Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
161 Reviews
4.6
161 Reviews
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Kimley-Horn and Associates President John C. Atz
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122 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Good advancement opportunities but work/life balance is way off

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst

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

    Pros

    Flat structure and a clear career path to eventual licensure and ownership. Great people left and right, management has their heads in the right place in training/mentorship programs, from top to bottom. Single profit center protects against loss of incentive due to local downturn or regional factors. Strong values and emphasis on training new hires. Always competing for top work and get experience on many different types of projects.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a struggle. There's an unhealthy culture where new hires come in and mistakenly believe it is normal and expected to stay late every night, which continues the vicious cycle. The "5:30 walk of shame" is real and leaving on time can be very awkward. Many type-A's thrive in this and literally live for their work, but many, many more have burned out or quit once they had kids.

    401k matching and year-end profit sharing, nearly 20% of total compensation, is withheld from new hires until a year of employment. Not to mention, no overtime for full-time employees beyond what is required by law.

    Young professionals are required to put in ~10 hours/month on top of everything else to complete training programs that you cannot count towards your goal "utilization" performance metric. Completion of the programs are required for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stingy in rewarding young professionals who take on extra responsibilities. Some type of overtime compensation and 401k matching are pretty standard in the industry, delaying these will continue to drive away the talent you're investing time in to. The Glassdoor PR campaign, it's transparent and misleading, look at "Rating Trends" if you don't know what I'm talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Limited Growth Potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Analyst  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Design Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I appreciated being able to work on a wide range of projects. There are also several opportunities to get to know senior staff.

    Cons

    There was limited opportunity for professional growth. The senior staff were protective of their jobs and ideas at the cost of not listening to younger staff. The work environment also felt oppressive to people who valued family. Some employees engaged in taking bets on how long female staff would last after having children. The high minimum expectations for hours in the office left many people burned out or simply absent from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend hiring management with a focus on continued learning. There is always the need to adapt to new work and economic challenges. Having managers who are open to their own growth and education will allow them to value the insight of others and ultimately make the company more profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company, but prejudice in hiring practices of good candidates with solid resumes (mid western region)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Make good money, keep getting more and more work, and profits keep rising.

    Cons

    Turn down good resumes of better candidates to keep the pay scales lower and profits higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring more qualified candidates for the reputation of the firm not just fancy cheer leaders!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Response

    Jun 26, 2014Team Member

    At Kimley-Horn, we strive to ensure that our recruiting is based on merit. So far this year, we have hired or have commitments from almost 500 new employees, and we’re seeking candidates in almost ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Work Work and More Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is some great people

    Cons

    Zero 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Berated despite excellent performance ratings

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional  in  Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Regional in Roseville, CA

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great retirement package. Colleagues were great to work with

    Cons

    Poor business practice. Outdated culture and discriminatory practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your HR staff, discipline those who need it (such as unethical behavior) regardless of their years of service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work here for the pay, not for the life.

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Should 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with great pay and benefits, but sweat shop.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, large company with great technical resources and help, half day Friday schedule, profit sharing, good training programs

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the fold with so many employees, difficult to differentiate yourself, long hours expected of you, effective hourly pay rate is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more decision making and hiring and firing to be done on a local basis, by local management. Make it feel like a "small company".

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Definitely take advantage of employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people (not generally in upper management)--most of whom left like I did.

    Cons

    - "Extra effort" with end-of-year bonus that never quite makes up for all the extra hours worked.
    - Conservative Christian culture (especially in the Southeast).
    - UT (utilization goal) for marketing staff. Marketing is generally overhead--difficult to meet this goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the UT for marketing and admin staff
    Ease up on the faith-focus
    Stop wasting so much money at kick-off

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    For the early years of your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Great projects and exposure to all facets of the consulting business. It is a great learning experience in the early years of your career

    Cons

    Long Hours, politics associated with advancement (it helps to suck up and "play the game"), salary compensation not in line with the hours worked, very few opportunities to advance for employees who do not follow the prescribed path; high divorce rate which is likely a result of the long hours and demanding schedule, overall poor work life balance, almost impossible for women who want to juggle a family and a career; less than stellar health benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Kimley-Horn: Not for the Faint of Heart

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    During KHA's hay-day they had great benefits and the bonuses were very good---even for secretarial staff. There are a lot of talented people and young professionals can learn a whole bunch.

    Cons

    The CULTure is ruthless. KHA's culture is oppressive, excessive, and annoying. The senior management cabal dicates and enforces a culture that is not in touch with the reality of today's working world. In short, the CULTure is Orwellian: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others....and you had better not forget it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the senior management that doesn't bring anything to the table and walk-the-walk instead of just talking-the-talk.

    Disapproves of CEO

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