Koch Industries

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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
56 Reviews

3.3
56 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company, good leadership. Compliance-driven, poor work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Talented, hard-working people.

    Leadership makes an effort to practice what they preach. Company and people, including managers, are always striving to improve.

    Ultra-conservative (this could be a pro or con, depending on your values and views.)

    Profitable company. Competitive wages.

    Everything is driven by the culture of "MBM Principles" (see the Charles Koch book "Science of Success"). One key element is allowing folks to challenge status quo or when something doesn't seem right. This includes subordinates challenging supervisors and others -- must be done respectfully, of course.

    The company is trying to change things to appeal to a younger generation of worker... but slow going.

    Performance reviews are very thorough and every effort is made to help employees improve.

    Cons

    As others have said, better make sure you are ready to drink the Koch kool-aid.
    Huge company, so change can be slow -- like pulling a semi-truck with a bull rope.

    Work-life balance is poor, especially if you work in Atlanta. Horrible commute times to downtown (depending on where you live.) Other Atlanta companies get this and support "work-at-home". At KBS, there is no official WaH policy (it is on a case-by-case basis, if you can justify it) -- mainly because the folks in Wichita all live 10-20 minutes away from the office, have no traffic, thus have no empathy for those in Atlanta.

    Atlanta office is very depressing. It is grey and sour yellow, like a smoker's den in the 70's, with furniture and fixtures from the 80's. People look tired and depressed, and with good reason. No one would ever want to just "hang out" there, rather everyone bolts around 4 o'clock to catch their bus or train, for their 1+ hour commute to get home (or essentially any place that is more fun.) Not a good sign for productivity, of course.

    So much training and expectations on compliance and security, you feel like big brother is always watching. This is part of why things take so long to get done.

    Compensation is "pay for performance", which is generally good. But wage increases or spot bonuses are subjective. Some folks have gone 3+ years without any raise. As a Supervisor, it's basically up to you to justify how good someone is -- this could qualify them for a spot bonus or permanent compensation increase. The problem is your idea of great performance and corresponding dollar increase could be very different than another Supervisor peer in a different department. It depends how much you believe in your employee, how good you can write, and how generous your boss's are.

    For me personally, I was not connected with the mission of producing more fossil fuels, making chemicals, and selling toilet paper. Plus occasional Security guards at the doors and people picketing out front is not inspiring -- not my idea of a warm and friendly company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand you will have to start attracting a new generation workforce. As such...
    Update or move the Atlanta office, preferably to the Dunwoody or Alpharetta area (a majority of the team live on the north side.)
    Invest in technology, training, and innovation. Create cross-functional teams to allow technical folks to better partner with the business units and feel connected.
    Embrace work-from-home. Leverage the right collaboration tools and write policies to make it happen.
    Keep striving to improve. Apply MBM principles, and don't be afraid to change (principle 7) -- not for just profit, but for the attraction and retention of great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst place I have ever worked at.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3.  

    It has an upbeat company culture.

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    Former Employee - IT Service Desk Specialist  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - IT Service Desk Specialist in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Great place to work, a lot of amenities at the HQ building.

    Cons

    Office politics are too extreme. I feel as though I was not 100% welcomed. Diversity is a huge issue at the headquarters office. Most employeees treat you like a lower class citizen; lack of acknowleding a person when being greeted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more concerned with the happiness of your employees rather than focusing on strictly the production. If an employee is happy, they will be more prone to work more efficiently in the workplace. My last supervisor was results driven and was not a people person.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging place to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Growth opportunities if you work hard
    Decent pay for the area

    Cons

    Not very flexible
    Can be old fashioned when it comes to technology and management styles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek to innovate and experiment more with technology and software

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great training in economics for every employee, you see how you contribute and add value

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  North Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in North Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good benefits, training, strong colleagues

    Cons

    Controversial political views alienate some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more agility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sr Mechanical Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Nice working Environment. Nice people

    Cons

    Benefit is not as good as other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too Much Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    There is a wide variety of experience that one could obtain by working at Koch

    Cons

    I think there is far too much management and not enough trust in their employees. Advancement is not so easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your workers to do their jobs and have more faith that they are capable of doing what they are hired to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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. 1 person 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

    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  

    Good but could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Great pay in this economy and the company continues to grow. Love what I do.

    Cons

    Once you're in, you may not have the opportunity to move to other positions as easily as one may think. Current supervisor has to approve applying for other positions within company and if you do not have a good relationship with your supervisor, not good. Also, mgmt. looks at you differently when they hear you want out of a particular dept. Even when that dept may not be the right fit for you and you could excel in a diff position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people. They are the ones dealing with internal & external customers and probably know more about what's going on than you may think.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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