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Coffman Engineers Reviews

Updated August 5, 2018
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David T. Ruff, P.E.
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Pros
  • "They truly care about their employees and the work life balance" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Everyone in the office is willing to help you out if you have a question" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "The high deductible insurance takes a while to catch up with through the HSA, but eventually it pays off in the long run" (in 4 reviews)

  • "but we get paid for those hours or can take the hours as comp time to extend vacations, etc" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Diverse and Challenging Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coffman values their culture, and works hard to maintain it at each office. One piece that I really appreciate is transparency. They do a great job of communicating their goals (both at our local office level and company-wide from the President/CEO). It’s nice to know not only where the company is going, but how I fit into that plan. They support professional growth and development, and provide great opportunities to give feedback for improvements around the office (from business processes, to project management challenges and even the free food that’s provided in the kitchen). The work itself is challenging and diverse, which I like a lot. There are opportunities to work on many different types of projects with different types of clients.

    They also have a great PTO/Comp time policy for overtime work (you can accrue hours), which is an added benefit during busy times like this

    Cons

    Nothing negative. It's a busy time in the industry and at times the workload can seem daunting, but that's true for most firms in our industry right now. Even with the busy economy, Coffman really supports taking time off to spend with friends and family.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Coffman is different from other firms in the region which is a great thing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "exceptional company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lighting Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lighting Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coffman Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - strong leadership
    - interesting projects
    - fun culture

    Cons

    - occasional unnecessary bureaucratic process
    - salaries slightly lower than market

    Advice to Management

    investing in the talent you cultivate is smart business, consider higher salaries for burgeoning potential. Excellent company would strongly recommend.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Professional Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun positive place to work. Lots of engineers in our various offices to share with, so there is plenty of assistance and collaboration as needed challenging projects.

    Cons

    We still have to fill our our time on each project...goes with the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! It works!!

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Jul 5, 2018 – President

    Glad to hear it is working! We will keep on keeping on. Yes, tracking our time is sort of a pain, but you are right, it is part of the business we are in. Thanks for the feedback.
    Dave Ruff... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "It doesn't get much better than this!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Fun people to work with.
    Interesting projects and clients.
    Good benefits.
    Each office functions as its own entity so it doesn't feel like a big company.
    Free food!

    Cons

    Office is located downtown so there's a significant commute.
    We are really busy (need to hire more people).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! As we grow, remember to communicate with employees about what's going on in the company.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Jul 5, 2018 – President

    I am about to come around to all of the offices to present our new five year plan. Hopefully this will help to bridge any communication gaps. Please let me know if you have any questions after the... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Doing everything right when compared to other A/E firms. Forward thinking without forgetting the lessons learned. Living the lessons learned while still forging new paths.

    Cons

    Sometimes, when you're on the "bleeding" edge, you get a cut. The key is to heal without losing the lesson.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Jul 5, 2018 – President

    I like your analogy about the bleeding edge. We try to balance our entrepreneurial spirit and autonomous culture by staying on the leading edge and avoiding the bleeding edge. Less cuts generally... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medium sized consulting engineering company with a solid track record, employee owned, excellent company culture, and opportunities for advancement. Coffman Engineers feels more like a family owned business with the security of a larger corporation. Diverse market sectors and work types prevent against individual market sector downturns providing more job stability. I have never stayed at a company more than 3 years. This is my 14th year at Coffman. I plan to stay until retirement. Caring and responsive leadership spawned by the founder's vision of a growing company that is not bogged down with unnecessary rules, bureaucracy and drama.

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote the positive company culture that was started by the founder Dave Coffman.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Jul 5, 2018 – President

    Our culture is our secret sauce and Dave Coffman is the master chef! Dave is not only my mentor, but he is a great friend. This positive company culture is us and will continue to be promoted (and... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Fire Protection Engineering in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Vice President Fire Protection Engineering in Honolulu, HI
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company wide and office culture

    Generous benefits

    Cons

    No major negatives for this review

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Jul 5, 2018 – President

    Do you have any minor negatives :) Management is committed to continuing to do a great job. If you see us doing something that is missing the mark, would you please commit to calling me personally... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fire Protection Engineer in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Fire Protection Engineer in Bozeman, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everyone in the office is willing to help you out if you have a question. They will stop whatever there doing and assist.
    - The Principle Engineers simply care about you. They will help you out when life gets hard and make sure you that you are enjoying yourself. Just like family.
    - Office team building events and holiday parties.
    - Great Culture

    Cons

    - Don't have any cons for this firm

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Jul 5, 2018 – President

    Another data point to confirm that Bozeman might be the best place on earth :)
    Thanks for the positive feedback and for being part of the family.
    Dave Ruff - CEO/President


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coffman Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -coworkers are really nice and open minded
    -chill working environment
    -principals are easy going and always care about their employees

    Cons

    -high deductible health care plan

    Advice to Management

    -merger can be challenging but never forget the company’s core value

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Jul 5, 2018 – President

    The high deductible health care plan in conjunction with a Health Savings Account is not as satisfying as the old PPO's. It took me a while (due to some life circumstances) to save up my out of... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineering at Coffman"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, fun atmosphere. They really care about their employees.

    Cons

    Parking downtown is tough. No other complaints so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    May 23, 2018 – President

    Thanks for the feedback Mechanical Engineer. We do care about our team members. This comes from our belief in the golden rule. Leaders in Coffman do not feel entitled. We feel a sense of... More


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