Kennedy Jenks - Great people, grew a bit too fast and lost the family culture, laid back environment | Glassdoor
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"Great people, grew a bit too fast and lost the family culture, laid back environment"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The people that work at Kennedy/Jenks are technically skilled, and it was great getting to know them personally and professionally. The office I worked in was very laid back with little to no micromanaging. Between the environmental practice and the water/wastewater sector, there were opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects. Personal time off and flexible work schedule/hours were never a problem.

Cons

There is little accountability for the work being done, despite the corporate message of quality assurance and control. In my office, the managerial structure was very loose and nearly non-existent, and the annual review process was not helpful. Because you didn't have a manager with a small number of direct reports, your career path and professional development were vague and ambiguous. The company grew too big too fast and has lost the family-run "K/J Way" that made it a great place to work under David Kennedy.

Advice to Management

Get back the K/J Way of doing business and treating employees. Structure management within each office such that managers have no more than 6-8 direct reports that they can get to know and provide constructive feedback.

Other Employee Reviews for Kennedy Jenks

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennedy Jenks full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement, fun/nice coworkers, flex schedule, interesting projects

    Cons

    Lost some good people, training is self directed

    Advice to Management

    More focus on hiring and retaining good people


  2. "Poor Management and Lack of Integrity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennedy Jenks full-time

    Pros

    The culture within the office is laid back. Some senior level folks have been with the company for their entire careers. A good place to work for a civil engineer that likes field assignments. Opportunity to work on several small projects at once. Work/Life balance was good.

    Cons

    The system of checks and balances is almost nonexistent. A drawing package review cycle might consist of a senior level engineer bringing home drawings on the weekend and redlining comments while watching TV. Very few if any internal standards and templates exist. Calculations can be done on a napkin and are considered to be official, if somebody gets around to checking them. The organization of project folders on the network are at the mercy of who files them. It can be a chore to reference old projects and find documents because they were labeled incorrectly. The drafting department is aging very fast and a lot are near retirement, stuck in their old ways and resistant to change. Turnover for junior level engineers is high, making for a very top-heavy organization. I felt my career stagnated here. Electrical, mechanical, structural, and architecture departments are treated like grunts compared to the civil engineers. A lot of significant last-minute design changes from the PMs created rushed, sloppy work. Poor scheduling and budgeting on almost every project I worked on. Each regional office operated like a different company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep offering HealthTracks program to offset deductible. Offer a 401k matching program instead of ESOP. Reduce turnover for young engineers. Consolidate offices and reduce wasteful travel for upper management.

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