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Coffman Engineers Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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Pros
  • They truly care about their employees and the work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Overtime or comp-time is a huge benefit that you don't see in other companies in AE industry (in 6 reviews)

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

  • As is the case with most consulting engineering firms, we have our busy times when we have to get projects out (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. "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

  3. "CAD Draftman"

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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

    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Growing and still good to work here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Discipline Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Discipline Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are respected. Diverse client base. Appropriate engineering tools and references are provided. Professional development is a priority. Feels like we are all on the same team.

    Cons

    Typical consultant downsides are that project deadlines are merciless and clients let theirs schedules drag so sometimes you spend long hours at the office. Coffman allows comp time and overtime pay so that you can take time off or get compensated for extra hours worked.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where we came from.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    Our clients do create emergencies due to their lack of planning. It is a tough reality in a service industry that we have to be flexible. But when lack of planning crosses over into outright... More


  5. "Culture and people are good! But... Pay isn't!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coffman Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Coffman's culture and most of the people are great to work with. They try to take care of the employees.

    Cons

    But.... The pay isn't as great as other companies out there. This is where it's hard for Coffman to keep staff.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    I keep hearing this and we are continuing to evaluate. We have to remain competitive and adapt to your marketability. Tough balance. And unfortunately in your case it looks like we didn't measure... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Culture"

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

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time

    Pros

    The company has good culture. People are usually great to work with. Pay is decent and breakfast on Fridays:).

    Cons

    Feel as if the company may be growing too fast and is starting to lose its culture.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    I reflect on your cultural concern often. We are growing quickly and I worry about the culture. Can we maintain? The reason that I am super hopeful about the continuation of our culture is that... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A company that really cares about their staff, which includes being competitive so that they can afford to be generous with benefits to staff. I really like showing up to work each morning!

    Cons

    Not much... There is a lot of pressure to succeed, which is appropriate.

    Advice to Management

    Grow smart not big

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    Growing smart... great point.
    We are currently engaged in strategic planning. We have always been an opportunistic company, but to your point, we have to grow smart which requires strategy. We... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Coffman is home away from home"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Marketing/Administration
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Marketing/Administration
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Coffman has many pro's. I have been here for almost 10 years, why? Because Coffman is home away from home. We are a family at Coffman, they care about your well-being, they understand you have a life outside of work, and they try hard to maintain a culture everyone can connect to. I am very happy here at Coffman, and couldn't imagine working anywhere else.

    Cons

    The health insurance has a high deductible, so I never reach it 100%.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you;re doing!

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    Home away from home! Exactly the hope. We spend 33% of our awake hours at work. If it didn't feel like family - assuming you have a high functioning family :), then life is too short. As a... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Impressive Values and Environment"

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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

    Pros

    Fun, professional employee driven workplace. Benefits are awesome. They truly care about their employees and the work life balance.

    Cons

    Training could be more focused on at the beginning of employment with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training new employees on the internal part of Coffman.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    That's great advice. We like to think that we don't throw people into the deep end. This may be true technically. But I understand that any company's business systems and internal workings can be... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The best place I've every worked!"

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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

    Coffman hires great people so my coworkers are awesome. My manager is responsive and allows me the freedom to do my job without micromanaging. Coffman really seems to care about its employees by spending money on training, development, and pay/benefits. Almost everyone, even the President and CEO, are approachable and friendly. Also, Coffman stocks the kitchen with free food!

    Cons

    Everyone is really busy but I guess that's just part of the consulting engineering business. I know they are trying to hire more people to help with the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more good people. Keep up the focus on good employees, clients and projects. Don't lose the great culture in spite of the rapid growth.

    Coffman Engineers Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – President

    You used some of my favorite words: "awesome, freedom, friendly, and free food"! Good summary of Coffman. Well done. Thanks for the feedback
    Dave Ruff - President


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