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"John Zink Engineer"

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Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Foster City, CA
Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Foster City, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Fair compensation, good benefits, very competitive in the industry, Strong market presence. Employees are team players. Free doughnuts and bagels on Fridays.

Cons

Limited communication with upper management. Little to no recognition for a job well done. Few opportunities for advancement. Outdated technology in a rapidly changing industry.

Advice to Management

Work on creating a more inviting team oriented atmosphere and offer more feedback and recognition to lower level employees. Integrate departments better to avoid being too compartmentalized.

Other Employee Reviews for Koch Industries

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Let Your Personal Life Take a Back Seat"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - N/A in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Good sense of teamwork and camaraderie. Excellent advancement opportunities for those who meet the culture fit and personality requirements. Free coffee, cocoa and tea in the break room. The company is cost-conscious but will make sure the necessary materials are available to complete a task. Terrific cross-company cooperation. Strong sense of working a philosophy as well as a company.

    Cons

    High tension and stress. Not parent-friendly. Advancement opportunities to those who are able to work excessive overtime and make the job their life. Overwhelming odds against advancement for those who cannot find the extra 10-20 hours a week to consider and implement innovative solutions to create a more effective, efficient position.

    Advice to Management

    Practice the tenets of the organization's philosophy and mission throughout the organization, including the middle-management level. Encourage all employees to reach their potential. Understand we all have favorites, yet this should not be the basis for advancement or sharing information.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A terrific company, where the sky is the limit -- if you're willing to get better each and every year."

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    Current Employee - Director in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Director in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management philosophy is unique. It attempts to take those things that work well in the free market and apply them inside the firm. Things like property rights (decision rights), incentives (pay for performance), and encouraging employees to act like owners and start and grow the business as an entreprepreneur would. Being privately held is a huge competitive advantage because the company does not have to behave as those who fear wall street punishing their stock price if the last 3 mos do not meet financial expectations. This allows the company to look at things over a long term - which is what all boards should be doing but do not.

    Cons

    It is a very 'bottom line' company, not that that's a bad thing, but the bar is constantly being raised and this can lead to burn-out. The upside is that if you perform, you really have the opportunity to earn beyond your peers at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of the company is the greatest competitive advantage I see among its competitors. Too many recent large acquisitions have begun to dilute the culture. Leadership should have a zero tolerance for those who behave counter to the culture that has made the company what it is today.

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