Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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Kimley-Horn and Associates President John C. Atz
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Pros
  • Profit sharing is very generous (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
  • Work-life balance is a challenge (in 24 reviews)

  • You need to bring your "A" game to work every day because expectations are high here (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Civil Analyst

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    Former Employee - Civil Analyst in DFW, TX
    Former Employee - Civil Analyst in DFW, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary, and generally nice people. Company is successful.

    Cons

    Too many hours. Everyone is white so there's no diversity or recognition of that fact.


  2. Senior Planner

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    Former Employee - Senior Planner-Project Manager in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Planner-Project Manager in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Higher than average salaries plus profit sharing,

    Cons

    Obsession with profits requires senior staff to be billable 40 hours/week and quick to lay people off in between projects and no support for charging to business development if you are not a designated practice builder.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find better work/life balance and build on the skills and contacts of your existing staff to do marketing instead of just the designated few practice builders.


  3. Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well-run business. Very aggressive and profitable.

    Cons

    Demanding. Lack of work-life balance.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great Company-Horrible Management

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary compensation. The young professionals group was large and the training sessions given were a great way to grow your knoweldge and meet new people. Never a dull moment

    Cons

    Horrible, un-realistic hours and UT goals. I think this varied from office to office. In my particular case, the expectation set by upper management was ridiculous. Working until 9-10pm and coming in on weekends was all too common. Not only were we working late, but we were having to do it because the management was poorly organized and never available during the day to review and help on work. One last thing to discuss. When Kimley-Horn recruits they talk about being able to create your own career path. Unfortunately this was not the case. If you are looking to specialize in something or branch out to try something new, it better be on your supervisors OKAY to-do list or his idea or else you will get thrown to the wolves.

    Advice to Management

    Become better organized. Promote based on a job well done, not on brown-nosing. Expand your mind and allow your analysts to do what they are good at in order to help the company.


  6. Need to be the right type of person

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    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great people to work with. Lots of opportunity to get involved in groups--i.e. young professionals, women professionals, etc. Opportunities to succeed if driven to.

    Cons

    They talk a lot about work-life balance, but it's very difficult to do here, especially if you have children. Expect to work very long hours. They also seem to want very dominant-type personalities working here, not so much introverted types.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Emphasis on Output is Good, But Not for Me

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly Good place for new hires to start Teach you as you go, and slowly increase responsibility

    Cons

    45-55 hr workweeks It's all about serving the client as fast as possible I think they spend too much money on extra events

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Response

    Jun 26, 2014 – Team Member

    It is true that Kimley-Horn's primary goal is to provide exceptional service to our clients. But we also believe in taking time to celebrate and enjoy our coworkers. That's why we spend money on ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    Potential for great pay and benefits...at a steep price

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    Former Employee - Civil Analyst
    Former Employee - Civil Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with smart, innovative, hard-working people with plenty of technical expertise. Potential for great pay in the form of bonuses and profit sharing (when business is good). In some regions, the company wins many high-profile transit projects which is great for resume-building and experience for younger staff. Great if you are young, single, or have a spouse and kids you don't mind not seeing very often.

    Cons

    You are required to work 115-120% effort (46-48 hours per week) on average, so basically an extra day of work each week. This is doable when you are young in your career, energetic and excited about a project, but can be frustrating, exhausting and lead to major burnout after a while, especially if you don't feel you're being recognized for your contributions. They don't give young engineers any field experience (they have construction inspectors to do this) and if they have you doing CAD (when it's not being done by trained technicians) they give you no or inadequate training (that would be too expensive and they're reluctant to really invest in their young staff). Without an upper-level manager who is a great mentor, it's nearly impossible to rise through the ranks. If you are a young woman who wants children, there are very few roles that will accomodate that well. Unless you have a spouse or partner with a very flexible work schedule, child care pick-up and drop-off could be darn near impossible since typical hours are 7:30 am - 5:30 pm M-Th with half days on Fridays (but really you need to work into the afternoon to get your 46-48 hours...). The company has strong southeastern roots and very conservative values - most of the upper management are white males with spouses who are able to stay home, raise children and take care of everything outside of work. Only the very best of the best (read: always willing to work long hours and put work above everything else at all times) can really make a lifetime career here.

    Advice to Management

    Although it will affect the bottom line, ease up on the "extra effort" mentality and hire some extra staff so your current staff doesn't need to work as many hours. Take care of your employees by fostering mentoring and training - make it clear that you really want to make an investment in people. They will be happier and more likely to want to stick with the company long term, throughout all of the changes in their personal lives (marriage, kids, etc.). There is a lot of talk about work-life balance, but upper management doesn't demonstrate this so it makes it hard for people, especially young parents, to imaging juggling both.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Ok company to start with. But they take advantage of the employees

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    Former Employee - Civil Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Civil Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot and most people are pleasing to work with.

    Cons

    They implement a "Utilization (UT) ranking to determine your efficiency, which makes no sense! Also, If there is "no work" for an employee in her/his particular office, be EXPECTED to transfer to another of the 59 locations in the country, for an undermined time...They will tell you that the transfer would be for "a few days..." But I've know people that have transfer for almost a year!!! Really hard to try to have a family and work here.

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Response

    Jun 26, 2014 – Team Member

    At Kimley-Horn, we use the term utilization to describe time spent directly serving our clients—and we expect that number to be high. After all, we’re here to serve them. Our philosophy of shifting ... More


  10. Good Civil Engineering Firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits. Knowledgeable staff. High profile clients. Great job satisfaction. Open career paths. Good personal goal/reward scenarios.

    Cons

    Long hours compared to similar firms. Limited internal education opportunities. Mandatory utilization requirements. Strict time-off policy. Too much management and overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the hierarchical management structure.


  11. Helpful (2)

    BUSY!!

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    Former Employee - Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of work. Lots of responsibility. Awesome training Program. Lots of work.

    Cons

    TOO MUCH WORK. Kimley Horn OWNS you and expects you to work EXTRA EFFort for them. If you are not putting in 10 hours a day, you are frowned upon. You will be just a cog in the gears!

    Advice to Management

    There is too much Management. Too top heavy.



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