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41 English questions out of 41

September 23, 2019

What are perks and other benefits like at Koch Industries?

Pros

Fantastic team, great benefits and lots of opportunities to grow

Cons

nothing really to say about it

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work

Fantastic team, great benefits and lots of opportunities to grow

September 23, 2019

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April 3, 2019

What is health insurance like at Koch Industries?

Pros

Benefits food health insurance tuition assistance

Cons

Hours, pay career advancement and that’s it

Benefits food health insurance tuition assistance

April 3, 2019

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June 27, 2019

Does Koch Industries offer tuition reimbursement?

Pros

They offer good pay to start, at least compared to other companies in Wichita, KS. There are several different business units that provide a variety of work, culture, and locations if you plan to move in the future. If you find a group that actually abides by the MBM philosophy, it can be a rewarding place to work. I do like my current team and my current role. If you can get in as an intern as opposed to a general new hire, do so! Interns are treated like royalty.

Cons

While entry salary is pretty good (again, only compared to Wichita, where cost of living is quite low,) it can be incredibly difficult to get bonuses/raises/reviews. I went over two years without even receiving a review, let alone a raise. My raises the first five years didn't even keep up with the rise in cost of goods and inflation. I have heard multiple people say the only way to get a good raise is to change jobs / companies. There are a variety of different business units / companies under the Koch umbrella, but different companies mean different rules and some are much worse than others. There seem to be a LOT of terrible managers/supervisors and a Lot of senior leaders who don't fit the "Koch culture." It's like once you reach a certain point, they'll move you into management whether you're good at it and whether you want it or not. We also like to pull very high priced leaders from outside the company, just because they are high priced (so they must be good) and regardless of whether or not they are a good fit or a good leader. They make terrible decisions, and we are losing good employees. Despite the fact the company harps on Change, everything here moves So slowly. The medical benefits are weak and have gotten worse every year I've been here. Both premiums and deductibles are very high. I actually stopped going to my regular doctor and stopped taking my meds because the cost went up so much. Instead, I pay for a concierge doctor in addition to my "catastrophe insurance" that is offered by Koch. In addition to high premiums and deductibles, we are now being penalized by hundreds of dollars (up to $50/month) if we don't complete health training programs during the year. Other companies allow you to save money by participating in wellness programs, but Koch instead punishes you if you don't. The employee "discount" program is a joke, run by a national company that rarely offers any deal better than what you can find just by googling a product. And although they offer $5k in tuition reimbursement each year, they have fought me every time I have submitted a reimbursement request. They typically deny at least one class, sometimes multiple, and always over a disagreement over the language in the policy. It's a huge hassle; I'm sure most people just give up. Starting vacation is typically two weeks, regardless of your experience / tenure at other jobs. You can be forty years old coming in with twenty years experience and be offered two weeks vacation. The campus is old-fashioned. You are here to work, work, work, not take breaks (which encourage creativity) or talk with coworkers (which encourages innovation.) Schedules are old-fasioned and inflexible (7AM - 5PM, Mon - Fri, no working remote, even if you are issued a laptop and have collaboration software installed day one.

Advice to Management

I really admire Charles K. The guy is incredibly thoughtful, caring, talented, and very, very smart. But senior management is completely out of touch with how low level employees are actually treated and motivated. Fear mongering should not be the management tactic of choice in KBS and FHR (and I'm sure at other companies.) Koch is a multibillion dollar company; provide decent benefits to your employees that actually encourage their health, wellness and growth rather than cutting the sparse benefits you provide every single year. It would be great if we could get access to a gym or even discounts to local gyms (YMCA, Genesis); this would do more to encourage employee wellness than making employees weigh in on spyscales every day. Also, consider providing healthier snacks than Coke products and giant TEXAS cinnamon rolls in the vending machines. Think about additional benefits that other companies provide: flexible schedules, remote work, local discounts, more than 2 weeks PTO, student loan assistance, add'l 401k match, cover employee medical deductibles, reimburse cell phones, commute costs and/or parking garage, maybe encourage Wichita transit to actual bring the bus line near Koch campus, on-site health & wellness, on-site daycare or daycare assistance. The list goes on and on. Make this a place people actually want to come and work. They will reward you by adding profits back in the Koch pocket.

And although they offer $5k in tuition reimbursement each year, they have fought me every time I have submitted a reimbursement request.

June 27, 2019

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March 15, 2021

What is the retirement plan like at Koch Industries?

Pros

Great benefits and vacation days offered with 401k match.

Cons

Slow to move up the ladder. Very bureaucratic to a fault at times.

Great benefits and vacation days offered with 401k match.

March 15, 2021

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December 4, 2020

What is paid time off like at Koch Industries?

Pros

Matching 401k Good PTO Family oriented

Cons

Salary below market value IT Jobs moving to India

Good PTO

December 4, 2020

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