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Kimley-Horn Reviews

Updated September 17, 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. Helpful (7)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.

  3. "Great place to sprint"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimley-Horn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company rewards results and you have to have your A-game but great people overall. Very competitive environment - not inherently good or bad, just strong focus.

    Cons

    You are on the throttle all the time...5 years is equivalent to 10 years. Great to gain lots of experience in a short time.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Understand what your signing up for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Not what they seem"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Best engineering job I've ever had!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented and professional staff, flexible procedures, freedom to build thriving practices, large support (technical expertise and just raw manpower), efficient infrastructure, and large rewards in multiple forms. Also, 1/2 day Fridays. Very rewarding - all around.

    Cons

    Not the best fit if 46 hours per week is a problem for you. Some work more, but are rewarded well for the added effort. I have yet to work 40 hrs at ANY engineering firm, but KHA is honest and upfront about the expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Don't interrupt this culture and business model. Keep building and investing in the next generation of KHA engineers!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Meh"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, and bonus program

    Cons

    Complete lack of diversity, most of the people come from upper class white familes. If you look up diversity and kimley horn they are somehow on a fortune list for firmwide diversity. But this is really misleading , all of the south Florida offices are predominantly Hispanic which skews the firm wide statistics. This leads to most offices being predominantly conservative white males.

    Long hours where vacation and sick time doesn't really exist. Any time off has to be worked later in the year to make up for it. The 45 hours a week is a myth most people work way more than that . Work life balance doesn't exist. The firm is obsessed with UT which is the percentage of time you are billable to a project. To the point where if a hurricane is potentially heading towards your office and you have to miss work because the office is closed, your UT percentage will take a hit and you will have to make up those hours after in order to meet your UT goal for the year. (Seriously? What control do employees have of natural disasters and why should they have to work more hours because of this?) This actually happened with hurricane Matthew last year.

    They like to brag about how the firm is a fortune top company to work for. What they don't tell you is that employees are given gifts every time the firm makes the list. Essentially they bribe employees to give a good review.

    Just like any other firm this big you kissing a lot of butt to rise up the ranks but since the firm is full of overachieving suck ups there will be a lot of competition.

    If you're somewhat of an introvert like it seems a lot of engineers are this is definitely not the place for you. There are constant office parties and events during and after office hours. This could also be a pro depending on your personality.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some minorities of different backgrounds many people here are narrow minded and have a obviously dismissive attitude towards anything and anyone different. Give people actually vacation and sick time.

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Team Member

    Thank you for your review. We would like to correct a few points:

    1. It’s true that civil engineering is not as diverse as some fields. Thankfully, that is improving, and Kimley-Horn is... More

  8. "Great atmosphere with many opportunities to succeed!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Designer in Lutz, FL
    Current Employee - Civil Designer in Lutz, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees at Kimley-Horn are great to work with from upper management to the production and assistant staff. I feel like others are always willing to help with production needs and even help me grow in my career. The sky's the limit is the value I try and bring everyday coming to work and I have no issue believing it truly with how Kimley-Horn operates!

    Cons

    There isn't much that I can say as a con for Kimley-Horn. The things I can think of doesn't involve Kimley-Horn like a tuff drive to work........
    With the help Kimley-Horn provides I hardly think about it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the fun, friendly atmosphere growing at Kimley-Horn.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "What do I put here?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer-In-Training in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer-In-Training in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are top notch at this firm. You can't beat the 401k match and profit sharing that Kimley-Horn has.

    Cons

    Employees are expected to work 115%, so work life balance is somewhat of a myth at this firm.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for the young professional"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, especially as a young professional. The people were amazing, the leadership was excellent, and the opportunities were endless. If you're willing to work really hard and continue to challenge yourself in the workplace, KH is the place to be.

    Cons

    The billable time requirements are tough. They reward you really well for meeting it, but its a constant stress to ensure you are doing so. People constantly working weekends and late nights all throughout the year. I felt bad for the people with young kids.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


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