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State of flux - don't get too comfortable

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Former Employee - Manager
Former Employee - Manager

I worked at Masonite International full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Masonite is the kind of place where you can make a difference: there is not a lot of red tape. The company has grown rapidly through acquisitions, yet there's a small-company feel. They hire a lot of smart, talented and proven individuals, so you could have a chance to work with some top talent.

Cons

Management changes direction frequently, frantically trying to be profitable. There are layoffs each October, and during particularly bad years, layoffs in the late spring as well. Resources are slim.

The company is owned by several private equity firms, which are having a hard time dealing with the fact that this hasn't been a good investment for them. These owners are working to do what’s necessary to make the company attractive for resale in the short-term. Their primary purpose is to squeeze whatever profits they can out of Masonite, which drives a lot of frenzied cost-cutting behavior that may not serve the company's long-term growth and stability.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling Industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Masonite International

    Pros

    Industry respected product. Good communications from upper management to employees. Committed to employee safety. Great 401K match. Management seems to respect employees and in providing them opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    The industry has been in a depression for several years now so money is very tight. Extremely understaffed and resources needed to get the job done right are more often than not simply not available. Employees very overburdened with too many projects. Frequent layoffs. Unpaid furloughs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rome wasn't built in a day, and when business picks up, you won't be able to restaff and get the new hires up to speed overnight either! It can take a year or longer to get professionals trained and competent in a new job. If you think that business will improve in the near future, than you shouldn't be so quick to cut off heads, as the dollars you save today will likely cost you many more dollars in the future when you find you don't have the talent in place to meet customer demands, and you will find that they take their business elsewhere.
    It probably would have made more sense to devote financial resources to trying to keep departments adequately staffed than to run around buying up other companies that you believe you are buying cheap.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's only money

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Masonite International

    Pros

    excellent upper management communication process

    Cons

    frivolous and unnecessary capital expenditures.
    little or no oversight on spending.
    no formal purchasing process.
    What's an RFI/RFP/RFQ?
    who cares about operational efficiency?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spending should be scrutinized more tightly in a down economy

    Doesn't Recommend
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