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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Do not work to ensure employee has a work/life balance (in 28 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

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

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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 (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.


  2. "Welder 2"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Clean work environment.

    Cons

    Poor communication within the two shifts poor wages

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Strong culture with awesome colleagues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture - I feel empowered to innovate, challenge, and be creative. I've seen reviews in the past that referred to our culture as "cult-like", but our values are pretty fundamental - have integrity, maintain compliance, create value, be respectful, share knowledge, etc.. From my view, Koch differentiates itself from other organizations by truly holding leaders and team members accountable for maintaining this culture, and I personally appreciate that. I see our culture as an asset.
    People - My Koch colleagues are bright, creative, energized, and inspiring. We support each other, and we challenge each other. We do not sit still – we are motivated by continual improvement.
    Opportunity – Approaching my seventh year, I am in my fourth(ish) role at Koch. I’ve had the opportunity work as part of an existing team, develop my own team, and join and influence the direction of a newly forming team. Koch is constantly evolving, and so are the opportunities for professional growth and development, as well as advancement.

    Cons

    The rapid pace of change can be overwhelming at times, but the leadership team does a great job of keeping everyone grounded, informed, and motivated. That said, Koch is probably not the right place for people who are looking for routine, repetitive roles, and it's definitely not the right place for people who want to "fly under the radar". The pace is not for everyone.

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 17, 2017 – HR Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we appreciate your feedback. Also, thanks for allowing the opportunity for future employees to get an inside view at what working at Koch looks like!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "KBS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and salary

    Cons

    Lots of pressure and job stress

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 16, 2017 – HR Recruiter

    Thank you for leaving a review about your experience working at Koch! We are very happy to hear that you enjoy the working environment at Koch, which is centered around Market Based Management (MBM... More


  5. "scheduler"

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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

    Financial strength. Visionary. 10 Principles are key to success.

    Cons

    Tough work / life balance. Demanding. yet Challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your direct reports personally, what their strengths are and how they learn and what motivates them.

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 18, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    Thank you for the positive words about our company and your excellent advice to management. Each employee is unique, and it’s every supervisor’s responsibility to personally understand their direct... More


  6. "Instrument technician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Good people at plant. Career training facility.

    Cons

    Management can't make decisions. Perpetual promises. Don't try to grow and retain people.

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 18, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    Thanks for the feedback - we're glad to see that your co-workers are identified as a positive aspect to working at Koch! Sorry to hear you don't feel similarly about your management , but if you are... More


  7. "Decent Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, everyone generally friendly

    Cons

    The whole MBM culture is really full of itself.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the company culture to date with other large companies.

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. As you're aware, we place a high value on our Guiding Principles, including humility and respect. These remind us to seek out best knowledge to avoid the pitfalls... More

  8. "Information Technology"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture for change and innovation. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    The Health Benefits could be better.

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 16, 2017 – HR Recruiter

    Thank you for your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you are enjoying the work environment at Koch.

    As far as the health benefits, we would encourage you to provide feedback to your HR department... More


  9. "Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Supervisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

    Koch Industries Response

    Oct 16, 2017 – HR Recruiter

    Thank you for the positive feedback on our work culture!

    As far as your feedback on the health benefits, please share specific feedback with your HR department so they can pass that along to our... More


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