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Knife River Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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  1. "Find a Better Big Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knife River full-time

    Pros

    Knife River is a large Company with a lot of resources. Projects varied from small to large and there appeared to be many opportunities for growth. They do a lot of promotion within.

    Cons

    The training was very poor. Expectations were never made clear. Was overworked, underappreciated and underpaid. They show no loyalty to their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Listen and don't make judgments without all the information. It's unfortunate that the industry and the "old boys club" is so denigrating to women.


  2. "Housing Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Housing Administrative Assistant in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Housing Administrative Assistant in Williston, ND
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Knife River full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was good, that's it

    Cons

    There is no longer a Housing department

  3. "Here is something to read"

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    Former Employee - General Laborer in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Williston, ND

    I worked at Knife River part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay is almost as good as if you are from Minnesota

    Cons

    If you work on a certain crew out of Williston and your not from Minnesota you get treated like crap and they will do everything they can to make and employee feel like crap till that person quits there are to many family members and girl friends of bosses that make working there a pain in the butt but some bosses worked with the big guy in Minnesota so whatever you have to say is a lie because friends come first to management and business is 2nd loose the discrimination

    Advice to Management

    Do your job if your buddy from Minnesota is not doing his then get rid of him/them and get people in those positions that are capable of doing they're job instead of texting the wife all day and there bosses should not have they're girlfriend on the same crew


  4. "Hard Worker"

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    Current Employee - Hard Worker in Williston, ND
    Current Employee - Hard Worker in Williston, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Knife River full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mechanics and crews on asphalt were great people.

    Cons

    One you quit or get fired good luck getting your money back from your health insurance Premiums that were paid in. This place is a joke

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the trucking department and hire people that aren't in a click and know what their doing. They've lost a lot of great drivers and good people because of it. They had three amazing female drivers that they treated like crap.


  5. "Lacks vision for the future"

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    Current Employee - Administration
    Current Employee - Administration
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Knife River full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some qualified people to work with. A lot of people with hopes of getting ahead. Can't say much else. Not top tier in anything

    Cons

    Hq in Bismarck is out of touch with what it takes to be successful in Construction. They are very anti technology and won't hire enough people to support the internal structure they have. They espouse all sorts of integrity and honesty for employees but management is not honest with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Come to the 21st century in technology!


  6. "Heavy Equipment operator"

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    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Saint Cloud, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have good pay rate

    Cons

    Foremans are unreliable and don't treat their employees fare


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Merit was largely a hindrance leading to several years of disappointment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is part of a larger utility group and therefore can withstand the bumps of an unsteady economy. Some managers are good people.

    Cons

    Senior management is completely unaware of the skills and abilities of its own people. They insulate themselves almost completely from what's going on. The new President loathes technology and is one of the few executives in the world that doesn't recognize the importance of technology and sees it only as a way for employees to waste time. He'd rather we all used abaci

    Advice to Management

    When making decisions about who to promote and who to RIF, actually talk to employees who work with those people. Make decisions based on merit instead of who your friends are.


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