American Woodmark Reviews

Updated April 11, 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. Recent employee of app. 6 months.
    Have been aware of them for many years, though.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good company to work for. They have a long respected history in their industry.
    They are eager to promote from within, and have many employees that have been with them
    15-20 plus years.

    Cons

    Not too many, other than they have no presence in many areas or states.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways for your product development team to produce and roll out
    new colors and items to offer. you are somewhat behind the some of your competitors.

  2. Learned a lot about cabinet making.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very employee oriented. Values are followed at all locations

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are below average. Culture is ingrained in almost all the plants.

    Advice to Management

    Follow you goals and objectives. If looking to change the culture than listen closely to new employees.

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    2nd shift hours, communication, short on help.

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  5. Not was I sold on. Definitely smoke and mirrors. Major Fail and Let down "Integrity" from supposed HR Management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loader in Rawlings, MD
    Current Employee - Loader in Rawlings, MD

    I have been working at American Woodmark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay scale, bonuses (when earned), some medical benefits (not all are worth the price for out of pocket deductibles for families), Working as a Team (this also falls under a con, see under that section),

    Cons

    Never knowing what time your actually getting off work, point system (this is a major problem is you have a medical condition or children and no other help to assist with them), lack of actual concern of management for employees, was told of an employee who had a rare medical condition and put through misery and back physically and mentally by management until she quit while on FMLA. Also was told of a young woman who was hired and was pregant and was unable to stock materials due to the weight. She wasnt eligible for FMLA and instead of finding her a light duty job, she was told there wasn't any and terminated as well. tons aren't taken seriously, there is no rhyme or reason to cells numbers other than shipments. One cell might be light and be out early while another will be late. Biggest complaint nobody in quality has enough sense or balls to not kiss butt and make as decision on their own. Which makes everyone frustrated. Working as a Team (if a few people defiantly don't want to, the rest of us have to carry the line and it goes unnoticed. Was told I'd been great for materials or even a clerical in maintenance but ended up a loader. I will bid out even if it's for building or materials.

    Advice to Management

    Get everyone on the same team and actually work together. Get out on the floor and actually interact more than saying hi, how's it going? Listen to real feedback. Answer the hard questions. And get a hold of the Managers who really act like they are better than others. Guess what? Without us? What would they have to sit in the air conditioning and sit on calls and in meetings all day about? Also arrogance is just ugly. Human Resource Managers should really not carry theirself like they are all mighty and better than us. Its a small community, some of us know better. Try and look internally to promote CODs, are not all to choose from either. Lots of locals here more than qualified that would be more than happy to step into a job!

  6. unrealistic expectations of employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, VA

    I worked at American Woodmark (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers, location, vending machines

    Cons

    Overworked and Underpaid, terrible bosses!!

    Advice to Management

    Caring and Candor...practice what you preach

  7. American Woodmark is a good company to work for with very good benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Jackson, GA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Jackson, GA

    I worked at American Woodmark

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Controller
    Current Employee - Plant Controller

    I have been working at American Woodmark

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  9. Helpful (1)

    good job but wages were not up to par took 4 years to reach max. pay in my job class

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Company - Slow to Improve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company! Just like to keep my options open!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

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