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Coffman Engineers Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2019

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Coffman Engineers CEO David T. Ruff, P.E.
David T. Ruff, P.E.
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  • "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)

  • "Our Anchorage office is located in downtown, which is great, but also means that space is limited(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (7)

    "Diverse and Challenging Work"

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

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for 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...

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    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.

    Coffman Engineers2018-07-06

    Coffman Engineers Response

    February 8, 2019President

    Thanks for the encouraging note. As a leader, you get used to hearing that one thing is always at a deficit: communication. Honestly, this can be the biggest challenge. We as people need to know where we are going (and why) in order to have clear purpose. Clear purpose is imperative ...

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  2. "Wonderful Place to Be"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bozeman, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are so many great things I'd like to say about what I have experienced and learned at Coffman! To make this short, sweet and thorough, here are the things that I think make Coffman an excellent employer: 1. Focus on the Individual: Coffman is great at expressing their appreciation for each and every person that works for them. Working here, I don't feel like a cog in a large machine, I feel important and respected....

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    Cons

    I think it would benefit Coffman to look into issuing bi-weekly paychecks instead of a semi-monthly paychecks. The biggest grip I hear is about the high-deductible HSA. But honestly, it's just something to get used to and Coffman offers a wonderful matching incentive. I personally don't have issue with that part of our benefits.

    Coffman Engineers2019-06-24
  3. "Just keeps on getting better!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, Interesting projects, Excellent leadership! I've been with Coffman for several years now and can say that they are aging well (40 years in business this year). Some things I appreciate: their care for employees comes through every day, each office functions as its own business but has the backing of the corporate structure to help it be successful, and they try to hire the best employees out there.

    Cons

    Some hiccups due to rapid growth but when something is identified, they try to fix it as soon as possible. The low unemployment rate is making it more difficult to find good people (not just their problem but slow things down).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great support for individual offices! Hire more people.

    Coffman Engineers2019-06-12
  4. "Great company to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Family is important. Very flexible with PTO and days off. Really do feel like corporate and the local managers care about you and work-life balance. Branches are opening up all over the U.S.A. Each branch has its own distinct culture and autonomy. Deep support within the company to help with projects. There is always an expert about something somewhere. 5% 401K match. Got smart folks in every department, easy...

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    Cons

    Company is expanding quickly and getting big. Individual impact in the grand scheme of things seem minimal. Not too many young engineers being hired, managers are always on the lookout to hire experienced professionals. The young engineers that are hired tend to not stay long for some reason. 8.5 days of holidays during the year...my old job had 18 days so maybe I am biased. Starting pay was not very competitive...but...

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    Coffman Engineers2019-03-06
  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant/Receptionist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Coffman is a great place to work, they really value their employees and value how important family is as well.

    Cons

    I do not have anything bad to say about Coffman. My commute is the worst part of my day, but Coffman is worth the commute.

    Coffman Engineers2019-02-13
  6. "A Company that Appreciates Everyone"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've had the opportunity to work at three separate engineering firms and I can safely say that Coffman Engineers has been the most enjoyable. From day one, everyone has been extremely welcoming and had the attitude "how can I help you succeed". Corporate staff is lean but it is not noticeable. Whether it's an IT issue, HR or expense report issue, a responses is always timely. Coffman Engineers provides the freedom...

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    Cons

    The structure of the company is set up for office autonomy. Internally this is both a pro and con. The con is that there are times where offices need to come together to better serve the clients and that is easier said than done. This is known by management and they are implementing initiatives to streamline the process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Coffman Engineers2019-02-06

    Coffman Engineers Response

    February 8, 2019President

    You emphasized a couple of my main drivers! Freedom and autonomy. Top down command and control is for those organizations that lack the courage to set people free and manage the outliers. But my experience tells me, hire great, respectful, whole people; create a healthy environment, ...

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  7. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Employee focused company. Get leadership.

    Cons

    I've enjoyed my time here and do not have any negatives worth noting.

    Coffman Engineers2018-11-20

    Coffman Engineers Response

    February 8, 2019President

    Not sure if you mean we "get leadership" or if you meant "great leadership". I will take liberties and assume you meant "great" :) Thanks for the note. And thanks for being a part of our team. Let's win! Dave Ruff - CEO/President

  8. Helpful (3)

    "To the exemployee that left the negative comment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time

    Pros

    I very much enjoy working at Coffman Engineers. They reward with hard work and commitment to quality. To the ex-employee that left the negative comment, you were fired because you were lazy. The company bent over backward for you and still, you would not pull the mark. No one wanted to work with you because you didn't do your job and they constantly had to cover for you. Good luck with your old job. That is probably...

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    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Coffman Engineers2018-11-08

    Coffman Engineers Response

    February 8, 2019President

    I struggled with my response to the negative comment below. But apparently you knew exactly what needed to be said :). Sounds painful. Sorry we missed it on this one. Too bad the person was not the right fit for our culture. We messed that up and created heartburn for both parties. ...

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Coffman"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Coffman Engineers

      Pros

      Good culture and fun people to work with

      Cons

      Expect significant overtime and travel

      Coffman Engineers2018-11-03

      Coffman Engineers Response

      February 8, 2019President

      Awesome to hear that we have a good culture and fun people. That is a big part of what we are shooting for. I don't think that we should have an expectation of significant overtime. In bursts overtime is necessary in order to avoid over-hiring and then lay-offs (which is not ...

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    • Helpful (6)

      "Not a good experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      I did not enjoy working for this company, I feel there are no pros to mention.

      Cons

      Some management, especially in the department i worked in, showed preferential treatment to certain employees. Don't plan to be given any significant responsibility or management role of any kind unless you are a woman. My boss regularly lied to you, didn't give me the chance to advance in my field, and ignored my requests as an employee for furthering my career. Be prepared to work many many hours of overtime and...

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      Advice to Management

      Promote based on merit. not attraction to the opposite sex. Be honest with your employees. Treat them like human beings, and give opportunities to people that have shown they are competent.

      Coffman Engineers2018-10-28

      Coffman Engineers Response

      October 30, 2018President

      Super disappointed that you had this experience. Really difficult to respond without sounding contrived, other than we take a review such as this seriously and will be looking into what happened so we can correct and move forward, in alignment with our values and culture. I wish ...

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