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Kingland Reviews

Updated December 17, 2016
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  1. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Research Analyst in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Data Research Analyst in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and they do a lot of events for all employees

    Cons

    If you don't like to sit in front of computers all day, it can get boring

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing fun activities like you have!


  2. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential for working with other great project managers and very competent software developers.

    Cons

    The company is very interested in control, and disguises it as a process. A TON of nepotism. Management is either overworked and does not have time for you, or they are interested in overworking you to get their own bonuses. Oh, and management loves to let you know you are doing something wrong only at review time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating every employee as they are your personal replace-able property. Its great that you talk about a great company culture, but unless you actually implement it, it's only talk.


  3. "It's alright"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DRA in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - DRA in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kingland (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Time is very flexible, people are kind

    Cons

    Pay very less, and nothing to learn here

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Poor management good ol boy program"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kingland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    everyone has own office

    Cons

    If not part of Kingland family or friend of family you have no future with company. Pay is low and must be in the in crowd to move up. Very process heavy. Lack of training. Must google everything you don't know when that does not work then spending long hours working to figure it out because no one really knows anything. Outsourcing most jobs to China. Scary since they are messing with banking information and China has access to that stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Train employees. Stop the in crowd stuff. Stop outsourcing American jobs to china!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kingland full-time

    Pros

    Travel, rapid advancement in opportunity, young workforce

    Cons

    Stressful, little training, extremely process heavy, not transparent, 'good ole boys' club in upper management


  7. "Very good starting spot"

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

    Pros

    There's an opportunity for different roles within the organization - it's a quick way to gain a lot of experience. Just about everyone is easy to work with. Sold benefits. A good company with strong financials - it's been around a while and can be expected to be around a while longer. Opportunities for an equity stake in the company if you stick around long enough.

    Cons

    Salary has historically lagged behind the industry. Rigid promotion / pay scale after you advance past the entry level. The majority of the company's revenue comes from a small number of clients, which does increase risk (though the same can be said of many small companies).

    Advice to Management

    Management has a good approach and is aware of most of the limitations. The only advice would be to continue tweaking the pay scale and career path.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible Work Hours, Rigid Pay Structure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kingland full-time

    Pros

    Work hours are very flexible and I've had no problem with working from home once in a while. Everybody has their own office - even newly hired college grads. There is a cafeteria that sells cheap breakfasts and lunches (sandwiches twice a week, hot meals twice a week, Pizza Fridays).

    Cons

    Pay has been very rigid with no room for negotiation. Pay has historically been poor, but they've recently bumped it up quite a bit - only time will tell whether they've become more competitive with their raises.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was given the opportunity to succeed while working here. I was able to travel to New York. Vacation time is well above average for entry level. Insurance is dirt cheap. The business is strong and isn't going under any time soon. Awesome new building. Coworkers in Ames office are tightly knit and all in their twenties/early thirties. Will probably never have such an fun group of coworkers my age again.

    Office is a right next to a ton of food and a bars, going out to lunch is easy and tasty. Welch Ave Station is a short walk after a rough day of work.

    While working here I was engaged with my work, was developing new skills, and had clear feedback on how to improve my work if it wasn't up to par.

    Cons

    I had 7 managers in two years. Pay was poor, but they recently bumped it up to market levels. Morale was swingy in the office due to people leaving to work in DSM. Had to work with someone with the initials CK. Certain projects can be hamstrung by process, where others aren't.

    Advice to Management

    You've responded to things like incentive pay being too much of overall pay, low pay, managers driving away employees, but respond to those faster in the future.


  10. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Research Analyst I in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Data Research Analyst I in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    make own schedule
    able to learn about financial industries worldwide

    Cons

    sometimes boring work
    not an environment that encourages talking

    Advice to Management

    make interns feel useful or more important than data entry


  11. "data research analyst"

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

    Pros

    laid back work environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    boring,not competitive, repetitive work



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