Pulte Homes

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Pulte Homes Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
138 Reviews

3.4
138 Reviews
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Pulte Homes President, CEO, and Director Richard J. Dugas Jr.
Richard J. Dugas Jr.
87 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Medical, Dental 401k benefits are good (in 6 reviews)

  • All my years (12 as an employee and another 5 as a contractor) I was surrounded with great people (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Ups and downs of the housing market (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    AP coordinator

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    Former Employee - AP Coordinator  in  Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Former Employee - AP Coordinator in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work!

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Former Senior Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company Has Been Ruined Since Pulte's Founder, Retired

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    Former Employee - Purchasing  in  Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Fort Myers, FL

    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
  6.  

    pulte homes working environment now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun environment, nice people, free lunch

    Cons

    low pay, lots of systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    New Home Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    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
  8.  

    Decent out of college job

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    Former Employee - Superintendent  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Orlando, FL

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually do some of the work

  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER  in  Trevose, PA
    Former Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER in Trevose, PA

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remember 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Pulte St. Louis culture is fake, phony and forced

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Money is decent, benefits fair

    Cons

    Hiring 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    The opportunity to take some Cisco classes.

    Cons

    -That the inner office gossip is not looked down on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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