Knife River

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Knife River Reviews

Updated 19 November, 2014
Updated 19 November, 2014
13 Reviews
3.4
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company with a diverse group of co workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Williston, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Williston, ND (US)

    I have been working at Knife River full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    lots of jobs with overtime

    Cons

    winters in the state of North Dakota

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It used to be a great company before Knife River purchased the company

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sauk Rapids, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Sauk Rapids, MN (US)

    I worked at Knife River full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    MDU resources (parent of Knife River) did infuse considerable capital into the financial mix

    Cons

    It was a great company when it was privately owned. MDU resources/knife river came in and turned from a great company to work for to a lousy company to work for. Thier initial position was that they would let original company run on it's own and 'just send them the money'. After a while they decided they weren't getting enough money and started to micro-manage the company. I won't say that it is now a great company to work for but it is certainly great not to be associated with Knife River/MDU resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place To Work

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

    I have been working at Knife River full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great People and good pay

    Cons

    Tough to find good help as it is anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The recession derailed Knife River's vision to become a great company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knife River

    Pros

    The best thing about Knife River is that you can settle down in a community and don't have to move around like most people in the construction industry have to do.

    Cons

    The downside to Knife River is that opportunities are limited to how well the local economy fares in the areas where they work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company while it still has value to someone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, so long as you're ready to.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR (US)

    I worked at Knife River full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were generally great to be around. The lab was clean and well-maintained. Safety was of the highest priority.

    Cons

    The hours were long. I worked 10-hour days, and was still often the first one to leave for the day.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding company with great market share

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative - Concrete in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative - Concrete in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Knife River part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to work, knowldgable people,

    Cons

    Pay needs to be adjusted upwards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay is needed to match industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair place to work, good pay and bennies, erratic schedule sometimes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Bismarck, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Bismarck, ND (US)

    I have been working at Knife River full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are generally good, with occasionally more overtime than you can handle. Generally, we are working with good equipment, and until the recession hit it was well taken care of - still not too bad. Normally, you can decline duty that takes you out of town and away from family. If you have a decent attitude and knowledge, you can expect others of your work rank to support you and throw down their best most days. We generally take a week or so off during the holidays so everyone can be with their families on Christmas. We have no paid vacation or sick days/pay, but overall are able to have days off on the bigger holidays. Generally, you can always voice concerns and problems.

    Cons

    In my experience, management is big on talk but short on action. If you are used to an involved problem solving interaction, likely you will be frustrated at having to deal with long term issues which are always talked about but seldom confronted and solved. If you happen to be an employee who is experienced and cognizant of company efficiency and financial matters, you might be frustrated at the waste that occurs in a larger company, often because your management team refuses to listen to any opinions but their own. As with most construction companies, your personal time evaporates a good share of the year. Lack of sleep and bizarre work schedules can and do raise serious safety issues. Lastly, if you are a person who remembers mistakes and looks ahead trying to dodge bad situations and problems, KR is equal to most others - we see the same issues year after year with little cooperation from management in effecting positive change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and realize that your rank and file employees may have knowledge and experience which will help a great deal with working conditions and your bottom line. A condescending attitude towards them, along with the idea that a title somehow infers infallibility in decision-making and knowledge, is pretty arrogant. Those of us who get dirty for a living are daily pushed for real productivity; we get frustrated with poor decisions and long timelines being pushed downstream. It has been my experience in KR that it's better to tackle the problem and hope for a good outcome than to wait on a direction that never comes. Lastly, most times there is no reason to work extremely long hours or bizarre schedules - you're basically running a vehicle on flat tires when everyone's exhausted. Better to work smarter than harder.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    the employees are nice to work with all but a few

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    Former Employee - Formen in Williston, ND (US)
    Former Employee - Formen in Williston, ND (US)

    I worked at Knife River full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    money isn't bad and some eployees

    Cons

    the management on the top in northeastern ND need some major help. In over there heads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They will get it sooner or later.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merit was largely a hindrance leading to several years of disappointment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knife River

    Pros

    The company is part of a larger utility group and therefore can withstand the bumps of an unsteady economy. Some managers are good people.

    Cons

    Senior management is completely unaware of the skills and abilities of its own people. They insulate themselves almost completely from what's going on. The new President loathes technology and is one of the few executives in the world that doesn't recognize the importance of technology and sees it only as a way for employees to waste time. He'd rather we all used abaci

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making decisions about who to promote and who to RIF, actually talk to employees who work with those people. Make decisions based on merit instead of who your friends are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Sherwood, OR (US)

    I have been working at Knife River

    Pros

    Company Vehicle
    Casual workplace
    Great overtime opportunity

    Cons

    Long work hours in the summer

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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