H.B. Fuller Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Poor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good

    Cons

    Treat employees terribly, don't care about low morale just want sales at any cost. Stretched way too thin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees and treat them with more respect. Invest in people and in the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Working at Construdtion Producs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller

    Pros

    Benefits are good and compensation is slightly better than average.

    Cons

    Management is terribly scattered, every group has a different agenda, no cohesion.
    People who are the front lines have little support and are thrown into situations that they can't handle.
    Morale is terrible and no one seems to care. Important management positions are left open for months with incompetents filling in.
    They talk the talk, don't walk the walk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the people who work. Maybe now that St. Paul is more involved it will improve, can't happen fast enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Mid size company trying to become more centralized and bureaucratic.

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager
    Current Employee - Plant Manager

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and bonus programs can be better than some. Traditionally decentralized, with a lot of autonomy for plant and senior managers.

    Cons

    After some expensive management failures, attempting to control more centrally. Becoming overly risk averse. A lot of butt-covering going on right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept some risk and get back to trusting management on the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Not good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vadnais Heights, Ramsey, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vadnais Heights, Ramsey, MN

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No career development unless you have a PhD. Even so, people end up in a management position. Too many middle level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who do the work, not the ones managing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Employment at HB Fuller Construction Products

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time

    Pros

    Company pays well. They stick by their philanthropist ideals by donating time and money to different organizations.

    Cons

    Makes changes without thinking them through - how it will effect others in the company. They talk about safety and how important it is to them but if you get hurt, they make up some excuse not to pay or report it to Workmans Comp. They dont want any injuries going on record. They talk about being "green" and dont even have a recycling program established.

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Its the best, worst job I ever had!

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Paducah, KY
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Paducah, KY

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay above average after you get a few years in, decent benefits, very strong company in the adhesive industry.

    Cons

    Depressing atmosphere, poor comrodery among workers, poor comunication, poor training ,poor local management, poor working conditions (heat, dust, noise, est) poor job staffing shifts, (work to lean). Old technology, old worn out equipment, you name it!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your people, like Tony Anderson did. Reinvest in the plants, get them up to date, stop jacking people around, give them their promotion when due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Management Inconsistencies...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller

    Pros

    Financial results great for 2009. Senior Leadership finally stabilized. Decent growth trends. Good Talent Acquisition in last 18 months.

    Cons

    TOO LEAN in human capital and investment in the Supply Chain infrastructure; lack of people, diverse talent and innovation in plants, and raw material sourcing. No investment for the future to support sales. No plan for raw materials; spot buying is unreliable and costly long-term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The so-called turn-around will be short lived beginning to surface in 2010. No investment in knowledgeable people, capital equipment, and a strategy beyond Sales will lead to sub-optimal performance very shortly.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Lousey Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller

    Pros

    the pay was very good, but it came with a lot of stress

    Cons

    management was very unprofessional. Some were mean and incompetent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees the wayb you would want to be treated

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a place to learn and growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller

    Pros

    Solid company. Average salaries. Being a small company and lean you get exposed to senior management levels fairly easy and quickly.

    Cons

    Little advancement opportunities. Career development is non-existing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious on making career development a reality rather than just empty words

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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