Coffman Engineers Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2020

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Coffman Engineers CEO and President David T. Ruff, P.E.
David T. Ruff, P.E.
23 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work/life balance isn’t a pipe dream at Coffman(in 9 reviews)

  • "The ability to get overtime pay and use comp time for flexibility is great(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "The biggest grip I hear is about the high-deductible HSA(in 7 reviews)

  • "long hours, bad management, sub par pay(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Work can be fun!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I’ve been with this company for over 10 years. What I love the most are the people I work with, and the varieties of work they give me. I enjoy what I do here. If you have ambition, they can give you opportunities to advance in your career.

    Cons

    Since most employees want to advance with their careers, it’s a challenge to find a designer that will not aspire to be an engineer.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very glad to call this company home!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In my career of over 20 years to date, it has been rare to find a company that: 1) Treats its employees very well 2) Serves its customers very well 3) Has a successful and long term business strategy 4) Has self awareness and the ability to change and adapt (leadership humility) 5) Embraces process improvements 6) Committed to excellence and continual improvement I've worked at many companies that get one or two of these qualities right, but in the time I've been at Coffman, I am happy to report that they are committed to all 6. If you are internally driven to do excellent things, this is a great place to join others who feel the same.

    Cons

    Everyone was so warm and friendly to me the first week I was here that it was creeping me out at first.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, challenging work, and a collective pursuit of excellence."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, diverse groups of people supporting each other, and company projects, from offices across the nation. Each office has its own fun, unique, and inviting culture, yet they all share fundamental corporate initiatives and common goals. Excellent work-life balance, competitive pay/benefits, and defined career paths.

    Cons

    As the company continues to expand, growing pains may be experienced as certain processes and systems get (re)defined. Occasional long hours, however, the company comp-time and overtime pay policies make up for this!

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Employee-Centered Firm"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer, Structural Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    + The Corporate team does a great job of allowing autonomous direction in each of the different office locations. + The company culture is a major focus, both professional and personally. + The employees are the center of the company, and there are structured growth opportunities. + Salaried employees can choose to bank overtime as PTO or get paid at their effective hourly rate.

    Cons

    - High-deductible health insurance, but the company does more than most companies I know to help mitigate the impact to the employee.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Large Consulting Company (500+ people) for a reason"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a reason Coffman has grown so much and so fast - what they are doing works. No cons to mention. Definitely a change from working at a smaller consulting company. Benefits, compensation, and perks are better in most regards. Backdoor 401k, generous PTO and comp time policy. Straight overtime. Office snacks everywhere.

    Cons

    Annual bonuses (some prefer quarterly). Be ready for HDHP.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "On the whole, a decent company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aggregate Industries in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Trying to keep small company values alive during growth, somewhat flexible with schedule and work/life balance, a reasonable amount of management, competitive compensation, a decent amount of personal latitude, company is doing well

    Cons

    Benefits are only so so, management doesn't receive much training - not too good on soft skills, career growth almost impossible after a certain number of years of service due to limited number of management/administration positions.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great People and Values at Coffman"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super Friendly Management. They let you do your job and support employees. They foster a fun work environment and really believe in the well being and happiness of the employees. Decent Salary and Benefits. The company wants to do their very best for clients, which is a nice goal to have every day. Fun coworkers, seriously some of the best I have had.

    Cons

    Have to keep up with a lot of changes constantly going on. This is a good sized company so there are many programs and details to learn and adapt to. Not really a Con, just a challenge with the amount of time you have sometimes.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Company to Work For - I love Coffman Engineers"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Proposal Specialist in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great atmosphere. Provides you the necessary tools to do your job successfully! My manager is the best manager I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    I have been with Coffman for over 60 days and as a new hire I absolutely have no complaints. They provided me the necessary training I needed to get started and the culture and people have made me feel welcome from the start.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with a Bright Future"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Diversity in projects & clients -Every expanding offering of services and disciplines, so lots of opportunities for change, growth, and advancement -Flexible schedule -Friendly laid back atmosphere for most cases* -End of year bonuses -Great 401K options, with match and vesting immediately -Health care plan is decent even as an HSA, but they offer a generous match each year, so it's not too unreasonable to hit your federal maximums -They always make it a point to have a team building activity or function for employees and they are very generous here -Avoids corporate traditional business feel, but gets down to business when needed* -Each department has a principal-owner and all employees report to that manager, so no middle management at the office level, thankfully each one also has an open door policy and are very approachable* -Ability to travel and learn from other offices or work on projects in other offices*

    Cons

    -With any company there will be some abrasive personalities to your own *Each office and each department operate very differently than one another, so if one interfaces with different departments/offices you'll notice some discontinuity (which arguably is a pro and a con depending on the working environment you prefer) this also can be challenging when work-sharing *Because of the management structure it relies heavily on cooperation/coordination between departments/offices rather than formal policy (this again can be a pro or a con because it allows for flexibility, but may not be efficient) *There's a bit of smoke and mirrors when it comes to decision making when it comes to salary/compensation/promotion/project assignments. Each department does this differently and because the only metric they have is utilization, they rely on regular check-ins using the open door policy (which is a pro), but the con is this is subjective

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  10. "Coffman is the worst"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coffman Engineers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    no pros to talk about, I was not happy working here.

    Cons

    long hours, bad management, sub par pay

    Coffman Engineers Response

    January 6, 2020President

    Well this certainly is not the experience that we are aiming for. No pros. All cons. This review process is anonymous and so I am blind to the particulars of your experience, but as I do with all of these types of reviews, I will dig into it as well as I can. I hope that happiness does not remain elusive. Sincerely wish you the best. Dave Ruff - CEO/President

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