Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
171 Reviews
4.6
171 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great profit sharing and benefits program that rewards employees for their contributions (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
  • There was no work/life balance and it was not uncommon to work 60-80 hours some weeks (in 24 reviews)

  • The engineering field in general is a stressful profession and expectations are high (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    They will keep you working with promises of grandeur.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  2.  

    Learned a lot but wayyyyyyyyyyyyy overworked!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was able to collaborate with many different professionals. Compensation was decent and the work environment was conducive. Lots of opportunities to meet people and do fun activities within the office. Excellent benefits and profit sharing. High match on 401k.

    Cons

    Unfortunately much of the work was very cookie-cutter--so much so that some designs could literally be cut from one project and placed directly into another with no revision whatsoever. There was very little room for professional growth unless you are willing to sacrifice sleep. There was no work/life balance and it was not uncommon to work 60-80 hours some weeks. For the amount of work, compensation was not very high but this is typical in the field I presume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for upward mobility based on efficiency and design abilities rather than number of hours worked. Stop micromanaging. Step outside of the box more on design conceptualization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Growth Potential

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    • 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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

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

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    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

  6. 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 (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
  7.  

    Berated despite excellent performance ratings

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    Former Employee - Regional in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Regional in Roseville, CA

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than an 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
  8. 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
  9.  

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

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    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
  10.  

    Definitely take advantage of employees

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    • 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
  11.  

    For the early years of your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

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