Clayton Homes
2.6 of 5 53 reviews
www.claytonhomes.com Maryville, TN 5000+ Employees

Clayton Homes Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
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Kevin T. Clayton

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Learning Experience, No Thanks to Management

    Home Office Employee (Former Employee)
    Knoxville, TN

    ProsGood opportunity to learn about multiple industries. Can be a fun work environment, depending on the team and department you work in.

    ConsManagement does not care about training new employees. What you learn here is what you teach yourself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet up to date with society, stop thinking that the more you make the less you have to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    horrible they work you like a slave for what is diserved

    Labor (Former Employee)
    Albany, OR

    ProsOvertime if you enjoy never seeing day light 6am to 6/7pm or later

    Consthe hiring management treat the labors like they are ants

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter saftey and actual care about your workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNone. Too few to list. Predatory requirements for waiver of employee rights as a condition of employment, no benefits, long hours, limited opportunities, no training.

    ConsRequired to work 58 hours per week by unprofessional manager that was rarely at the home center and did not provide any training. Three of us were hired at the same time and all of us quit within 3 months due to poor management. Dead-end company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage your managers

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    A total waste of effort & time.

    Team Leader/Swing-team (Former Employee)
    Hodgenville, KY

    ProsIt's a Job that pays very little & expects a lot from you. Will only keep adding responsibilities & work the more you do etc,

    ConsDead end Job. Enough said

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay higher wages & better benefits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Demanding

    Home Sales Consultant (Former Employee)
    New Iberia, LA

    Pros$650.00/ week first 30 days

    ConsHouses are Hot in the summer, You on a Draw against your commission

    Advice to Senior Managementchange the office hours to that of a normal company and Do a Salary Plus Commission Program. for your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's not the Clayton of old

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Maryville, TN

    ProsCMH has great people for the most part. The facilities are excellent. The work hours and flexible schedule are definitely a plus. Kevin Clayton is a visionary and is a great businessman.

    ConsCMH, at the highest level, has lost touch with the core values that got the company where it is today. Clayton no longer seems to value people with integrity. The only team members that get ahead in IT are the ones that pad key leadership members egos with compliments and praise and they certainly don't disagree with them on things that he or she is passionate about. The 3 team members that have had the most success in IT do disagree with leadership but only on things that are of no material value. These 3 have became the laughing stock among IT team members and business unit leaders. I am embarrassed to be a part of the Clayton IT team. Over the years, these 3 have successfully gotten rid of several key IT team members by whom they felt threatened by. IT spending is so far out of control that fixing it will never be a SNAP.

    Rules are not applied uniformly between women and men. Management and HR are scared to death of women and minorities therefore it is impossible for all groups to be treated fairly and equitably.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou survey team members, look again at the IT surveys and pay attention. There is little to no respect for key leadership members by the IT group. Spending is out of control, talk to middle-management about it to truly get a feel for what is going on in key positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A lot for a little!

    Home Consultant (Current Employee)
    Chesapeake, VA

    ProsCustomers are directed by internet advertising to Home Sale Centers so there are numerous prospects/leads.

    ConsThey expect a lot for a little bit of pay you will sell the home, help obtain financing, prepare paperwork for several different closings on one sale, apply for permits, coordinate the contractors to build homes, visit job sites, etc. not a very organized process. The corporate office makes you jump through so many hoops to close one deal. You are also expected to go out in the field each week and put up signs on roads to help direct traffic and generate leads. Three jobs in one I would say for very little money. Recently lowered pay to 24,000 a year with no draw to pay back but lowered commission to on each sale. Very dissapointed in the process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees for the work they have to do. Bigger commissions along with the base pay to make it worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The worst job I've ever had! I don't know how they still have people show up to work everyday. I'm not exaggerating.

    Sales (Former Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    ProsVery laid back pressure from above compared to most in the industry. They really just let you do your thing but I'll tell you why in the cons. They own the bank which does allow you to finance some clients that couldn't normally get financing anywhere else, but also gives you a lot of misery. See below as well.

    ConsClayton Homes is a Berkshire Hathoway company. Backed by billions and they know it. The majority of the company's revenue comes from their lender, Vanderbilt Mortgage, which has much looser requirements to get their customers financing in this tough market. But if they do get financed, expect the highest rates in the industry from 10% - 15% making their payments higher than site built homes. Good luck taking that to the finish line. Plus, their company makes money off the factories, insurance, and operating expenses of their sales centers. Example, their sales center can lose up to $20,000 a month in net profit but Clayton Homes will still profit from that store. Another example, a customer can go default on one of their homes, and Clayton Homes will still profit from that customer. Why this is important?....
    The main reason why I couldn't stand this company is because they have a system set up to where the COMPANY can't lose. The real losers are the sales people and most GM's. Sales people get $0 salary. Yes you saw correctly, $0 salary. They fool you in a $600 a week loan that you have to pay back when you sell a house. Sales people do you own marketing. (use own car and gas money to drive out and put out knock down signs all over the country that are illegal). They don't do TV ads, they don't do radio, and every once in a while will do newspaper ads that don't work. Once you get in front of customer and sell them, you have to do your own financing for them. Then once it's delivered, you have to drive out to their house a few times on you own gas money to check on them. So let me summarize this for you. Sales people, (although with $0 salary) are in charge of doing their own marketing, their own financing, their own selling, their own merchandising of the houses, and their own followup with sold customers. Why? Because sales people are free labor! Their corporation is impossible to deal with and are slow as can get out, making it only that much longer before you get a commission. But here is this formula. It takes on average about 3 months to get paid on a deal from the time you sell that customer. But if you rack up $7,800 in loans in that 3 month period, and you usually only make from $1,500 - $3,000 commission per house then things don't quite add up do they? Most sales people send back their HARD earned commission checks right back to corporate.
    Because of this, the company doesn't hire great talent. They don't need it or want it. They want someone who isn't that experienced or good/smart so they won't see that the company uses them. Most great sales people come and go leaving only the weak and desperate. So, because of that, the GM's are promoted from that pool of the weak. 90% of the GM's in that company are morons who couldn't spell leadership and aren't even managers. So with no support from lower management, and absolutely 0 support from upper management who is non-existent, you are left by yourself to somehow deliver 3 homes a month just to stay ahead of the money you owe the company. Good luck sticking to that number when you're dealing with all of those duties at once.
    Advice those seeking a job here.... if you are very talented and looking to make close to six figures, go elsewhere. Only the top 2% of the company's sales people make that at Clayton. BUT, if you are just ok with a company that stays off your back and lets you do it your way and you're ok with $30,000 - $40,000 a year then this is your company. Heck, after 6 years of doing that, you'll prob get your own store and might make $60,000 a year since will actually get a salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKudos on brain washing thousands of employees to work for you at no salary, and wearing more hats than any other sales company in the U.S. Don't know how you do it but kudos.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    over worked and under payed

    Anonymous Slave (Current Employee)
    Rutledge, TN

    Prosset schedule good co workers

    Conspay to low heath care to high no chance in advancement unless your management pets

    Advice to Senior Managementmore pay cheaper ins.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ridiculous

    Home Sales Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsThe only pros are the smoke they blow up your butt when they hire you

    ConsGeneral Manager changes way too often. Regional Manager says he is stepping in, just to lock himself up in an office "preparing for something else". They lied about salary. Saying 32,000 a year. Reality 23,000. Forced to learn things on your own. Strongly repremanded when you do things wrong, even if you were not trained properly. Not allowed to go to company trainings if management thinks store is short handed. Soooo, you dont get opportunity to learn. Advice...Run the other direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake your regional managers accountable to what they "say" they are going to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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