Kennedy/Jenks Consultants Employee Reviews in United States

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Solid, large engineering firm
Senior Staff Engineer (Former Employee) –  Federal WayFebruary 26, 2015
Kennedy/Jenks is internally sub-divided according to accounts or types of projects (e.g., railroads is one division, airports is another), with each sub-division having a manager. These managers are very territorial about their people and their work. The project you get in on could affect your entire career, as you may not get an opportunity to 'jump' over to another sector. However, once in, there's no limit to the type or scope of projects you might get exposed to. I love engineering, so I liked virtually all aspects of working here. However, you should know before you start that you will, sooner or later, be expected to bring in new work. K/J does a really poor job of training a young engineer on how to do that, but if you don't figure it out relatively quickly, they will lay you off. Take a look at the staff - there's few senior engineers and mostly young people out of college.
Pros
broad range of potential projects
Cons
cut-throat on billability
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Highly recommended company with a new direction
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORDecember 24, 2014
Kennedy/Jenks reorganized in August 2013. The new leadership has provided a strong vision and direction that has one of the oldest engineering firms in the United States outpacing the rest of the industry. I highly recommend strong technical engineers consider opportunities with this firm - the growth trajectory envisioned by the new company leadership is impressive!
Pros
strong growth potential
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Great Learning experience
Electrical Intern (Former Employee) –  Federal Way, WADecember 3, 2013
Kennedy Jenks opened my eyes to a whole new world from the engineering perspective of the construction industry. I spent my last 20 years working in the residential and commercial side of construction but industrial was a different avenue. Designing to make sure there are little to no errors and writing specifications as legally perfect as possible was an interesting and exciting challenge.

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Great place to work.
GIS/Database Analyst (Former Employee) –  Irvine, CAAugust 2, 2013
Filled with hardworking and smart people to work with. What more can one ask for.
Pros
its great
Cons
nothing
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A day at work
Administrative Assistant/Word Processor (Former Employee) –  Oxnard, CAOctober 10, 2012
I've received all training with K/J and I thank them for that. A 13 year run wasn't bad but I wish there was more communication as well as possibilities and less tension.
Pros
free lunch with meeting
Cons
no management or communication
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Great co-workers, poor leadership, company future uncertain
Engineer (Current Employee) –  OregonMay 31, 2012
This company has great people "in the trenches" but suffers serious lack of leadership at the top. If they don't figure out an identity and some goals, the ship is going down.
Pros
flexible work hours
Cons
future uncertain
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