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Good employer, but lacks empathy.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fontana, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA

I worked at James Hardie

Pros

Even with the housing market at its lowest point in years, James Hardie is still profitable. They are a good company and offer exceptional benefits including fabulous heath care insurance, 6% matching 401K, and even free lunch on Fridays (although that may be disappearing). They hire high caliber employees and look to hire the very best.

Cons

When downsizing 22 corporate positions, they gave the staff NO advance notice. A meeting with HR and you were walked out the door -- not even a chance to say good-bye to friends. Good luck trying to get all of your personal effects back.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have respect for the people that gave their all for the company for years. Give them notice of planned lay-offs and thank them for their service and let them leave with dignity.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company to build building products industry experience

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    Former Employee - Account Representative  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at James Hardie

    Pros

    James Hardie is a highly respected company in the building products industry with one of the most advanced products available in the market today. Spend some years with James Hardie, and you are likely to find your next interview much easier with "James Hardie Building Products" on the top of your resume.

    Benefit are absolutely world-class. Company vehicle and gas card add significant value to overall compensation package.

    Cons

    Downturn in market has created a micro-managing atmosphere that can be difficult for some people that are used to the "old Hardie" ways, where sales representatives were given more freedom to manage their business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you put in place to manage your business in the field without significant oversight. Keep employees apprised of new products and make sure they are well trained to sell against them.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, cut throat environment that will test your sanity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Hardie

    Pros

    Benefits, challenging, the people, lots of expereience to be had.

    Cons

    Snap shot decissions. Good ol'boy network. Disrespectful leadership who talk out both sides of their mouths.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look in a mirror.

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