Koch Industries

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Koch Industries Reviews

Updated 21 January, 2015
Updated 21 January, 2015
60 Reviews
3.1
60 Reviews
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Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles G. Koch
Charles G. Koch
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The core principles and business philosophies are sound and strongly advocated by the owner who is in his mid-70s (in 3 reviews)

  • Intellectual challenge, smart folks and a company that is not afraid to take risks (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor, especially if you work in Atlanta (in 5 reviews)

  • The long hours were due mainly to poor software (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Professionalism in Specialized Engineering Priciples

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Koch Industries as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Koch is a clear thinking Company

    Cons

    Too much travel too often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more specialists, develop technology within, R&D

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    N/A

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Large global company. Well known in the industry.

    Cons

    Low salary. Long distance to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Dead end tax attorney role.

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    Current Employee - Tax Attorney
    Current Employee - Tax Attorney

    I have been working at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Sophisticated, challenging tax work that will stretch your ability to analyze complex issues.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. The only thing I can compare this experience to is an abusive relationship. You can expect to be emotionally abused, ignored, disregarded, publicly shamed and humiliated. The work is highly interesting, but at some point the abusive culture outweighs the interesting tax issues. This is a miserable, depressing environment to work in. You will also be told that bonuses are 50% - 100% of your base in the recruiting process while the reality is they are more in the 7% - 30% range depending upon how long you have been here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. These people revel in making people miserable. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    Nice buildings on local campus

    Cons

    Small town with limited air service

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very reputed and establish company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, TX (US)

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse team of people and get to work in very friendly and manner organisation. They value people and their integrity. Also help establish career growth plan.

    Cons

    very stringent on following MBM principle and would be cultural shock for people moving in from other company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company with greater potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Wichita, KS (US)
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Wichita, KS (US)

    I have been working at Koch Industries as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Corporate culture, people, salary. Awesome place to start learning about what it's like to be in a working environment. Company believes that interns are an investment, and are willing to foster their learning because they could potentially be the future of the company

    Cons

    May collide with some people's political views. Not everyone is a fit. But if you are, it's a great place to be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back

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    Former Employee - IT Management in Wichita, KS (US)
    Former Employee - IT Management in Wichita, KS (US)

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was good.

    Cons

    Very political environment. You always need to watch your back. Doing a good job is not enough at Koch, you have to smooze with the right people and watch out for toxic people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management doesn't really know the culture. It is very cut-throat where people are looking for fault instead of how to work together and improve. I doubt that upper management know how bad it really is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with low potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS (US)

    I worked at Koch Industries full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary. Company follows the KOCH values. They are culture driven, formerly Georgia Pacific. Parent company to several companies.

    Cons

    Senior management needs to listen to people at lower level. Everyone seems unhappy.They place strong emphasis on results and forget about caring for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management spend a lot of time behind closed door instead of out in the open to lead the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Start Off Your Career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Wichita, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in Wichita, KS (US)

    I have been working at Koch Industries as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pays Well
    Benefits
    A Lot of Training
    Leadership

    Cons

    Diversity is not a big part of this company
    Work-Life Balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and build a relationship with lower level workers. They work just as hard as you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company (with small company ideas) struggling to figure out how to successfully absorb very different acquisitions

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Koch Industries

    Pros

    The core principles and business philosophies are sound and strongly advocated by the owner who is in his mid-70s.

    Cons

    A large segment of middle to upper lever managers are from other business cultures and do not fully embrace the guiding principles. It is not a transparent organization. Politics and back room maneuvering still drive decisions and promotions. The owner's direct involvement in driving this culture down below his immediate leaders is likely limited due to physical security issues for him. Plenty of managers promoted from technical ranks but no real leaders. The Peter Principle is in force in many management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top leaders should try to get out of Wichita and get direct feedback from the front lines to understand what is really going on. The message from the front is being cleaned up and deodorized before it gets sent all the way up. Leaders should ask the front line who the "servant leaders" are, and who walks the talk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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