A look at workforce solutions company Kronos (plus advice for getting hired)

Kronos Incorporated is a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions in addition to a leading provider of impressive company culture. The company, headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, is dedicated to creating a better workforce for its customers and its employees. Learn all about the organization, including information on its open vacation policy and how to get hired there.

Kronos rundown

Size: Kronos has more than 6,000 employees worldwide.

Industry: Computer software

Locations: The company’s headquarters is in Lowell, Massachusetts, but in total it has 65 different office locations spread across more than a dozen countries. Other locations in the U.S. include Indianapolis, New Jersey, Kentucky, Orlando, and Irvine, Calif., among others; internationally, we have offices in Montreal and Toronto; Mexico City; the U.K.; Noida, India; Australia and New Zealand; and China, among others.

Founded: 1977

CEO: Aron Ain

Mission: “Kronos offers the industry’s most powerful suite of tools and services to manage and engage your entire workforce from pre-hire to retire,” the company’s website states. “And because workforce needs are constantly changing, Kronos solutions are designed to evolve with you to help meet the challenges you face every day — regardless of your industry or where you do business.”

How much do Kronos employees make?

The average salary for a Kronos Incorporated employee is $116,559 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Kronos Jobs

The company is currently hiring for a Technology Consultant and a Business Systems Analyst in Professional Services to work in the company’s in Indianapolis, Indiana office. The headquarters in Lowell, Massachusetts is looking for a Project Manager III and an Information Security Analyst to join the team. View Ladders’ Kronos Jobs page for a full list of open roles and information on how to apply.

Kronos company culture

“We focus on our culture every day. It represents who we are and how we do what we do, and how we treat each other and how we support each other, and how we care about each other. So, our culture is dominated by characteristics such as collaboration and open communication and transparency.

Ain tells employees that if Kronos is the most important thing in their lives, they have their priorities mixed up, which is why the company offers offers unlimited vacation days to employees.

“Our open vacation policy, the big deal about it has not been that people take lots more full days off…they leave at three o’clock to go to a child’s sporting event or take an elderly parent to the doctor or go to the dentist themselves or go home because the dog walker didn’t show up or whatever it is,” Ain said. “It liberates them to live their life while they’re still working hard on behalf of Kronos and our customers. I think that differentiates us, quite frankly.”

According to Ain, the company can afford to act in these ways because of its most important value: trust.

“I believe trust is the magic glue that holds relationships together, and so super duper important for us, that we trust each other,” Ain said. “When we trust each other, we liberate people, we liberate managers, we liberate individual employees. It’s core to our culture in that way.”

What it takes to get hired

Kronos is determined to hire top performers, so those who can emphasize proven past performance will have an advantage.

With that being said, the company places equal emphasis on technical and behavioral competencies. Cultural alignment is extremely important to us. In fact, 40% of an employee’s annual performance rating is based on behavioral competencies around how they are accountable to themselves, their colleagues, our customers, and the company. When interviewing at Kronos, it’s important to be honest, authentic, and humble while showing you’ll align with our culture of caring.

Office life

The most important aspect of the Kronos company culture is that Kronites care. They care about each other, our families, our customers, and our communities.

Kronites also care about the importance of great managers. They believe that employees typically join companies because of what they read or hear about that brand, but they often leave because of who they work for, which is why they put great emphasis on the employee-manager relationship. Twice a year, employees are given the opportunity to rate their direct manager against key traits they found make for a great leader at Kronos.

Using this Manager Effectiveness Index (MEI) initiative, they found that great managers improve retention, engagement, and overall performance. Since rolling out MEI, the company’s employee engagement scores have seen new record heights of 89% globally.

Two of those key traits that are measured as part of the MEI are trust and transparency, which are two more aspects of the Kronos culture. Employees trust each other to get the job done and get the job done well. And trust goes both ways, from manager to employee and vice versa. Trust is fortified by a commitment to communication and transparency, from the top on down, according to the company.

Interview advice from CEO Aron Ain

“Learn about the company and think about what you want to do, and then go for it,” Ain said, when asked what advice he would give to someone interviewing at the company. “I think we’re a great company, and we’d love people to consider having Kronos be a spot for them.

According to Ain, Kronos has 300 positions open currently and the company will be hiring 1,500 people this year.

“I always tell people, ‘When you go to interviews, be honest and be yourself,'” Ain said. “Don’t try to be someone who you’re not.”

Employee benefits

  • Health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Performance bonus
  • 401K plan
  • Stock options
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Military leave
  • Family medical leave
  • Work from home
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick days
  • Bereavement leave
  • Employee perks

Employee discount

  • Employee assistance program
  • Commuter checks & assistance
  • Company social events
  • Free lunch or snacks
  • Gym membership
  • Travel concierge
  • Professional development
  • Tuition assistance

Employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from two-star reviews titled “good CEO, rough engineering department” to five-star reviews titled “BEST company I’ve ever worked for!”

“Company culture is positive and feels like a family (even as a remote worker) ,” one reviewer wrote. “Support from my supervisor, colleagues, and executives. Interesting work and can make a difference for customers…we care about customers.”

Overall, the company has great ratings on Glassdoor, with 82% of reviewers agreeing they would recommend the company to a friend and 93% of reviewers agreeing that they approve of the CEO.

Kronos acquisitions

Kronos has acquired over 70 organizations, with the most recent being Optimum HRIS on Oct. 2, 2019.