Knife River
3.2 of 5 10 reviews
www.kniferiver.com Bismarck, ND 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 26, 2014

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Bill Schneider

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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The recession derailed Knife River's vision to become a great company.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Knife River

ProsThe best thing about Knife River is that you can settle down in a community and don't have to move around like most people in the construction industry have to do.

ConsThe downside to Knife River is that opportunities are limited to how well the local economy fares in the areas where they work.

Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company while it still has value to someone else.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fair place to work, good pay and bennies, erratic schedule sometimes

Current Employee (Current Employee)
Bismarck, ND

I have been working at Knife River full-time for more than 10 years

ProsPay and benefits are generally good, with occasionally more overtime than you can handle. Generally, we are working with good equipment, and until the recession hit it was well taken care of - still not too bad. Normally, you can decline duty that takes you out of town and away from family. If you have a decent attitude and knowledge, you can expect others of your work rank to support you and throw down their best most days. We generally take a week or so off during the holidays so everyone can be with their families on Christmas. We have no paid vacation or sick days/pay, but overall are able to have days off on the bigger holidays. Generally, you can always voice concerns and problems.

ConsIn my experience, management is big on talk but short on action. If you are used to an involved problem solving interaction, likely you will be frustrated at having to deal with long term issues which are always talked about but seldom confronted and solved. If you happen to be an employee who is experienced and cognizant of company efficiency and financial matters, you might be frustrated at the waste that occurs in a larger company, often because your management team refuses to listen to any opinions but their own. As with most construction companies, your personal time evaporates a good share of the year. Lack of sleep and bizarre work schedules can and do raise serious safety issues. Lastly, if you are a person who remembers mistakes and looks ahead trying to dodge bad situations and problems, KR is equal to most others - we see the same issues year after year with little cooperation from management in effecting positive change.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry and realize that your rank and file employees may have knowledge and experience which will help a great deal with working conditions and your bottom line. A condescending attitude towards them, along with the idea that a title somehow infers infallibility in decision-making and knowledge, is pretty arrogant. Those of us who get dirty for a living are daily pushed for real productivity; we get frustrated with poor decisions and long timelines being pushed downstream. It has been my experience in KR that it's better to tackle the problem and hope for a good outcome than to wait on a direction that never comes. Lastly, most times there is no reason to work extremely long hours or bizarre schedules - you're basically running a vehicle on flat tires when everyone's exhausted. Better to work smarter than harder.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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