Koch Industries

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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
60 Reviews
3.2
60 Reviews
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Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles G. Koch
Charles G. Koch
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The core principles and business philosophies are sound and strongly advocated by the owner who is in his mid-70s (in 3 reviews)

  • Intellectual challenge, smart folks and a company that is not afraid to take risks (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor, especially if you work in Atlanta (in 5 reviews)

  • The long hours were due mainly to poor software (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Nice buildings on local campus

    Cons

    Small town with limited air service

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very reputed and establish company

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, TX

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse team of people and get to work in very friendly and manner organisation. They value people and their integrity. Also help establish career growth plan.

    Cons

    very stringent on following MBM principle and would be cultural shock for people moving in from other company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company with greater potential

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    Current Employee - IT Intern in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Corporate culture, people, salary. Awesome place to start learning about what it's like to be in a working environment. Company believes that interns are an investment, and are willing to foster their learning because they could potentially be the future of the company

    Cons

    May collide with some people's political views. Not everyone is a fit. But if you are, it's a great place to be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    The people are fantastic to work with

    Cons

    Hours can be long and the travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to them more often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Personal accountability, Meritocracy, Great People

    Cons

    None. I really loved working at Koch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job I ever had bar none. If you want to see what you can achieve- this is the place to do it.

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    Former Employee - Executive in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Executive in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intellectual challenge, smart folks and a company that is not afraid to take risks

    Cons

    Not for the lazy- don't come here if you want an 8-5 job with breaks. Also, Wichita is not the most glamorous city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you are giving younger folks a chance to move up- sometime they can get sidelined at too low a level because they are doing a great job that is a critical function.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professionalism in Specialized Engineering Priciples

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Koch Industries as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Koch is a clear thinking Company

    Cons

    Too much travel too often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more specialists, develop technology within, R&D

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Good culture and a profitable company

    Cons

    didn't promote Women when I worked there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize women more in upper management

  10.  

    Excellent Employer!

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Accountant in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The group I work with provides semi-annual performance reviews, an entrepreneurial environment, encourages thinking outside the box through a creative destruction mentality, and is genuinely concerned about having a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The commute is not terrible but it is approximately a 30 minute drive from where I am located. I would prefer to be closer to home, especially with gas prices being what they are lately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Market Based Management framework is ideal and keep up the good work on the regular performance reviews, it is truly a morale booster and also lets employees know if they are doing what is expected of them in a timely manner. Allowing some flexible scheduling allows both parents to work and still have time for their family activities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All employees believe and are held to practicing the MBM guiding Principles. You are surrounded by individuals with similar work values. New ideas are encouraged and celebrated. You get real time feedback from peers/supervisors. Your compensation is based on the value you create for the company. I love that your hard work is recognized financially. You are not given the same salary as a sub-par performer. There are no egos. Leaders treat subordinates as their equal. There are no silos. departments communicate freely and help one other.

    Cons

    I really have not experienced any. Many reviews state that the work life balance is poor. I typically see most working 40-50 hours a week. We are adults. We work extra when we need to and leave on time when appropriate. When work life balance seems is off, I see them adding additional staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! I'm proud to work at Koch!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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