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Coffman Engineers Reviews

Updated June 21, 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 4 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. "It doesn't get much better than this!"

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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

    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.


  2. "A Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.

  3. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    • 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


  5. "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


  6. "Mechanical Engineering at Coffman"

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    • 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


  7. "Lighting Designer"

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

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

    Pros

    Best corporate environment I have ever been in, great support and freedom to expand in personal interests/goals!

    Cons

    No real cons, sometimes the freedom can lead to conflicting interests.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage and develop the employees that reflect Coffman cultural values.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Feb 16, 2018 – President

    We do like our freedom. But we also don't want the wild west. Without freedom there is no creativity. And without creativity, there are no lighting designers! :) At least not happy ones. We are... More

  8. "Overall a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time

    Pros

    - Excellent support from the principals of each disciplines.
    - Coffman allows you to bank overtime to use as vacation later which is brilliant.
    - Its busy, which is a plus during the recent economic slump.

    Cons

    - Support from the regular engineering/technical staff is sometimes lacking.
    - A little too corporate-ish atmosphere at times.
    - Sometimes it is too busy. Easy to miss out on life because you don't want to drop the ball.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up principals.
    Transparency is important.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Feb 16, 2018 – President

    The workload is tough to balance in a customer focused environment. So it does get busy. But as you mentioned, use that comp time when you can to get some R&R. I would really like to understand... More


  9. "Salary and Work balance"

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

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

    Pros

    great benefits and pay they care about you

    Cons

    not enough space for office work

    Advice to Management

    keep it up we love people like you

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Feb 16, 2018 – President

    Thanks so much for the encouraging feedback. We love to be loved! We will do our best to keep it going. Dave Ruff - President


  10. "CAD Draftman"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great community feel. Engaging jobs, challenging, but professional work regardless of project is striven for.

    Cons

    None that i can currently say!

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    Wow. Thanks CAD Draftman. Cons do exist. We are not perfect. But thanks for your optimism and positive outlook. It is contagious.
    Dave Ruff - President


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