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KPW Structural Engineers Overview

Oakland, CA
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Thornton Tomasetti, Rutherford + Chekene, Degenkolb Engineers
KPW has been providing structural engineering consulting services in and out of the San Francisco Bay Area for a decade. In July, 2017, KPW will celebrate ten years of providing excellence and innovation in the structural engineering field through multiple market sectors. We ... Read more

Mission: As advocates for collaboration, we believe in open communication, innovation, and building value into our design process. During design, we actively engage with the building owner and design consultants to discuss strategies to provide the optimum structural solution for the ... Read more

KPW Structural Engineers Reviews

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Oakland, CA
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    I have been working at KPW Structural Engineers full-time (More than a year)


    - very busy and work on sizable projects like big firms
    - retains the values of small firms with a very friendly atmosphere
    - company makes effort to help employees grow with mentorship programs
    - fast growing company
    - BIG desks & custom built powerful pc


    - could use more interns

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KPW Structural Engineers Photos

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KPW Structural Engineers Interviews



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    Senior Structural Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience


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


    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 Awards & Accolades

  • Excellence in Structural Engineering Award - Award of Merit for New Construction, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), 2013
  • Largest Engineering Firms, San Francisco Business Times, 2017
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