise eventually led to a good rapport and earned level of respect. Software is progressive, so the mindset to stay up with it has to be as well. Things in the Revit system were not built to industry standards, and I had to be very concise and detailed to prove that my suggestions were valid, practical and possible. Be prepared to have your opinions backed by multiple sources of fact and industry “best practices”.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the folks on the front lines. If someone does a similar job every day, and has years of experience in doing so, they would be the best source of information on how to improve workflows. Don't lose connection with your lower level designers; they are the foundation of efficiency and profitability. Develop more concise training and reference material for software and design applications. As an experienced designer, I was only very very briefly shown the systems and documentation. I was left to figure much out on my own. Had I not been so experienced, it would have been difficult to reach the point of being productive independently.

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Ghafari Associates Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ghafari Associates (Dearborn, MI) in January 2017.


    I noticed they were hiring my position online, so I submitted a resume and followed up with a phone call. After a few phone interviews I met with the head of HR, The Head of Practice technology, and The head of electrical engineering in a conference room to discuss some of the working of the company and some of the projects and accomplishments I have been associated with

    Interview Questions

    • What experience level in various design software do you have?   1 Answer
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Ghafari Associates Awards & Accolades

  • One of America's Healthiest Companies, Interactive Health, 2017
  • Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For™, 2017
  • 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, 2017
  • 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, 2017
  • Midwest Design Firm of the Year, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2017
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