Kimley-Horn and Associates

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Kimley-Horn and Associates Reviews

Updated 6 December 2014
Updated 6 December 2014
171 Reviews
4.6
171 Reviews
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Kimley-Horn and Associates President John C. Atz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great profit sharing and benefits program that rewards employees for their contributions (in 21 reviews)

  • You are surrounded by motivated and talented people, and the one-profit center culture really minimizes internal competitive inclination (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • There was no work/life balance and it was not uncommon to work 60-80 hours some weeks (in 24 reviews)

  • The engineering field in general is a stressful profession and expectations are high (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, sweatshop environment...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some very talented people and have many excellent resources at your fingertips. There are opportunities for advancement if you are willing to put in the time. Training brownbag lunches almost every week with lunch provided most of the time.

    Cons

    Depending on your ranking, you must remain over 40-44 hours billable each week in order to take time off (including holidays) and still meet your quota at the end of the year - essentially you don't have paid time off because you work for every hour you take. Office activities or "fun" events, training events, and a good amount of meetings are obviously non billable so plan on putting in at least 50 hours a week to meet your quota and upwards of 60 if your busy (you most likely will be very busy). Salary is based on an internal ranking system and not on the value you bring to the organization...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time, cost and quality - you get to pick two and demanding for all three is just being greedy... share the wealth or give real paid time off...

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

    Professional Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Engineer

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great firm. Excellent/Unmatched benefits in the Civil Engineering consulting industry. Highly ethical firm, great people and highly collaborative.

    Cons

    Career growth decided by hit/miss of which team you join. If you have the backing and strong support of a Principal, you can rise very fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with opppourtunity for advancement

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates

    Pros

    strong oppourtunity for personal growth

    Cons

    some project managers dont have strong managerial skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    assign specific managers on ability to lead rather than win work

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    They will keep you working with promises of grandeur.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EIT in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - EIT in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The experience, 401k, and occasional free lunch.

    Cons

    The company is not up front with the pay scale. New hires are brought in at a P-0, which is hourly. After your 3 month interview, you get a $500 yearly raise and are moved to a salary system. Negotiate your py up front. They won't change it later. Also plan on rediculous "UT" goals. (Hours billed to a project vs admin hours). They say 96% or less depending on your p scale. They expect +120% . Also plan on way over 50 hours a week (no overtime). The last few months have been over 60. You NEVER know when you get to go home. This makes having a personal life very difficult. The employee turnaround is also very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforceme your company working hours. Extra effort is good, but you are killing g your reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learned a lot but wayyyyyyyyyyyyy overworked!

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    Former Employee - Landscape Architect Analyst in Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect Analyst in Saint Paul, MN (US)

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was able to collaborate with many different professionals. Compensation was decent and the work environment was conducive. Lots of opportunities to meet people and do fun activities within the office. Excellent benefits and profit sharing. High match on 401k.

    Cons

    Unfortunately much of the work was very cookie-cutter--so much so that some designs could literally be cut from one project and placed directly into another with no revision whatsoever. There was very little room for professional growth unless you are willing to sacrifice sleep. There was no work/life balance and it was not uncommon to work 60-80 hours some weeks. For the amount of work, compensation was not very high but this is typical in the field I presume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for upward mobility based on efficiency and design abilities rather than number of hours worked. Stop micromanaging. Step outside of the box more on design conceptualization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Administration in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Administration in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    pay, benefits awesome love this company!

    Cons

    there are no cons...awesome group of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Workaholic Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time

    Pros

    1. There are many very nice, engaging, and intelligent people who work there.
    2. The work can be challenging and allow you to learn new things.
    3. There are interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    1. Please look at the "Rating Trends" for this company. There was a huge spike in their rating, this was obviously due to management having employees write bogus good reviews to boost their percentage.
    2. Time off whether it is a holiday or vacation just means that you will have to work extra hours when you get back to make up for the work you missed. Another option is to take work with you on "vacation". Everyone talks about how when they take vacations they always take work with them.
    3. During a normal work week expect to work between 50-60 hours. While their normal work week minimum is 45 hours it is very rare that anyone works that little. Oh, and these hours of course do not include lunches, or 15 minute breaks because almost everyone works through lunch and never take breaks. If you wanted to take a lunch break there is no designated break area where you can go so the layout of the office facilitates this workaholic attitude.
    4. UT (basically your billable hours) is extremely important. So much so that people will not be willing to help you unless what they are working on is billable.
    5. This is not a place for people who want to have a family or a life outside of the office.
    6. There is no training for new staff. Everyone is too busy working to take time to train you on anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have heard management talk about wanting younger staff to not copy their workaholic lifestyle. However, this is what you model and it has been clearly shown that the only way to get ahead is to put in the same crazy hours. Senior staff with children often have a stay at home parent, rarely get to see their children, or are forced to work on a "reduced schedule" (which still means working 40+ hours a week to keep up with demand). Please stop modeling this cycle or you will have a lot of good staff burnout or dread going to work everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Reaping what you sow

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimley-Horn and Associates full-time (more than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Growth Potential

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    • 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 (more than an 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

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