Kitchell Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Honest and Fair

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kitchell has solid a company culture. I have always felt valued and empowered to do what is ethical and fair.

    Cons

    Seemingly on the low end of the industry's pair scale.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good training ground

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a good place to start your career. Good growth prospects for learning right out of College.

    Cons

    After 8 years, you can possibly feel stagnated in your growth. It is also possible to face upward mobility changes.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Tries to balance mid-size, family feel with staying competitive against industry titans

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ViCon Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - ViCon Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was given a ton of job experiences...a lot of variety...and even if I got stuck on a boring task for a month or so, it usually changed relatively quickly, so I was able to always learn something new. The ViCon (virtual construction) team is generally very open to new ideas and trying new things. Also, upper management is extremely accessible to everyone and usually listens to what you have to say.

    Cons

    Outside of the ViCon group, the company is a bit more "old-school" and takes longer to adopt new ideas. Also, they company is a regional powerhouse (AZ, NM, TX) but has trouble on a national scale competing against the likes of McCarthy, DPR, etc.. who are enormous and have greater financial resources. Going after big jobs, it sometimes feels like David and Goliath

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology to help your employees work smarter, not harder. A lot of man hours were wasted on my jobsite wrestling with cumbersome, archaic software that needed to be redone or thrown out altogether.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Project Engineer Intern

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kitchell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company, but small enough to know almost everyone. Loved the staff and opportunities. Made many connections by networking and helping as much as I was capable of.

    Cons

    High turnover in management. Many managers transferred to and from the area frequently. Had to help train management to get them on board, but wasn't too bad.

    Advice to Management

    Kitchell treats their employees well and offer great opportunities for interns. Randy Rominger is a great executive.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Field Office Manager

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    Former Employee - Field Office Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Field Office Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kitchell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good to their employees. If there is a place for you at Kitchell they would have you for a lifetime.

    Cons

    Compensation only goes up a little every year


  7. Helpful (2)

    Very enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, very strange circumstances associated with my leaving!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kitchell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family-type work environment. Very progressive in the industry.

    Cons

    If you're not one of the long time in-crowd, consider yourself on the bubble. A lot of arrogance.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Project Engineer Experience at Kitchell

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kitchell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with Good culture Employee Owned Great use of Technology and Innovations Well Planned and thought out projects Great Experience Shared thoughout the company

    Cons

    Lower pay for the industry Longer hours on a jobsite Upcoming jobs in the que not quite there yet Conservative with going after jobs Have tried going after different types of jobs than normal without sucess Market is focused on the southwest


  9. Helpful (2)

    Decent Company and people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of training

    Cons

    Not the best projects, long hours


  10. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kitchell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They offer great benefits, Continuous Training for employees. There is a lot of employee interaction to get people involved. Decent work to life balance. Good vacation time.

    Cons

    Management has no idea of what Lean construction is all about. Pay is on the very low end of the scale. Heavy upper management that is totally out of touch with the working folks.

    Advice to Management

    Lean up the construction. Trim the fat too many Project Directors, Project Executives, Sr this Senior that. Recognize new and GOOD talent when you see it and learn to PAY what is industry standard for the position.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place - Opportunity to grow and contribute

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kitchell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to make a mark - literally - on projects that leave a lasting legacy. Lots of opportunity to grow within the job and aspire to leadership. Retirement benefits through employee ownership are a great bonus.

    Cons

    Very few - for someone who's had a lot of work experience it's the bomb! The only problem I have is that a key is required to use the women's bathroom at the main office.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, transparent and make those who work for you accountable.



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