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McKinstry Reviews

Updated June 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people, interesting work, great work/life balance" (in 19 reviews)

  • "They provide great benefits and Seattle culture" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Company is growing too fast with solid middle management" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Career path may not be right for some" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture for employees.

    Cons

    Van pools and parking for employees


  2. "Misguided, misaligned and not organized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really talented people work there, especially in engineering. Flexible schedule. Nice office.

    Cons

    Project management is non existent; asking anyone on the project team the schedule or budget leads to blank stares. Long hours without paid OT. Way too many non-valuable meetings. Bonus is non existent. Too many job titles. Incredibly segmented. Don’t trust management. Too much philanthropy; not enough focus on actually doing projects with excellence.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t force the Seattle culture on other offices! It doesn’t work there. Blue net should be wiped out immediately. Provide clearer, more concise communication.

  3. "Journey Tech"

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    Former Employee - Journey Tech Sound & Comm
    Former Employee - Journey Tech Sound & Comm
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    McKinstry is very innovative and tends to stay ahead of the curve. Support is good but mostly on the high end jobs. Job safety is a huge priority at McK.

    Cons

    Small (aka: not Microsoft or Amazon) jobs/sites tend to get less support from management, in my experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Place equal interest on every jobsite, no matter how big or small.


  4. "Business Operations Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Coordinator
    Current Employee - Business Operations Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture because ownership, management and employees care and work to make things better. Job has some flexibility, focus on work-life balance, people are smart, dedicated and treat co-workers and clients with respect.

    Cons

    Salary, raises and bonuses are on the low end. Navigating career advancement is not always easy. Sometimes everyone is too busy to balance workload.


  5. "Outstanding culture!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Outstanding leadership from the C-suite
    Truly committed to their values
    Private company means they aren't just worried about the bottom line

    Cons

    Some of the satellite offices don't get the same level of support as the Seattle campus

    Advice to Management

    Stay committed to valuing your people.


  6. "Electrical Design Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinstry part-time

    Pros

    The BLUE internship experience provided lots of insight on how to network after college.

    Cons

    As with many consulting jobs, the work isn't constant.


  7. "An innovative company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time

    Pros

    An innovative company that is dedicated to its employees.

    Cons

    None. Historically the industry has not been innovative.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "3 Years in."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time

    Pros

    Lower levels are non-exempt, which allows you to work more, learn more, and earn more.

    Cons

    Little training and expert leadership to help directly


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Management Issues"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Individual teams can work well together. Company is working across the board to standardize. They do try to listen to employee concerns and feedback. A company who talks big about work-life balance and the importance of their employees but may not always deliver. Offers decent perks and incentives and overall the culture tries to be cohesive, employee focused, and positive. The company is making efforts to grow and increase margin and profits. Employee earning incentives have been somewhat defined but still remain subjective to management opinions and vague.

    Cons

    I have worked at a few large and successful companies and McKinstry is run like it grew too fast. Engineers occupy middle management positions but haven’t learned management and interpersonal skills, resulting in condescending inefficient management and unhappy, stressed employees. Upper management is well intentioned and tries hard but is somewhat disconnected. Some management is a good-old-boys club and plays favorites with the lower level staff, leaving the hard working employees unnoticed and unhappy and wondering why so-and-so got promoted. “Talking big and showing your face a lot goes a long way here.” McKinstry’s turnover speaks for itself. Those who have stuck around have either bought into the management culture or just learned to put up with it. There are a lot more young and old staff and not as many mid-career professionals. McKinstry is big on internal job descriptions, and less on actual outside experience. Have seen them tell employees transitioning from other industries that their previous experience is irrelevant(see middle management issue above).

    Seattle office seems decent, with pockets of dysfunction, but they are trying hard. Portland office is a joke and all the good people left or were laid off. Spokane office does well and somewhat ignores the drama with the rest of the company. The few other satellite offices run mostly independently while sharing resources.

    Overall it can be a good place to build experience, given the right manager and team and a breadth of client work to get experience with, but the idea of building a long-term career there seems somewhat unsure. If you can put your head down and work hard, great, but you won’t move up unless you make yourself more visible to the iffy middle-managers, which can add stress to the day-to-day. Poorly scheduled or undersold projects add stress to the employees doing the actual work under the strain of a tight schedule and budget

    Advice to Management

    Require management training for managers. Provide more incentives for productive employees, and define how that is measured. Offer more training objectives and team planning opportunities to help everyone advance their careers, otherwise every young professional will continue simply using the company as a steppingstone to what they really want.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Mckinstry = Watermelon - Green on the outside and red on the inside"

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

    I worked at McKinstry full-time

    Pros

    Good field staff and good work life balance

    Cons

    salary, career path, and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    There is a disconnect between what the company thinks of itself and the reality that employees experience. Leadership is weak and always puts themselves before their employees.


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