Application Systems Analyst (Former Employee) – Wichita, Kansas – February 14, 2013
Management at this company speak out of both sides of their mouth and they definitely don't know how to lead by example. They place strong emphasis on results and forget about caring for their employees. It is not a nurturing working environment. Management spend a lot of time behind closed door instead of out in the open to lead the team. Email and IM are closely monitored. You can forget about HR. They are there to protect the managers not you. Every thing you say will flow directly back to the managers.
Business Analyst (Former Employee) – Wichita, KS – November 13, 2016
Koch's core values are undeniably the right path for an employee base. Integrity and compliance have always aligned with my common sense. Market Based Management is also a mental model that is very natural to me, and provides an exceptional common vocabulary and mental model. For the most part, there are a lot of great people and a lot of great managers at Koch Industries. I cherished my time there.
On the opportunities side, Koch Business Solutions unit needs an overhaul. Their Applications Group is not competitive with external providers in cost, quality, nor competency, and their arrogance and cronyism are against MBM core principles.
MBM, great core values, great economics-based culture.
Change is slow, corporate politics and cronyism in small pockets.
Process Control Engineer (Former Employee) – Corpus Christi, TX – October 24, 2016
Koch Industries was the best employer I ever worked for... The people and co-workers were nice enough. The management was good and the benefits were good. I learned a lot on this job because I was working with some knowledgeable contractors. Just a great company.
Top Secret (Current Employee) – Wichita, KS – September 21, 2016
Take care of long term employees, strong retirement benefits, entrepreneurial. Work hard and you will be rewarded. Follow the MBM if implemented in your department, really helps stretch your ability to be a team player.
Koch Industries utilize a management methodology called MBM. In theroy this methodology fosters a healthy culture, however after working with two separate companies with in Koch industries I have found that the methodology is not practiced. Upper management does not promote free thinking nor do they allow alignment with industry standards.
Second largest private company, great health benefits
I worked with many talented people here, and generally the work was gratifying. The Market Based philosophy was great as a way to run a business, however there were occasions where it did not seem to be applied consistently.
various positions (Former Employee) – Wichita, KS – May 8, 2013
... and I mean that in the most positive way. Koch is by far one of the most educational and exciting places that I have worked. I had so many opportunities to work in jobs I never thought possible. Their management is spectacular and to be respected. It is a very principled organization with very clear values and approach to everything. The culture may be viewed as a little bit "cultish" to an outsider, but when you are on the inside of it, it always interesting, thought-provoking, and expansive. The comp/benefits were kind of strange when I was there. Bonuses were much too subjective for my taste and could lead to a little brown-nosing. Benefits are excellent. I think of Koch as where I got my MBA. I learned so much, so fast.
excellent leadership / vision, compensation for performance, exciting opportunities, sky is the limit in terms of advancement
not for wimps, not for liberals, no whiners allowed, hq in Wichita
worked as a network and desktop support engineer for multiple companies within the Koch umbrella.
Original manager was great, then got a new one when mine was promoted to a new role. The new manager and I did not get along as I was not a suck up and just did my job.
shortly after that change he hired two new engineers right out of college, had me train them both and then laid me off as both of them did the same job I did for less money as they were brand new and no experience.
Since KS is a right to work state they can let you go without any reason, excuse or explanation. Koch does this ALL the time.
They do not value their employee's or the experience they bring just the bottom line and where you fit in on that value.
good pay and benefits
poor managers that do not help your with advancement, guidance and will replace you with someone cheaper to save on budget in a heart beat.
Tax Intern (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – January 31, 2016
So, I was offered a tax internship with the company. I had actually been looking for audit positions, but thought that doing an internship in tax might provide some valuable experience. I decided to accept the internship - one of the worst mistakes of my life. The problems started literally before my first day. I was to start on a Monday. I got an email the prior Friday afternoon after 4:00 saying that my background check had not been completed, and I couldn't start work until that had been done. I had signed and returned my offer letter fully 2 months before my start date. Figuring management had decided to rescind the offer and that they were just sending me the email and handing off the problem to HR to give me the bad news, I wrote the job off.
Monday, I got a call at 12:30, saying it had been completed and that I needed to go in that day and sign my orientation paperwork. I talked to my manager, and he said that I could just complete it the next day when I came in. Then, the next morning, the manager told me he didn't know whether interns would be getting paid or not. The offer letter had indicated a rather good salary. Doing some calling around, I found out that I was getting paid the salary indicated in my offer letter.
Next issue: I went through a couple of days of training. Then, the manager was asking how it went. After discussing the class content, the manager said - "wait - that's not the job we hired you to do - the information they gave you is all wrong." I then had another class that afternoon, for which the presenter was totally unprepared.more... At this point, I realized I had gotten myself into a total disaster. There were plenty of other things that had happened during that week (way too much to post here), but I went ahead and put in my resignation that evening. The whole experience was miserable. I never have figured out whether it was true incompetence that I was dealing with or if they were just testing me for some reason. The nonsense I saw after I left, though, leads me to surmise that it was incompetence.less
Good pay, and seemed to have a good work / life balance.
industrial service tech (Current Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – March 9, 2016
Not a bad place to work just needs to full fill promises made to people. I worked as a NH3 tech in the refrigeration department . My bosses were very good to me If it wasnt for the trouble maker on third shift I would still be there. Guy had allnight to install new water pump in the boiler i took it out on first shift and had it set to go back in well 16hrs later when i came back in it still wasnt installed, made me so mad i had to install it took me about an hour, just lazy tail people that had know clue of the work they claimed they knew.
Plant Manager (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 25, 2016
6:00am tour facility. 7:30am review production results with staff covering all safety and quality concerns. Set goalls with team. 8:00am send out daily production email to president and vice president. 8:30am daily conference call with corporate. 9:00am safety walk through with an on shift hourly team member. 10:00am reviewed on hand raw materials. 10:30am meet with the purchasing department to discuss materials. 11:00 am conference call with marketing team to discuss material sales and shipments. 12:00pm meet with maintence team to discuss maintenance plan. 1:00pm avaliable to meet with vendors or outside personal. 1:00 pm to 3:00pm 1 to 1's with team members to cover growth oppportunities. 3:00pm conference call with corporate compliance team. 4:00pm conference call with Operations Manager to discuss days results. 5:00pm safety walk through with an on shift hourly team member. 6:00pm review days acitivities.
Worst place to work, a very painful and miserable experience
Tax (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – May 1, 2015
If you value work-life balance and want or have a family this is not the place for you. Be ready for a lot of changes, they will even change your personality.
Acquisitions, liquidations, change in companies structure happens every day and you will work to death and put in long and hard hours.
For minorities (internationals and other races) it's a pathetic place to work, a lot of discrimination, retaliation, hard to get a promotion or get a bonus and there is no diversity.
The management encourages you to be vocal, to share ideas, to ask questions, to challenge them but when you actually do it, they permanently label you a troublemaker.
Always watch your back and "play the game", very high employee turnover rate, they fire and hire people every single day.
They are so under staffed and the offices are overcrowded (consultants are squeezed in a small, stuffy conference room). You will spent a lot of time correcting management mistakes but they will act like and say you did it. Almost all the tax software's and systems at the company are frustrating, slow and old fashioned.
Lastly don't get carried away/misguided by all the media hype about the company, it's all publicity and political.
The pay and benefits are decent. Some co-workers are talented, hardworking and smart
No work life balance, employees back stabbing each other, unhealthy competition for promotions and a lot of discrimination.
The company has grown tremendously, but it is not the easiest place to work. So you get the stability, but will not see a level of compensation, management openness (despite the MBM culture), and mobility like in other companies.
Temporary employee and per contract (Former Employee) – Wichita, KS – January 11, 2016
During my temporary work at Koch industries I felt like I was part of the team and contributed to its success. It was a highly rewarding job. the co-workers were all very loyal, supportive and positive. The hardest part part of the job was to challenge myself daily and to always strive to be the best I can, and that is a great work ethic.