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Pulte Homes Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
157 Reviews
3.5
157 Reviews
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Pulte Homes President, CEO, and Director Richard J. Dugas Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good salary, benefits and work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Medical, Dental 401k benefits are good (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Due to the economy there is very little opportunity for advancement (in 7 reviews)

  • Sometimes difficult to have quality work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    NFS, National Financial Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good culture, yet forced. There are a lot of team activities that make you feel included. Steady, stable job with decent benefits.

    Cons

    Highly controlled environment with very little opportunity for advancement. Promotions are based on politics, not hard work. High employee turn-over from disappointment in managements decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly develop your employees. Don't just use them. Upper management needs to listen to their key people not just force the latest demands on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Wrong market I plan

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lah in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Lah in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Pulte Homes part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great draw. Good people.Bad management
     Built two sstory homes in an area where most cannot cllimb stairs.

    Cons

    Bad design. Really bad building, take people from model, and they'd be furious at the type of homes being bought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your marketing pl

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Paradise....almost!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great product line and location

    Cons

    Poor lower level management who exercised their bias whenever possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales managers were nail banger's who moved up through the ranks and became bean counters ... Hard to have a fortune five hundred business with a five and dime culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Took job to learn how to build houses, problem was no one there knew how either.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of repair work but not enough time.

    Cons

    Poor build quality leads to angry homeowners to deal with daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn construction methods. Respect employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    AP coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AP Coordinator in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Former Employee - AP Coordinator in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free Food, Bill Pulte eats lunch with you

    Cons

    Management is poorly trained, Lots of Politics exist, and no growth in company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to comments from non management employees....keep eyes and ears open to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    I have been working at Pulte Homes as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are really nice. They had free lunch 4 days a week.

    Cons

    Old technologies. They don't upgrade to latest technologies for years to end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Former Senior Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. The hard working and extremely dedicated people working on the front lines in the companys' various Divisions that consistently deliver outstanding results to the customer despite the illogical, incomprehensible and wasteful corporate initiatives that the CEO continues to dream up to save his own skin.
    2. The compensation for most employees is above the industry range, primarily because if they weren't most quality people wouldn't tolerate all of the corporate nonsense that negatively impacts every employee.
    3. Some high quality Division leaders and managers. As a new employee you currently have about a 40% chance of working for a good one but that number continues to go down.

    Cons

    1. The employee culture has been completely devastated over the past 5 years by the CEO. This powerful but narcissistic man has single-handedly removed the company founder after 50 years, taken his position as chairman of the Board and then carefully removed "problem" Board members with "sympathetic" ones. This strategy is also widely and effectively employed with managers that don't "comply and agree" which has caused a sad and unprecedented destruction of a once great culture.
    2. The company's products and processes have become one size fits all. The company does not value innovation or creative thought from employees and in fact, they continue to "de-select" these employees in favor of compliant, process driven, robot-like personnel. The bulk of the leadership has been changed from operationally experienced leaders to Finance leaders. Not all bad, unless of course you're talking about a HOMEBUILDER.
    3. The HR department has transformed from a once useful and culture focused team into a massive bureaucracy that has become nearly as unwieldy and inefficient as our very own IRS and requires about the same amount of paperwork to remain "compliant." This is a sinister bunch that should not be taken lightly and should not be trusted.
    4. The company employees a massive legal department to defend the thousands of lawsuits they have been served with over the past five years as the result of shoddy workmanship, unscrupulous conduct and mistreatment of employees. The significant waste associated with defending these activities leaves the Divisions underfunded and understaffed while the corporate machine grows. Have you seen the new headquarters in Atlanta? I think thats where the CEO started his career with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As it appears to be far too late to appeal to the Board or to Senior Company leadership, my advice is to all of the stockholders big and small; look very closely at what has been going on in this company for the past 5 years as it relates to the actions of the CEO. A microscopic investigation may reveal that all is not as it seems. In these days and times is it really appropriate to have a CEO that also serves as a Chairman of a hand picked Board for a $7 billion dollar company? This is as close to absolute power that you can get and we all know what absolute power does, don't we?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company Has Been Ruined Since Pulte's Founder, Retired

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Fort Myers, FL

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast Paced Environment, Excellent Opportunities for Professional and Career Development

    Cons

    The current CEO has successfully destroyed the company once known as Pulte Homes. Once Pulte's founder retired, the current CEO implemented programs that went against everything that we had learned under Bill's leadership. He continued to destroy the Pulte Culture by merging with Centex, which was a colossal disaster in itself, and firing outstanding Pulte senior leaders with many years of successful leadership experience because they didn't necessarily agree with his new company "vision" . His coup de grâce was uprooting the corporate office from a state/region that has supported the company for over 50 years, which will result in a loss of hundreds of jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the People are truly the most important assets to the company like all of the canned speeches say they are, then Executive Leadership need to value the people that make the company successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    pulte homes working environment now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pulte Homes

    Pros

    fun environment, nice people, free lunch

    Cons

    low pay, lots of systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    New Home Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good when market is good or when in a community of mixed product (singles, towns, condos, active adult); bad when in close-out community or community with one product line (singles only) or one price point.

    Cons

    For over 7 years, no opportunity for advancement despite being in top 10 producers for company (1,000 sales associates). Inconsistent leadership; ethical and moral violations undisciplined in upper management. Value creation isn't - decontenting homes and removing value while keeping pricing the same or increasing. Doesn't consult with field when making decisions that impact sales. Poor communication from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your ranks. Be the (good) example. Listen to your sales force in the field. Practice what you preach and enforce ethical standards within management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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