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The metrics on which you are evaluated on are insane. Taking vacation goes against your performance metrics. Pay is solid if you love working long hours. Management in Reston is stricter
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Honestly stay away

Just don’t work for them. This place is littérature a pressure cooker and it’s easy to just burn out there because of how ridiculous their UT rate is. But to each their own
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What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Fair pay for job
  • Ability to learn new things

Wish it was more beneficial

I was excited to start my Internship with KH. I was quickly met with poor management, no "structured" feedback as an Intern. Felt like I was a machine to help them get through their busiest time so management can take PTO. Co-workers are great but burnout is a REAL thing here at KH. Prepare yourself if you accept a job here.
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pay is the main perk

pros: pay is extremely competitive, benefits are really good, bonuses are also high. cons: diversity and inclusion practices are shallow, work expectations are 45 billable hours a week, PTO hurts your utilization, majority white employees, have heard lots of stories about toxic work environments
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Could be better

... significantly better, especially in the office I sit in. Bonuses are great, but be ready to sacrifice an insane amount of personal time at the expense of the job.
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As an hourly employee i do not have to nor am i expected to put in OT. Dont love mandatory travel, pressure to constantly “network” and socialize. Flexibility but required to be in office and micromanaging by certain people. Have to charge time to projects for UT goals.
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Poor management

Deceptive and performative managers exploiting young staff and gossiping nonstop about everyone at all levels. Culture began declining very quickly at start of COVID. Not worth it.
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Its aight

Very solid company. They have you doing alot but leaves you open to improve and grow if you want to. If you want a job where you sit back and dont have to do much or just have to do the bare minimum probably not for you.
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It's Great but Comes with a lot of costs

Kimley-Horn tends to prioritize exploiting their analysts. However - there are great learning opportunities and the pay is great once you're above a certain level.
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Everything comes at a cost

Been working here for about 3.5 years now. My team operates really well and know how to balance workload amongst all team member so that not one person is overloaded. However, I have not heard it is the same even with other teams in the office . I would definitely say my team is an anomaly. Want a bigger bonus? It’s gonna come at a cost of taking on more work/responsibilities.
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Only work here if you want to work here forever.

This company is structured like a law firm you put in your time working tons of hours in hopes of someday making partner. Maybe around age 45 ish. Then you still work hard but your compensation is a lot higher. Work life balance is nearly non existent. If you say you won’t work weekends you are shamed. It’s best for workaholic types. They do provide 10k ish bonuses so that’s nice but they make you work for it.


Always some thing to do.


No work life balance and pay is just ok.
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Great Company of Great People Growing out of its Great Culture

KHA doubled in size in the 3.5 years I was there. I met some inspiring people and the culture and position were perfect for an emerging engineer like myself. However shortly after an organization (region) split and a new HR team the year before, I was terminated after struggling with personal issues that interfered with my job performance. I feel like when I needed to slow down the company was only focused on who could move at the current speed and I was viewed as a liability. Overall, I would recommend KHA to anyone on the engineering field, in hopes that KHA is still the company that hired me.


Culture, compensation, experience and opportunity


Unclear work load, disconnected from home office from shifting
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High pay long hours

Company pays very well, however when they say you will look long hours they are not kidding. Average work days are between 9-12 hours a day. You also have a Utilization score which is a major factor in your yearly bonus. In terms of PTO they "technically" give you PTO but you have to make up that time as it counts against your UT. If you like being married to your job and don't have many other commitments then have at it. If you've got a family I'd find some where else to work. Your time is more important than their money.
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Learned a lot but terrible work life balance

I can't say I didn't learn a lot because I did. However, the UT goals and constant feeling of burnout was not worth my time. PMs are inexperienced and blame analysts. Taking vacation counts against your UT goal so you have to make up hours. Stay away if you value your free time.
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Great team but long hours

Extra work is always expected of you so work/life balance issues and feeling burnout are common. There’s a lot of learning opportunities, great projects, and great staff but you’re always feeling overwhelmed with work.
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Chew You Up; Spit You Out

Worked there pre-COVID. No support or ability to grow career. ‘You’re just an admin’. Management knows nothing about administrative duties/responsibilities. Be prepared to sleep under your desk if there’s ever a hurricane. Butts in the seats are 1000% more important than family to this company. 40 hour work week = 55 hours + with no OT.
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Overall Good

Expect to work 45 to 50 hours a week. You have to really push to diversify what you do on a day to day basis. Good compensation but no overtime. Great place to start out
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No work life balance

You will always work 45/50 hour weeks. There is lots of work and lots of opportunity for growth at a younger age, but if you value your time away from work this isn’t the place for you.
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good company to work for

Good company to work for with great pay and benefits. Stressful sometimes depending on client needs. Great coworkers and company culture - good for young professionals starting their career.
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Fun workplace and helpful

The people were very nice and helpful. Each team was different and built its own culture. With training you have to take advantage when offered otherwise you will either have to figure it out on your own or ask colleagues for help.
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Too much Kool aid

My time here was nothing short of a nightmare. This company is the epitome of a toxic work environment, riddled with poor work-life balance and horrendous management. I implore you to think twice before joining this company.
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2.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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