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Kimley-Horn Reviews

Updated March 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Year-end profit sharing and up to 20% 401k benefits are second to none (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits and retirement packages (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees are expected to work 115%, so work life balance is somewhat of a myth at this firm (in 50 reviews)

  • Extra effort is rewarded, however rewards are barely equivalent (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Understand what your signing up for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, Hard working professionals

    Cons

    Poor health coverage, virtually no work-life balance, slow advancement

    Advice to Management

    Take time to understand your employees, select better insurance options, support a better work-life balance


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not what they seem"

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    Former Employee - Civil Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for young staff to grow their career. The flat structure provides an environment where you can feel comfortable talking to anyone for advice or engineering help.

    Cons

    It's typical that people work late nights and one or two weekends per month. Big projects outside the scope or experience of a young professional constantly is sold to them as an opportunity without any financial compensation. Since growth and development happen quickly, mid level project managers don't have the experience or training to lead a team. This adds stress and longs work hours to even the smallest projects. Many young professional don't bill all their time, thus having to make up time (for free) throughout the year. Many people feel they can't take vacation because it's unbillable. I would not recommend Kimley-Horn (CA offices) to friends as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you treat your clients. Listen to employees when they have concerns and follow through with appropriate actions. Shifting people out of the office for work when their is a dispute is not professional solution. The recruiters aren't doing an adequate job with explaining expectations of the firm to potential new hires. People aren't numbers.

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – Team Member

    Thank you for taking time to submit a review on Glassdoor. Feedback provides a way for us to see what we’re doing well and what we can improve. We value being a transparent organization—and we ... More


  3. Helpful (5)

    "civil engineering intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kimley-Horn as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a good place for an internship - you get your feet wet, learn a lot about industry, and they won't treat you like "just an intern." My office was friendly, and I gained some valuable experience.

    Cons

    I had not been planning on writing a review of KHA as my internship seemed pretty average - nothing really notable. Then today I just happened to notice them on Glassdoor and saw that they had a rating of 4.7/5. I could have sworn they were about a 3 last year when I left, and that seemed about right. Definitely some problems with management, lack of respect for lower level employees, terrible hours, but interesting and fun projects and decent compensation. But a 4.7? No way. I read some reviews until I found one that pointed me to the "rating trends" section. Apparently around April of last year KHA turned from a typical consulting firm into the best company ever.

    I'm writing a review just to call them out on that. It is clearly BS, What that means is that 1) someone had the idea to try to artificially improve their ratings on a random website, 2) someone somehow decided that was a good idea and a worthwhile use of time (clearly charged to a project to boost that UT) and 3) someone (or maybe many people, hard to tell) carried it out and followed through with it. That's deceitful and pathetic. Though honestly it doesn't surprise me given what I saw from management when I was there.


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  5. Helpful (14)

    "They will keep you working with promises of grandeur."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EIT in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - EIT in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The experience, 401k, and occasional free lunch.

    Cons

    The company is not up front with the pay scale. New hires are brought in at a P-0, which is hourly. After your 3 month interview, you get a $500 yearly raise and are moved to a salary system. Negotiate your py up front. They won't change it later. Also plan on rediculous "UT" goals. (Hours billed to a project vs admin hours). They say 96% or less depending on your p scale. They expect +120% . Also plan on way over 50 hours a week (no overtime). The last few months have been over 60. You NEVER know when you get to go home. This makes having a personal life very difficult. The employee turnaround is also very high.

    Advice to Management

    Enforceme your company working hours. Extra effort is good, but you are killing g your reputation.

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Jul 7, 2015 – Team Member

    We aim to keep our hiring process very transparent, including information on salary, benefits, and our culture. The consulting business is challenging, and we believe going the extra mile sets us ... More


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Learned a lot but wayyyyyyyyyyyyy overworked!"

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    Former Employee - Landscape Architect Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was able to collaborate with many different professionals. Compensation was decent and the work environment was conducive. Lots of opportunities to meet people and do fun activities within the office. Excellent benefits and profit sharing. High match on 401k.

    Cons

    Unfortunately much of the work was very cookie-cutter--so much so that some designs could literally be cut from one project and placed directly into another with no revision whatsoever. There was very little room for professional growth unless you are willing to sacrifice sleep. There was no work/life balance and it was not uncommon to work 60-80 hours some weeks. For the amount of work, compensation was not very high but this is typical in the field I presume.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for upward mobility based on efficiency and design abilities rather than number of hours worked. Stop micromanaging. Step outside of the box more on design conceptualization.

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Jul 7, 2015 – Team Member

    Thank you for your review. Kimley-Horn is always looking for ways to help its employees grow professionally through skills, practice-based, and company culture trainings for entry level employees ... More


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Limited Growth Potential"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Design Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I appreciated being able to work on a wide range of projects. There are also several opportunities to get to know senior staff.

    Cons

    There was limited opportunity for professional growth. The senior staff were protective of their jobs and ideas at the cost of not listening to younger staff. The work environment also felt oppressive to people who valued family. Some employees engaged in taking bets on how long female staff would last after having children. The high minimum expectations for hours in the office left many people burned out or simply absent from home.

    Advice to Management

    I recommend hiring management with a focus on continued learning. There is always the need to adapt to new work and economic challenges. Having managers who are open to their own growth and education will allow them to value the insight of others and ultimately make the company more profitable.


  8. "Good Company, but prejudice in hiring practices of good candidates with solid resumes (mid western region)"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Make good money, keep getting more and more work, and profits keep rising.

    Cons

    Turn down good resumes of better candidates to keep the pay scales lower and profits higher.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring more qualified candidates for the reputation of the firm not just fancy cheer leaders!

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Jun 26, 2014 – Team Member

    At Kimley-Horn, we strive to ensure that our recruiting is based on merit. So far this year, we have hired or have commitments from almost 500 new employees, and we’re seeking candidates in almost ... More


  9. "Berated despite excellent performance ratings"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Regional in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great retirement package. Colleagues were great to work with

    Cons

    Poor business practice. Outdated culture and discriminatory practices

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your HR staff, discipline those who need it (such as unethical behavior) regardless of their years of service.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Work here for the pay, not for the life."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay here is great because the company is privately owned and all profits are shared. You are compensated for your effort.

    Cons

    The amount of effort that is expected, or that you are guilt-tripped into giving, is ridiculous across the board. Forget about your life outside of work, family, health, hobbies, etc. This was the best place for me for the first 5 years when I was single and had dreams of being a millionaire. I feel that once you have a family and start to have goals outside of the office you will quickly grow out of Kimley-Horn.

    Advice to Management

    Should have taken more of an active role in hiring and training and pushing for work/life balance for your staff back in 2009-2010 when we started screaming for help. Now the atmosphere and moral are awful, staff is unmotivated, training is non-existent so staff is inefficient, and you're losing great staff.


  11. "Good company with great pay and benefits, but sweat shop."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, large company with great technical resources and help, half day Friday schedule, profit sharing, good training programs

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the fold with so many employees, difficult to differentiate yourself, long hours expected of you, effective hourly pay rate is low.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more decision making and hiring and firing to be done on a local basis, by local management. Make it feel like a "small company".


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