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Regional Rep I

James Hardie Spokane, WA

Regional Sales Representative Take a closer look at James Hardie Building Products. As our Regional Sales Representative working out of your home… James Hardie

14 days ago

Machine Operator

James Hardie Tacoma, WA +4 locations

The machine operator will report to the lead/supervisor on shift and will be responsible for Safety, Quality, & Operations to the equipment he/she is… James Hardie

26 days ago

Segment Manager - Strategic Accounts

James Hardie Orlando, FL

* Understand the key influencers, future leaders and ensures that the overall business relationship is organizational, trust based, sustainable… James Hardie

1 day ago

Generalist Operator 0 – new

James Hardie Peru, IL

The machine operator will report to the Supervisor on shift and will be responsible for Safety, Quality, & Operations pertaining to the equipment… James Hardie

18 days ago

Technical Sales Specialist

James Hardie Newark, NJ

As a member of the Installation Team, the Technical Sales Rep reports to the Regional Sales Manager and supports the sales staff by providing… James Hardie

27 days ago

Sales Rep

James Hardie Boston, MA

Building Industry Experience NOT Required Take a closer look at James Hardie Building Products. As our Channel Sales Representative working out of… James Hardie

1 day ago

Sales Representative/Business Development – new

James Hardie Dallas, TX

Building Industry Experience NOT Required Do you have a passion for business development? Are you interested in working for a Market leader? Take a… James Hardie

1 day ago

Metro Rep I- Multi Family – new

James Hardie Tampa, FL

Take a closer look at James Hardie Building Products. As our Regional Sales Representative working out of your home office, you ll be a senior member… James Hardie

9 days ago

Account Rep II

James Hardie Orlando, FL

Outside Sales Representative James Hardie – Orlando, FL ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Reporting to the Area/Regional Sales Manager, the James Hardie Outside… James Hardie

25 days ago

JhH Regional Rep I

James Hardie Calgary

Regional Sales Representative Take a closer look at James Hardie Building Products. As our Regional Sales Representative working out of your home… James Hardie

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    This engineer learns they want smart, aggressive people, just not too smart...

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Fontana, CA

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time (more than 8 years)


    The environment is truly dynamic, many might say chaotic. There is always a crisis or a problem to solve. If you are involved in the right project you will be allowed to take charge and make decisions. If you like a high-pressure environment, this may be a place for you - for a while. The product is at the top of the market - mainly because there is not a really solid company competing with them. If politics is your game, you are willing to work hard, step on others, and can still sleep at night, you will progress into management. Those that are the best at it will rise quickly.

    Benefits are quite good. The medical/prescription/dental plan is one of the best in the industry. Bonus system helps the mediocre salaries.


    The culture is harsh and can be extremely abusive. Upper managers will dress down employees publicly. This may be done by simple, unprofessional, sideways insults or full-blown screaming fits punctuated with 'F' words. If there is a "Hardie" word, it begins with 'F'. It is not uncommon to be in a company meeting with over 50 people and have a senior manager drop a half-dozen 'F'-bombs. Some seem to do it to maintain a folksy persona, some do it just because they want to have the maximum degrading impact. "Operate with Respect" is one of the company values and is pushed hard on everyone at the bottom of the food chain. Many "individual contributors" or team leads have been demoted, fired, or sent to Anger Management for similar behavior. For some reason those above the first level of management get a pass on this behavior.

    Salary structure is highly skewed. Similar to the rules for behavior, all individual contributors top out in salary at moderate levels. Upper management does not play by these same rules. The only true skill valued at Hardie is what the call "Leadership", which has absolutely no link to empathy.

    Technology is mediocre. The method of development is usually so rushed that the shot-gun approach is the most used method of development - fire lots of blasts in the air and hope to hit something. The company fell into a market in the late 90s that was so hungry for the product, they could sell every scrap they made. Growth was by sheer dumb luck driven by extreme bullies. Production rate was key at all times. Quality was the minimum we could get away with. That philosophy still prevails in a lot of places.

    Safety is discussed a lot and there are lots of numerical measures for behavior. Everyone has to fill out so many cards or on-line forms every week identifying safe or unsafe behavior. Unfortunately, if engineering controls will fix a truly unsafe situation, and they require significant effort or investment, the fix will typically be ignored. The first response to any accident or incident is to "look for the root cause Behavior", in other words, "who's fault was it?"

    Finally, management does not like anyone they believe to be smarter than they are. Even if one does not flaunt it or push it in their faces, they are intimidated by it. Jokes will be made at project reviews about "ask the 150-IQ guys", with a sneer. Those in technology-driven careers are not really respected (see salary caps), they are tools to be used and discarded. If you are truly good at what you do, eventually you will "get the stink on you" (a phrase coined by several engineers and scientists when referring to treatment by management once you intimidate one of them). Once that happens, you will find your duties and responsibilities reduced, be ignored or openly insulted, your ideas will be discarded...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management at Hardie will never take advice from individuals outside of their clique but this may influence others in the company or someone considering taking a job there...

    Many people in the company (we are talking about engineers, scientists, low-level managers) consider you to be sociopaths, completely lacking in empathy, valuing individuals as machines or tools. My faith in humanity keeps me from believing this. Maybe you are just unaware of this perception. Please take a solid look at yourself, your values, your behavior and the good people around you. The recession is not going to last forever. When it is over, your core strength will flee, like I am doing soon.

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