Knife River Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2022

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3.6
79%
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Knife River CEO Dave Barney
Dave Barney
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "Working for Knife River has been the best experience I have ever had(in 9 reviews)

  • "Great people, good pay, excellent benefits including 3% 401K match, and annual profit sharing(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours and travel a decent amount(in 8 reviews)

  • "The downside to Knife River is that opportunities are limited to how well the local economy fares in the areas where they work(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Versatile

      Jun 12, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Versatile, lots of hours, located in several states

      Cons

      Required to travel a lot

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      OK job

      May 17, 2022 - Truck Driver in Boise, ID
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Seasonal work don't have much to say

      Cons

      Don't care much about employees

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      My time at Knife

      May 4, 2022 - Concrete Carpenter in Boise, ID
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The guys I work with are awesome! Always a good time at work with them.

      Cons

      Lots of out of town travel

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Decent pay but not treated the best

      Mar 23, 2022 - Production Member in Spokane, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      pay , Overtime, company functions

      Cons

      abusive management, favorites are promoted, won't train, slow advancement, tops out at $28,

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Pay is good

      Mar 7, 2022 - Equipment Operator in Bryan, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Supervisor is very laid back Paid lunches Home everyday

      Cons

      No hours (35-40/wk) Have to eat fast to get paid No drive time between jobs, meaning if you ride with crew, only driver gets paid. Will lower your hourly just because you mess up.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Large Corporation conundrum

      Feb 22, 2022 - Business Analyst in Sioux Falls, SD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great fringe benefits, flexible scheduling

      Cons

      extremely slow-moving verticle corporate decision making and lack of innovation.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      An Excellent Place to Spend Your Career

      Jan 28, 2022 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work environment with very positive team interactions Great pay Great benefits Good work love balance

      Cons

      Some projects may require long work hours, nights and weekends. Common working hours of the heavy civil construction industry.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Steady hours

      Feb 7, 2022 - Scale Technician 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Weekends off, friendly coworkers and customers.

      Cons

      Outdated computer software and company politics get old.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Intern

      Jan 19, 2022 - Intern - Hourly in Casper, WY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Tons of knowledge obtained, great crews to work with

      Cons

      Equipment is in poor shape, breakdowns occur daily

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Upper management needs help.

      Feb 2, 2022 - Mechanic in Casper, WY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Shop manager is great. Doesn’t micromanage and believes in your abilities. Shop crew and field crews are awesome to work with, great group of knowledgeable guys and gals.

      Cons

      Favoritism runs deep. It’s not what you know but who you know. Nepotism with friends is a real problem. Pay is on the lower end of the spectrum for this industry. You can bust your hump day in and day out while watching others literally stand around on their phones and bs-ing and they’ll still expect more from you. If you EVER think you’ll get a raise, think again. They’ll promise it in writing on your job offer but it won’t happen. You’d think the company was broke the way they downright refuse to even give you an evaluation. You could save the company thousands and thousands of dollars and not so much as even be considered. 90 days means nothing other than PTO starts to accrue for your 40 hours. And that’s all you’ll ever get is 40 hours. No paid holidays either. Management needs major help, as they look at you as a warm body and nothing more. You are beneath them. Health insurance may be paid by the company but good luck getting the insurance to pay anything other than GP visits. Unless you’re in upper management, this is merely a job, not a career.

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    Knife River has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5, based on over 98 reviews left anonymously by employees. 79% of employees would recommend working at Knife River to a friend and 77% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -6% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Knife River employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.8 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Knife River. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.

    79% of Knife River employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Knife River 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.5 for culture and values and 3.8 for career opportunities.

    According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Knife River to be career development, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be culture, diversity and inclusion, management.

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