Koch Industries Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Not sad to go

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - IT in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. Pension. 401K Match. Vacations & Holiday, but expect to lose out on vacation because you will likely not be allowed to take any your first year or two. Solid company and safe place to ride out a bumpy economy.

    Cons

    I was recruited to work at Koch and the benefits seemed too good to be true. Turns out, they were. I was told by recruiter to expect 50-100% of my salary in bonuses. The entire time I was there? Nada. Turns out people in IT rarely get bonuses, since they're mostly servicing the people who make the company $. Thus - IT doesn't create any value, so no rewards.
    REALLY OLD technology. Business doesn't want to invest in technology - takes away from their bonuses - so the systems are archaic, unsupportable, and horrendous to change. Some of the programs use code that is so obsolete there's nobody left at the company to support it and the vendor won't support it either. Need a change to the system? Too bad but guess what? You still have to use the system because the business is too cheap to justify an upgrade.
    GOOD OLD BOYS - what do you expect? Very few women in leadership positions. Going to have a baby? Forget moving into a management role until your kids are much older or you just flat out work more than you have a life.
    POLITICS - expect to have the Koch 'culture' shoved down your throat and be prepared to vocally agree with their political viewpoints. Don't support the Tea Party? Then don't expect a career path with Koch.

    Advice to Management

    Separate politics from the work environment. Promote more women and minorities. Diversify.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company with low potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary. Company follows the KOCH values. They are culture driven, formerly Georgia Pacific. Parent company to several companies.

    Cons

    Senior management needs to listen to people at lower level. Everyone seems unhappy.They place strong emphasis on results and forget about caring for their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management spend a lot of time behind closed door instead of out in the open to lead the team.

  3. Helpful (5)

    Slave Driver

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Advancement opportunities.. Ability to move around and explore different accounting positions

    Cons

    Horrible work home life balance... I was working 80 hours a week for 6 months straight.. I also had a baby a toddler and a little one at home. When I brought up the situation to my boss I was told "to move up in the world you have to make sacrifices" I left after that.. I'm not willing to sacrifice my family... The work atmosphere is like high school.. there is a lot of clicks and office gossip.. not a very friendly professional atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Work home life balance is extremely important... get that in line and employee morale will boost.. along with productivity.. You need to care and show you care about your employees in and out of work.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Prepare to have no life...work employees to death

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    learn a lot and can move around to learn new things

    Cons

    Don't care about employees or employees families....work late late late nights

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee is a productive employee... work/home life balance is extremely important

  6. Helpful (1)

    Play it by the book

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety in Fort Dodge, IA
    Former Employee - Safety in Fort Dodge, IA

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It’s a close nit group of people. Company isn’t afraid to spend money to get the job done.

    Cons

    There is a big disconnect between management and “workers”. There is zero flexibility on company policies no matter if there is a good reason or not. You quickly become a number and they will not hesitate to fire an employees if they don’t it by the book 100% of the time. Perfection is the expectation and anything other than that you will get run over.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Good Starting Pay, No Where to go though

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting pay
    no layoffs

    Cons

    No bonuses or raises for first five years so get what you want at the start.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with market prices. Have more insentive to work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Mundane.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employees are generally motivated and have a positive work ethic, pay is decent. Feedback from management is helpful.

    Cons

    Expectation is that work-life balance is nonexistent. Expect phone calls on vacation for unimportant reasons. Benefits and vacation time are minimum. Office atmosphere is not social.

  9. Helpful (3)

    The end of an era

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    My supervisors were fair and kind, and the company was small enough that I learned a lot and was given the opportunity to learn whatever I wanted that was relevant in the context of my duties.

    Cons

    The branch I worked at was considered the ugly stepchild and anyone working there was treated with contempt by upper management from the other branch. I used to dread having to call people above me because I knew that no matter how relevant my question to the job at hand I would be yelled at or reprimnaded first and foremost, and then later told the answer to my question, if they even felt like answering.

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan for the company that is reasonable. Stick to the plan and take reasonable steps to ensure its fruition. Be nice to your employees and do not use a fear based culture to get things done.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Their poor reputation is well deserved.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competent people to work with. Interesting, technical work. I learned a lot working here. Not much else positive whatsoever.

    Cons

    Several of the people I met here were hyper-conservative, racist, and homophobic. Their public relations department is nothing more than a propaganda machine. They try to brain wash all their employees to share the exact same political, social, and economic views as the company. The company pretends to be ethical but will abandon their "principles" any time a profit is to be made.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Just another number

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales
    Former Employee - Inside Sales

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge company with all of the accompanying array of benefits

    Cons

    Be prepared to be just another number to anyone besides your direct supervisor. Definitely a "disconnected" management style, with supervisors working from other offices completely unaware of what's happening in regional offices.

    Advice to Management

    Middle/senior managers should be more aware of operations at regional offices.

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