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Kittelson & Associates Overview

Portland, OR
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Transportation Management
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Kittelson is transforming how communities move.

Whether we're recommending improvements for a single intersection or helping communities plan for autonomous vehicles, we love tackling transportation challenges through planning, operations ... Read more

Mission: Solving complex transportation problems to improve people's everyday lives.

Company Updates

  • Bailey Lozner and Kevin Lee discuss how automated traffic signal performance measures (ATSPMs) are revolutionizing the way agency engineers view traffic management. These high-resolution data analytic tools pull from systems and components transportation agencies already have in place to improve the movement of traffic and address safety concerns along key corridors.

  • We invite the transportation engineering and planning community to join us on February 19, 2020 to listen to Veronica McBeth's live Webinar. In her presentation titled “Environmental (in)Justice: From Recommendations to Regulations,” Veronica will address the harm inflicted upon minorities, low-income, rural, and tribal populations through disproportionate exposure to elements in their environments that disparately impact health and quality of life.

    WEBINAR: Environmental (in)Justice: From Recommendations to Regulations | Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

    We invite the transportation engineering and planning community to join us on February 19, 2020 to dialogue about an important topic through a live webinar with Kittelson Associate Planner Veronica McBeth.

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Kittelson & Associates – Why Work With Us?

A National Reputation, Built One by One.

Wayne Kittelson founded Kittelson & Associates over 30 years ago. The professionals who now define our reputation and quality of work came to the company one by one, each bringing the commitment, initiative, inquisitiveness, and willingness to take risks that has led to our collective success. We actively seek and promote personal, cultural and professional diversity, and our staff now represents more than 50 universities and 19 countries. The wide variety of interests and backgrounds of our staff have greatly expanded the firm's capabilities and expertise into planning, operations, design and research. Our engineers and planners are supported by an outstanding team of professionals that provide administrative, financial, IT, creative, and technical services.

We are committed to putting the needs of clients, staff, the profession and family ahead of our own. Independence, outward focus, and trust define our relationship with staff and clients. Through thoughtful and targeted educational and professional development opportunities, meaningful work, and a healthy and collaborative work environment, we seek to empower staff as they improve the larger communities they serve. 

We seek to positively affect the transportation environment and our surrounding communities through the application of contemporary academic analysis in innovative ways. We use state-of-the-art analysis procedures and techniques to improve the movement of people and goods. From long-range transportation plans to neighborhood traffic management, we combine transportation planning and traffic engineering to integrate solutions with community goals. Our staff specializes in the creation and implementation of innovative, cost-effective, and tailored solutions to the broad range of transportation issues facing our clients and communities.

Our values here at Kittelson & Associates, Inc.



Many People, Many Roles, One Focus

Kittelson continually seeks people who share our enthusiasm for the transportation profession and our desire to positively impact the communitiies in which we live and work. Such candidates are sought after for professional, administrative, technical, creative and corporate roles. Our firm has a specific interest in helping individuals find the career path best suited for them. We believe people are at their best when they're writing their own script. We look for potential employees who want a career, not a job-who take advantage of opportunities and then create them for others. Many of our employees come from different backgrounds and experiences, which adds to our diversity and allows us to offer unique perspectives on all aspects of project work and careers.

Our core values, and commitment to hiring people who share them leads to natural and real friendships that transcend the workplace. The office environment at Kittelson is energetic, team-oriented, and professional. All staff levels leave their office doors open to encourage free discussion of problems and questions. This team approach results in a high level of trust and respect among staff. The interaction promotes an environment where staff members at all levels and all roles are open and willing to help each other and call on others.

Thoughtful and Informed

Kittelson engages with prospective team members in a way that allows us the greatest opportunity to get to know one another.

Independence and outward focus define Kittelson employees and culture. We look for potential team members who want to join us for a career, not just for a hob. Our hiring efforts and activities are customized for each potential team member to collaboratively determine whether joinign Kittelson is a good fit, with the goal of allowing the candidate and Kittelson to make a thoughtful and informed decision. Our interactions are designed to expose individuals to all aspects of the company working environment. Below are typical interactions we have with our candidates. 

Candidate Questions- We ask potential team members to answer a series of questions to learn how you like to work and why you think Kittelson may be a good fit. 

Office Visits- We encourage informal office visits and meetings with small groups that allow the candidate to experience the working environment firsthands and interact with individuals at all levels of the firm. 

Job Shadowing- Participate in one-on-one job shadowing for a hands-on look at the transportation challenges our professionals face. This can help potential team members learn what they like to do as well as help Kittelson to better understand your passions. 

Knowledge Sharing- Share samples of your work or research with us. Kittelson wants to get to know you and your passions, so we ask candidates to present to the firm on a topic of their choice. 

After each engagement, we ask that you reflect on your cumulative experience with us, so that we continue to stay aligned in our growing interest and understanding of one another. This allows to further customize next steps based on your needs, and ours. 

In the end-no matter the outcome- we can make a thoughtful, informed decision about one another. Are you interested in taking the first step on this journey? Express your interest in becoming part of the Kittelson team! We welcome the opportunity. 

Kittelson & Associates Reviews

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    "Excellent environment for growth + learning"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Analyst in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Transportation Analyst in Boise, ID
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    We have an inclusive culture that is centered on being of service to our communities, supporting one another, and promoting personal and professional development. We have a lot of fun, too!


    One must be able to self-advocate, proactively communicate, and work in a trust-based manner -- none of which are downsides, all of which can be challenging.

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Kittelson & Associates Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Kittelson & Associates.


    Kittelson & Associates takes a different approach than many firms to their hiring process, and to someone unfamiliar with the firm it may seem very long and drawn out. This precaution is taken to ensure that the applicant and the firm are good mutual fits for one another. It is crucial for the success of the intern to be paired with a mentor that is a good fit for them, so the firm takes time and consideration to facilitate this ideal mutual fit between mentor and mentee.

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