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D&K Engineering Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at D&K Engineering (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The leadership at this company is phenomenal. Everyone has so much energy and passion for what they do, and they do a great job at motivating employees and making everyone feel welcome.

    Cons

    There was some bumpiness with the company politics, people getting promotions over other people but all in all it wasn't too big of a deal.

    Advice to Management

    None - you are doing a great job and you've created a great company that people want to work at!


  2. "D&K Engineering Oppurtunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Assembler in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D&K Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in, laid back but also structured. Opportunities to train and learn different disciplines if desired.

    Cons

    Though held an official position as an assembler, was doing the work of a technician without compensation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D&K Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers; the work is interesting and rapidly changing;
    Great benefits; flexible schedule;

    Cons

    Project time estimates are often tight and you'll feel you're always behind.
    Management is chaotic and often unorganized


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  5. "Good for quick money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small contracts and fast turn-around.

    Cons

    Mgt is often scattered and behind the curve.


  6. "D&K"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Receiving Inspector in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Receiving Inspector in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D&K Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects and lots of work when projects are going

    Cons

    Get in over their head sometimes on low profit projects then on slow times they layoff


  7. Helpful (2)

    "long term fair success yet without a strong sales effort bringing new business, things would be dimmer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Technical in San Marcos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at D&K Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    easy going overall but detached mgmt awareness and marginal first run product acceptability hurts the staff long term.

    Cons

    departmental stress exists because production rework levels are excessively high and everyone needs to respond intuitively or deal with sludge flowing downhill to ease the pain.

    Advice to Management

    wake up and listen to hells bells


  8. Helpful (4)

    "High stress, high turnover, fun for a short time experience but not long term employment."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at D&K Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competent people to work with. Variety of projects from all industry. Opportunity for learning a lot if time allows. Flexible work environment. Easy going owners.

    Cons

    Stressful and demanding place to work. The client has all the say. You will be the last person everything false on whether it's an ill scoped project with unrealistic schedule or something went wrong in meeting the requirement the client had (which is always changing). Too much management and layers upon layers of it. Incompetent managers that move up to position based on how well they please upper management.
    Some backstabbing culture is there. You always have to watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of management. Be realistic and honest with clients. Slow down on growth objectives. Keep an eye on employee morale and culture. It seems to be eroding.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Once a good place to work, now plagued with favoritism and cronyism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D&K Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diverse technical challenges for all disciplines driven by dire need for solutions for desperate clients who can't do it on their own. Owners are great people and have good intentions for everyone. Technical staff is for the most part ex HP'ers which makes for good culture environment. HR, IT, and all supporting staff are outstanding.

    Cons

    Middle management (especially directors) tend to base their decisions on who works on what project based on favoritism. If you are lucky, you are in the favored crowd. If you are not, might as well find yourself another place to work. You will be miserable.
    Scope and schedule on incoming projects are always way off in favor of hooking clients in for business. Everyone including the client suffer. Management is dishonest with clients and and sometimes staff.
    Too much rank and order. Not everyone is respected equally regardless of title.

    Advice to Management

    Censor the actions of managers, especially directors with an eye out for cronyism. Be realistic and honest with clients. Treat everyone equally and with respect no matter what their title or rank.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sr Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D&K Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse work environment. The CEO is very down to earth. There is a lot of talented people to learn from.

    Cons

    Being a contract engineering firm, they are not very apprehensive about hiring sub-standard personnel to fill positions to get a project rolling forward. They are still small, so their compensation package is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that first and foremost your Project Managers are good engineers. Too many projects have run the wrong direction due to lack of good direction.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Great learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Controller in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Controller in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D&K Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Engineering opportunities are great. Many different project opportunities and the ability to gain knowledge and exposure in different industries,

    Cons

    Tremendous growth has caused turmoil, often unrealistic deadlines cause stress, many departments understaffed.



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