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Kimley-Horn Overview

Raleigh, NC
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Got land and need a plan? Kimley-Horn offers engineering and land planning services for environmental, water resource, wireless communications, landscape, transportation, transit, urban development, and aviation projects. The firm also specializes in residential, retail, and ... Read more

Mission: Our core values and core purpose form the foundation on which we operate the firm and serve our clients.
Our core purpose: To provide an environment for our people to flourish.
Our core values are: honesty, integrity, and ethics; exceptional client service ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Our Lift initiative has resulted in an increase in female college hires, women with large-scale practices, and female representation in company leadership roles. Learn more about how our efforts to reduce the gender retention gap earned us the 2017 AWWA Diversity Award:

  • Thanks to our incredible team, 2017 marks Kimley-Horn’s tenth year as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For:


    Kimley-Horn is #11 on the 100 Best Companies to Work For 2017. Young employees at this design consultancy say the opportunities for growth and support for newbies are "awesome" and senior

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Kimley-Horn – Why Work For Us?

Kimley-Horn keeps two groups of people at the center of its business: its clients and its staff. Past president Ed Vick said, "We have no reason to exist except to serve our clients." That intense focus on providing quality to the people we serve has made Kimley-Horn one of the nation's top consulting firms in every discipline we practice.

But the firm's core purpose, articulated by its leadership and lived out daily, is "to provide an environment for our people to flourish." We know that people are fulfilled, motivated, and challenged in different ways. In order to foster our individual aspirations, we support our people as they grow into roles and take on responsibilities that are important to them. Growing professionally, having fun with our colleagues, and finding satisfaction in our work are central to our way of life.

To that purpose we add core values: "honesty, integrity, and ethics; exceptional client service; high expectations; sharing and caring; sustained profitability." Our core values and core purpose provide a foundation for the way we approach our business. Our vision is long-term and our expectation is always to perform with quality, for the sake of both groups at the center of our firm.

Through their work, our people discover untapped talents and interests. At Kimley-Horn we work hard to allow that to happen. We have college students who started as traffic engineers now working on ITS projects. We have former administrative assistants who are now human resources professionals and former marketing coordinators who are now transportation planners.

We provide the environment. We want you to take advantage of it and flourish!

Kimley-Horn began as the partnership of two transportation engineers, Bob Kimley and Bill Horn. Kimley came out of the NC State Highway Commission. Horn was a highly intuitive, creative engineer—the kind of guy who could sketch the plan for a thousand-acre project in pencil on scrap paper and get it right the first time. After a year, Bill and Bob invited one of Bill's former grad students to join them. Ed Vick was a creative problem solver whose technical excellence and genial ways built a loyal clientele. The three incorporated in February 1967.

Steady growth marked the firm's development through the 1970s and 1980s, with new disciplines being added as new specialists joined the firm. Those specialists—practice builders, we still call them—are given tremendous freedom and corporate support for building their own enterprise within the enterprise. Once a practice builder is on board, he or she can draw on the full resources of the firm to make their practice work.

Starting in the 1990s, ambitious annual and five-year goals fueled the always competitive staff to new achievements. The firm leaped from an ENR ranking of 105 in 1990 to 33 in 2014. It became the nation's leading engineering firm for multi-family residential and retail properties.

The impending retirement of the last founder in 2001 sparked introspection about what should never change. Five core values and a core purpose were identified. Our business exists, above all, to provide an environment for our people to flourish. But inextricably interwoven are the values of honesty, integrity, and ethics; exceptional client service; high expectations; sharing and caring; and sustained profitability.

Those values and purpose aren't new—they go all the way back to our founders. Our circumstances change, but our character remains the same. And as we move through a new millennium, that just seems right.

You'll find that we're not like other consulting firms. In fact, we're not like most companies in general. The quality of our people, culture, clients, and our approach to business set us apart. We invite you to learn more about us. Our current and future success depends on hiring, developing, and retaining high caliber people. If that describes you, we'd like to hear from you! Apply Now.

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  • "A very nice place to work"

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    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time (More than a year)


    Pay is good, people are nice


    Work can get stressful sometimes

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Kimley-Horn Photos

Kimley-Horn photo of: We organized a firmwide food drive and collected TEN TONS of food for local food banks.
Kimley-Horn photo of: But first, let us take a selfie. Kimley-Horn employees enjoy our annual kickoff meetings.
Kimley-Horn photo of: We got really into the Rio Olympics. Here's Kimley-Horn's dream team!
Kimley-Horn photo of: Kimley-Horn prepared the Environmental Impact Statement for the Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium.
Kimley-Horn photo of: Desert hike
Kimley-Horn photo of: The California region recently had an Origami team building contest. All of the offices turned in some really creative submittals,
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Kimley-Horn Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Kimley-Horn (San Jose, CA) in March 2015.


    Went to a career fair at my university and heard back within a month about coming in for on-campus interviews. The on-campus interviews were conducted by an engineer and an HR staff for approximately half an hour. The on-campus interview went well, so I was scheduled to come in for an on-site interview (within a month's time). There, I talked to senior-level management and mid-level planners, and was able to ask them about specific projects they were working on. The interview process was pretty casual and the staff I met were all very welcoming. I was asked mostly qualitative questions about relevant projects and how classes I took gave me the skills required for the position.

    HR was fantastic on keeping in touch and checking in with me throughout the entire process. I received prompt responses and emails whenever I had questions

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Kimley-Horn Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune Magazine, 2014
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune Magazine, 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2016
  • 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Fortune, 2016
  • 20 Best Workplaces for Consulting & Professional Services, Fortune, 2016
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