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BKF Engineers Reviews

Updated April 30, 2017
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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BKF Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Good communication with easy access to executives

    Cons

    At times found myself with nothing to do


  2. "Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BKF Engineers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and culture
    Great environment

    Cons

    Depending on Project Manager have high expectations with little help or training
    Pay is terrible due to the fact on how much work is needed to get the job done
    Trying to move up is difficult hence why many people leave the company

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to new hires as well as provide better training
    If new hire is not a good fit give him another opportunity with another group or PM

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Great company, fun people, large projects, great experience with multiple different projects.

    Cons

    Not much room for moving up. Not much of collaboration and team effort. It is more of an individual effort. The people you work under are usually so busy that they do not provide the resources or guidance to get the project complete successfully or in a timely manner. It is a sink or swim environment at times.

    Advice to Management

    Better peer mentor program and training. Investing more in the employee's growth and knowledge can go a long way.


  4. "Office Manager"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Oakland, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BKF Engineers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are really nice and corporate events are fun.

    Cons

    Can be a stressful work environment

    Advice to Management

    Get more feedback from staff, more survey's on work environment. Do more for creating a nice working atmosphere.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Really bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really don't waste your time with this company. Move on and run away, the CFO is a psychotic maniac and the CEO has no power to do anything.

    Cons

    The CEO is incompetent and so all managers, especially the CFO


  6. "Good company but not a lot of chances for moving up"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer I in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer I in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Training varies depending on your project manager but a lot of great people who have extensive experience. Company culture is great and the people make the company fun to work for.

    Cons

    Moving up is limited considering there is too much project manager already. If you work here for more than 5 years and don't move anymore, it time to move on... Long hours when it gets busy but then again this is just how business is run...

    Advice to Management

    More training programs for young engineers.


  7. "Title"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. The atmosphere is very conducive to learning and growing as a young professional. If you work hard and stay focused you will reap the benefits.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be limited. There are very high expectations from upper management but that will only help you to grow as a person.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the little people who truly run your business and you will continue to do great things. Wonderful place to work and plenty of knowledge to gain.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A chance to work on many of the top Civil Engineering and Surveying projects in California, especially Northern California. Good training in technical design work and the business of consulting. Fair pay and above average benefits, especially the Pension Plan. A really nice group of people to work with - a "can do" attitude that helps the company get things done.

    Cons

    Too much work load sometimes. Small inter-group rivalries and competition can sometimes get in the way. Not everyone has a mentor available to them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing training opportunities for younger staff. Keep focus on client service and repeat business


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Great Projects, Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BKF Engineers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The experienced gained by working on so many varied projects is nearly impossible to find anywhere else. You could find yourself working on the civil design for a top university campus, a downtown San Francisco high-rise, and a Silicon Valley tech campus all within a given week. The collaborative, mentor-style project teams make it easy to learn and grow -- and continue to learn after years of being here. A good mix of mature, experienced, practice leaders with an infusion of young, recent-college-grad energy. Lots of fun after-work activities for those that want them.

    Cons

    Not many from my perspective. I suppose this would not be a fun place to work if you were looking for a job where you could just coast throughout the day. We do put in some overtime hours from time to time while we are waiting for new positions to be filled by new hires, or at critical delivery times for large projects. Most don't see this as a negative, but as a chance to earn more income and gain experience more quickly. Also, starting salary may seem low, but the opportunities to advance are available, and the company seems to always be looking for ambitious learners to develop.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people, and then make sure to have the Associates and Principals take time to continue to reach-out to the newly hired their first few months.


  10. "RUN, don't walk AWAY!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing, there are good people here (even if they could find better opportunities elsewhere), and firm recognition.

    Cons

    Leadership: C-suite and shareholder leadership and direction is extremely dysfunctional. Offices and practice groups receive direction from multiple sources and it leaves one puzzled with many masters to please. There is a culture of competition rather than teamwork across various groups and services; the bonus structure is evidence of this. The communication is all top-down, even for the most simple decisions.

    Politics: Never had I worked for a firm that was so political. Everyday was a careful game of chess. From the first day I started, there was a strong sense of mean-spiritedness. In order to succeed, you need to find an ally with power. I am in a wonderful position with a different firm and it is a completely different world! Everyday is now fun where I previously dreaded going to work every morning. There are better ways, BKF!

    Career Advancement: your progression is largely dependent of the principle that you are placed under. If you are interviewing, do your research and see how your peers have moved-up within the company. More often than not, the firm is very slow to promote and is very top-heavy. If you are willing to do your time on uninteresting projects (7+ years), then this is the place for you. If you are in an overhead position, you will find no organization or track to advance in your career. Marketing, admin, and BD people-sprint!

    Communication: each group operates in a silo and there is very little work share between offices. Offices located within the same regions end up cannibalizing each other, although this often happens in the same office with people chasing the same project. If you are in their BD Manager's good graces, then you'll be given the green light to pursue the opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


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