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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. "computer configuration"

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    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


  2. "Senior Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    Money was ok. If you make friends with the right people you will move up.

    Cons

    Really too many to list. My experience there was miserable. Some people hate their jobs, working here makes you hate your life. Management is incredibly dishonest. They do not even make an effort to live by the principles that they post on every wall.

    Advice to Management

    Just live by the principles that you are always promoting.

    Koch Industries Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    We're sorry to hear your description of your work experience, but thank you for sharing your perspective. We encourage all employees to voice their feedback or concerns at any time, as it's... More

  3. "Avoid here if possible"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Wichita, KS
    Former Intern - Intern in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern

    Pros

    The salary was a huge plus, but that isn't a huge issue while living in Wichita Kansas.

    Cons

    They claim that they don't have "buzzwords," however I heard "value, success factors" about 100 times in one meeting. They are very old fashioned and traditional. Exactly 8 to exactly 5 is the work day, no flex hours or long lunches. Be prepared to wear business professional everyday. Your boss could have an MBA from Harvard but could be paid less then your co-worker who has a degree form Wichita State. They compensate based on how much "value" you can bring to Koch and how much you buddied up with the higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be flexible with hours, attire, and etc. With younger professionals joining the work force they are going to be looking for these, and Koch doesn't have them.

    Koch Industries Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback. We understand that our culture might not appeal to everyone. Fortunately, it has been a good fit for the majority of our interns. Over the past decade, more than... More


  4. "Senior Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There really weren't many at all

    Cons

    Basically hated their employees

    Advice to Management

    Be honest


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Voice analyst"

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    Former Employee - Voice Analyst in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Voice Analyst in Green Bay, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience with multiple different systems and great customers. The company services several domestic and foreign companies. The culture represents respect from all employees.

    Cons

    Company is down sizing and considering outsourcing much of its work. The company focus has gone largely to meet the bottom dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing

    Koch Industries Response

    May 26, 2017 – HR Recruiter

    Thank you for your feedback! We agree, we work with great customers and we also appreciate your comment on a respectful work environment, that is something we are very proud of. An environment where... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "No room to move up. They try and keep you down."

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There aren't any pros in this company. We are just bodies

    Cons

    Turn over is high and your job is not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Have none that the would listen to

    Koch Industries Response

    Apr 25, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Feedback is a valuable learning tool. As stated in our Guiding Principles, we are desirous that all employees find fulfillment and meaning in their... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries as an intern

    Pros

    Good pay for an intern

    Cons

    People are not nice
    Long hours
    Boring work
    Repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    be nicer. do not down talk other firms

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Upper Management is Disconnected"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Immediate colleagues are great. The work provides room to grow and refines your skill set as no two jobs are the same.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected and they don't seek to understand. The culture is not as described, and it starts from the top.

    Advice to Management

    When you value and respect your employees, then the results will come. Invest in your employees as much as you invest in closing a deal to ensure they have the necessary support to get the job done. You can sale all the product in the world on paper, but without your employees. . . You simply can't deliver. Preriod.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Culture not as described"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work provides an opportunity for diverse experiences with a different challenge to be responded to on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Koch Industries is a large organization with many sectors, each sector having multiple business units. In my experience and observations, the Koch Company culture that is written about in the books authored by the company president and bragged about during the recruitment phase doesn't seem to exist at Koch Heat Transfer.

    Advice to Management

    Run the business as if your most important resource is your employees and you will find success. Seek to understand the people on the team and the value they bring; the best organizations are open and collaborative. Consider reading The Science of Success and Good Profit and applying the ideas in the books.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Run!"

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    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot in a short period of time.

    Cons

    They market themselves as having work life balance when it is not at all. I specially chose not to go into public as I know I didn't want that life style but Koch is very much churn & burn mindset. There is also a disconnect between the KS office & ATL office that often times makes it hard to do your job. Too much turnover & quick to fire people.


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