Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2014
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4.0 156 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Kimley-Horn and Associates President John C. Atz

John C. Atz

(120 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great profit sharing and benefits program that rewards employees for their contributions(in 20 reviews)

  • You are surrounded by motivated and talented people, and the one-profit center culture really minimizes internal competitive inclination(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • But there are supports in place for work/life balance(in 23 reviews)

  • The engineering field in general is a stressful profession and expectations are high(in 11 reviews)

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    PR program to make company look better

    Senior Professional (Former Employee)

    ProsKimley Horn has recently gone through a company name change and is trying to change its image. Kimley Horn is good at making themselves look good, even in the face of the many negative to very negative comments here at glassdoor and on other web sites. Notice in particular the recent flood of glowing comments that have mysteriously all be sent to glassdoor in just the last few days. KH knows that many unsuspecting potential employees rely on glassdoor as a source for real information about a company. My friends still at KH have suggested that there is a quite internal program for employees, especially senior employees, to send in good comments to glassdoor to take advantage of glassdoor's excellent reputation for information. Read and decide for yourself.

    ConsDishonesty and charging clients for work that was never done. Efforts and pressure to enlist professional employees to engage in similar practices as a condition of continued employment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey know.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Team Member responded to this review

    Jun 26, 2014

    Kimley-Horn has not changed its name in nearly 50 years in business. We recently updated our logo to more accurately reflect the way our clients see us. This was the result of a 2013 study, where ... More
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    Be prepare to be slave or/and bring in money. If none of they above, prepare to withstand a lot heat from senior staff.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you have a lot of clients that will bring in huge profits to the company, by all means come and work in this money loving company.

    ConsAbsolutely no work/life balance. Very much a sink or swim type of environment. Expect no support if learning a new skill. Be expected to work at least 50-60 hours per week. This company cares about one thing only moneeeeyyyy. And yes, all the stories about utilization time are all very true. Basically, UT is the percentage of your time that is billable to a client. For example, they expect everyone to have a 95-99% of UT, hence the math is for every 40 hour week you work, you must bill 39 hours to make UT. Ideally you would be in production for 39 hours straight during the week which never happens. Expect to be waaayyyy longer than that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead younger staff to learn new skills. Don't neglect them and expect that they will know everything because they won't.

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

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Team Member responded to this review

    Jun 26, 2014

    We’re sorry to hear this response. It’s true that the consulting business is not for everyone—being there for our clients can be demanding at times. To prepare employees, we offer a comprehensive ... More
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    Not productive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood money co-workers are very friendly.

    ConsLess than satisfying with little appreciation for doing your personal best on each job. Management not available.

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

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    Perform or else!!!!

    Analyst (Former Employee) West Palm Beach, FL

    ProsEverybody is polite but I cannot say anything else that is positive about this company. If you want to live to work then this is the right company for you.

    ConsThese people all they care is money. If they have a weak link they will get rid of you very quickly. In this company you will live and die by something called UT, which is the billable time you are to a client. Hence if there is no work, your UT % will go down as well. They expect 115% effort if not you will be frowned upon. This means you will have to work a minimum of 46 hours a week to make it, no exceptions and hope you have enough billable work to go around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter interview your candidates before you hire them. Also, build your employees from the ground up and expect learning curves. Not everybody learns how to ride a bike from the first try.

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

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    Live to work... Or you're out!

    Civil Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsProfit sharing and bonuses, and that's it.

    ConsBase pay is substandard with the promise that if you work hard you "may" receive a bonus to make up for it at the end of the year. Employees grind through a MINIMUM of 46 hours per week (many times 50+ hrs) with the thought of the gold at the end of the rainbow. As I've experienced over my 10 years with the company, after the higher-ups take their share there many times is little left for those who actually do the work.

    Like I said, it is a KHA WRITTEN POLICY that you must work a MINIMUM of 46 hrs per week! Believe it!

    I fit into the KHA mold and excelled, until I got married and had a child. Once I cut my hours back from 55-60 to 46 the system no longer worked for me. This is a VERY common problem here for employees with young families.

    Health insurance is terrible. It was one of the first things that went down hill in the recession. I don't go to the doctor anymore because it's too expensive. Another example of management not willing to put their profits where they're needed the most.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProfitability can be a very good thing, but not at the expense of a vast majority of your employees' happiness. You will be losing a large number of your best employees this year and next due to the fact that upper management is not willing to make a compromise.

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

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    This place is a cult.

    CAD Drafter (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsWhen I started, KHA still had a good reputation in the industry for the quality of work. Sadly that was on its way out as I left. There was still a good mix or project types and great national clients. The benefits package (excluding pay) were average for the industry.

    ConsHard work and conscience will get you used and abused, brown-nosing will get you promoted. I was in high demand from project managers for my knowledge, ability and work ethic and received great bonuses from them (spot and annual bonuses). When review time came around though, the folks who drank, partied and played poker with the higher ups got the promotions and perks while those of us who worked hard but didn't socialize at work were railroaded. The pay itself was low by industry standards. If not for my performance based bonuses, my pay would have been totally unacceptable. KHA learned to hire kids straight out of school b/c those of us with experience didn't buy the lies we were fed. We were routinely told how good we had it there b/c most other firms did not provide benefits or that the lower pay rates were b/c KHA didn't layoff like other firms do in hard times (bet they quit telling that one in the last few years). The office I was in grew so rapidly that we were hiring employees for whom we didn't have work. The existing employees were asked to "shift" to other offices so new employees could stay busy. Newhires fresh from school were often assigned projects with little or no supervision or direction. This was one of the main reasons the company's reputation dropped so quickly. The local management's role was often mostly damage control b/c they failed to provide good leadership. As stated in other reviews, UT is king at KHA. Although production level employees cannot go out and gain work, we were the ones to pay the price by being held to a UT goal despite there not being enough work available to meet the goal. One manager there told me when I expressed concerns about the staff growing and the workload not growing that it was not my job to worry about such things as people far smarter than I were running things and knew what they were doing. He must not have been one of them as he was relieved of duty and shown the door. A good 2/3 of the staff has since been let go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI hear that many of the bad management level staff are still there. They are totally disconnected from their production staff and even the product that goes out the door. They ran the company's reputation both with clients and in the engineering field into the ground. They may well be past the point of no return. Advice to those seeking employment here would be RUN the other way. The office politics, poor compensation and heavy workloads (no doubt even worse with all the layoffs) make a job with KHA undesirable even in this tough job market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A culture of sacrifice.

    Senior IS Professional (Former Employee) West Palm Beach, FL

    ProsThere are some wonderful people to work with at this company. If you choose to, you can learn about business and project management even if you are focused on IT.

    ConsThe company culture requires a great deal of personal sacrifice. I realized when I resigned that this one thing is more important than all the others. They want you to work at least 115% effort (45+) hours but many people have to work much more than that to gain recognition. This is not always a bad thing, but you need to make sure you are ready to make this type of commitment. From an IT perspective, there are a lot of companies better suited for a career in IT. I have many friends that left this company and felt ready to abandon IT careers completely. However, once they found new positions they had a renewed passion for their chosen profession. Sadly, it is the kind of environment that treats the IT like second-class citizens much of the time. Also, it is worth noting that they have seen a high degree of turnover in the last couple of years and more and more of it is voluntary as opposed to the layoffs seen in 2007-2009 but layoffs are still happening as of January 2011.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees should be your most valuable asset. Perhaps it's time for a little less hubris and a little more humility. It may be more beneficial to understand why good people are leaving than to assume they "aren't a good fit." That excuse has allowed you to become too insular and rigid. Creative, thinking, passionate people are less likely to remain in that type of environment and a company full of Yes Men is not going to be able to innovate and compete.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to start; Not a good company for a long haul

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL

    ProsA lot of opportunity to learn "on the job". Young engineers are given more responsibilities. Great pay and great benefits. Engineers are exceptionally talented. 5 years of experience in Kimley = 7 years of experience elsewhere in the industry. This is because, they make you work really long hours.

    ConsPromotions after reaching P4 or P5 level are all politics. If you somehow manage to become a shareholder and want to leave the company, you will have to forfeit half of your stock ( I mean the stock you purchased to become a shareholder). This is true even if they let you go. I know of a senior manager who had to forfeit around $100K after he got fired form an office in South Florida. My recommendation is that if you want to slog for 3-4 years after college and gain good experience, make $$ and quit, this is a good place. If you are planning to stay for a long time, plan to commit your whole life. They will make it really painful for you to leave after you become a shareholder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them...Albert.Einstein.
    Please snap out of your current ideology and adopt a sustainable practice of valuing your employees. You lost about 50% (2800 to 1500) of your work force....highest percentage loss among your peers. Road ahead is long and arduous for you. learn from other successful companies and don't treat employees as commodities. You are not running a WalMart. You are running a consulting company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great first job

    Analyst (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThis was a great first job because I appreciate all of the things my new employer offers me. More than 7 paid holidays and actual vacation time!

    ConsThey push extra effort when there is no work. They want you to 120% of a work week (48 hours minimum), which would not be an issue if there was actually stuff to do that was not administrative work. They nickel and dime there clients to the bone. They claim they charge more because they provide quality deliverables, but in reality they are more expensive because everyone in the office will charge a job for even thinking about it (even the regional business manager).

    If you want to take time off, you have to almost equal additional time. For example, if you want to take a week off (not billable), you have to work 37 extra hours to do so or your UT will suffer. This can be very hard to do when there is no work. Vacation, sick time and holidays are all non-billable hours that count against you and they set the goals very high (>94%).

    I would be careful when considering accepting a job here. They told me that they were loaded with awesome projects and they could not wait to get me in. Well, after a month of being there, they laid off 5 people. By the time I left, almost 30% of the company had been laid-off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI wish you the best of luck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very poor senior management

    Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee) Rancho Cordova, CA

    ProsProvided a place to learn about A/E industry

    ConsVery bad regional management, nocomunication, lots of closed door meetings, no open communication. Dry company = awkward holiday parties

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to your employees!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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