Koch Industries

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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014

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3.3 55 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles G. Koch

Charles G. Koch

(41 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Awesome place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are fantastic to work with

    ConsHours can be long and the travel

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to them more often

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great culture

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Wichita, KS

    ProsPersonal accountability, Meritocracy, Great People

    ConsNone. I really loved working at Koch.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best job I ever had bar none. If you want to see what you can achieve- this is the place to do it.

    Executive (Former Employee) Wichita, KS

    ProsIntellectual challenge, smart folks and a company that is not afraid to take risks

    ConsNot for the lazy- don't come here if you want an 8-5 job with breaks. Also, Wichita is not the most glamorous city.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you are giving younger folks a chance to move up- sometime they can get sidelined at too low a level because they are doing a great job that is a critical function.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood culture and a profitable company

    Consdidn't promote Women when I worked there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize women more in upper management

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    Excellent Employer!

    Accountant (Current Employee) Wichita, KS

    ProsThe group I work with provides semi-annual performance reviews, an entrepreneurial environment, encourages thinking outside the box through a creative destruction mentality, and is genuinely concerned about having a good work/life balance.

    ConsThe commute is not terrible but it is approximately a 30 minute drive from where I am located. I would prefer to be closer to home, especially with gas prices being what they are lately.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Market Based Management framework is ideal and keep up the good work on the regular performance reviews, it is truly a morale booster and also lets employees know if they are doing what is expected of them in a timely manner. Allowing some flexible scheduling allows both parents to work and still have time for their family activities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid company with good management.

    Principal Process Engineer (Former Employee) Wichita, KS

    ProsKoch Industries is a very stable organization with a solid growth plan.

    ConsHeadquarters are located in Wichita, Kansas

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen a branch in Colorado

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to work

    Human Resources (Current Employee) Wichita, KS

    ProsAll employees believe and are held to practicing the MBM guiding Principles. You are surrounded by individuals with similar work values. New ideas are encouraged and celebrated. You get real time feedback from peers/supervisors. Your compensation is based on the value you create for the company. I love that your hard work is recognized financially. You are not given the same salary as a sub-par performer. There are no egos. Leaders treat subordinates as their equal. There are no silos. departments communicate freely and help one other.

    ConsI really have not experienced any. Many reviews state that the work life balance is poor. I typically see most working 40-50 hours a week. We are adults. We work extra when we need to and leave on time when appropriate. When work life balance seems is off, I see them adding additional staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up! I'm proud to work at Koch!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A terrific company, where the sky is the limit -- if you're willing to get better each and every year.

    Director (Current Employee) Wichita, KS

    ProsThe management philosophy is unique. It attempts to take those things that work well in the free market and apply them inside the firm. Things like property rights (decision rights), incentives (pay for performance), and encouraging employees to act like owners and start and grow the business as an entreprepreneur would. Being privately held is a huge competitive advantage because the company does not have to behave as those who fear wall street punishing their stock price if the last 3 mos do not meet financial expectations. This allows the company to look at things over a long term - which is what all boards should be doing but do not.

    ConsIt is a very 'bottom line' company, not that that's a bad thing, but the bar is constantly being raised and this can lead to burn-out. The upside is that if you perform, you really have the opportunity to earn beyond your peers at other companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe culture of the company is the greatest competitive advantage I see among its competitors. Too many recent large acquisitions have begun to dilute the culture. Leadership should have a zero tolerance for those who behave counter to the culture that has made the company what it is today.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professionalism in Specialized Engineering Priciples

    IT Consultant (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsKoch is a clear thinking Company

    ConsToo much travel too often

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more specialists, develop technology within, R&D

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSkills, environment, traveling, benefits, people

    Conslack off top management, bureaucracy

    Advice to Senior Managementlistening ordinary employees, not just in the USA

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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