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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Competitive Work Environment, the company lives and breaths market based management (in 13 reviews)

  • Great company culture, intelligent co-workers and development opportunities (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not work to ensure employee has a work/life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Sometimes there are long hours, but nothing too bad (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (26)

    "Great culture & huge organization = ample opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked at Koch a decade in four separate Koch companies. Company culture is solid. Never once, in ten years, have I seen something I considered immoral or illegal. Good people - mostly midwestern. Koch doesn't recruit from Ivy League for a reason. People here care about their families and work good hours. Parking lot is nearly empty by 5:30 pm each day.

    With so many subsidiaries, there is ample opportunity to change companies, cities, and/or roles. Unless you're a Director-level role or higher, most people are moving around every 2-3 years.

    Koch is seeing a lot of baby boomer retirements, and a lot of millennials are coming in the door. Huge intern program (200+ interns each summer). Koch is responding fairly well to this and permitting individual teams/companies to be flexible as needed with millennial demands, however, this place is nowhere near a "start-up" culture. Dress is business-casual, most people are in cubes, there are no beanbags, no gym, no dogs at work.

    If you live in Wichita and work at Koch HQ: pay is higher than local comparables, and cost of living is dirt cheap. This is a GREAT combination.

    Koch cares very much for its employees. I've seen countless examples of Koch bending over backwards for people and their personal lives - illnesses, death in family, natural disaster, raising funds, charity work. It's really incredible.

    Open door policy - I have zero doubt that, right now, I could walk into Mr. Koch's office with a concern or idea and he would welcome me with a huge smile. Management here is so receptive and so kind. It's very humbling.

    Cons

    Very few.

    As I read through "cons" on Glassdoor, it's a shame to think that candidates may read them and presume the cons apply to Koch Industries overall. Koch has more than 100k employees, in hundreds of offices throughout the world. Most complaints seem pretty specific to one group or one disgruntled employee. If you're here more than a few months, chances are the problem will self-resolve. I've had more than a dozen bosses during my time here. Some were better than others, but none were terrible. HR and Compliance are extremely receptive to concerns and will shift things as needed.

    Koch Industries Response

    Dec 12, 2016

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. You are right that we absolutely value feedback from our employees, so thank you for sharing yours! Continue to foster all the pieces that... More


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Not what I expected from "corporate" world. Loving it!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Treated as an individual, not just a number despite being 120,000+ employees. You know where you stand because you are constantly given feedback on what you are doing well and where you could be improving to do even better. We operate off of guidelines, not policies, wherever possible to allow for free thinking and focus on the most important items.

    Cons

    Not all areas of Koch are up-to-date with current demands/preferences of employees. For example: work from home, flextime, work attire, maternity/paternity leave etc. The ship is turning around though and I believe the company is starting to hone in on the important benefits, not just the trendy ones.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in leadership that is passionate about people, this makes the biggest difference. Work on the speed of change, each situation will require a different pace, make sure to treat them appropriately.

  3. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Programmer Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flat structure. Working in a trading groups allowed a lot flexibility.

    Cons

    Hours can be quite long


  4. "IT Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture is outstanding and pay is based on value creation.

    Cons

    Health insurance and maternity/paternity benefits could be more generous and progressive.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Tax dept"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Director
    Current Employee - Tax Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Tons of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    No cons to note.


  6. "Not what I was promised before being hired."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Tech in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The retirement program is excellent if you can make it to retirement on a mediocre salary.
    Hours are great. Work load is typically fairly light.

    Cons

    Most co workers are extremely disrespectful. If you are looking for a team to be on where everyone looks out for each other this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a respectful work place.

    Koch Industries Response

    Sep 6, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    Thanks for taking time to share this feedback. Encouraging respect is imperative in the work environment, as it helps drive trust, collaboration, and constructive challenge. It is one of our Ten... More


  7. "Response to "Great Company & Huge Organization = Ample Opportunity""

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I'm a former Vice President within a KCTG business unit. I felt compelled to respond to a post by an anonymous Wichita employee that posted "Good people - mostly Midwestern. Koch doesn't recruit from Ivy League for a reason. People here care about their families and work good hours. " I would reply that Koch Industries hires on the basis of values-not on the basis of one's Alma Mater. I am currently enrolled in a Masters' Degree program at Brown University (yes, Ivy League) and any one of my colleagues have the requisite value set to be a Koch employee. To state that Koch doesn't recruit or hire Ivy League graduates is a contradiction to Koch's principles.

    Cons

    None noted- overall a good organization.

  8. "computer configuration"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great employees to work with

    Cons

    pour management young and inexperienced

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach in your MBM


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, good benefits

    Cons

    There are not many cons with this company


  10. "Customer Service"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great company who values their principles.

    Cons

    Political and can use some flexibility on time and culture.


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