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Kimley-Horn Reviews

Updated May 23, 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
  • Must work to keep good work/life balance (in 52 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunities for driven professionals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Company's core purpose is to see its employees flourish and that is 100% true. The practice builder model allows project managers to pursue the work they are most passionate about. For those supporting these individuals, there is a similar entrepreneurial spirit... everyone has the opportunities to build their own 'practice' within the firm

    Cons

    People work hard here.. sometimes at the expense of work-life balance. It is an intense, fast-paced work environment, and that is not for everyone.


  2. "real culture but real issues"

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    Former Employee - Support in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Support in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good money, fun projects, good budgets, creative freedom

    Cons

    one unprofessional management committee member with a huge ego, very conservative founding partners

    Advice to Management

    do your thing


  3. "I have been at KH 20+ years (EIT to Practice Builder) and we are very good to our employees."

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    Current Employee - Practice Builder in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Practice Builder in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with our wonderful. There is a family feeling here. We work hard to serve our clients, our number one goal. We are rewarded very well with our bonus program, employee ownership, retirement benefits and health benefits.

    The projects my team works on serve multiple offices. With the one profit center KH has, it is a seamless process. We have a lot of very cool and varied projects.

    Cons

    In my time at KH I can honestly say that not every day has been a picnic! I can also say that 95% of the days have been great. I don't think you will find another engineering consulting firm you can say that about.

    Advice to Management

    The LIFT program is great, the internal training classes Fundamentals of Consulting and Practice and Consultant Training are essential to our teams. Continue to keep them current and up-to-date!


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  5. "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are better than you can find elsewhere, especially straight out of school. The bonus and profit sharing are exceptionally good.

    Cons

    Their heavy dependance on the use of the UT (utilization) score is frustrating and overly one-sided.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Really not a great place to work - come on Fortune!"

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

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of school, they will work you like a dog with no additional compensation. Of course, management touts "it's in the end of year bonuses" - but there are so many strings attached, you won't see any bonus until you have been there two years (if you make it that long!) You also have no control over how much bonus you receive. It's all decided at higher levels, so hope you can brown-nose your way to a good bonus.

    Cons

    No diversity what so ever. Our office was blindingly and uncomfortably white. I guess the diversity comes from the mix of Protestants and Catholics? If you are a young white male from a southern school, you will do well here. If you have ever worked in a company that actually reflected what society looks like, you will be shocked at lack of diversity and quite uncomfortable with the frequency of invites to bible study. Most non-white employees are in support roles.

    Work- life balance is terrible, beyond what you would normally find in consulting. I was prepared to work extra hours, but it doesn't matter how much you give - you should always be doing more.

    Your experience will also largely depend on which team you are on. My team was so chaotic and disorganized - every day was trying to put out a fire. During the recession, the company let go of too many staff members, and is now scrambling to try and back fill the positions.

    The company also attempts to put forth a "team spirit" attitude, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Most managers are so worried about their fiefdoms, they will actively sabotage other managers. On more than one occasion, I saw quite a bit of back-biting.

    I witnessed a manager on two occasions take her poor leadership out on her staff. Nothing was done about it - and the employee who complained to HR was fired.

    HR spends more time on GlassDoor refuting reviews left than actually helping employees. Take that time and invest it in training for your managers.

    Advice to Management

    After working here, I would NEVER recommend this company to anyone - and I have actively discouraged people I know from applying because of the treatment I witnessed first hand. I would never give my best efforts to a company that actively stops employee advancement due to their own shortcomings as a manager/leader.

    Stop relying on the Fortune survey to say you are a great employer - actually be one! That survey is such a joke - no one should be blinded by that. Like the reviews on here - there's a reason why all of a sudden a lot of current employees posted good reviews. There were so many bad reviews, the company sent out survey requests in an attempt to hide the negative with positive reviews.

    I realize that working here will give folks Stockholm Syndrome, because they have not experienced working at other companies. I can assure you - it's much better elsewhere- there is no need to keep taking the abuse dished out by management and living in the culture of fear it creates.

    If you are reading this review because you are going to an interview, really read through the ones that are listed as a negative experience. If you are desperate for a job, go right ahead - just don't say you weren't warned.


  8. "Great place to work!"

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    • 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

    Benefits, people and culture are all outstanding.

    Cons

    Must work to keep good work/life balance.


  9. "Analyst"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Financial reward is great. Most offices are comprised of young staff. The amount of learning that takes place in a short amount of time is really great.

    Cons

    There is little incentive to take vacation as one has to make those hours up in order to keep performance metrics at needed levels. Very weak culture of volunteerism, at least in south Florida offices.

    Advice to Management

    Younger staff does not place as much value on financial reward with the condition of having to compromise work-life balance. Utilization structure needs to be reformed.


  10. "Opportunity and reward"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Great people who are driven and motivated to do their best. Strong overall compensation where company returns profits to employees through salary adjustments, bonuses and 401k contributions.

    Cons

    Fast-paced and high expectation culture rewards well, but may not be for everyone as work/life balance can be challenging. For those that choose it, however, the hard work pays off with opportunities to grow your career, succeed long-term and do well financially.


  11. "Best Place to Grow for a Young Professional"

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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

    A great place for challenging, varied, and rewarding work.

    Cons

    This is not a great place for people who need titles or are uncomfortable in a flat working structure.


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