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Kimley-Horn Reviews

Updated August 10, 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 56 reviews)

  • Extra effort is rewarded, however rewards are barely equivalent (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Not what they appear to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits good. Bonus program better than most and generous retirement.

    Cons

    The firm is really disingenuous and does not quite follow whet they tell you during the recruiting process. There is a large generational gap and company does not have a lot of seasoned professionals. They have many people in upper management positions that only worked at Kimley-Horn and consequently don't know a lot or at least what one would expect from an upper level manager. Kimley-Horn's cult-like atmosphere can be a turn-off . They rely heavily on younger staff and put very high expectations of utilization , to the point where some of the staff stresses out about taking time off as it will affect their utilization, yet the management pontificates work-life balance- really! The engineering staff is not what one would call exceptional and not even the best or innovative.

    Advice to Management

    You need to heed the advice of staff that you have brought in from other firms . The Kimley-Horn way of doing things may not fit in all areas of the country, it needs change to fit the local landscape. Your managers appear to be very open, honest and approachable, but down deep inside you are like any other firm where making profit is most important. Spend more time to advance the skills of technical staff . I do not believe this is a good place to work.

    Kimley-Horn Response

    Mar 14, 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—from... More


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great Compensation for Long, Stressful Hours"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Pro's & Con's"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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).


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Excellent Benefits
    -Boundless Opportunity
    -Flexibility
    -Continuous Training
    This is an excellent company where you truly get back what you put in.

    Cons

    The occasional long hours and internal shifting could be looked at as a con. This is a company for go getters.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Continue to provide opportunities for employees to flourish and advance in their careers.


  5. "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities and work-sharing. They really care about what you learn. Everyone is very helpful and it is a very transparent company. The standards are set high, which is good!

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a bit hard at times to balance since there is a minimum 46 hours needed to be worked, but usually it goes above that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work at mentoring and teaching young professionals. Great transparent company. Only con is the work-life balance, but other than that, it is a great place to work with so many helpful people.


  6. "Results will vary"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation. OK pay. So the 401k and bonus is amazing. The actual monthly pay check is low.

    Cons

    Everyone is very focused on the work, not focused on happiness. Not a very good life family work balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on why people leave for better staff retention.


  7. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Engineer EIT"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer In Training in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer In Training in Chesapeake, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited education and resources, work on multiple different projects, meeting new people in the firm. Shifting to other offices is a fun way to travel.

    Cons

    Worked 45+ hours a week, some nights until 9/10pm.


  9. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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