ProBuild
2.7 of 5 86 reviews
www.probuild.com Denver, CO 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 26, 2014

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ProBuild CEO Robert Marchbank

Robert Marchbank

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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No sales trainee program

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ProBuild

ProsGood benefits
Decent work schedule
Ok paid time off

ConsNo training for new sales reps
Old computer system
stone age business processes

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a training program for you sales trainees or you will never retain them

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Company Structure Needs Work

Payroll Tax Specialist (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild full-time for less than a year

ProsThere are always openings for various positions if you would like to try different departments out.

ConsOffice politics are prevalent here and filter down from VP's and directors. Raises are given to upper management but not to the hard working employees that accomplish everything

Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know your employees better and compensate them for their ability and knowledge

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Assembly line work expectations and low compensation with a means-to-an-end mentality toward employees.

Accounts Payable Clerk (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company's goals of creating a consistent buying experience for home builders at their retail locations is much needed.

ConsThe company tends to take the short view, rather than investing in their employees by making them feel valued.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication efforts and show appreciation for employee contributions to the company's goals to improve retention rates.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Almost a great place to work, but...

Software QA Engineer (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild full-time for more than a year

ProsFor me, the good news about ProBuild was my immediate supervisor, it is great to work for someone who actually listens to her employees. They also pay pretty well, and my department at least had reasonable work-life balance

ConsThe company has been in disarray, and is currently going through a "Business Process Re-engineering" that should have been done years ago. So currently, they don't know what their processes are going to be, what software they need to support them, or what employees they need to support the software. That resulted in quite a few people, myself included, being laid off. Now, over 3 months later, I hear that there still is very little direction being given, at least within IT.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet through your BPR project and decide what you need to support those processes. Keep the touchy-feely psycho-babble to a minimum, at least in IT, where the new CIO has brought in a lot of it.

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

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A 23 year career derailed

Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at ProBuild full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe company exposed us to a wide view of the building industry with a vision to transform the way building materials are distributed.

ConsThe national view and methods to sell large builders hurt the local relationships and heart of the relationships with custom builders and remodelers.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to local management. They are in the market and know the local buyers. The relationships built over long periods of time are being torn apart.

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

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Constant change, no training, poor leadership

Purchasing Manager (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at ProBuild full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking here gives you experience on what NOT to do as a department manager/director. If you like change, they have plenty of it with very little employee retention.

ConsLow pay. Management is too busy covering their tails to help develop the skills/training of their subordinates. Management (supervisor, manager, director) positions are typically held less than 18 months per person.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain and develop your staff. Develop a department action plan and instead of scrapping it and starting fresh every four months, work out the kinks and move forward.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Company Unsure of Direction

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild full-time for more than a year

ProsGood people in a changing environment. The company has tremendous potential. They want to change the building materials industry and have the mass to do it.

ConsConstantly changing leadership. Strategy and tactics from the parent company Fidelity don't mesh with the industry and local ProBuild leadership is not able to say "No". They don't understand how to implement change. They play with concepts such as "Green" but don't live or believe it.

Advice to Senior ManagementSet a course that makes sense for the industry. Build the passion. Inspire the field to join in.

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

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revolving door

Manager (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild full-time for more than 10 years

Prosif you are looking for an entry level position without a chance for a raise in over 3 years. its the place for you

ConsAt one time the company was growing and taking care of the people who made it happen. but since the switch over to Denver corporate its been a steady downhill roll. the names and faces chance so often at the top you have to wonder when Marchbank will leave either on his own or from being shown the door. Running a business based upon an ERP implimentation was the craziest thing i have ever seen. I am surprised Fidelity hasn't pulled the plug by now and the way things have been changing. i would expect the sell off within a year or so.

Advice to Senior Managementits time to get away from transparent pricing, cut overhead at the corporate level and get back to what made the legacy locations profitable. take care of the people who made it happen.

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

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needs solid direction

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild full-time for less than a year

ProsPays well but that is a reflection of upper management not knowing the actual market value

ConsNeeds more solid management and direction. Recently centralized functions just to lay off the recent hires.

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

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Such promise if not for complete incompetence at the leadership level

IT Operations (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild

ProsThe compensation and benefits offered here are extremely generous. The technology in the primary datacenter is all current next-generation from a full NX-OS Cisco core to a fully redundant high-availability VMWare server farm. At some point in the recent past, one of the myriad leadership chains decided to invest in a very modern high end data center

ConsManagement for the sake of management. I've never seen so many Vice-Presidents in a single non-international Corporation. ProBuild is extraordinarily top-heavy. There is no clear vision or direction from the top down. The leadership attempts to compensate for this with an endless stream of weekly multi-hour "town hall" meetings ostensibly to "improve communications" but in reality do not tell the employee base anything that's not already known. I've never spent so much time in valueless meetings.

Advice to Senior ManagementBloated bureaucracy and endless town halls are not going to bring ProBuild profitability. Never ending changes in leadership and management are not going to bring efficiency or value to the organization. Get a competent leadership structure in place. Get a layer of skilled knowledgeable management in place and allow the dust of constant change to settle. Define a clear vision for not only ProBuild IT, but for ProBuild in general and STICK TO IT. Trying to reinvent the organization every 3-6 months with a revolving door of talent at all levels purely to try (and fail) to reach some short term goal is a recipe for failure.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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