Koch Industries

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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
61 Reviews
3.1
61 Reviews
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Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles G. Koch
Charles G. Koch
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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.  

    Dead end tax attorney role.

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    Current Employee - Tax Attorney
    Current Employee - Tax Attorney

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Sophisticated, challenging tax work that will stretch your ability to analyze complex issues.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. The only thing I can compare this experience to is an abusive relationship. You can expect to be emotionally abused, ignored, disregarded, publicly shamed and humiliated. The work is highly interesting, but at some point the abusive culture outweighs the interesting tax issues. This is a miserable, depressing environment to work in. You will also be told that bonuses are 50% - 100% of your base in the recruiting process while the reality is they are more in the 7% - 30% range depending upon how long you have been here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. These people revel in making people miserable. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back

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    Former Employee - IT Management in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - IT Management in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Pay was good.

    Cons

    Very political environment. You always need to watch your back. Doing a good job is not enough at Koch, you have to smooze with the right people and watch out for toxic people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management doesn't really know the culture. It is very cut-throat where people are looking for fault instead of how to work together and improve. I doubt that upper management know how bad it really is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Koch brothers bought G/P and changed many things at its Huntsville Al. facility.

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    Former Employee - Second Helper in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Second Helper in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    The corrugated box manufacturing plant was a terrible work environment when I began the job. I needed a paycheck so that is why I stayed for six months with perfect attendance before leaving.

    Cons

    When Koch bros. bought G/P it got worse. My job title and many other employees was deleted, which dropped my pay and piled on more duties and responsibilities. If you work for any of their divisions, I warn you. They don't care about the amount of service and years you may have worked for them, in fact, it could cost you your job. I saw many with 20 plus yrs. lose their jobs costing them retirement benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am the little guy and would not expect the management to listen to an underappreciated former employee. Thanks for leaving this bad taste in my mouth for G/P, Koch Industries and all products produced by the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I have ever worked at.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of perks for employees. Cafeteria, dry cleaning, discounts, etc.

    Cons

    I was treated like they did not want me there due to a change in management after I was hired. Training was horrible, different staff members trained me the certain way they did things so when someone else checked my work they would ask, "Why did you do it this way?" What made it worse was that the people who trained me wouldn't say anything knowing they showed me the wrong way to do something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I spent a lot of time correcting managements mistakes, however, they acted like I was the one who made them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Previous Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    None. Wichita has a nice downtown. If you actually value teamwork and a discussion of ideas, this is not the place for you.

    Cons

    The company supposedly follows MBM principles, but they are not applicable to senior and upper level management. Everyone is overly critical, constantly looking for flaws in fellow employees. If you do not act like everyone else, they look to weed you out and you will become a subject of managment discussions for separation. Senior management will yell and say anything to lower level employees, but you can not do the same. Everyone is walking around like they are in the George Orwell book, "1984". There is no such thing as enterprenuerialship there because everyone is afraid of losing thier jobs. The Kochs run the business for what it is, the only major employer in the area and they use it to control the employees and their movement within the other Koch entities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Painful to the point of death

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Great pay, excellent opportunity to advance, and nice co-workers. Everyone treated me with respect and we all had fun together.

    Cons

    They fund the entire bat-shit crazy movement and you have to live with the consequences of being part of one of the largest polluters in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would tell them to take their silver spoon out of their butt, and focus on providing value to all stakeholders, not just shareholders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with low potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Salary. Company follows the KOCH values. They are culture driven, formerly Georgia Pacific. Parent company to several companies.

    Cons

    Senior management needs to listen to people at lower level. Everyone seems unhappy.They place strong emphasis on results and forget about caring for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management spend a lot of time behind closed door instead of out in the open to lead the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Slave Driver

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    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Advancement opportunities.. Ability to move around and explore different accounting positions

    Cons

    Horrible work home life balance... I was working 80 hours a week for 6 months straight.. I also had a baby a toddler and a little one at home. When I brought up the situation to my boss I was told "to move up in the world you have to make sacrifices" I left after that.. I'm not willing to sacrifice my family... The work atmosphere is like high school.. there is a lot of clicks and office gossip.. not a very friendly professional atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work home life balance is extremely important... get that in line and employee morale will boost.. along with productivity.. You need to care and show you care about your employees in and out of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Prepare to have no life...work employees to death

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    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    learn a lot and can move around to learn new things

    Cons

    Don't care about employees or employees families....work late late late nights

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A happy employee is a productive employee... work/home life balance is extremely important

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Play it by the book

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    Former Employee - Safety in Fort Dodge, IA
    Former Employee - Safety in Fort Dodge, IA

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

    Pros

    It’s a close nit group of people. Company isn’t afraid to spend money to get the job done.

    Cons

    There is a big disconnect between management and “workers”. There is zero flexibility on company policies no matter if there is a good reason or not. You quickly become a number and they will not hesitate to fire an employees if they don’t it by the book 100% of the time. Perfection is the expectation and anything other than that you will get run over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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