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Koch Industries Houston Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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  • No work/life balance during compliance season (in 25 reviews)

  • Upper management had a table to eat at but most other people ate at their cubicle (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Katy, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Katy, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone at OPD has a great attitude and they were all more than happy to help me learn how to do the work necessary as an intern. My internship with OPD was much better than another internship the year before at a similar company.

    While the environment does feel laid back and relaxed, people know how to work and when trying to get things done, everything went smoothly.

    Cons

    OPD is growing fast and at the time I was there, the company did not have a cafeteria. Upper management had a table to eat at but most other people ate at their cubicle.

    Advice to Management

    Get a cafeteria, there are enough employees that it is warranted. I think a few more organized company events would be good for the overall unity of a company that is quickly adding dozens of employees year by year.


  2. "Upper Management is Disconnected"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Immediate colleagues are great. The work provides room to grow and refines your skill set as no two jobs are the same.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected and they don't seek to understand. The culture is not as described, and it starts from the top.

    Advice to Management

    When you value and respect your employees, then the results will come. Invest in your employees as much as you invest in closing a deal to ensure they have the necessary support to get the job done. You can sale all the product in the world on paper, but without your employees. . . You simply can't deliver. Preriod.


  3. "Culture not as described"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work provides an opportunity for diverse experiences with a different challenge to be responded to on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Koch Industries is a large organization with many sectors, each sector having multiple business units. In my experience and observations, the Koch Company culture that is written about in the books authored by the company president and bragged about during the recruitment phase doesn't seem to exist at Koch Heat Transfer.

    Advice to Management

    Run the business as if your most important resource is your employees and you will find success. Seek to understand the people on the team and the value they bring; the best organizations are open and collaborative. Consider reading The Science of Success and Good Profit and applying the ideas in the books.


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  5. "Marine Operations Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marine Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marine Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great supervisor. Completely understanding. No gossip, professional environment, great modern kitchens, birthday cake catering, benefits.

    Cons

    No work life balance while I was employed. My department was always first to arrive (before 7 am)and last to leave (sometime after 7pm). Work never seemed to end so evenings and weekends were for catching up on work (not required but the only way to keep up). Truly demanding and fast paced. Training is inadequate which makes your job difficult to accomplish, and keep up with workload.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more help so an employee can actually take a day off without feeling guilty, and/or take a day off for doctor appointments. Refrain from adding on work to an employee that is the responsibility of another separate department. Employees are overwhelmed and overworked, and in turn leads to being highly unmotivated to come work for such a great company.


  6. "Regional Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent employees and good systems. Opportunities are reasonably good. Movement between the many Koch companies is possible, but best to know someone in the target company.

    Cons

    Wichita is the main hub for upward movement. System is built to maximize shareholder (Koch family) wealth. Nothing wrong with this, but management is stingy to a fault. Bonuses are rare and small when given. This year I hit my targets and my manager told me that I had done a very good job. He was very proud that I had gotten a 6% bonus. Woohoo!

    Advice to Management

    Spread the wealth beyond the chosen few. The current system only recognizes the handful of key players as worth investing in.


  7. "Mechanical assembly"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Assembler in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Assembler in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good benefits and not bad start of pay.

    Cons

    Bad management don't care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    No room for advanced or management opportunity.


  8. "Very disappointed employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits such as medical insurance and 401k

    Cons

    Company culture is a good old boy mentality. The parent company preaches their guiding principles namely integrity but some members of management do not practice it.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be so quick to put project managers in positions where they manage people. They have no people skills and one VP is a narcissist who treats people very badly!


  9. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Koch Industries (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People relations
    Project Types
    Flexible for personnel issues

    Cons

    Stringent on certain employment rules.


  10. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is very intelligent and driven to succeed.

    Cons

    It's very Cutthroat. If you don't like sweater vests or playing the corporate game you have a life span of 3-5 yrs or less. There's the lifers and then there's the rest of everyone. lifers can mess up and nothing happens the others disappear randomly. Expect long hours and unofficially you shouldn't ever leave for lunch either.

    Advice to Management

    Stop dangling a bonus in front of employees who clearly will never see one. Treat everyone the same allowing certain employees to follow different rules just creates a weird atmosphere. Give employees standard small raises would improve moral.


  11. "Outside Industrial Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - KSPS Outside Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - KSPS Outside Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brand name. KGI, the parent company of KSPS is a stable company with high moral values. They are systematic in their approach to day-to-day business development and moral direction of each company.

    Cons

    Unlike KGI, KSPS offers lower than average compensation commensurate with responsibilities. By design, KSPS upper management leverages the KGI benefits (pension, 401K, etc.) in order to pay their sales personnel below the market average. While this offers a temporary positive impact on the bottom line reported to KGI, the long term negative impact to the bottom line outweighs any immediate gains due to employee apathy, which severely impacts opportunity costs.

    Advice to Management

    Practice intellectual honesty and transparency. Develop a means to identify and reward top performers. Match external customer sales expectations with internal sales expectations. Practice the same honesty that you expect from your staff when it comes to accurate documentation of lost time incidences in the field, breach of compliance by ALL personnel, etc.



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