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3 people found this helpful  

A huge ship with no captain

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Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Denver, CO

I worked at ProBuild full-time (more than an year)

Pros

There are those in field and in HQ that do appreciate hard work but the problem is the hard work is never ending.

Cons

4 CEOs in 12 months. No strategic plan and the company hasn't ever cashflowed. Current and prior executives have used the parent company of Devonshire Investors (Fidelity) like a bottomless ATM machine burning through billions in invested capital. There is no integration plan to centralize the organization beyond moving jobs to Denver. Operations in the field continues to make decisions that are of 'local' benefit only since no one in leadership will make a stand and offer up the needed human sacrifice, i.e. fire someone for insobordination, and make a stand and move on. Many people, like myself, was promised a plan, a strong financial backing from ownership and the chance to make difference. None ended up being true.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Provide strong, centralized plan and follow through on it. It looks like they're likely to exit many markets over next 6-18 months with lack of business and not being #1 or #2 player in market. They don't have the plan, the leadership or the data systems to compete at a high level abd actually turn a profit. The current talent in the field doesn't have the foresight to see that the company is teetering and close to falling over cliff. Bloated leases that need to be re-evaluated in order to make profitability possible. Utilize the asset base you have in distribution, buying power and the talent that is still there. If you don't want the opinions and ideas of smart employees who didn't grow up or start their careers in a lumberyard then don't go and hire them. You invested heavily in talent you didn't fully utilize to turn the organization around and instead listened to the very short-sighted executives that got you in the spiral of cash burn and lack of margin and profit you are in. Selling lumber isn't that complicated; you don't need to be from the yard and starting pushing a broom at 16 years old to comprehend the business. Too many SVPs and AVPs that can't seee the big picture and only care about how it impacts them. Too many overcompensated VPs making decisions that aren't good for the organization but only good for their local market.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Such promise if not for complete incompetence at the leadership level

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    Former Employee - IT Operations in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - IT Operations in Denver, CO

    I worked at ProBuild

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits offered here are extremely generous. The technology in the primary datacenter is all current next-generation from a full NX-OS Cisco core to a fully redundant high-availability VMWare server farm. At some point in the recent past, one of the myriad leadership chains decided to invest in a very modern high end data center

    Cons

    Management for the sake of management. I've never seen so many Vice-Presidents in a single non-international Corporation. ProBuild is extraordinarily top-heavy. There is no clear vision or direction from the top down. The leadership attempts to compensate for this with an endless stream of weekly multi-hour "town hall" meetings ostensibly to "improve communications" but in reality do not tell the employee base anything that's not already known. I've never spent so much time in valueless meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bloated bureaucracy and endless town halls are not going to bring ProBuild profitability. Never ending changes in leadership and management are not going to bring efficiency or value to the organization. Get a competent leadership structure in place. Get a layer of skilled knowledgeable management in place and allow the dust of constant change to settle. Define a clear vision for not only ProBuild IT, but for ProBuild in general and STICK TO IT. Trying to reinvent the organization every 3-6 months with a revolving door of talent at all levels purely to try (and fail) to reach some short term goal is a recipe for failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at ProBuild

    Pros

    Changes always happen so often

    Cons

    No recognition process in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees time to coach them

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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