Kitty Hawk Kites Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Family, friends and fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Nags Head, NC
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Nags Head, NC

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Treat you like family. Over the past 5 years working for KHK I have always been treated like one of the family. At times the days are long and the work can be tough but the company pays very competitive salaries and the free perks are amazing. Hang gliding, kayaking, surfing, SUP, paragliding and a lot more all for free when you are an employee.
    A lot of co-workers I now consider my friends. I would recommend working for KHK either as a year round employee or just as a summer job.

    Cons

    Since the OBX is a tourist destination we are the busiest during the summer months, one really needs to have a lot of energy and enjoy being around customers. That's really not a negative but that just how it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's great to know that there are companies still out there like KHK that allows you to actually enjoy your job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fun Consultant - Great experience, unsure if I would do it again.

    Former Employee - Fun Consultant in Rodanthe, NC
    Former Employee - Fun Consultant in Rodanthe, NC

    I worked at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Live at beach in house with people you work with. The fact that they have employee housing is nice, although pricey for how many people stay there. Free rentals/lessons. You will meet fantastic people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Repetitive job that gets a bit boring. Pay is very low with rent being pretty high. It's definitely a job for the experience, not to make good money. But the experience was definitley worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps lower the rent as more people move in to the house.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. Sweatshop mentality

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Nags Head, NC
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Nags Head, NC

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites

    Pros

    It's great that employees received free or deeply discounted opportunities to try out the activities offered by the company and the discount on merchandise is good

    Cons

    upper management does not communicate with store employees, expected to work 60 hours during the season with a low salary (less than $10.00) and if you live in employee houses you are forced to share your space with multiple people frrom all over and are charged a very high rate for a bed to sleep in. All of the houses are rundown and frankly scary.
    In the 8 months I have worked here there had been massive turnover in the corporate office, managers are terminated at the drop of a hat and the owner, John Harris, treats staff like they are slugs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better, offer better rates on housing to people here to help YOU and show respect to staff and encourage your staff to grow by offering training not just by sticking in a store without a word or training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. summer at kitty hawk kites

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rodanthe, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rodanthe, NC

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good working environment, flexible sheduling

    Cons

    The rate of pay is minimum wage and they chrge alot for rent

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Assistant Manger

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager/Buyer in Kill Devil Hills, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager/Buyer in Kill Devil Hills, NC

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Living and working on the Outer Banks allows for lots of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. KHK carries some amazing hard good brands and the employee discount is very good. If you have any interest learning to Hang Glide then this is probably the best employer on the planet.Good location

    Cons

    Lower than average wage. Mandatory six day work weeks during summer season. Living and working in a seasonal tourist industry means that you are often over worked in the summer and board in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KHK needs more clearly designed career paths for employees who wish to continue on with the company. More competitive wages wages should be offered to retain good employees. Management positions are often overworked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Awesome Summer Job!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hang Glide Instructor in Nags Head, NC
    Former Employee - Hang Glide Instructor in Nags Head, NC

    I worked at Kitty Hawk Kites part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with
    Learn to fly for free
    Everybody is on vacation
    You are at the beach
    Outside

    Cons

    The hang gliding school is a great place to work for. Bruce and Andy are some of the best bosses I've ever had. The job is really tough though... You are outside in the hot sun carrying gliders up the hill. I believe the pros outweigh the hard work and you will work will some of the coolest people ever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. It was awful. Slumlord mentality throughout senior management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time

    Pros

    Being able to enjoy the outdoor activities for free or deeply discounted.

    Cons

    The terrible methods used to ' motivate' people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find an operations vp that really knows how to do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. An amazing experience worth a summer of your time

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nags Head, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nags Head, NC

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites

    Pros

    The people you work with are great in every regard. It is a fun environment in a beach setting. Bosses are really caring and understanding, but expect much from you.

    Cons

    This is a job not for someone looking to make a life-long living, but it is a job for people looking to have an amazing experience with amazing people in an amazing environment. It is for those who enjoy the adventure recreation field and who have a lot of energy.

    Recommends
  10. Good summer job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    fun work environment
    good summer college job

    Cons

    no room to advance
    few career advancement opportunities
    low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on employee satisfaction

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