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Koch Industries Atlanta Reviews

Updated January 27, 2017
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  • No work/life balance during compliance season (in 26 reviews)

  • Unless you are upper management you are just a number (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Voice and Data Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Koch Industries (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were great to work with!

    Cons

    Don't really abide by their own "principles".

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting band-aids over issues...solve the issues. It's not always the employee.


  2. "Don't work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern

    Pros

    Good pay for an intern

    Cons

    People are not nice
    Long hours
    Boring work
    Repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    be nicer. do not down talk other firms


  3. "Tax Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern

    Pros

    Learn a lot. Good hours. Great team and it gives you leadership and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Interns are given different tasks and they can not comprehend everything at once. Take it slower.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you are doing now. Great and nice management, amazing teams.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great exposure, poor people management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Koch Industries (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can come into contact with multiple facets of Koch Industries and their business processes

    Cons

    Very subjective employee promotion system
    Lack of transparency from upper management
    No mentorship

    Advice to Management

    be consistent in requirements and provide feedback more often

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 17, 2016

    Thank you for the feedback! I agree one of the best parts about working at Koch is the diverse groups of businesses and people that we come into contact with every day! I was disappointed to see that ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Run!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot in a short period of time.

    Cons

    They market themselves as having work life balance when it is not at all. I specially chose not to go into public as I know I didn't want that life style but Koch is very much churn & burn mindset. There is also a disconnect between the KS office & ATL office that often times makes it hard to do your job. Too much turnover & quick to fire people.


  7. "Tax Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Tax in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Tax in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for an internship before graduation.
    Signing Bonus.
    Looks good on resume.

    Cons

    I did not like the culture at all. They base everything off their guiding principles, MBM, and you have to 100% agree with it if you wanna grow at the company. I did not agree with it, so I didn't bother applying for fulltime. They also had no bonding events for the interns and new-hires which is sad. I was expecting better from a company this big. Remember that KOCH ISN'T FOR EVERYONE. But if you agree with their principles, you will be able to move up the ladder.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Shared Service Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Pension Plan is one of the best in the Industry.

    Cons

    Turnover rate is greater than 60% within 1 year. Process improvements slow.


  9. "Great place to learn but training mechansim is not that great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, Very fast paced, Greet new Interns pretty well, Have to work on assignment independently, Friendly and cooperative work environment, great location in downtown.

    Cons

    Training mechanism is not that great (You have to learn everything by yourself), Very high expectations from Interns without giving proper training, No buddy help mechanism, Expect you to understand everything and work like experienced employee within a month or two. Long commute if you live in suburbs.

    Advice to Management

    Please ensure proper training mechanism, If a person don't click on one assignment he/she can click on another (just give him/her a chance), no proper grievance handling method.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Koch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location
    Nice people
    Pay is ok

    Cons

    Cant think of anything serious


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Complete disaster"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The stated salary in my offer letter was pretty good. They did seem to have some pretty good perks and benefits as well. Unfortunately, that is about where the good news ended.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? I had accepted what I thought was going to be a dream internship with Koch. Good pay, nice sign on bonus, and challenging work. The trouble began before I even had my feet under the desk. I had signed my offer letter a full 2 months before I was to start. I received an email on a Friday after 4:00 p.m. (I was scheduled to start on the next Monday) saying my background check had not yet been completed (what???? really??? with 2 months lead time????) and that I could not start work until it had been completed. Monday, I get a call at 12:30 - the background check is complete and they need me to sign my orientation papers that day (I was 2 hours away because I figured they had decided not to hire me after all). Then, when I report to work, my manager doesn't even know if my internship is a paid internship or not. After talking to HR, I was assured that it was paid. Then, I was sent to class for training for a couple of days. When I get back to my desk and was going over the information with my manager, he said - "oh, that's not the way we do this - that is all wrong." The following Monday, I go to another class - which was a disaster. The teacher hadn't even prepared the correct files for the class. There were several other things that had happened in the interim - far too much to write here. At that point, though, I had seen enough. I submitted my resignation at that time, and am glad I did. Events that occurred subsequently confirmed that either there was a massive epidemic of miscommunication within the company, a massive epidemic of incompetence, or both. If you value sanity, please stay away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Firm up the on-boarding process. Seriously - no one should have to experience the emotional roller coaster that I went through as a result of the background check and associated on-boarding process. I was committed enough to working that internship that I was prepared to put my graduate degree on hold to work for what I thought at the time was an ideal company. It was only though some advice from a solid mentor that I didn't walk away from the accounting profession altogether after the horrible experience I had there.



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