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I have been working at Builders FirstSource full-time (More than 3 years)
Jeans and polos every day! But on a more serious note - as long as you're a properly motivated and self-starting worker, this is a great office. I initially did work under a supervisor who was incredibly kind and patient, but had a very bad habit of micromanaging. He was also resistant to exploring new ways of solving a problem. That changed when I transferred supervisors; my new, younger, more tech-savvy boss didn't care how I solved a problem, as long as I could explain how I arrived at my solution and he could follow my reasoning. This freedom to explore and learn greatly benefitted me. Not only did I achieve a mastery of some of the more misunderstood functions of Microsoft Excel such as VLookup and Pivot Tables, but I noticed that I was beginning to see accounting much less in terms of simple debits and credits - I was starting to see the big picture - how would this journal entry I'm booking effect the P&L statements of our field locations? If a location manager asks about this, how will I answer him? All told, this is truly the best job I've ever had. I know I only graduated in 2011, and have been working in my professional career since early 2012, but I can only hope that I have the privilege of working in other environments as forgiving and rewarding as BFS.
The finance/accounting department here is very lean. For around 70 field locations, the corporate office only has five staff accountants. While this does afford you great opportunity to gain exposure to a great and varied deal of material, it also means that there's little opportunity to advance beyond the staff accounting level. Granted, as of this review (06/2015), I am NOT yet a CPA. I understand full well that without professional certification, there's a definite limut to how far someone can advance in this field. That does bring up another con, if you view it that way. BFS doesn't offer any kind of tuition reimbursement program. It's my understanding that such programs are beginning to fall by the wayside, which is unfortunate given the expense of a college education, but I certainly understand it - just as I'm hesitant to increase my student loan debt burden, I can understand any company's unwillingness to spend that kind of money on their employees.
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All said, there isn't much I would change. This is the job I needed at the time in my life when I needed it.
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If you're a new homebuilder, Builders FirstSource wants you to look no further. The company sells hardware and doors, windows, lumber, and other structural building products to construction professionals. Customers have included D.R. Horton and Hovnanian Enterprises. Builders FirstSource has grown through acquisitions to operate about 52 distribution centers and 47 manufacturing plants in nearly 10 states. The company was founded in 1998 as BSL Holdings by a management team headed by former CEO John Roach and private investment firm JLL Partners. Affiliates of JLL and ...