American Woodmark Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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American Woodmark President and CEO Kent B. Guichard
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Pros
  • education program, good benefits, good leaders, multiple plants to work at, I got to meet a lot of very talented people in Oklahoma (in 5 reviews)

  • Definitely follow their mission statement (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, bonus plan that's rigged to only pay out once every couple years (in 3 reviews)

  • If you are ambitious and have the want to learn then the Gas City plant is a great place to work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Maintenance Team leader for 8 years leading 5-8 guys in plant operations/

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Moorefield, WV
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Moorefield, WV

    I have been working at American Woodmark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location, pay. benefits. Teamwork, nice equipment to work on

    Cons

    2nd shift hours, communication, short on help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. American Woodmark is a good company to work for with very good benefits.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Jackson, GA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Jackson, GA

    I worked at American Woodmark

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for upward mobility and advancement.

    Cons

    Long days can occur as is typical of a heavy manufacturing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was very supportive of decisions and was open to plant improvement initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great culture

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    Current Employee - Plant Controller
    Current Employee - Plant Controller

    I have been working at American Woodmark

    Pros

    A lot of good people. The culture there is very good. Good work life balance
    Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Lower than average pay compared to similar positions. Company does not value financial expertise as much as other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. good job but wages were not up to par took 4 years to reach max. pay in my job class

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    Former Employee - Mrp Cleark in Moorefield, WV
    Former Employee - Mrp Cleark in Moorefield, WV

    I worked at American Woodmark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    can not think of any time off is hard to come by you are often denied scheduled vacation time

    Cons

    a very unsafe work place you are exposed to known carcinogens constantly
    18 of my coworkers got cancer myself included 10 of my coworkers died from cancer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep you're promises clean up the air employees are forced to breath don't lay people off with a promise of priority hiring at another plant when odds are at least 50-50 you will be denied

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Company - Slow to Improve

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at American Woodmark full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, typically great people to work with

    Cons

    Hiring only "YES" Men. Managers that wont rock the boat for upper management. Company is VERY slow to keep up with the competitors. Managers like to think they know how to read statistics, but have yet to meet one that can. Communication is lacking among departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the mirror. Listen to your field reps. We live this every day and we know what the customers need.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company! Just like to keep my options open!

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    Current Employee - Training in Kingman, AZ
    Current Employee - Training in Kingman, AZ

    I have been working at American Woodmark full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    American Woodmark has great benefits, plenty of room for growth, lots of hours available during peak seasons, and their starting pay is well-above minimum wage.

    Cons

    The factory gets extremely hot during the summer time along with long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is always striving for continuous improvement with ways to better the company as a whole. The quarterly raises are always nice and the management provides a foundation for growth and opportunity!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Culture is extremely ingrained in past practices that new ideas are not utilized or given a chance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Woodmark

    Pros

    Nice environment with very cohesive employees.

    Cons

    Lacks up to date ERP software. Promoted core values not truly followed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your core values and put more capital into updating your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Utilize lean manufacturing concepts in all plants. Standardized work process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Learning and Growing Everyday

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    Current Employee - Materials Lead
    Current Employee - Materials Lead

    I have been working at American Woodmark full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I would like to believe at American Woodmark that we all try to tend to the needs of as many people as possible. Being a Lead here for almost 4 years I have had great Guidance and Leadership.

    Cons

    Only way you wouldn't succeed here is if you have no drive. If you are ambitious and have the want to learn then the Gas City plant is a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know almost all Management do a great job, I have worked with most of them at the Gas City plant for almost 5 years going on 6. Keep up the good work! Always be open to growth of others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good experience under CEO years ago. Downhill after he retired.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, VA

    I worked at American Woodmark full-time

    Pros

    The people are nice. Initial orientation very good. Flexible time off for doctors' appointments, etc as long as you get your work done.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted. Very political. Salaries are not competitive with what the region commands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO seems to be personalizing the work atmosphere. Much needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great entry-level job

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    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Winchester, VA

    I have been working at American Woodmark full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work-environment. Community is very close and friendly. They will not throw you in the deep end right away and say "sink or swim", they'll walk you through the development process and the best practices to use in this environment.

    Cons

    Room for growth is basically if someone dies, or leaves. Haphazard testing procedures. Behind the technology curve by at least 10 years. Current mentality - "if it works, why upgrade?".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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