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Knife River Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Outstanding company with great market share"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative - Concrete in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Representative - Concrete in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, knowldgable people,

    Cons

    Pay needs to be adjusted upwards

    Advice to Management

    Better pay is needed to match industry


  2. "Great Place To Work"

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

    I have been working at Knife River full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great People and good pay

    Cons

    Tough to find good help as it is anywhere

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Company with Integrity!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knife River Corporation is a fantastic company that offers individual growth opportunities, truly cares about the safety and well-being of it's employees, the environment, and more than just turning a profit. An excellent, stable, interesting place to work!

    Cons

    My one wish for the company is that their opportunities extended to the northeast and southeast part of the US!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, because it works! You make this a place I'm proud to work, each and every day!


  4. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Lake Stevens, WA
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Lake Stevens, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with lots of unique and state of the art excavation methods.

    Cons

    The proble is the weather conditions in wa.are not really advantageous for a lot of work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard and figure out a way to keep employees busy during the wet wa. Weather months.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Paving/Grading Laborer in Tangent, OR
    Former Employee - Paving/Grading Laborer in Tangent, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to make money as a hourly employee, this is a great company. The pay scale is very bottom heavy. It takes a few promotions to make as much as you would as an hourly employee. If you work hard and are competant, there will be opportunity for you to advance. The company is increasingly concerned about safety which is a good thing.

    Cons

    like many other companies in the industry, somehow a few idiots have managed to be promoted to a point of incompetency. Summers will be very long hours and little chance of getting time off.

    Advice to Management

    Affirm the blue collar guys often. If they feel appreciated, they will work harder.


  6. "Great atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company Vehicle
    Casual workplace
    Great overtime opportunity

    Cons

    Long work hours in the summer


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work, so long as you're ready to."

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR
    Former Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were generally great to be around. The lab was clean and well-maintained. Safety was of the highest priority.

    Cons

    The hours were long. I worked 10-hour days, and was still often the first one to leave for the day.

  8. "Great company with a diverse group of co workers"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Williston, ND
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Williston, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of jobs with overtime

    Cons

    winters in the state of North Dakota


  9. Helpful (1)

    "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Richmond, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in Richmond, TX

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

    Pros

    large company, financially stable, integrated, good benefits

    Cons

    salaries a little lower, turnover in hourly staffing


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Good benefits: 401K (matched), health and dental. Coworkers were pleasant to work with. Decent pay (when wages were not frozen). Luckily, I had an amazing onsite manger and supervisor.

    Cons

    Continuous change: Company structure and standard operating procedures were constantly changing during my time with the company. Shift changes were common, which made it difficult to settle into a stable work/life balance. Job security was an issue during "the downturn" years; multiple rounds of layoffs was a huge stressor.

    Advice to Management

    After all the issues related to the economic crisis, it appears the company (at least the division I worked in) are on an uptick finally. Many senior management positions needed to be looked at closely (which is evident, as a majority of them were either eliminated, or restructured through parent affiliates). Best of luck to those remaining.


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