Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 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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    Need to be the right type of person

    Engineering Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsReally 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.

    ConsThey 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Civil Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsWork 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.

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementAlthough 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Civil Engineering Firm

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten the hierarchical management structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    BUSY!!

    Intern (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

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

    ConsTOO 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 Senior ManagementThere is too much Management. Too top heavy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, especially for workaholics

    Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosopportunities for advancement, fairly transparent management, great staff

    Consmandated 46+ hours per week regardless of demands of workload, expect lots of pressure if your utilization hours goal isn't met on a weekly basis

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop extra effort goals, which makes staff focus on logging hours rather than focusing on efficiency and quality. Ease UT goals for senior staff that bring in jobstarts; we need them to win jobs to keep their teams busy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Fort Worth, TX

    Proscompany provides very good benefits

    Conscompany experiences high employee turnover

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinous growth and stability rather than fast growth in good times and large reductions in bad times

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    Kimley-Horn and Associates provides high rewards with high expectations.

    Analyst (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsKimley-Horn and Associates has outstanding employee benefits. Vacation time is generous, a 401k match is in place, and bonuses were given to all employees during my tenure. Further, after vesting period, a profit sharing contribution is paid to employee retirement accounts. Professional registrations are paid for, and assistance toward further education is provided.

    ConsWork/life balance will suffer at KHA compared to many other firms. As an extra-effort firm, KHA mandates approximately 46 hours a week in order to comply with metrics used for bonuses and employee recognition. When times went well, this 46 hour standard was frequently exceeded. Last-minute travel was required fairly frequently as well. Additionally, vacation time may be hard to use, as its use counts against utilization rate calculations also used to determine bonuses and raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Management should pay special attention to the development of Junior Analysts, in order to decrease turnover and provide a sense that the company is concerned with career development. This can be lacking at times. Additionally, market diversification is critical. KHA was severely impacted during this economic downturn, as were many corporations everywhere. However, increased emphasis on the stability of government work as opposed to the profitability of private sector work might have softened the blow.

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    the KHA Way

    Professional Engineer (Current Employee) Oakland, CA

    ProsKimley-horn and associates provides its employees with a lot of perks to show appreciation to them. kHA also provides a pretty competitive salary and great job benefits. KHA is in a wide variety of industries, which enables individuals to get a broad skill set. KHA management is generally respectful towards its employees, and all of the individuals typically have a can-do attitude. Various events to sponsor employee cohesion are also particularly helpful amongst the junior employees.

    There is a general hiearchial structure, as well as guidelines as to how to achieve set promotions. KHA as a strong brand name with the Civil Engineering services sector.

    ConsKimley-horn & Associates often times worries about keeping employees busy as opposed to developing them. In addition, employees are often times asked to relocate at whim based upon market conditions. The work-life balance is not bad for an individual who is single, but for individuals with families the prospect of potential constant travel or relocation may be an issue.

    Promotions can also be arbitrary at times depending on the group that you are in, despite the fact that set guidelines exist. Management does a great job of communicating appreciation to its employees when things are good, but does not do as good of a job as being completely candid when things are not going so good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate bad news to employees in a tmely fashion.

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    Great place to work when you're young and have no other life responsibilities.

    Manager (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsKimley-Horn offers great benefits. If you can last at least 7 years, you'll walk away with a killer retirement account. The medical insurance offers an option of 100% paid. I think the firm is well managed. Top managers communicate well with staff and let them know what changes are coming down the pike. They do forget however to talk more to the younger folks who have not experience a downturn like this. All the news is negative. They need to do a little cheerleading to let everyone know that times are bad now, but good times will come again.

    ConsTwo words: "extra effort" Forget about having a life. Do this job while you're young and have no kids or responsibilities, then get the heck outta here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the career paths for ALL employees, not just the engineers.

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    Just like a chess board

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and good people.

    ConsEthics and Quality service to the client should still be the number one priority. Don't let it slip away.
    Advancement should be made according to experience and not according to license or diploma.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow your pieces' strength and use them wisely. People have their own strength and weakness.

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