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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • Do not work to ensure employee has a work/life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Unless you are upper management you are just a number (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Applications Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, good benefits. Definitely a place to build a long term career.

    Cons

    Company has bonus program, but is secretive on its amount and requirements for meeting. This isn't a big con, but it would be nice to know what it takes to get it.

    Advice to Management

    Make bonus program more visible. A bonus program doesn't make a good incentive to employees when no one knows what it is or what it takes to earn.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Assistant in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Assistant in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a good place to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Unless you are upper management you are just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from employees and take action on items that are discussed


  3. Helpful (2)

    "KII Review"

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

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

    Pros

    The best culture and group of people I've ever worked with. The challenge culture is something that is invaluable for an employer to embrace and promote, and the expectation of everyone to challenge the status quo drives great dialog and breeds a culture of innovation. KII is a large enterprise with an abundance of opportunity, and for the most part the mental model to select first on values and beliefs creates a competitive advantage.

    Cons

    Senior management at the corporate level is somewhat disconnected from what employees value and modern work practices in the market. Based on anecdotal evidence and hard facts I've been exposed to, KII is falling behind the market in digital business, work/life balance, some benefits, and non-financial incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge yourselves to be more receptive to radical change in the way the modern workplace operates. Listen to those that have the most exposure to front-line employees, and shift some of your older mental models.


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  5. "Good people hard to promote"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Expeditor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Expeditor in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice facilities, friendly people. Manufacturing jobs are all in a climate controlled environment.

    Cons

    If not maintaining a high profit percentage (more than 25%) no pay raises.
    May layoff without prior notice.

    Advice to Management

    Use the guidelines given by the owner when evaluating employee value.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (2)

    "Koch Business Solutions Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  8. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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. "Koch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, convenient location, good people

    Cons

    Regular lay-offs; salary freeze; management heavy


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