Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
160 Reviews

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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.  

    Need to be the right type of person

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

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Emphasis on Output is Good, But Not for Me

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

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates as an intern for 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Response

    Jun 26, 2014Team 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

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Analyst
    Former Employee - Civil Analyst

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Kimley-Horn and Associates Response

    Jun 26, 2014Team 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

  6.  

    Good Civil Engineering Firm

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the hierarchical management structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    BUSY!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    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 ManagementAdvice

    There is too much Management. Too top heavy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, especially for workaholics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    opportunities for advancement, fairly transparent management, great staff

    Cons

    mandated 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 ManagementAdvice

    Drop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Kimley-Horn Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    company provides very good benefits

    Cons

    company experiences high employee turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continous growth and stability rather than fast growth in good times and large reductions in bad times

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    Kimley-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.

    Cons

    Work/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 ManagementAdvice

    Senior 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    the KHA Way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Engineer  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    Kimley-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.

    Cons

    Kimley-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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate bad news to employees in a tmely fashion.

    No opinion of CEO

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