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Kirby Corporation Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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Kirby Corporation President/CEO David W. Grzebinski
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  1. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Channelview, TX
    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Channelview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Great training!
    Great management and who care about there employees.
    Open door policy and grate place to work.

    Cons

    Time between shifts can be a challenge due to distance to and from some worksites.

    Advancement opportunities hard to obtain.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more time off to keep from burnout.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old style"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirby Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Less pressure. 9 to 5 life

    Cons

    Old style of management. Innovation, Ideas killed by middle management immediately. Exposure of middle management on industry innovations limited.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and retain talent

  3. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirby Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Location is nice. Have many long term employees.

    Cons

    Very little upward career movement.


  4. "Taking the good with the bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirby Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Pay is a little above average

    Cons

    The pay makes up for the bad managers


  5. "Chief Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Chier Engineer in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Chier Engineer in Staten Island, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirby Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented, great shoreside support, great benefits, great pay, and multiple areas for advancement. They have help me in many aspects including my personal life as well as in business. I do believe that after working out kinks with different acquisitions this will be the best company in the transportation industry.

    Cons

    Some disorganization in the shoreside area, I personally think this comes with multiple company acquisitions (this is for the division I'm in). Complacency in the different unions, more so the one I'm in (I do believe this will get better in time).

    Advice to Management

    Continue using what has been proven to work in the inland division and make suttle changes, I'm sure it is easier said than done. Obtain more input from the crews about the company, and use this as an opportunity for improvement if possible.


  6. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Tankerman I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Tankerman I in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirby Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job stability, good pay and good benefits are what make working at Kirby great. Advancement is also achievable at Kirby.

    Cons

    The company is very big so getting noticed and moving up can be tricky but if you are persistent then you can do it.


  7. "3rd Mate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirby Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Better Money than an AB Tankerman, More wheelhouse experience

    Cons

    You are a glorified AB. The Captain never allows you do to anything on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging, poor choice in Captains, does not consider former experience.

  8. "Kirby"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Two forms of retirement. 7 days off at a time if you work in traffic. Free parking.

    Cons

    Bad middle management. Customer Service Reps and Schedulers are treated as secretaries to Account managers rather than as a function of the company. No guaranteed annual raises. Operational personnel and boat crews are considered much more valuable than corporate employees. Tons of inner office nepotism. Work weekends, nights, and holidays as a scheduler and CSR.


  9. "Not always smooth sailing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kirby Corporation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people there.

    Cons

    They prioritize the vessel employees but overwork the shore based office staff who need to support them.


  10. "Kirby: A great fleet to work for"

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    Former Employee - Deckhand in Bangor, ME
    Former Employee - Deckhand in Bangor, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kirby Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the largest fleets of tugs and barges with great management and experienced captains.

    Cons

    Many of the tugs are older than other fleets but the shore-side staff upkeep them nicely.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more entry level staff that have experience and sea days rather than those with no safe work experience


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