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Kimley-Horn Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Year-end profit sharing and up to 20% 401k benefits are second to none (in 32 reviews)

  • One profit center" model allows employees to collaborate across all offices with minimal friction (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees are expected to work 115%, so work life balance is somewhat of a myth at this firm (in 46 reviews)

  • Not really a con for a business professional, but KHA is an extra effort firm so expect to put in (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for hard workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always there to support you. Extremely generous with bonus and 401k contributions.

    Cons

    Very long hours. Work life balance is hard. Also, a dry company so although happy hours can be found at some offices, work functions will not have alcohol.

    Advice to Management

    Goals are good to strive for but be careful that you don't end up pushing people too hard.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Project manager"

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

    Pros

    I really can't think of any pros. I suppose I did get to work with some good people that I'm still friends with since we bonded over the atrocious experience of working for KHA.

    Cons

    Everything. UT is the obvious one. Zero work-home balance possible. Saw several coworker's marriages end due to this. Complete sweat shop.

    Advice to Management

    Ratchet back the workaholic culture. Lower your billing rates, as a developer now I can honestly say you're not that much better than other consultants.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "It's alright I guess"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with very smart and driven individuals. Kimley Horn does have a lot of talent and offer very competitive long term benefits (like 401k matches) to employees.

    Cons

    The focus on biliability is very difficult to achieve with a healthy work-life balance. Company culture strongly encourages extra effort, about 5-10 hours a week on average.

    Advice to Management

    Entry and mid-level employees will burn out quickly with the workload expected of them.


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  5. "Passion required to prosper!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    K-H is full of super-motivated overachievers and that is one of the things I really enjoy. If you are willing to go all in the rewards, recognition and $$$ is there for you.

    Cons

    It is on you to achieve an acceptable work / life balance. You can't just decide you'll be taking off three weeks on a whim.

    Advice to Management

    continue to invest in your people and deliver quality training opportunities. Innovation is our edge and we need to stay current, even if profit goals must be tempered somewhat


  6. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covina, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    National company. Room for growth.

    Cons

    None as I was not there long enough to assess. Honest truth.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Work Responsibilities"

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly good pay
    Good intermittent incentives
    Work flexibility

    Cons

    Ambiguous work responsibilities
    Lack of provision on business training
    Ridiculous Management expectations on UT (utilization) goal threshold with no work to cover it

    Advice to Management

    Marketing department should be factored in and included when creating a new office, if your presence in the community you serve is expected to grow. Not every employee is wired to be a good sales representative or interested in becoming a Practice Builder, especially when they do not have a direct relationship with clients; there are technically inclined professionals who know how to get the job done but see marketing as a bit of a challenge. If the organization is an "all or nothing", then it should refrain from false advertisement when posting a position, the choice of a potential employee accepting or declining an offer letter will be his sole decision- knowing what he/she is getting into. A "non-resident" Manager or Supervisor, always MIA does not help either. Practice what you preach concerning class levels and promotion.


  8. "Great Company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great working environment and friendly cowokers

    Cons

    parking. There is hardly any parking


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Expect a Great Career Here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Shared Resources
    Collaborative Atmosphere
    Great Continuing Education and on the job Training
    You write your own ticket, create your own path.
    Benefits are like no other place in the industry
    200% 401k Match plus annual profit sharing contributions to you 401k
    Annual bonus program and path to ownership are the best in the industry. You work hard and they truly award you for it.
    Internal networking is highly encouraged and the leaders reach out and talk to almost all employees a couple of times a year

    Cons

    The down sides are on par for the industry with the occasional deadline driven exceptionally long days. Because they want you to grow, they will challenge you and constantly give you tasks above your head, but there are never any breaks. They have a very successful business model that pushes each and every employee to be accountable fur their UT rate and the constant work to stay above goal is very exhausting. But, see above for the reward for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows, please keep the personal feel, the small firm feel where senior and regional leaders get to know most employees on some level.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn full-time

    Pros

    Random Bonuses, Easy Career Development, Approachable Seniors

    Cons

    Expected Overtime for Salary, Varying Manager Styles

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Landscape Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diversity in projects and multi-disciplinary interaction

    Cons

    Long hours, challenge to work-life balance



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