Kimley-Horn and Associates

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This place is a cult.

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Former Employee - CAD Drafter  in  Charlotte, NC
Former Employee - CAD Drafter in Charlotte, NC

Pros

When I started, KHA still had a good reputation in the industry for the quality of work. Sadly that was on its way out as I left. There was still a good mix or project types and great national clients. The benefits package (excluding pay) were average for the industry.

Cons

Hard work and conscience will get you used and abused, brown-nosing will get you promoted. I was in high demand from project managers for my knowledge, ability and work ethic and received great bonuses from them (spot and annual bonuses). When review time came around though, the folks who drank, partied and played poker with the higher ups got the promotions and perks while those of us who worked hard but didn't socialize at work were railroaded. The pay itself was low by industry standards. If not for my performance based bonuses, my pay would have been totally unacceptable. KHA learned to hire kids straight out of school b/c those of us with experience didn't buy the lies we were fed. We were routinely told how good we had it there b/c most other firms did not provide benefits or that the lower pay rates were b/c KHA didn't layoff like other firms do in hard times (bet they quit telling that one in the last few years). The office I was in grew so rapidly that we were hiring employees for whom we didn't have work. The existing employees were asked to "shift" to other offices so new employees could stay busy. Newhires fresh from school were often assigned projects with little or no supervision or direction. This was one of the main reasons the company's reputation dropped so quickly. The local management's role was often mostly damage control b/c they failed to provide good leadership. As stated in other reviews, UT is king at KHA. Although production level employees cannot go out and gain work, we were the ones to pay the price by being held to a UT goal despite there not being enough work available to meet the goal. One manager there told me when I expressed concerns about the staff growing and the workload not growing that it was not my job to worry about such things as people far smarter than I were running things and knew what they were doing. He must not have been one of them as he was relieved of duty and shown the door. A good 2/3 of the staff has since been let go.

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I hear that many of the bad management level staff are still there. They are totally disconnected from their production staff and even the product that goes out the door. They ran the company's reputation both with clients and in the engineering field into the ground. They may well be past the point of no return. Advice to those seeking employment here would be RUN the other way. The office politics, poor compensation and heavy workloads (no doubt even worse with all the layoffs) make a job with KHA undesirable even in this tough job market.

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Other reviews for Kimley-Horn and Associates

  1.  

    A good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    KHA has a very good bonus program

    Cons

    The company is too quick to lay off

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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

    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
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