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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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Pros
  • The Market-Based Management (MBM) is something this is intensely emphasized (in 13 reviews)

  • Koch Industries is a great company to be a part of (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not work to ensure employee has a work/life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • There were definitely some nights with long hours, but that can be expected in any accounting role (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (23)

    "Great culture & huge organization = ample opportunity"

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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

    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)

    "Tax dept"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Director
    Current Employee - Tax Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Tons of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    No cons to note.

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Serangoon (Singapore)
    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Serangoon (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MBM philosophy give different perspective not just to work but also for decisions in personal life. Great workplace culture. People from every background is treated equally.

    Cons

    MBM philosophy on compensation is very different when compared to other companies. Your compensation is based on Long term contribution to the work. Not really bad either.
    It drives Innovation.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, good benefits

    Cons

    There are not many cons with this company


  6. Helpful (1)

    "EST"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Koch Industries full-time

    Pros

    The people are very nice.

    Cons

    Management and leadership is very biased.


  7. "tier2 support / computer build technician"

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    Former Employee - Computer Build Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Computer Build Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked for company that was sold to KOCH

    Cons

    company fired current employees that supported site to automate support demanding work load

    Advice to Management

    had many different young inexperienced managers while employed

    Koch Industries Response

    Aug 1, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    We are constantly looking for ways to optimize our operations and create additional value. Sometimes this means making changes to organizational structure. With regard to acquisitions, we evaluate... More

  8. "Customer Service"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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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

    Great company who values their principles.

    Cons

    Political and can use some flexibility on time and culture.


  9. "Senior Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Ok, for Entry Level, but be ready to move on."

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gain Skills and Knowledge, Great Co-workers.

    Cons

    Very Clique Driven, Culture only followed by workers. Managers ignore all of company mission goals.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Koch Industries Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – KII Human Resources

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, positive and negative. That's how we learn. It is our hope that all employees feel comfortable sharing constructive feedback on their work experience.


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