Kitty Hawk Kites Reviews

Updated May 5, 2015
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  1. Great people in a unique place.

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

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people we work with are fun and there are endless events and activities in the summer. Good discount and work hours.

    Cons

    Communication can be strained. The message doesn't always get passed down the line. Also, most jobs are seasonal.

    Advice to Management

    Work on structure. Keep making it fun.


  2. Keyholder for store

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kitty Hawk Kites part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You live and work at the BEACH!! You get employee discounts on merchandise! You meet and work with people from literally all over the world!! It's FUN!

    Cons

    Tourism is a fickle thing. When it's good, you get lots of hours. When the tourists start to slack off, hours get cut.

    Advice to Management

    None! Keep at it!


  3. Helpful (2)

    Family, friends and fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. 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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sweatshop mentality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Nags Head, NC
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Nags Head, NC

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

    Kitty Hawk Kites Response

    Jun 8, 2015 – Human Resources Director

    Housing rates have not increased in a decade. It is a service KHK provides as an option since housing is hard to find on the Outer Banks. Housing is limited and optional. The more concerning part ... More


  7. summer at kitty hawk kites

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good working environment, flexible sheduling

    Cons

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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Assistant Manger

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Awesome Summer Job!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. It was awful. Slumlord mentality throughout senior management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kitty Hawk Kites full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The terrible methods used to ' motivate' people.

    Advice to Management

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


  11. An amazing experience worth a summer of your time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nags Head, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nags Head, NC

    I have been working at Kitty Hawk Kites

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.



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