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Updated February 16, 2018
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Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles G. Koch
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Pros
  • Competitive Work Environment, the company lives and breaths market based management (in 13 reviews)

  • It was a great company to build the working skills I still use to this day (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 (1)

    "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. "Nice change of pace"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    I transitioned to Koch Industries after spending years at a 100,000 employee consulting firm. The change is quite dramatic. Now I am directly compensated for the value I produce, not my title or position. I receive training and support from my supervisor instead of the sink or swim approach. I am allowed to pursue the highest profit tasks in my daily work and I am rewarded for seeking out opportunities to share knowledge. I am also rewarded for challenging the status quo whether it be culture or a business process. This was strongly discouraged at the consulting firm. There, if top management didn't think of it, we weren't allowed to pursue it. I enjoy the opportunity to treat my job like a small company. This leads me to consider all my tasks from a profitability standpoint, rather than a checklist. My supervisors have genuinely cared about my success and fulfillment rather than treating me as a burden and easily replaceable asset.

    Cons

    Remember, similar to life, experiences may differ. Not all areas in Koch are equal. I have friends in other Koch companies who are not treated according to company values nor directly rewarded for their contribution. This is slowly changing for the better, but we are a large company. This change will increase pace as managers age out of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Competitors are racing ahead of us in innovation and technology adoption. If we didn't have such high barriers to entry in our industries we would be in trouble. This is a good company, don't let it die due to short-sighted decisions that increase current profitability at the expense of long term value creation.

  3. "Koch in Atlanta Ga"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    KOCH has lots of money so when economy is down, they still have money to buy new companies and expand. Occasional spot bonus if you can get on the right project .

    Cons

    Raises are far between, not uncommon for 5+ years between increases. Many coworkers moved on for this reason. Work that would exceed expectations at most companies will only get you a meeting expectations at Koch. Always more work than time.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make employees go to quarterly meetings where all companies talk about how well they are doing and then not give pay increases for years. The job market in Wichita is different but most Atlanta IT persons could easily make as much or more at other companies.

    Koch Industries Response

    Feb 13, 2018 – KII Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We strive to offer competitive compensation and benefits to all employees and recognize those who provide additional value through variable pay (e.g., spot bonus... More


  4. "Corporate Communications Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    It was a great company to build the working skills I still use to this day. Great people

    Cons

    Work a lot of hours


  5. "Koch x review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UAV Operator in Harrisville, WV
    Former Employee - UAV Operator in Harrisville, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Security reliability performance efficiency elongation

    Cons

    Segregation money reached teaching travel

    Advice to Management

    Safety meetings are good for all.


  6. "Still Stuck in 1980s"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, with benefits.
    One of only handful of companies in this business.

    Cons

    The owners' name (Koch brothers) does not have a good reputation. Research about the Koch Brothers, they are big funders of Climate Change Denial, and bully Republican congressmen (and own Mike Pence).
    Equipment, people, and systems still stuck in 1980s.
    Very inefficient, archaic, wasteful systems.
    There daily fires to put out, because the systems are lacking, all the while you are falling behind in some paper based work that is not leveraging technology. The systems and supervisors are barely Y2K compliant.
    Most people are only interested in Empire Preservation, don't change anything and just keep going to retirement.
    The Koch Business System (MBM) values are spoken of lots in the top, but no one on the ground understands any of it, let alone lives it.
    If you want to appreciate anything old, WORK HERE.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being afraid to make changes because the laggards have been with the company too long, and cost too much to payout.
    What's holding your company back is The Tail Wagging The Dog. And the tail only cares to cruise to retirement. That's fine if that is this company's goal also.
    WHY are some people untouchable no matter how many fingers and issues point to them ?
    PEOPLE ARE NOT TOOLS.

    Koch Industries Response

    Feb 14, 2018 – KII Human Resources

    We’re sorry you feel this way. Absolutely, people are not tools, which is why our Guiding Principles instruct us to treat others with honesty, dignity, respect, and sensitivity. We encourage all... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Thankful for a career at Koch!"

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

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

    Pros

    Principled Leadership, Talented Employees, Open Environment, No Pretense, Contribution-based rewards

    Cons

    Individual supervisor competency is critical - which can create some variability in employee experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - and continue to listen with the intent to understand!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Seek other opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a pay check.

    Cons

    If you are liked by management you have chance. If you are a great worker and not in good with management you will be held back and stuck. Annual raises are not given automatically you have the annual review then they decide to review for a raise of which if you get will take 3-6 months to show on your check and is not, repeat not retro so you only make that amount on paper. Invest in a leadership team who values hardworking individuals and leave clicks behind! If I could rate a zero I would! Don't waste your time unless you know upper management very well and are already someone they like. Don't go to HR with a problem it is not kept confidential at all. I read some negative reviews before i took the job and didn't believe it could be that bad. Believe it I know firsthand it is.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new team of managers who know the value of a loyal hardworking employee as you are only as good as your leadership team.

    Koch Industries Response

    Jan 9, 2018 – Social Media Manager

    Thanks for your feedback - we’re sorry you feel this way. We do encourage employees to share their ideas and concerns openly (or anonymously through our Guideline) to help hold one another... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    No politics, almost flat organization, rewards for hard work is recognized, great place to learn and develop.

    Cons

    Cross business collaboration is not encouraged

    Advice to Management

    Increase investment in IT, machine learning and data science


  10. "Great place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, management is very supportive

    Cons

    organization is always changing, sometimes it gets really political


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