Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. There is no better place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    Kimley-Horn's Core Value & Core Purpose Say it all! They truly leave out these values in the way they treat their employees.

    Cons

    Nothing that the Pros don't outshine

    Recommends
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  2. Eye Opening!

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    Current Employee - Practice Builder in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Practice Builder in Orange, CA

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    For those working in other mid-size and larger design firms, there comes a point where your efforts are not in balance with your compensation and your career growth can stagnate. Happy to say Kimley-Horn total compensation is light years ahead of any design firm out there. Kimley-horn demonstrates this to you prior to hiring and delivers when you are here. There is no bait and switch, gaming, etc. You work hard and are successful, you are rewarded and rewarded handsomely. Their culture is open and you are encouraged and rewarded for helping others succeed. I always said, "okay, it can't be that good..." I have to tell you its more. This company is rabid about giving back to its employees. Don't be surprised if the CEO calls you up and takes you out to lunch, just because he wants to. In your first year alone, you'll have 3-4 official meetings to ensure you are being supported in the way you need.

    The practice builder approach fosters creativity and collaboration
    Very flat organization structure
    The CEO knows you by name
    Completely open financials for every employee to see
    Extremely good bonus programs for hourly and salaried staff
    Retirement program is simply incredible

    Cons

    Nothing to report of major concern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the stucture like it is. It works.

    Recommends
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  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company to work for, but count on long hours.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    Company pays well, bonuses are substantial, they're loyal to long-time employees (possibly to a fault).

    Cons

    Don't expect that 40 hours a work is going to cut it. Working a lot of extra hours is great when bonuses come around, but not so great on your family.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Civil Analyst

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    Current Employee - Civil Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Civil Analyst in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you read any of the other reviews it's probably clear what you're getting into by working here - Kimley-Horn is one of the top civil engineering design firms and you will have just about every opportunity to succeed if you come here. Other than the obvious perks like benefits and good people, there are a few other things that I particularly like:
    -Outside of promotions into elite positions, you are promoted almost completely independently of your peers. There are no interviews and no competition, which helps promote comradery within teams.
    -I feel confident that all of the people with more senior positions than me are better at what they do than I am at what I do. I'm sure everyone has worked a job before where they have been bossed around by incompetent managers. It's very frustrating. This is not an issue at Kimley-Horn.

    Cons

    So I want to address the issue of extra effort because a lot of the poor reviews on here have focused on that. First off, your UT goal is not an easy thing to hit. If you are not a hard working person you will probably not last long here. With that said, though, trying to meet that goal is not something that is going to ruin your life. I am 25 (no kids, no SO) and have plenty of time to work out, hang out with friends, and do everything I need to do to feel happy. Quite frankly, I have just as much fun now as I did in college. I'm always puzzled when people mention work-life balance because if you just work hard Monday-Thursday, you can still have plenty of time to enjoy yourself on the weekend, which is when most people make plans anyways. Obviously if you're working more than 50 hours, you are probably putting in weekend shifts, but that is a reflection more of having abusive project mangers than it is a requisite to hit your goals.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6. Amazing Opportunities, Amazing Benefits, Amazing People

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Associate
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Associate

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The sky is the limit at Kimley-Horn for growing your own practice and essentially running your own little company but with all of the backing and support of a national firm. The benefits are outstanding, better than any other in the industry. The best part by far is the people. There is very much a feeling of family and all working towards a common goal. There is this awesome feeling of knowing that you are surrounded by the best people in the industry and that whatever obstacle you face, others will help you deal with it.

    Cons

    It can be challenging, especially for new people, to figure out how to balance the work with the rest of their lives. It is definitely possible and encouraged but it takes some time and many young employees aren't patient enough to stick it out. Because so much of what we do is employee driven, you really need to figure out the best balance for you and then figure out a way to achieve it. No one else can tell you how to get there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing great. New employees need to be told more clearly that they are in charge of their own destiny and that if they need more flexibility, more training, or whatever else, they just need to seek that out and make it happen. They need to know we've got their backs.

    Recommends
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  7. Most entrepreneurial course a civil engineer can take

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    Kimley-Horn will provide you the most opportunities and resources to ensure you gain the most experiences and abilities to become a project manager and develop your practice. Year-end profit sharing and up to 20% 401k benefits are second to none.

    Cons

    Younger staff members are often worked down to the bone and do not receive appropriate compensation for their extra effort or efficiency.

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  8. Good for entry level and singles

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    Current Employee - Civil Analyst
    Current Employee - Civil Analyst

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    Bonuses!!! Salary is pretty fair. Depending on the office, the coworkers are great.

    Cons

    UT... The constant working to meet the efficiency goal.

    Recommends
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  9. 6 people found this helpful

    They will keep you working with promises of grandeur.

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    Current Employee - EIT in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - EIT in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The experience, 401k, and occasional free lunch.

    Cons

    The company is not up front with the pay scale. New hires are brought in at a P-0, which is hourly. After your 3 month interview, you get a $500 yearly raise and are moved to a salary system. Negotiate your py up front. They won't change it later. Also plan on rediculous "UT" goals. (Hours billed to a project vs admin hours). They say 96% or less depending on your p scale. They expect +120% . Also plan on way over 50 hours a week (no overtime). The last few months have been over 60. You NEVER know when you get to go home. This makes having a personal life very difficult. The employee turnaround is also very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforceme your company working hours. Extra effort is good, but you are killing g your reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Civil, Environmental, Architectural & Electric Designer/Drafter, Technical Graphics Artist & Professional Illustrator

    Current Employee - Technical Draftsman/Designer in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Technical Draftsman/Designer in San Juan, PR

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I want Obtain a challenging position to further develop my career in design

    Cons

    The challenges are the new field and the new rules of Environment and the Language

  11. Professional Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Engineer

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great firm. Excellent/Unmatched benefits in the Civil Engineering consulting industry. Highly ethical firm, great people and highly collaborative.

    Cons

    Career growth decided by hit/miss of which team you join. If you have the backing and strong support of a Principal, you can rise very fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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