Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 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 19 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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    Good Company, but prejudice in hiring practices of good candidates with solid resumes (mid western region)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry hiring more qualified candidates for the reputation of the firm not just fancy cheer leaders!

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

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Team Member responded to this review

    Jun 26, 2014

    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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    Work Work Work and More Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    Berated despite excellent performance ratings

    Regional (Former Employee) Roseville, CA

    ProsGreat retirement package. Colleagues were great to work with

    ConsPoor business practice. Outdated culture and discriminatory practices

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

    No, I would not 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

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

    Engineering Analyst (Former Employee) Austin, TX

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Definitely take advantage of employees

    Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee)

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    For the early years of your career

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsLong 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

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

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    Kimley-Horn: Not for the Faint of Heart

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDuring 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.

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

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    Judge a company by how it deals with adversity.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIn the good times, benefits and bonuses were very good. Training was also very good in the hay day as well.

    ConsWhen things got rough, senior staff did whatever they could to save themselves. There was a lot of finger pointing and pinning the poor performance of an office on the staff by the OPL. Some OPL's had no clue about managing people or projects and took the credit for anything positive when they shouldn't have.

    Some OPL's need to learn how to win work and not pressure staff with termination if they did not bring in any work. Those OPL's that know how to win work should be working with others toward a common good and not one's self preservation. OPL's need to lead by example and not the "do as I say not as I do" principle.

    Some people got promotions who had no business getting promotions. People are still shaking their heads.

    Beware - don't expect your career to be long at KHA unless you are willing to brown nose.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome OPL's need to learn how to win work and not pressure staff with termination if they did not bring in any work. Those OPL's that know how to win work should be working with others toward a common good and not one's self preservation. OPL's need to lead by example and not the "do as I say not as I do" principle.

    Make your own judgement based on facts and not just on the hearsay of those trying to save their own necks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you work here, you know there is only one word - UT

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsKimley Horn and Associates during the good times treats it's employees very well with great benifits and a slightly above average bonus for it's employees.

    ConsThere is a hard push for utilization time (UT). Like many have said, if you're young and single this might be a good place but once you start having a life outside work it gets harder. Forget it if you have kids, unless you have someone at home to take care of them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEase up on the push for UT all the time. Young professionals need time to learn. Not everyone should have a UT goal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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