K. Hovnanian Homes Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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Ara K. Hovnanian
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Pros
  • The people are great and hardworking (in 4 reviews)

  • I usually spent this time doing reports, follow-ups, marketing busy-work, or gossiping on the phone (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees are basically told they are expendable and that they are lucky to have a job (in 2 reviews)

  • The downside is that they tend to promote those who take others credit, and they tend to promote those who have family members in top positions (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    NOT a company that cares about its employees.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Red Bank, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Red Bank, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good location, looks good on resume. Benefits are fair, fun environment, co-workers were excellent.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. Some don't even understand how a building is built. Management couldn't tell which employees knew their jobs and which didn't. This results in very high turnover due to unfair promotions/firings.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  2. Helpful (2)

    The most stressful experience of my life

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mesa, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    This job was 100% commision however if you worked 12 - 18 hour days you could make $150,000.

    Cons

    Management did not understand that we have personal lives. I took calls on Christmas, calls while at a funeral. I was constantly tethered to a company provided blackberry that my kids would hide from me because it was so imposing. Management was condescending and unappreciative of the hours we put in and would always back the customer or homebuilder rather than the employee. Expectations were unrealistic and caused many employees at the time to go on meds just to cope with the job.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the Sr. Management in the Mesa office has been terminated by now.


  3. Average

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Project Manager in Paterson, NJ
    Current Intern - Project Manager in Paterson, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was down to earth and friendly. I received great advice on both career and personal development. Office was a humble size and everyone did their job.

    Cons

    It often got boring and my work seemed to be of little value.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Great when market was good; nightmare when housing bubble burst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager - Accounting in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager - Accounting in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When Housing Industry flourished was a great "family" atmosphere to work in. "Employee" was a dirty word; we were referred to as ASSOCIATES...

    Cons

    ...when the Housing Bubble burst like the Hindenburg, let's just say you found out who your "family members" truly were. Whereas it is understood downsizing is a sad reality when an organization is losing money, at KHOV jobs were eliminated based primarily on salary. Hence long-time dedicated "associates" with passion for their jobs were terminated over newer lower-salaried employees who did not match that same passion and dedication.

    Advice to Management

    As a builder of Housing Communities you may think your greatest asset is the homes you build. WRONG! Your greatest asset is your employees...or "associates" as you wanted us to be called when times were good.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Not a happy experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mortgage Processor in Boynton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Mortgage Processor in Boynton Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits at a low cost.

    Cons

    The Mortgage company is all about hard work, long hours and empty promises. HR Director heads up a lot of programs and takes forever to reward employees when they've achieved goal.

    Advice to Management

    Might be time to make some changes in Upper Management.


  7. Helpful (3)

    A company locked in time

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Jersey City, NJ
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, family environment, good with active adult communities

    Cons

    This division is stuck in a time warp. Meetings are always held in Edison, NJ forcing people to drive constantly. Technology is not embraced and it is very much the good old boy network. Very white and very male, management is spotty. Way too many promotions based on who one knows compared to merit driven.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to get land deals open, hold people accountable.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Terrible company structure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    some good people that care about the company

    Cons

    Unreal expectations of their employees and zero leadership

    Advice to Management

    wake up


  9. Helpful (1)

    Better builders to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours of operation are decent. The ability to establish your own marketing plan and grow a large industry network. Publicly traded company.

    Cons

    Poor management with no regard for sales consultants. Poor base salary...next to nothing. Company marketing efforts are practically nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Treat sales consultants with a little respect and decency as they are the legs in which you stand on.


  10. Used to be great...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brighton Homes/ KHOV was once a great place to work. If you were willing to put in the effort, the compensation was great and you were treated fairly. I worked for several different sales managers and most were supportive and created an environment that provided an opportunity to succeed.

    Cons

    In the last couple of years senior management has begun to turn-over. Upper management seems to be in a turf battle. Veteran Sales Managers have left and those that remain seem to have given up. New Sales Managers have created a hostile environment. Top producers have left and others are on their way out. Poor treatment, commission cuts and the dramatic change in culture is driving good people away.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to step in and get this division under control! Get rid of the toxic managers and start treating sales a valued team members rather than disposable, worthless assets. It's not to late to correct recent mistakes and turn things around but that will have to be done from the highest levels.


  11. Director of Purchasing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Home Builder in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Home Builder in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large national home builder based in northeast. Have decent name recognition.

    Cons

    Regional operations and senior management inexperienced in smooth operations. Made simple tasks difficult. Good structure and positive culture is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Need to evaluate current structure and culture and modify. Company has a negative connotation i the industry.



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