Kimley-Horn and Associates
2.9 of 5 64 reviews
www.kimley-horn.com Cary, NC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated Jan 24, 2014
Kimley-Horn and Associates – US – “John Atz - The President of KHA”

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2.9 64 reviews

                             

58% Approve of the CEO

Kimley-Horn and Associates President John C. Atz

John C. Atz

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great focus on work life balance. Wonderful atmosphere. Nicest people.

Graphic Designer (Current Employee)
Reston, VA

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

ProsGreat management & benefits! A committee of fun plans monthly outings! Pretty young office. Wins proposals often.

ConsProposals can be stressful so have a good attitude and be prepared to do everything it takes to get one out the door on time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I wish I joined Kimley-Horn sooner!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe people at Kimley-Horn are wonderful. Senior management is receptive and transparent; I've always felt like part of the big picture. It also has a rich and motivating culture.

ConsIt will take some time to "move up" here as it aims to be a flat organization. However, you are recognized and rewarded in other ways.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to listen to employees across the company and be open to new ideas and business practices. Please continue to focus on the great culture!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work Work Work and More Work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere is some great people

ConsZero work life balance- and dont expect to get paid for all the work expected of you they say you will make up for it in end of year bonus but you dont.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company for the ambitious.

Civil Analyst (Current Employee)

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

ProsKimley-Horn is focused on profit and sharing that profit in a rewarding way. The benefits + bonus program + profit sharing make the hard work mostly worth it. I feel that I receive the recognition I feel I deserve. I've gotten involved in a lot of marketing and office management which I really enjoy and get to learn a lot from. I respect the KHA culture, but find that it sometimes lacks "legs" in that it is not always implemented everywhere all the time. There are lots of great, knowledgeable folks at KHA and many that are focused on growing and helping junior staff. Those are the people with which I focus on building relationships. I really enjoy my job because of the culture in my office and relationships I've formed with my colleagues.

ConsBy far, the worst part about KHA is the long hours and seemingly non-existant work-life balance. It seems that in the beginning stages of one's tenure at KHA, you spend very long hours in the office while the senior staff does much less. I think it's a form of "paying your dues." UT (%age of your time billable to a client) can drive you crazy, but if you have plan and follow through it is not hard to make that goal without completely sacrificing your life. I think the key is taking ownership of your role and schedule and making it work before it gets out of hand. I do find that there is some secretive-ness at times, but that is not true of all senior staff, offices, or regions. I wish that KHA would spend more time growing their staff through training instead of their "throw you in the water and see if you swim" approach. I believe that is why so many young staff leave KHA, because they don't have good role models and they are expected to do too much too quickly for too little recognition and with too little tools.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on building a good foundation with your entry-level and junior staff. Training is important. Listen to us because we are telling you what we need.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great work environment for young people.

Engineer (Current Employee)
Sacramento, CA

I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people. People are nice.

ConsNot enough work. To go around.

Advice to Senior ManagementSeek out more work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic Company for a college grad

Transportation Analyst (Current Employee)

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

ProsI have been very satisfied with KHA. They are very willing to support students right out of school to integrate into the team quickly and always willing to teach new things and give more responsibility. The benefits are very good; the 401k plan matches 4% like everyone else, but they also do profit sharing which can be as much as 16% of your salary. On top of that you get an annual bonus, plus a mid year cost of living bonus! This company is going to take care of you, but you do have to work hard as well.,,,give to the company and it will give back.

Also, for young people the leadership opportunities are endless if you show an interest in it. I am so happy I choose Kimley-Horn!

ConsYou are going to spend a lot of late nights and a lot of emphasis put on "UT" which is utilization...percent of time you are billable to a client. If you have a family it can be tough to balance your work and home life, but its certainly possible.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up with the employee recognition through profit sharing bonus programs!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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High Quality People and Ability to Chart Your own Course

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsI have the opportunity to see the way that some of our competitors operate as well as the firm I was with before KHA and I constantly count my blessings at the quality of the people here. In addition, there's much more of an atmosphere of open dialogue here than I see elsewhere. Senior people are encouraged to develop their staff and then treat them like partners rather than subordinates.

Some of the other reviews on here talk about the emphasis on utilization or the amount of time people are expected to work. I talk to peers in other firms and they work as many or more hours than what I and many others at KHA do. At my old firm, the younger folks were never aware of UT but that didn't mean that it wasn't important nor that they had goals that they needed to be making in order for the firm to make money. In addition, what you see at many firms is a mix of people who put in extra effort when needed and others who are pretty much punching the clock. Here, due to the quality of the people and the fact that we don't hide the UT issue, the load is more evenly spread we don't have that imbalance.

Finally, I can't say enough about the benefits. Yes, bonuses are wonderful, but so is the retirement program. The firm puts so much money into the 401k, that it not only is insuring that my wife and I will be in good shape whenever I retire, but it's meant that I don’t have to take as much out of my paycheck each month to contribute as I would have at almost any other firm.

ConsKHA has a good corporate philosophy that minimizes management and focuses on rewarding and growing staff. The challenge as a firm grows and has multiple locations, with new mid-and-senior folks coming in is that it can be difficult to make sure that the philosophy gets consistently implemented. In reading some of the reviews on here, some of the specific comments or examples cited where 180 degreed from what I've experienced or from what would be considered acceptable by the firm. We don't have a top-down management approach and we allow our Practice Builders a lot of freedom which is a big positive. That same freedom however, can be problematic if you have a Practice Builder who isn't 100% bought in or following the firm's philosophy. That can sometimes sour the experience for those working with him and they can view his philosophy or approach as that of the firm's.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs noted above, the firm needs to find a way to merge the openness and freedom with making sure that we understand when we have PM's or PB's who aren't providing a KHA experience for their staff. It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does it can create a negative experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Opportunities for the RIght People

Engineer (Current Employee)
West Palm Beach, FL

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

ProsKHA has the mindset of rewarding those that perform. The company is run as a business that provides professional services. Because of the business based approach, the benefits KHA provides are outstanding and beyond what most of this industry provides. KHA looks out for the long term financial stability of its employees. They match the 401K at 4% and add profit sharing on top of the match. The KHA retirement program allows all employees to enter retirement with a great nest egg. Advancement is quick for those that perform. KHA rewards the performers with great promotions, bonuses, and advancements. Overall, a great place to work if you want to work.

ConsKHA is not for everyone. KHA is an "extra effort" firm. It is expected that you put in the effort that is required to meet the high expectations of clients. Sometimes this means that you will need to work 40 hours in a week when things are running at a normal pace and sometimes you will need to work more when a client deadline is approaching. If you desire a steady 40hr/week job then KHA is not for you. If you want to be rewarded for being exceptional, KHA is a great place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be willing to make exceptions to the promotion "policies" for the exceptional employees that should advance quickly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hard-working environment with performance-based bonuses and profit sharing.

Engineer (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 5 years

ProsProfit Sharing - 401K, Goal-oriented, entrepreneurial. Great teamwork environment and very talented staff. Opportunities for young staff to advance.

ConsExtra effort expectations can be too high some times that make work/life balance a challenge. Workplace pace is very fast and rarely, if ever, slows down.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on work/life balance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Work here for the pay, not for the life.

Civil Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

ProsThe pay here is great because the company is privately owned and all profits are shared. You are compensated for your effort.

ConsThe amount of effort that is expected, or that you are guilt-tripped into giving, is ridiculous across the board. Forget about your life outside of work, family, health, hobbies, etc. This was the best place for me for the first 5 years when I was single and had dreams of being a millionaire. I feel that once you have a family and start to have goals outside of the office you will quickly grow out of Kimley-Horn.

Advice to Senior ManagementShould have taken more of an active role in hiring and training and pushing for work/life balance for your staff back in 2009-2010 when we started screaming for help. Now the atmosphere and moral are awful, staff is unmotivated, training is non-existent so staff is inefficient, and you're losing great staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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