KPFF Reviews

Updated May 5, 2020

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3.6
67%
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79%
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KPFF President John Gavan
John Gavan
45 Ratings
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  • "Emphasis on our "flat organization" is laughable(in 5 reviews)

  • "Principals are very busy so you must be a self starter and very organized(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great Job, Great Company, Great People"

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

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

    Pros

    As an administrator, this company has been brilliant to work for. There is very little red tape or bureaucracy, you can get supplies as needed without jumping through hoops or getting a ton of approvals. There is support from management to grow and learn additional skills and make changes that encourage a better working environment for everyone. Even though it is an engineering organization, the admin staff is valued and supported in the same manner that engineers are. Administrators have access to similar development opportunities, company programs, and volunteer opportunities. The company puts a high value on autonomy and self-direction, so being a self-starter and driven is a must, but if you have passion for your work and want to create a great work environment for folks, you can do that here and be very successful. Benefits are competitive, there are in office perks that make work fun and employees feel appreciated.

    Cons

    As of yet they don't offer parental leave options.

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    KPFF2019-07-25
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on a vast number of projects

    Cons

    High stress and a lot of turnover

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    KPFF2020-05-05
  3. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer 

    I have been working at KPFF full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible with time off

    Cons

    The bonuses for regular employees are very low.

    KPFF2020-02-16
  4. "Awesome work environment, and nice coworkers"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Administration in Lacey, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Verity in the projects and big projects

    Cons

    Pay isn’t as competitive as the other private firms

    KPFF2020-02-02
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Flat organization = Favoritism"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paid for OT, can bill to comp time or get paid out Variety of interesting projects Flat organization (if that's what you want) Decent insurance and 401k contributions

    Cons

    Some management personalities are toxic to work/life balance OT pay rate is based on starting salary, i.e. it does not always increase with subsequent salary increases. Managers will take credit for work you did, or will throw you under the bus No clear path to becoming midlevel or upper level staff. Favoritism is commonplace.

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    KPFF2019-12-18
  6. "Very friendly environment to work in"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Intern in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KPFF part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, employees are very willing to help when you have questions, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Not as many on site visits as other engineering places, creating more office time than anything.

    KPFF2019-11-27
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Overall positive, but could be better."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on many interesting Projects. Comp Time. Room to Grow and good career opportunities. Good work environment, little office politics, overall people in the office are very nice to work with. Good training programs.

    Cons

    Often long hours and stressful work. The compensation is on the lower end in the industry. Management only hires entry level and train them for the job - the company lack mid-level(4-8 years) experienced people, unfortunately the people in this range leave for better opportunities and pay elsewhere. The work hours are "flexible", but you are still expected to come into the office 5 days a week ~8 hours per day, so perhaps not as flexible as they say. (You are not allowed to be on a 4/10 schedule or work from home for example). The parking in DTLA is very expensive and is only covered partially by the company.

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    KPFF2019-10-20
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Care about your people and Stop the politics"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Variety of projects and exposure to structural materials -A lot of responsibilities are given early on and exposure to management and client-side of things - A practical approach to design and analysis

    Cons

    -Office Politics. Some Senior Staff and Management can be accused of favoritism and avoiding responsibilities. -Almost no technical and management mentorship to younger/entry-level staff. -Blame-game is a big part of the culture and people are not valued. All they seem to care about is the money and profits of the bonus pool. -There are almost no helpful performance reviews. The managers are not aware of how and what you worked on throughout the year and what aspects should you improve on.

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    KPFF2019-11-27
  9. "Fine place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drafter in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KPFF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to work, good people.

    Cons

    Not much to say, enjoyed my time there

    KPFF2019-07-30
  10. "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer 

    I worked at KPFF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible work hours, overtime pay, great coworkers and team work environment

    Cons

    very limited positions/titles to move up

    KPFF2019-07-30
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