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Knife River Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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  1. "Terrible Mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Bemidji, MN
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Bemidji, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knife River full-time

    Pros

    Great pay for only working 6 months of the year

    Cons

    Long hours, not home much, bad mgmt

    Advice to Management

    care about the safety of the employees


  2. "Xxx"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, ND
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being alone in your truck , Pay

    Cons

    Having the employees being married or in the family to the bosses , truck drivers kissing up to bosses and stabbing co-workers in the back

    Advice to Management

    Put employees that is married to the bosses or in the family in a different district so everybody gets treated the same


  3. "Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Oil Tanker Driver in Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Oil Tanker Driver in Waco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you are working full time, it is good, because you are making enough money to pay your bills and whatever else you have to pay. That is only during the time that you have good weather.

    Cons

    This is a seasonal job, no matter what they tell you. If it rains or whatever kind of bad weather, you will not be working. Or they just let certain special employees work while you sit at home.


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  5. "Senior Estimator"

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    Former Employee - Estimator/Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Estimator/Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knife River (More than a year)

    Pros

    Varied projects and varied locations

    Cons

    No management support and no oversight

    Advice to Management

    Take an interest in work before it "goes south"


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fair place to work, good pay and bennies, erratic schedule sometimes"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Bismarck, ND
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Bismarck, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Knife River full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are generally good, with occasionally more overtime than you can handle. Generally, we are working with good equipment, and until the recession hit it was well taken care of - still not too bad. Normally, you can decline duty that takes you out of town and away from family. If you have a decent attitude and knowledge, you can expect others of your work rank to support you and throw down their best most days. We generally take a week or so off during the holidays so everyone can be with their families on Christmas. We have no paid vacation or sick days/pay, but overall are able to have days off on the bigger holidays. Generally, you can always voice concerns and problems.

    Cons

    In my experience, management is big on talk but short on action. If you are used to an involved problem solving interaction, likely you will be frustrated at having to deal with long term issues which are always talked about but seldom confronted and solved. If you happen to be an employee who is experienced and cognizant of company efficiency and financial matters, you might be frustrated at the waste that occurs in a larger company, often because your management team refuses to listen to any opinions but their own. As with most construction companies, your personal time evaporates a good share of the year. Lack of sleep and bizarre work schedules can and do raise serious safety issues. Lastly, if you are a person who remembers mistakes and looks ahead trying to dodge bad situations and problems, KR is equal to most others - we see the same issues year after year with little cooperation from management in effecting positive change.

    Advice to Management

    Try and realize that your rank and file employees may have knowledge and experience which will help a great deal with working conditions and your bottom line. A condescending attitude towards them, along with the idea that a title somehow infers infallibility in decision-making and knowledge, is pretty arrogant. Those of us who get dirty for a living are daily pushed for real productivity; we get frustrated with poor decisions and long timelines being pushed downstream. It has been my experience in KR that it's better to tackle the problem and hope for a good outcome than to wait on a direction that never comes. Lastly, most times there is no reason to work extremely long hours or bizarre schedules - you're basically running a vehicle on flat tires when everyone's exhausted. Better to work smarter than harder.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The recession derailed Knife River's vision to become a great company."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about Knife River is that you can settle down in a community and don't have to move around like most people in the construction industry have to do.

    Cons

    The downside to Knife River is that opportunities are limited to how well the local economy fares in the areas where they work.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company while it still has value to someone else.


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