Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
171 Reviews
4.6
171 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great profit sharing and benefits program that rewards employees for their contributions (in 21 reviews)

  • You are surrounded by motivated and talented people, and the one-profit center culture really minimizes internal competitive inclination (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • There was no work/life balance and it was not uncommon to work 60-80 hours some weeks (in 24 reviews)

  • The engineering field in general is a stressful profession and expectations are high (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wish I'd Started Working Here In My 20's!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Kimley-Horn truly values sharing its success with its staff - it's one of the major differences between this firm and other employers. The retirement benefits alone makes Kimley-Horn a great place to work (and if I'd started working here in my 20's, I'd be able to retire well before my peers who work for other companies!), but coupled with this amazing benefit, we all know our dedication and hard work pay off in the form of monetary and non-monetary recognition. I love working for a firm that is ethical, cares about its employees, and is financially stable.

    Cons

    Almost all the people I work with are self-motivated and strive to deliver outstanding client service. If you aren't a self-motivated person who believes in top-notch service to your client, Kimley-Horn may not be for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The structure and the culture are all about being an entrepreneur. If you're looking for professional opportunities and rewards - there's no better place.

    Cons

    Consulting isn't for everyone - it can be a demanding profession. Clients are budget and schedule driven - and competition is fierce - this can create tensions that have to be balanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep us externally focused - this business is all about serving clients. We're growing - let's keep the bar high for new staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of responsibility and great rewards!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager/Practice Builder
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager/Practice Builder

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibilities and challenging projects. Great benefits. Best of all -- great people to work with.

    Cons

    Limited off-site technical training opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to stay connected with the young professionals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A challenging but rewarding and fun work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Kimley-Horn and Associates has a very unique culture, and I believe that stems from being 100% employee owned and operated by professionals who have practiced as consultants. This company is perfect for the highly-motivated professional. The only limitations at Kimley-Horn are the limitations you put on yourself. The firm-wide leadership is excellent - incredibly down to earth and dedicated to growth of the company and its professionals. The financial reward of working at Kimley-Horn is AWESOME! From the 401k matching, holiday bonuses, Thanksgiving honey ham gift card to the random bonuses throughout the year, it's nice to see hard work literally pay off! The dedication to quality and internal education is excellent, and the fact that Kimley-Horn operates as "one profit center" allows for effective sharing of resources between offices.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a struggle at Kimley-Horn. This is not the company for someone who wants to work 40.0 hours every week. The billability goal, or "UT", is a constant struggle and is probably higher than similar consulting firms... but without the hard work of all employees, the financial rewards wouldn't be as great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong Culture, Practice Driven, Result-oriented, Great Partnering, Reward success at ALL levels.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, and we reward success at all levels meaning the profits of the firm are shared with each and every individual that helped produce the profits. You get exposed to the entire realm of consulting - technical development, marketing, and business / accounting aspects starting at a young age. Leadership and direction is initiated at the local office level, not directed and/or dictated from a regional or corporate office.

    Cons

    We are high energy, fast-paced, and results-oriented, which is not for everyone. Extra effort is part of our culture, yet tracked and considered when determining an individual's advancement / compensation / contribution to the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great projects and great people who take care of you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Practice Builder in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Practice Builder in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kimley-Horn shares the wealth with all employees - we work hard but reap the rewards of our effort.

    Cons

    We work hard, so if that's a concern then look elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for a rewarding career with growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Kimley-Horn provides an environment for its employees to grow professionally and achieve their career goals. Their practice builder model allows you to pursue projects that you are passionate about. They have a great profit sharing and benefits program that rewards employees for their contributions.

    Cons

    Kimley-Horn challenges its employees to exceed goals which requires a level of personal commitment but also encourages a healthy work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management at Kimley-Horn is always available to support staff and their open door policy allows for the exchange of ideas. They allow you the freedom to develop your own practice while providing you the support when you need it. I would encourage them to continue to do that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orange, CA

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun employees to work with while maintaining a professional atmosphere. This includes both work and after work hours. Compensation is fair and competitive. Reward is based on results more than opinion which is great.

    Cons

    Don't have any cons as the group of employees I work with a great group to work with all the time, even when I don't agree 100% they want to work it out to a professional compromise. Much better than other places where I have worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is always open to discussion and wanting to keep the environment relaxed and open. I never feel like it is a closed discussion. Their willingness to listen and act in the best interest of the firm is what makes this a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intelligently-run business that rewards employees who excel at their jobs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k program is unrivaled by any company I have ever heard of, high ceiling for career advancement, opportunity to become a shareholder, employee-owned company that has ownership transition to allow ownership opportunities for successful younger staff, shifting work between offices helps balance workload and avoid hiring/firing from project to project

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I wish I had joined sooner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Kimley-Horn is good about mentoring staff early in their careers, and retaining them with excellent benefits, growth opportunities, and entrepreneurial spirit.
    I only wish I had known about them sooner.

    Cons

    Utilization (UT) is a consideration, but other engineering firms have similar issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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