Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated 20 September 2014
Updated 20 September 2014
160 Reviews
4.5
160 Reviews
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Kimley-Horn and Associates President John C. Atz
John C. Atz
122 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great profit sharing and benefits program that rewards employees for their contributions (in 20 reviews)

  • You are surrounded by motivated and talented people, and the one-profit center culture really minimizes internal competitive inclination (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • But there are supports in place for work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The engineering field in general is a stressful profession and expectations are high (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good advancement opportunities but work/life balance is way off

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flat structure and a clear career path to eventual licensure and ownership. Great people left and right, management has their heads in the right place in training/mentorship programs, from top to bottom. Single profit center protects against loss of incentive due to local downturn or regional factors. Strong values and emphasis on training new hires. Always competing for top work and get experience on many different types of projects.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a struggle. There's an unhealthy culture where new hires come in and mistakenly believe it is normal and expected to stay late every night, which continues the vicious cycle. The "5:30 walk of shame" is real and leaving on time can be very awkward. Many type-A's thrive in this and literally live for their work, but many, many more have burned out or quit once they had kids.

    401k matching and year-end profit sharing, nearly 20% of total compensation, is withheld from new hires until a year of employment. Not to mention, no overtime for full-time employees beyond what is required by law.

    Young professionals are required to put in ~10 hours/month on top of everything else to complete training programs that you cannot count towards your goal "utilization" performance metric. Completion of the programs are required for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stingy in rewarding young professionals who take on extra responsibilities. Some type of overtime compensation and 401k matching are pretty standard in the industry, delaying these will continue to drive away the talent you're investing time in to. The Glassdoor PR campaign, it's transparent and misleading, look at "Rating Trends" if you don't know what I'm talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Reaping what you sow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Having worked at a half a dozen companies over the many years, Kimley-Horn is honest about the similar level of effort required elsewhere and rewards you for what you do. From "surprise" gifts to the performance based recognition (financial and other) throughout the year, the overall benefits are definitely better. The ability to take on more responsibilities and promotions for performers are readily available, plus they will provide added training for to help you grow...

    Cons

    Having the right fit in any organization is important, and Kimley-Horn is not for everyone. For those who work hard and have a passion for what they do, this is the right place....but again, not for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The Firm that Loves Workaholics and Very High Profit Margins.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Join if you have the following qualities:
    1. Extremely low learning curves (training will apply to your "extra efforts" time sheet NOT your Utilization time sheet which is basically what you will live by in this company) (Utilization = How many hours of your time sheet can be billed, you should expect to be at a 98% pretty much all the time)
    2. Entrepreneur spirit and consistent income from ongoing projects (the moment income stops rolling in, the downward spiral will begin)
    3. Are a serious workaholic meaning having a tough time achieving a work/life balance.

    All I can say is that analysts are usually very nice people and pay/benefits are great. Can't say the same from upper management.

    Cons

    1. Time off means having to make up those hours at some point to achieve the required UT goal.
    2. Clock out time is not at 5:30 pm, most of the time is way beyond that.
    3. Make sure that if you are entry level, ask for an extensive training program.
    4. You are not just an engineer, you are expected to be highly billable, very sociable to be put in front of the client, extremely efficient in your tasks, work comes before anything mentality. If you do not possess all these skills, be prepared to have a hard time.
    5. Bottom line is that your sole purpose in that company is to become a Practice Builder (Basically a Project Manager of your practice within the company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A place where people can flourish....................................hmmmmm doubtful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Limited Growth Potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Analyst  in  Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Design Analyst in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I appreciated being able to work on a wide range of projects. There are also several opportunities to get to know senior staff.

    Cons

    There was limited opportunity for professional growth. The senior staff were protective of their jobs and ideas at the cost of not listening to younger staff. The work environment also felt oppressive to people who valued family. Some employees engaged in taking bets on how long female staff would last after having children. The high minimum expectations for hours in the office left many people burned out or simply absent from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend hiring management with a focus on continued learning. There is always the need to adapt to new work and economic challenges. Having managers who are open to their own growth and education will allow them to value the insight of others and ultimately make the company more profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Kimley-Horn is a great company - fun culture - great perks - awesome bonus program!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There's something uniquely different about Kimley-Horn in the way you are treated, accepted, and given the opportunity to expand your career in a short amount of time. It's a family atmosphere - everyone looks out for each other and helps to groom your success.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for strictly technical engineering professionals. You will be more successful if you enjoy working with clients, interacting with a team, and wanting to win project work over time. If you like to work "in a cave" at a computer all day without interacting with others, this is probably not the right firm for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Fantastic Place to Work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, benefits, team atmosphere, recognition. The people at Kimley-Horn are absolutely the best! Client service is top priority, and employees have a client first attitude.

    Cons

    Expectations are high, but if you're the right person for Kimley-Horn, you already have high expectations for yourself. Employees are extremely dedicated to serving clients (both external and internal), so at times work/life balance can be a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    learned a tremendous amount from my colleagues.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Landscape Analyst
    Former Employee - Landscape Analyst

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great entry-level experience. My colleagues and managers wanted me to grow and gave me the skills to do so. Great salary, benefits and bonuses.

    Cons

    work/ life balance was always a struggle. Meeting billable hours when there were not always enough hours to go around, was stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify client types, i.e. more public sector work

  9.  

    The place I want to retire!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The opportunities for career growth, recognition, rewards, benefits are truly at the top of the industry...the culture of helping others and sharing work contributes to the success of the firm

    Cons

    This firm is not meant for everyone - to be successful here, you must be committed to extra effort, selfless partnership, and exceeding aggressive goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great environment for success!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  Orange, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Orange, CA (US)

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best engineering firm to work for. Great people.
    Smart management with practical approach to running the business.
    No bureaucracies. Flat organization focused on roles and responsibilities vs. titles
    Great rewards. Team/family environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. The company emphasizes business fundamentals and exceptional client service which sometimes may appear to conflict with work /life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic place to work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people at Kimley-Horn are top notch. In my over 11 year tenure at Kimley-Horn, I haven't met a person I didn't like. If you don't like the people you work with, you'll be miserable and that has not been my experience at all. There are also plenty of perks and benefits that go a long way to making it an even better place to work. They aren't afraid to share the success of the firm with everyone.

    Cons

    It takes hard work and dedication to be successful serving clients. It can be very demanding and requires a delicate balance of work and life.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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