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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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  • Do not work to ensure employee has a work/life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Don't waste your time unless you know upper management very well and are already someone they like (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "6 years and loving it"

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

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

    Pros

    Koch Industries prides itself on living by their 10 guiding principles and 5 dimensions of MBM. While there are going to be spots here & there that don't always adhere to our values, those employees are few and far between, and typically they never reach a leadership position where it could negatively impact those around them.

    I started my experience as a consultant on the Service Desk and quickly found myself being invited on as a full time employee. Since that time, I have changed positions a few times, which has always been a strong increase in fulfillment. Each of my new positions I moved toward was a "stretch position", in that I didn't feel FULLY confident with the role. But that's a good thing because I could be honest with my leadership, get the training I would need for the position, and watch myself grow as an employee.

    Leadership in this company understands that fulfillment is multi-dimensional. Whether it is the work/life balance, salary, flexible work hours, or even just the fulfillment of increased responsibilities, they are willing to work with their employees to find the best situations.

    Today, we find ourselves in a fast paced, changing environment. It is a great time to get onboard and ride the wave! I am 6 years in, and I'm ready for plenty more as the adventures never cease.

    Cons

    (very minor) Dress code is business casual - slacks and a nice shirt for guys, more flexible for women. Rumors have floated around for years about allowing (nice) jeans as part of the dress code, which would be very welcome. Some of the newer locations (such as Reno) are already more flexible in this way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. In my six year tenure I have seen lots of progressive movements in the areas of work/life balance and flexible hours. I would love to see a more flexible dress code. Those with vendor/business meetings should have the foresight to dress appropriately for those situations, and I'm certain that there would be very few (if any) issues in this space.

    Koch Industries Response

    Feb 19, 2018 – HR Recruiter

    Thank you for sharing your experience at Koch with us and anyone considering employment at Koch. We are very glad to hear that your leadership team has found different ways to aid in your... More


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Partner in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Partner in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, and challenging work!

    Cons

    No major cons from my perspective.

  3. "Challenging & Rewarding"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    Management philosophy, coworkers/work environment, new challenges each day and an open environment for team collaboration, incentives, location

    Cons

    Outside perception of Koch companies


  4. "Sold on Koch!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture and great daily application of our guiding principles.
    Career minded professionals
    Plentiful opportunities for strong performers.
    Great earning potential.
    Great diversity
    Amazing learning opportunities...very smart business people to surround yourself with
    Innovative is encourage/embraced
    International presence and international opportunities to advance your career

    Cons

    A con for some: If you are looking for a place to "cruise" or be status quo, you probably won't like Koch.

    Advice to Management

    Keep passionately pursuing the guiding principles and disciplined application that have shaped our company into what it is today. Keep encouraging good growth and opportunities and creatively seeking ways to remain relevant in the ever-changing world in which we operate.


  5. "Large Company - Good People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a great culture with people who put an emphasis on the Guiding Principles Koch stands by. Challenging and Innovative environment makes it a good place to work.

    Cons

    Work/life balance a work in progress, internal mobility is not as prominent as it should be.

    Advice to Management

    If you see high performers, reward them for their work/potential. Don't just promote individuals for their time at the company or because they are due for a promotion.


  6. "Your job today won't be the same tomorrow--that's great!"

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    • 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

    - Genuinely nice co-workers
    - Wonderful benefits
    - Fulfilling work
    - Culture that's more than just words on a poster

    Cons

    We can always share knowledge better, but the great thing is that Koch is built to challenge the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employees to innovate and create new roles for themselves. In general, keep up the great internal communications effort.


  7. "HR Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career development, Ownership of responsibilities, Working with the highest integrity

    Cons

    Flexible work schedule and dress code

  8. "Koch works for me!"

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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

    Pros

    Business Philosophy (MBM)
    The People
    Continuous learning
    Opportunities
    Global reach

    Cons

    I have not experienced issues to this point

    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace and grow MBM across the enterprise


  9. "Koch Industries"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Koch Industries is a great place to work! The employees are all aligned with the culture and there is always room for advancement. Managers take interest in their employee's career development.

    Cons

    There are none to mention.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Developing employee's is essential to employee retention.


  10. "Great Values and Opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    The culture at Koch has made me a better person. Koch takes their guiding principles seriously and provides employees an honest look in the mirror at how they're doing. This can sting at first, but this type of honest feedback is a gift. I'm a big believer in the notion that you become like the people you spend time with. The values at Koch are a good match for my personal values, and I'm grateful that my coworkers are rubbing off on me in a positive way.

    Cons

    If you need work to be steady and predictable, Koch is likely not a great fit.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ever let Mr. Koch retire!


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