Koch Industries

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Koch Industries Reviews

59 Reviews
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Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles G. Koch
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The core principles and business philosophies are sound and strongly advocated by the owner who is in his mid-70s (in 3 reviews)

  • Intellectual challenge, smart folks and a company that is not afraid to take risks (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor, especially if you work in Atlanta (in 5 reviews)

  • The long hours were due mainly to poor software (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    It is all about creating value.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The companies core values are more than just words on paper, the employees wear it on the sleeves. The availability of training is quite good especially in the realm of Market Based Management (MBM). Good training for supervisors. This isn't a company that quibbles about $.02 on an business expense as long as you can show that it was a legitimate expense. Employee population heavily involved in giving back to the community.

    Cons

    The pace can become "fast and furious" at times, maintaining focus, knowing what value you bring are important to keep in front of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging place to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Growth opportunities if you work hard
    Decent pay for the area

    Cons

    Not very flexible
    Can be old fashioned when it comes to technology and management styles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek to innovate and experiment more with technology and software

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great training in economics for every employee, you see how you contribute and add value

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in North Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in North Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, training, strong colleagues

    Cons

    Controversial political views alienate some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more agility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but could be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Great pay in this economy and the company continues to grow. Love what I do.

    Cons

    Once you're in, you may not have the opportunity to move to other positions as easily as one may think. Current supervisor has to approve applying for other positions within company and if you do not have a good relationship with your supervisor, not good. Also, mgmt. looks at you differently when they hear you want out of a particular dept. Even when that dept may not be the right fit for you and you could excel in a diff position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people. They are the ones dealing with internal & external customers and probably know more about what's going on than you may think.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Koch has been one of growth and opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Director in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Challenging work, company culture, intelligent co-workers, results oriented, a true feeling of being able to create value for the company, company benefits

    Cons

    Koch is generally a lean running group that at times requires sacrifices of time away from your family, friends and activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the positive work environment and remember to make sure that your employees have not only a fulfilling life at work but at home as well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tremendous career opportunity for those willing to embrace the culture and change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Career Advancement
    Challenging Work
    Dynamic work force
    Fellow Employees have good values

    Cons

    Does not offer flex time/ job sharing- but trend is changing to meet needs of current workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the culture- especially during periods of growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The best and the brightest - but be prepared to put in extra hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Focus on market based management.
    Friendly co-workers.
    Highly intelligent staff.

    Cons

    Long hours due to under staffing.
    Tendency to apply labels that can not be removed.
    Performance reviews tend to focus on behavior in meetings (rolling eyes) vs over all performance at job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on work staff accomplishes and less on personality quirks. Actually embrace the challenge process you preach vs labeling valid challenges as complaints. Charles has good direction and leadersship, but that can be lost in middle management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok place for certain personalities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    This is a large company that provides good compensation and benefits to employees

    Cons

    The company is a little cult-like in that you must adhere to all of their beliefs to be successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring some more diversity into the workplace

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to start your career

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

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    This company had plenty of job opportuties. The actual owner of the company is a very down to earth person.

    Cons

    Seemed like there were layoffs every couple of years, however this is a pretty normal thing for any company nowadays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and stick with the MBM principles

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I enjoyed my time with them and you will too!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Engineer in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Not afraid to give responsibility, culture is fantastic, commitment to integrity and fairness. Economic thinking is top notch. Great people.

    Cons

    Good pay to get in but usually stalls at 4% once you are in the door. Promotions come with minimal to no wage increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure pay for performance, one of the five MBM dimensions, is applied the way you see it. In my case, and with others, it was applied subjectively and in small quantities at the year end bonus. Other company's do this better. Promote more from within.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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