Johns Manville Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very traditional, conservative and stagnant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is very competitive and there are good opportunities for career development through training and experience.

    Cons

    The business is stuck in a traditional, hierarchical model. New ideas and innovative approaches can be very difficult to gain traction, and office environment can be confrontational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize different perspectives from people who have experience outside of the organization. Evolution is critical in the Information Age, and harnessing the value offered from various backgrounds can benefit the strategic direction of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    "Your plate isn't full yet"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Headquarter Based in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Corporate Headquarter Based in Denver, CO

    I worked at Johns Manville full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Support for professional development is solid. Compensation is good to great. Bonus structure paid out even during difficult economic years.

    Cons

    Company does a good job of identifying improvement opportunities (in every discipline), but doesn't seem to know how to build the team to execute. Constantly adds programs without adding the people to support. If you're being considered for a position that's new because they acknowledge the need to add headcount, go for it. If you're replacing someone, try to get some time with potential peers to be able to ask 'why?'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand how full the plates are. If you add, take something away. Otherwise, accept that you have to add headcount and understand that it will pay out dividends in both execution and employee retention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging, slow to move, old fashioned but hard core conservative values that place integrity and reputation first.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities are abundant for engineers and operation managers. Compensation is above average.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for most positions outside operations and engineering. Benefits are a disappointment; geared to heavily to WHQ and not the plants needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working there is like eating broccoli, every day, for the rest of your life. Good for you, but not good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Snark Champion in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Snark Champion in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable paycheck, coworkers are professional and courteous.

    Cons

    Ageism to the extreme. They have tons of older people waiting for retirement and blocking key promotable positions for career-minded individuals. The company is aware of that, but they're bypassing mid-career talent for very young, and denying many good, skilled, middle-aged workers a chance to grow. If you're over 30, chances to be considered an Emerging Leader start to close, and if you are over 40, its the kiss of Death, no matter how good you are, how hard you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees as valuable, show some care and concern when employees have valid desires to manage their career. Engage on more than just your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some great people who actually do the heavy lifting. Senior management is the emperor who has no clothes.

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    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO

    I worked at Johns Manville full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, lots of great people sprinkled throughout company.

    Cons

    Some key senior management are over their heads, and their insecurity results in poor decisions to hide their incompetence. Some of them focus too much on trying to do "all the right things" on a superficial level, vs. doing what's best for the company and its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Man up vs. using middle management and rank and file to take the fall for your insecurity and incompetencies. Trust and leverage the knowledge, experience and competence of your people vs. viewing them as a threat because they know more about areas than you do. Take a look at the number of people who have been promoted to key positions because they have the "right look" but no results, and promote the people who actually get the results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Oportunit for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very challenging to hone in skills for any career path.

    Cons

    very demading field, with very difficult benchmarks, many long hour, not much for movement in company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Management needs to have common goals and objectives.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at Johns Manville full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great people to work with and a good total benefit package.

    Cons

    Managers don't really lead - they micromanage and cause unhappiness. Training for new hires is hit and miss - some supervisors do very well and others are clueless. Some individuals are given far too much latitude and others seem to be watched like a hawk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for more feedback from subordinates. Show a coordinated effort regarding where the company is going -- some departments do this well and others are totally lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, Johns Manville is a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville

    Pros

    Location: Denver, CO
    Work / Life Balance (dependent on role)
    Owned by Berkshire Hathaway

    Cons

    Current market conditions make it a relatively negative environment
    Change resistant / Risk adverse environment, overall a pretty conservative company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Salaries at Johns Manville

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville

    Pros

    The people are great. The products are top knotch.

    Cons

    Compensation, opportunities for growth, succession planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on talent management and succession planning or may continue to lose good employees. Need to find way to weed out poor performers.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are looking to come in and drive change and learn, good luck!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville

    Pros

    Pay is alright, benefits are good, great work/life balance. Stability with Berkshire ownership. It can be a stable place to learn a few skills, but you will exhaust the learning potential in about 9 months.

    Cons

    You will not grow. No talent pipeline program. HR and management seem oblivious to this. I saw great people come and go quickly as they realized this. I've been gone for a year. It is run with zero vision. The strategy is to not have a strategy... just keep things the same and try and generate a few bucks. Grow the business or change the processes... nope. While there may be a couple good Directors and up to learn from, there are far more who are just milking a paycheck and afraid to present ideas to senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want good people to stay, you must create a vision of their career... give them a path. If you want to continue to be a mediocre company, you are doing a great job.

    Disapproves of CEO

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