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  • "Work / life balance can be improved especially during big projects(in 33 reviews)

  • "Certain roles require long hours so work/life tend to suffer(in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (16)

    "9 Years of Fulfillment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Guiding Principles that are not just an idea or a thought, but practiced daily. A culture that not only embraces change, but expects process/procedure challenge. A culture that allows the individual to evaluate their role and find true sustainable value through challenge and innovation.

    Cons

    No onsite gym or workout facility.

  2. "Systems Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    No micro-management. Not just drink the kool-aid culture. Leaders and co-workers actively work to better themselves which in turn betters the company. Encouraged to challenge the status quo and any employee's opinion is valued. Compensation reviews every 6 months.

    Cons

    Lots of change and value creation can feel overwhelming at first. Once you dive into the MBM culture, things start to make more sense. Can be very stressful at first.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  3. "Working at KBS"

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    Former Employee - Selection Coordinator in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Company culture, co-workers, cafeteria, entrepreneurship

    Cons

    Restructure frequently, don’t promote those that are deserving - bring in college interns over those who are working equally as hard but don’t get treated the same because they didn’t go through internship

  4. "Good place to be longterm."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Victoria, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Lot's of diverse experience early on in your career.

    Cons

    1) Wichita. 2) Living in Wichita. 3) Traveling to Wichita.

    Advice to Management

    Leave Wichita

  5. "Re-thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Seems like a good family company.

    Cons

    Changed office layout to”open”. Too much micro-management.

  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and Challenging Work

    Cons

    Broken lines of communication overall

  7. Helpful (3)

    "They start out at $22."

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    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Enid, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Don’t have to worry about lay-offs, health insurance, an okay retirement, laid back,

    Cons

    Good old boy system, turn over rate is horrible, not enough lead positions in all departments, management is young and constantly changing, people in certain positions will hold you back if you create value for them, they hire people with no work experience (ex) really young, currently no pension plan, pay is suppose to be based off performance based and value creation, but in my craft at Enid they follow their own version...

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    Advice to Management

    Have a better chain of command and get out from behind the desk more and observe how employees are working. Dont rely on hear say information.... It doesn’t hold up in court so why would it hold up in the work place.

  8. "Very Large Global Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Backup Recovery Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    If a good culture fit, then person has open ended opportunities for advancement in their career field.

    Cons

    Difficult to obtain a pay increase and/or inflation pay increase. Very long hours if in IT departments.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen requirements and hire additional personnel within a predetermined time period to reduce stress on remaining personnel meeting workload requirements.

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Innovative, principled, but does not value diversity and inclusion"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Compensation is decent at the manager level at some subsidiaries Use of robotic technology makes some processes more efficient, innovative Principled

    Cons

    In the Corporate office, a handful of minorities hold position of manager+ (out of almost 3000) Employees strongly encouraged to adopt Koch's political beliefs (conservative, libertarian) Many employees do not abide by guiding principles Difficult - if not impossible- to advance if you are a minority Promotions are far and few between if you don't know the right people Frameworks often lead to red-tape and become bottlenecks...

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    Advice to Management

    Start "walking the talk" on diversity and inclusion or you will continue to lose well-qualified, diverse employees. Hire more, promote more to leadership positions! Giving money to UNCF and TMCF means nothing if you are not hiring these young scholars. Uncover and put a stop to unconscious biases- train your employees to recognize and combat. You will not have diverse perspectives if you do not hire diverse employees;...

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Inept upper management"

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    Former Employee - GP/Harmon--warehouse Manager in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Georgia- Pacific was a good company to work for until Koch Brothers bought them out.

    Cons

    Horrible upper management in the GP Harmon division. Every day was nothing but phone conferences. And the constant berating of different personnel on every call, which mind you was normally a call to discuss MBM, was just plain asinine on upper managements part.

    Advice to Management

    Try practicing what you you preach. Pushing the MBM values down to other employees is fine but if you are going to constantly put people down and curse on the calls then you are not abiding by the Koch Brothers philosophy. Here is the only clue you need: Treat people the way you want to be treated ! This company has lost a great number of good employees the past few years because of bad upper management.

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