James Hardie Building Products
2.8 of 5 44 reviews
www.jameshardie.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Toxic Corporate Culture

Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
Fontana, CA

I worked at James Hardie Building Products full-time for more than 5 years

ProsJames Hardie has a good product that provides a true performance advantage over other building products. The company pays well and has good health insurance benefits. You are given a fair amount of responsibility and can really make a lot of difference if you are motivated.

ConsJames Hardie has a corporate culture that goes beyond professional candor to scary behavior in the name of accountability. The executive management lacks any sort of tact or decorum and are regularly verbally abusive to the employees. In the early days there were employees threatened with 2 x 4s in their performance reviews and taken outside to settle matters. National sales meetings were essentially bachelor parties. Today things are more tame but it is still very much a good ol' boys club with an alpha male complex. Employees are pitted against one another to compete and the winner is the survivor.

Advice to Senior ManagementMost of the management team today has only ever worked for James Hardie. I think it would do them good to work for another company and learn how to lead people with professional decorum.

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

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Fontana, CA

I have been working at James Hardie Building Products full-time for more than 8 years


Pros: The environment is truly dynamic, many might say chaotic. There is always a crisis or a problem to solve. If you are involved… Cons: The culture is harsh and can be extremely abusive. Upper managers will dress down employees publicly. This may be done by simple, unprofessional,… Advice to Senior Management: 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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Great Benefits, Company Vehicle but a "Turn and Burn" company

Market Development Manager (Former Employee)
Detroit, MI

I worked at James Hardie Building Products full-time for more than a year


Pros: Company vehicle, expense account, sales awards and recognition Cons: Turnover of upper management, lack of accountability of management, lack… Advice to Senior Management: Take ownership of mistakes, do not let them roll down… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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