Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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Kimley-Horn and Associates President John C. Atz
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Pros
  • Profit sharing is very generous (in 21 reviews)

  • You are surrounded by motivated and talented people, and the one-profit center culture really minimizes internal competitive inclination (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a challenge (in 24 reviews)

  • You need to bring your "A" game to work every day because expectations are high here (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want a career this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Not a place for people who feel entitled.


  2. Analyst Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Entrepreneurial environment. Your only limits are your own ambitions or amount of time!

    Cons

    The company will take as much time and effort as you will give to it. You have to draw hard lines and make it clear when you need to go home or you will end up there a lot.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to Learn, Grow and Flourish

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I hate buzzwords, I really do. But Kimley-Horn has proven to be everything they told me it would be. You will work hard, you will be depended on, and you will be compensated for your efforts. You can learn a lot in a very short amount of time largely because you have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of projects. Not to mention, the benefits are incredible.

    Cons

    You will work long hours, and its up to you to find a work-life balance. The UT goal is a hot topic around the office because yes, it's a hard goal to meet, but it's how the company stays profitable and offers the benefits that we do. It's also how you will grow quickly. The people who last here take pride in what they do and put a lot of emphasis on doing quality work.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your team. Young analysts are eager to learn and to improve on our skills. Tell them what your expectations are, and if they're not meeting them, provide constructive criticism.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A place to thrive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    From day 1, we are expected to learn on the job. There is a lot of opportunity for growth, and the company invests a lot into developing its people. We truly strive to create an environment for our people to flourish.

    Cons

    Sometimes work/life balance becomes difficult, but the supervisors are reasonable people and understand that work can't always take precedent.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop younger staff and provide room for upward mobility.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Stay Away if you want a long term career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You will make a lot of money, especially if you are just coming out of school. If you are an engineer, you will be treated like gold. Lots of training, lots of culture events just for you and they are going to make you feel that you are very special

    Cons

    You have a less than 15% chance of making a career in this company. They are cold and cruel and you are just a number on a spreadsheet to them. If you don't have any marketing skills then you have no chance of making it here. If your job is not your life or your number one priority over friends and family, then please do not work here. You are better off taking a lower paying job that gives you a better life balance and a better long term career,

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally and with respect-You are very lacking in this area and your egos are getting in the way of you actually having a great company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Eye Opening!

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep the stucture like it is. It works.


  8. There is no better place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  9. Helpful (3)

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing Opportunities, Amazing Benefits, Amazing People

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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