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Coffman Engineers Reviews

Updated April 9, 2018
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Pros
  • Coffman has a great work environment with fun peers (in 9 reviews)

  • They truly care about their employees and the work life balance (in 4 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 (1)

    "A 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 San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Fire Protection Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture at Coffman is the key differentiator compared to other engineering firms. The energy and enthusiasm of the office drives productivity for the employees, which results in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. What Coffman has been able to create and maintain is truly unique. As the company continues to succeed, there is a strong emphasis on maintaining this culture and ensuring each employee feels respected and appreciated.

    Cons

    The schedule can be demanding at times, however, that is typical for all engineering firms.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! It means so much to all of us to be able to contact anyone in the company without experiencing individual egos. This attribute makes it much easier to learn and contribute to the overall team atmosphere.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    In your advice, you hit on one of the reasons that we are committed to easy accessibility: We want all to contribute to our culture and improve our atmosphere. Culture is not top down, unless you... More


  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.

  3. "Love it here!"

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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

    Strong company with a great reputation
    Professional yet laid back culture
    Great pay & benefits
    Good people
    Brand new office space

    Cons

    We are growing, it's nice but I liked being a smaller office
    The commute is long even though there are lots of ways to get here

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work to maintain the company culture despite the ongoing growth!


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    • 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


  5. "Best Place to Work"

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    • 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.


  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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    • Culture & Values
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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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    • 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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