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Kimley-Horn Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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Pros
  • 200% 401k Match plus annual profit sharing contributions to you 401k (in 33 reviews)

  • One profit center" model allows employees to collaborate across all offices with minimal friction (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Virtually every "cons" section here mentions the poor work/life balance (in 58 reviews)

  • Kimley Horn expects extra effort (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Not all offices are the same"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits both in terms of 401K matching contributions and healthcare. Excellent HSA options
    Great incentives if the company does well (ie. gift cards, gifts like fit bits, etc.)
    Great in-house training
    Opportunities for advancement
    Compensation
    Company resources (you can reach anyone nationwide via intranet and everyone is pretty much happy to help)

    Cons

    The expectation is to work an excessive amount of hours, which to be fair is something they are upfront about, however this tends to leave you burned out.
    You can often feel under appreciated by your PM, but not all offices are the same meaning there are great PM's out there in the company. Each office has a unique culture.
    There is no work/life balance. It's just work.

    Advice to Management

    PM's need better managerial training


  2. "Excellent Benefits and work experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Gaining knowledge with lots of projects to work on. Friendly environment, lots of nice people, happy work life. Learn tons of software skills.

    Cons

    Work life balance is non-existent. Very often left feeling overworked, but at the same time feeling I didn't do enough.

    Advice to Management

    Too many high expectations and hurdles to receive financial compensation.

  3. Helpful (2)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kimley-Horn (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, high salary, and year-end bonus

    Cons

    Project engineers micro manages and will assign work on a need to know and just do what I ask you to do direction. Most likely interns or young engineers will be redliner drasfters for a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    You should keep personnel that really knows the work. High intern turnover to save money. And to project managers, quality first before thinking about end year bonus, give the client their money's worth.


  4. "Civil Engineering Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Civil Engineering
    Former Intern - Civil Engineering
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, Supportive Management, Strong YP orient

    Cons

    Strong focus on utilization, upper level staff miss in profitability lies on entry level working long hours. Extra effort is rewarded, however rewards are barely equivalent.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Not Sure About This Place"

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

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation, 401K and profit sharing, extensive training for younger staff, and majority of project managers are leaders in their field. The corporate structure has a great focus on transition and making sure that future senior leaders are lined up before those in current leadership positions retire.

    Cons

    Long hours and challenges with work/life balance. While I agree that work/life balance is in an employee's control, it is often impossible to achieve this due to high billable time goals and an internal company policy of including "paid time off" as part an employee's total yearly hours worked. Essentially, if an employee wants to take any time off, even if it is for an illness, that employee will have to "make-up" that time and work extra hours just so that they can meet their billable time goal for the year.

    Minimal career advancement if you are not an engineer or more of a technical/project manager (versus someone who does marketing and actively brings in projects).

    Advice to Management

    The company has huge potential to be forward thinking, but I often feel like I am just a Utilization Goal number to those in charge. Consider removing PTO time from an employee's total yearly hours worked, so that we can truly take "time-off" from the often long hours and high stress projects. Honestly, PTO is not really a benefit that the company is paying since as employees we have to return from our sick leave or vacations and work extra hours to make up for that time. It's demoralizing and for me at least, I'd rather have extra time with my family and have an opportunity to not be so stressed out, than a bonus check at the end of the year.

    Recognize and reward your employees who may not be superstar "Emerging Practice Builders" but who work just as hard as technical experts and project managers. We do the majority of the work, delegate project tasks to younger staff, and are often ignored or passed up for promotions and re-classes because we "don't bring in the big bucks." We may like to work more in the background, but we make sure that the wheels still keep turning on projects and often take the time to mentor and teach younger staff.

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Team Member

    Thank you for sharing both the aspects you enjoy and the concerns you have about working at Kimley-Horn. We’re glad to read the positives you listed—like our great compensation package, the... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great Compensation for Long, Stressful Hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Relatively high salary rate, relatively young employee base, Fortune Best Companies to Work For, Monetary and gift bonuses throughout the year, seemingly high number of paid time off

    Cons

    High turnover rate, White Male dominant company = lack of gender and racial diversity, long work hours can be expected to log 46-60+ hours per week, minimal initial training

    Advice to Management

    Increase female and ethnic diversity, pay attention to indirect sexual harrassment, discourage employees from working more than the required 46 hours per week

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Jan 16, 2017 – Team Member

    We view GlassDoor feedback as an opportunity to look for areas of possible improvement in our firm. Several of the topics raised here have been areas of focus over recent years. We believe that the... More


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Pro's & Con's"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Accelerated Career Growth
    -Family-style Work Environment
    -Young Professional Networking Group

    Cons

    -Lack of Recognition/Value
    -Long Hours (not compensated)
    -Poor Upper Level Leadership

    Advice to Management

    -Focus on long term sustainable growth among young professionals. Bridge the generation gap with effective leadership and implement new techniques to better balance the importance of what is being produced and who is producing (improve retention by giving value and incentive to those who produce work for clients).

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Long term rewards at the sacrifice of current diminishing returns"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Analyst
    Current Employee - Civil Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company will give you opportunities to grow, competitive compensation, and profit sharing benefits.

    Cons

    Profit sharing requires 7 long hard worked years to have full vesting.
    Consistent 50-60 hour weeks.
    Lacks diversity.

    Advice to Management

    be more straight forward with extra effort information. "115%" is not the true expected effort. Consider a more balanced vesting format to balance turn over.


  9. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary, bonus and profit sharing.

    Cons

    Expected to work a minimum or 115%. It will be much more.


  10. "Hard work pays off"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, but that's the nature of consulting.

    Advice to Management

    I've had nothing but a positive experience. Thankful to be part of this company.


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