KBC Advanced Technologies

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KBC Advanced Technologies Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
11 Reviews
3.5
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Unparalleled working environment and mutual support

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

    I worked at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    Extremely friendly, professional and diverse office environment, which naturally facilitates communication and project progress/success. Plenty of opportunities for internal (free) and external (subsidized) training, as well as subsidized higher education. Comparatively little stress with little influence on personal life, for the most part.

    Cons

    Departmental staffing balance a little off - some departments are a little overstaffed, some are seriously understaffed. Training coverage can be patchy at times, due to not having enough experts to cover a broad range of specialized fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate efficiency can certainly be increased significantly by considering the workloads of each group and re-balancing labor as appropriate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Quality, knowledgeable, engineers - good reputation and relationships with clients. Good variety/opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Consultant
    Current Employee - Process Consultant

    I have been working at KBC Advanced Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Quality, knowledgeable, engineers - good reputation and relationships with clients. Good variety/opportunities. Work model (flexibility, ability to work remotely) is great. Good salary, benefits; flat organization; world-wide.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult in consultancy (always behind; over-sold; resources spread thin). Tendency (as of late) to "worship" at the altar of software technology (which Petro-SIM IS the best, in my opinion; but the people capital is still what sets KBC apart; i.e. we use our tools in real world application--but the tools are just tools; the people make them work).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work--work model; global focus. Don't focus so much on the software/technology aspect to the point that the consultants (who make the tools better through use/feedback) are relegated to the proverbial backseat--as they are the engine (the KBC consultants can use competitor tools and beat the competitor's solutions too.)..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent professional environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBC Advanced Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable consultants always willing to help. However, gotta hunt them down to ask questions because they are under-staffed (especially software) and senior guys are always busy. Good benefits package. Flexible work hour. Available program to help pay for higher education.

    Cons

    Lots of self-learning to be done when your boss / mentor expects you to take over an area that even he is not familiar with. Quite poor new-comer induction program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Varied expariences that allow for personal development and growth. High Salary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    Innovative coworkers with diverse backrounds who are able to work together and achieve the client project demands
    Salary is 1st/2nd quartile of industry

    Cons

    No united company vision
    The company cons are all located in upper management area
    Leadership by upper management not demonstrated
    Shortage of qualtified candidates to meet project demands

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    KBC is a company held hostage by a small band of consultants who don't understand how business gets transacted.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Vice President in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    Good benefits for the average employees
    Great salaries that are competitive with other consultancies
    Travel international if you want it

    Cons

    Huge Egos that can be bruised quite easily
    Poor communication across the organization
    POLITICS in everything that is done
    Company growth cannot meet expectation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold the consultants accountable for what they promise instead of letting project deadlines slip with cost overruns that lead to poorer profits and disappointed customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The best company I have had the pleasure to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    Extremely sharp and competent co-workers
    Flat management structure
    Teamwork is strong
    I really feel that focus every day to deliver the best for our customers

    Cons

    The only negative is how we can be impacted by the economy at times.
    This is not at all anything KBC has control over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am very encouraged by senior management's commitment to provide management training to the next generation of KBC leaders - it shows that you believe in us.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Small Refinery Consulting Firm Interesting Projects but little opportunity for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    Very Talented Engineers-very knowledgeable in all areas of refining.
    There is always someone who knows the answer and is willing to help.
    Top of the line modeling software.
    Relaxed Atmosphere.
    Generous vacation and benefits
    Management really seems to care.

    Cons

    Consulting firm subject to economic downturns. Great in boom times not so great when market goes south. Management tries to keep layoffs at a minimum, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KBC is a great place to work-keep it up.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    good team and ethical culture

    Cons

    less mobility in some areas

  10.  

    engineer

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

    I worked at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    Great company, good culture, a lot to learn, good training program

    Cons

    I do not have any con to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Highly-Competent, Hard-Working Consultants; Management Weak on Work/Family Balance

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

    I have been working at KBC Advanced Technologies

    Pros

    Competitive overall compensation package, despite relatively weak benefits package.
    Generally a good-working atmosphere.
    Committed, competent and hard-working group of consultants (i.e., engineers).
    Very high-level of cooperation between consultants -- virtually no sniping or back-stabbing.

    Cons

    Very long hours. Most employees expected to routinely give the company significant amounts of "free overtime."
    Benefits package relatively weak: No pension, limited vacation allowance, dental/medical benefits lacking.
    Frequent scheduling conflicts result in "start-stop" inefficiencies.
    Management and sales staff often over-commit employees.
    Weak and illogical performance appraisal system harms morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like people. Support a reasonable balance between work life and family life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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