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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated March 20, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "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 (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very positive work environment
    - Managers are top of the line (strongest point)
    - Every employee enjoys coming to work

    Cons

    - No cons for this employer


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Koch Business Solutions Review"

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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

    I have really enjoyed my time at Koch and it has been a very different experience compared to other companies I have worked for. I believe the difference comes down to Koch being privately held and operating under its Market Based Management Business Philosophy. My experience personally has been that Koch pays for value creation and not seniority. The expectation has also been set with me that I own my career and that there is not a one size fits all career path. Those two things alone were extremely refreshing to me based on other companies I have worked for. The working environment has been extremely respectful and I have enjoyed the ability to challenge the status quo at all levels. I have seen that leaders are very open to different and new ways of doing things and they actively seek out my thoughts and opinions on things.

    Cons

    Some of the none core benefits like flexible scheduling and work from home are not utilized often in the Wichita location. It does however seem they are used often throughout other Koch locations. I was a part of an engagement survey that HR conducted and I have seen quite a bit of positive change come from that. However, a lot of that change has seemed to come in other locations based on conversations I have had with other colleagues. Either way, I think our leaders and HR are focusing on the right things and that will make Koch and even better place to work then it already is.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback given above. There is an opportunity to work on non core benefits to ensure we are competitive in the market and allowing for a good work/life balance.

    Koch Industries Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – HR Recruiter

    We are pleased to hear the positive feedback on your overall experience at Koch Business Solutions. At Koch, Market Based Management is at the core of what drives our corporate culture and I am glad ... More


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  5. "Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Guiding principals are utilized regularly

    Cons

    The facility level can be challenging


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries part-time

    Pros

    Good Coworkers and nice company perks

    Cons

    You have to drink the culture lemonade

    Koch Industries Response

    Mar 13, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your feedback! I have to say we have heard the "culture lemonade" comment before and we certainly can't deny we have a specific company culture and we hold folks to it. We ... More


  7. "Great Company"

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    • 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

    Great company culture
    Great people to be around
    Numerous career opportunities
    Learning environment

    Cons

    I have had a great ten years at this employer!

    Koch Industries Response

    Mar 13, 2017

    Thank you for 1. your service to the company and 2. for sharing your feedback! We are very happy to hear when someone has seen a solid career, but also mention the people and the culture! Fulfillment ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, intelligent co-workers and development opportunities

    Cons

    Can be demanding work hours


  9. "Unconventional atmosphere, Good mobility, Challenging opportunities, not for everyone"

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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

    Fair compensation, always a new challenge available, no rigid progression lines, only limited by yourself

    Cons

    Occasionally work with people in the wrong roles, stereotypes are hard to break, good downward communication but not much going upward

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty to people is good except hen it costs you good people that could move you forward. Some people appear to be in protected roles, while others are expendable. No one is trying to fool you.


  10. "Pipefitter technician I handle the day to day task of perform fits for plant structures in the chemical plant industry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pipeline Technician in Mont Belvieu, TX
    Current Employee - Pipeline Technician in Mont Belvieu, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well diversified, opportunity for growth in which every field you choose. Show interest and the will to learn the possibilities are endless

    Cons

    Paid time off is pretty much out the question in the beginning. You have to accumulate years of work history.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is fair. Of course on all levels you have to sleep with one eye open there's going to be someone that looks at things negatively


  11. "Project Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Can be time consuming - need to work extra



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