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Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
40 Reviews
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Centex Homes President and COO, West David L. Barclay
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  1.  

    Construction mismanagement

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    Former Employee - Level V Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Level V Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Centex Homes

    Pros

    Pay range and knowledge of construction gained

    Cons

    Lack of company communication and direction.
    Centex laid off my entire division and kept 3 managers to run the home warranty while tripling all of their salaries and incentives.
    The company also spent tens of millions on the Denver division in rebranding and new management programs that were unnecessary as they were planning on division closure as a ultimate end. With the aforementioned money being spent and already spent they could have kept the division open and saved hundreds of loyal employees positions, but then Pulte Homes wouldn't have had such a juicy acquisition.

    Good old boys are alive and well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't train promise futures and then sell out your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Employment is not always determined by merit.

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    Former Employee - Construction Superintendent  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Construction Superintendent in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Centex Homes

    Pros

    Before the housing market went down the drain, Centex was a great place to work.

    Cons

    The management team in Atlanta needs a new make over. The Construction Manager didn't treat people on merit, but how much he liked you. If this was not true, I would still be working for Centex. To be a builder for Centex, you don't need to know much about building, but you need to on the good side of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I would give to Senior Management is remember the guy's building the houses are the one's that keep you with a job! I think a little more respect and an open eye would help. The Management team in Atlanta needs a second look at. If you don't believe what I am written, check with your field managers.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Used to be a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - New Home Consultant  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - New Home Consultant in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at Centex Homes

    Pros

    Centex does a good job of giving its employees a good amount of freedom, you hit your numbers and you are not bothered by management. Benefits are okay but have deteroriated over the last couple years. I would say one of the better builders to work for considered the tough housing market. They have been doing a good job of generating cash and positioning themselves for the future recovering. In a descent housing market making over 100k is very realistic.

    Cons

    Layoffs have been occurring every quarter for two years, nobody feels safe. This creates some morale issues and management often seems overwhelmed with all the changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent on future goals and communicate that with the employees.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not much opportunity, company has shrunk 2/3 the size in one yr.

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    Former Employee - Field Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Centex Homes

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, good peers to work with.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Not many rewards for jobs well done, except for the at-a-boy system. It's like a fraternity, cant move up unless you are one of the brothers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To act more professional when conducting meetings and working with subcontractors. Always using profanity and talking badly to others during meetings and presentations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Centex.....Best place to grow a career in home building

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    Former Employee - Division Safety Officer  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Division Safety Officer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Centex Homes

    Pros

    Leadership training and zero micro management; in the past divisions ran autonomously but in the recent economic climate they have begun to reduce costs by standardizing certain aspects of the business. I particularly respected the pay scale which did not provide the highest base salary but did provide highest total income after a performance bonus. Which by design weeded out non performers because they would rather work a company that did not reward on performance and paid a higher base.

    Cons

    None that I can think of Ienjoyed my time working at Centex unless you call working with high performers caused a highly competitive enviroment increasing stress at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Tim Eller course

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working for a Big Builder

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Centex Homes

    Pros

    Numerous communities, they have 23 dvisions across the country.

    Cons

    The pay is lacking. Constantly changing the way they do business. They do not value their employees and are only concerned about their bottom line. They are not currently building inventory homes and it is tough to sell a home that can be ready in 7-8 months in this market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lacking, always looking for the short term and not the long term

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Tough time for industry. Great People.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Centex Homes

    Pros

    The people. Centex Homes has great people in IT. They have been through voluntary and involuntary layoffs of late, but the core still remains. It is the people that make Centex Homes worth risking the uncertainty to stay.

    Cons

    The current downturn in the home building industry. After many years with the same CIO, Centex Homes replaced him with another that only lasted around a year. The new CIO is from YUM and is still untested. He has had to do some difficult things (layoffs), but I think he saved some jobs during that process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don' t cut too deep.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Accounting staff is always overworked and under appreciated.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Centex Homes

    Pros

    There were opportunities to receive discounts on a home or items purchased through the design center. It is a large publicly traded company that is recognized. Also having a large builder like Centex on the resume is very helpful if someone wants to continue working in real estate/building. There was never a shortage of work so as not to get bored during the day. If someone stays long enough there really is a chance to see levels of detail related to such a large builder. Although the company is sorted by divisions, there really is an opportunity to get involved/exposed to what it really takes to build a home which can be interesting by itself.

    Cons

    Too many hours of overtime worked. Lack of knowledgeable staffing. Poor hiring choices. Lack of communication between employees and management. No respect for family time or responsibilities. No respect for people who strived for more efficient ways of completing tasks. Management were always in meetings and didn't spend enough time actually working which slows down employees who report to them. Management was motivated by their potential 'performance bonuses'. There was some questionable behavior at year end time that was definitely motivated by money. Being a publicly traded company with stockholders, there were additional deadlines and reporting requirements imposed on divisions that were not reasonable to complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time meeting and allow more time for actual working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Market Downturn has brought uncertainty

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    Former Employee - Decline to State  in  Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Decline to State in Corona, CA

    I worked at Centex Homes

    Pros

    Most people were great to worl with.

    Cons

    Due to market downturn, a lot of uncertainty. Not much job security, no chance for advancement for a least a few more years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what they are doing to bring company out of market downturn

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No complaints, I left to redirect my career and would like to go back to work for Centex in a different position

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Portland, OR

    I worked at Centex Homes

    Pros

    The company is well organized and well run, the people are generally good to work with

    Cons

    Starting salaries a little low, may take several years to get into the higher salary category

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck - I'm glad I'm not a homebuilding exec right now

    Recommends
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