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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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    I dont think I've had a better internship than the one through Kimley-Horn. The company pushes interns to take on the same work full-time staffers commit to, and they expect 110% effort each and every day. As a college student fully in "the bubble" the Kimley-Horn internship educated me on what being an adult is all about. You get the technical skills, exposure to workforce culture (amazing), and educated about corporate structure (i.e. salary, benefits, culture development, understanding 401ks, non-salary benefits, "moving up the ladder"). The transparency and empowerment Kimley Horn provides for employees is astounding and incredibly helpful for recent grads who desperately need this type of corporate exposure/experience before entering the job market full-force. You could say I've "drank the Kool Aid" and would absolutely recommend interning here to any student considering the opportunity.


    long hours, sometimes feel awkward leaving on time, when you know other full-time staff is there 45-50 hours/week.

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    Hire more interns!

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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.
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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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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Kimley-Horn.


    Got the offer for interview through a campus recruitment session. Applied through the recruiter and got an offer for a webcam interview from the office. Got past that and received another offer for an on-site visit to the firm

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Kimley-Horn Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2016
  • 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Fortune, 2016
  • 20 Best Workplaces for Consulting & Professional Services, Fortune, 2016
  • 20 Best Workplaces for Gen X'ers, Fortune, 2016
  • 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads, Fortune, 2016
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