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Kittelson & Associates Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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  1. "Internship Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Transportation Analyst Intern in Portland, OR
    Former Intern - Transportation Analyst Intern in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful mentorship program. Great opportunities for growth and development.

    Cons

    A limited geographic office locations

    Advice to Management

    Continue to facilitate feedback between staff


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Engineering Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kittelson & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different types of projects to work on
    Entry level engineer staff are well connected
    Opportunities to work in other office

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Expectations for entry level staff is unreasonable
    Flat structure means individual project managers have different expectations
    Project Managers do not look out for well being of younger staff. Just getting their projects staffed
    Pay and benefits are less than other similar firms

    Advice to Management

    Consistency among project managers is gravely needed. Culture and values of the firm don't mean anything unless individuals are held to them.

    Kittelson & Associates Response

    Nov 16, 2016 – Human Resources Business Partner

    Thank you for your feedback. We are always seeking opportunities to improve as a firm. We have the utmost concern for our staff and have a number of systems in place to ensure their well-being. We... More

  3. "Engineering/Planning"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer/Planner in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer/Planner in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kittelson & Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment, lots of opportunity to travel and work across the country, very good team of people to work with.

    Cons

    Demanding work schedules, not a lot of time off, challenging time management.

    Advice to Management

    More cohesive national oversight of the regions to help spread the best of KAI around, while working locally on challenges that emerge.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Great values and culture, very smart and high quality work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture and values - "outward focus", "independently successful people", "contribute to the industry through research and professional development", etc. High focus on research and quality in the work in a firm that has many of the experts that wrote the guide books used in the industry. Terrific professional development through internship program. Generous retirement (15% of salary amount contributed to IRA) but cuts into base salary.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little overbearing in personal issues. Especially in office selection and doing what's right for you versus what's best for the firm. Finding the best win-win solution may not always satisfy personal desires.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Great people, needs better benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    KAI is very supportive of growing your interests and engaging you in a diverse range of projects. The people are very pleasant, and, despite having more than a dozen offices, you meet almost all of them through office exchanges. There are lots of folks who have been there for most if not all of their careers.

    Cons

    The structure is flat so there is really no room for promotions. This seems to allow them to also keep their pay low. There is no additional contribution to retirement, so you get paid a lower than average salary to start with, and then they automatically take 15% of that and put it in an IRA. Work/life balance is terrible, and the bonuses they pay at the end of the year do not make up for the unpaid overtime you work.

    Advice to Management

    I realize that there is a certain amount of time as an entry-level employee that you have to "pay your dues," but I'm not sure how long you should expect your employees to work long hours for less than competitive pay before they move somewhere more lucrative.


  6. "Kittelson is the perfect company to work for--friendly, generous, open, innovative--a wonderful community!""

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates as an intern

    Pros

    One-firm Community, Great Values, Interesting Clients

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  7. "Extremely strong values, excellent/high quality work products, good salary."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Associate in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Associate in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of research and training ensures you are learning the best methods from early in your career. Great values and good to staff. Very supportive for staff who want to go to grad school.

    Cons

    High expectation to take home work with you, pay is solid but not as high as larger AE firms.

  8. "Great introduction to transportation, very welcoming and supportive environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship program is very well-managed and they are incredibly supportive of the professional development of their interns. Opportunity to work on a variety of projects and direct access to everyone in the company. The company culture favors a work-life balance, though this also means that many projects are taken on as revenue-generators, not as interesting projects.

    Cons

    Projects are not always the most innovative and tend to be very car-centric. Many projects were basic TIAs that generate revenue but aren't anything new.


  9. "Progressive growth in transportation planning and engineering"

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    Former Employee - Transportation Planner in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Firm with strong values; great exposure and opportunity; embraces staff interests and initiatives; collaborative environment;

    Cons

    long consulting hours; not located in the most desirable cities


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Laid back environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kittelson & Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Laid back environment, anyone can work on any project they want

    Cons

    Less pay than competitors, presence of 'inner circle', favoritism