Pulte Homes
3.2 of 5 120 reviews
www.pultegroupinc.com Bloomfield Hills, MI 1000 to 5000 Employees

Pulte Homes Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014
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3.2 120 reviews

                             

66% Approve of the CEO

Pulte Homes President, CEO, and Director Richard J. Dugas Jr.

Richard J. Dugas Jr.

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Pros1. 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.

Cons1. 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 Senior ManagementAs 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?

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

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Company Has Been Ruined Since Pulte's Founder, Retired

Purchasing (Former Employee)
Fort Myers, FL

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

ProsFast Paced Environment, Excellent Opportunities for Professional and Career Development

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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pulte homes working environment now

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pulte Homes

Prosfun environment, nice people, free lunch

Conslow pay, lots of systems

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

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

ProsGood 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.

ConsFor 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 Senior ManagementClean 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Decent out of college job

Superintendent (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Pulte Homes full-time for more than a year

ProsPaid very well but expected long hours/weekends from entry level employees.

ConsLong hours and manual labor for people they hired as full time professional staffing

Advice to Senior ManagementActually do some of the work

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Once a company one could be proud to work for, now a rudderless organization trying to survive!

General Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Trevose, PA

I worked at Pulte Homes

ProsGreat place to learn homebuilding at one time! Prioir to the Centex debacle the company had a culture that was enjoyable and envigorating...all of that changed during the fall of 2009.

ConsToo few people, too much to do and a complete lack of regard for the customer...remember they are why you are in business!

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that nothing happens within a homebuilding organization until a home is sold and more importantly, to grow your business the organization needs to truly care for the "Customer for Life"...What Bill Pulte started as an 18 year old is now an organization that lacks any sense of consistency and a real regard for their customers...Good Luck with that!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pulte St. Louis culture is fake, phony and forced

Sales Consultant (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Pulte Homes

ProsMoney is decent, benefits fair

ConsHiring inferior sales team that knows nothing sales management arrogant and play favorites for. No promo from within. They go outside to get people who don't know the market. Forced culture

Advice to Senior ManagementHire a good sales and general sales manager who know the market and have respect from community. Hire good sales team

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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There is too much inner office gossip. The management really needs to put a stop to this.

Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Tempe, AZ

I worked at Pulte Homes

ProsThe opportunity to take some Cisco classes.

Cons-That the inner office gossip is not looked down on

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have no clue what is REALLY going on under your own nose! Wake up and smell the stink.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Don't look to Pulte Homes as a move up opportunity.

Customer Relations Manager (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Pulte Homes

ProsGreat people in the field. Fun work environment before the housing bubble burst. Tremendous in-house training opportunities. One of the best benefit packages I've ever had.

ConsNot a fun work environment after the housing bubble burst. Management considered themselves before their employees in the face of adversity. Base salary was not competitive. Management had favorite employees and it showed. Management typically had no field experience prior to holding their positions which caused them to make poor business decisions. Management treated employees like children.

Advice to Senior ManagementI believe that division, area, and senior levels of management should have field experience in Construction, Warranty, and/or Sales. It helps to understand how the business operates than to make a 'best-guess'.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Medeval HR policies.

Sales Professional (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Pulte Homes

ProsThe ONLY reason to work at Pulte is for the pay. Poor management policies and decision making skills. Age and sex discrimination run amuck.

ConsSame as the pro's of working for the company. Too many meetings that result in nothing. Meaningless programs for employee retention and development.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip, and start acting like a Fortune 100 company. No wonder your not on the list of 100 best employers to work for.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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