Grand Homes Inc.

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Grand Homes Inc. Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Be prepared to come in and sell hard..... Looking for Wolves, No Sheep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Community Sales Manager

    I worked at Grand Homes Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They set you up to succeed, they rest is up to you. They offer a month training program with 2-3 months base salary and an additional training program every quarter. The model homes in the community are there to wow the customers, your job is to do the rest. Its great pay if you can establish sales in your first two-three weeks, if your only sale comes in your second month watch out your starting to sink and probably will not last. They promote from within after a long while.

    Cons

    Office gossip, don't fall prey to the "he said/she said" or the "you have to watch your back with this one"...... keep focus on your job. If you leave or your fired the commissions you have on the books will not be given to you. The managers ride you like a horse if your not making sales, also they have their favorites already. Be prepared for the managers to talk down to you as well, have to have thick skin. Private home builder, so they don't have enough skin in the game to build out your communities.... be prepared to sell the "one of a kind dream home". You will loose sells to the bigger competition drees, ashtonwoods, beazer, toll brothers because they have homes completed and on the ground ready for move in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Grand Homes - Dallas, Texas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Grand Homes Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great floor plans and designs. Good training program by sales managers if you are new to the industry. Support for sales from all departments is very good. The problem is managers have no authority to approve contracts, change orders, sales concessions, etc. due to micro-management by the owner. Even at the Division VP level any and everything must be approved by Mr. Brooks or his son if it costs money.

    Cons

    Serious micro-management problem. Very slow to get homes started. Some deals taking over 9 months from contract to just applying for the building permit. Then another 8-10 months to build. Way overpriced. Company wants very high margins which is good for the owner but not the commissioned sales personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your management team some real authority to sign contracts and approve other items. Quit micro-managing everything. Get your prices in line with your competitors. Take a Valium and quit verbally abusing your personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Be cautious of this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A
    Current Employee - N/A

    I have been working at Grand Homes Inc.

    Pros

    There are a few decent people in this company

    Cons

    Too many to list. The chances of you ever getting paid the correct amount is slim to none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Please Do Your Research and Ask to Interview With Other Sales Associates

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Sales Manager in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Community Sales Manager in Addison, TX

    I worked at Grand Homes Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I met some great people.

    Cons

    The turnover rate is astounding, and for good reason. Be sure to ask the question, what is your turnover rate? They will lie, but in truth this company has had 7 Sales Associates quit or be fired in the last 90 days. Because the average Sales Associate only lasts 90 to 120 days, the company gets free labor. It is very difficult to see any income in that short of a time, however you will work 60 plus hours a week and be required to attend non paid trainings and day long meetings that will prevent you from selling. The culture is toxic and you be subjected to various forms of intimidation, and emotional abuse. The CEO creates an environment where employees must "request" their hard earned money, and at anytime he can take "his" money back. Most Sales Associates owe Grand Homes money, due to the system of draws and back charges. It is literally possible to do everything right, make a sale and the CEO decides that you receive NO Commission at all. Ask to speak with three active Sales Associates that have been employed less than a year and don't be afraid to ask the hard questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating human beings as disposable. Pay your Sales Associates minimum wage, if you require them to work scheduled hours and waste entire days waiting around corporate. Your motto is "People Matter", start with your own people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst job in my career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grand Homes Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cannot think of any pros for this company

    Cons

    Long long hours. CEO prone to violent outbursts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad Company, very Dysfunctional Culture and Owner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Sales Manager in Frisco, TX
    Current Employee - Community Sales Manager in Frisco, TX

    I have been working at Grand Homes Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Bi Monthly Pizza Party with food and drink during disguised Rah Rah Sales meetings

    Cons

    Very dysfunctional company and culture......In my 20 + years of sales I have never witness a more screw up company.....Grand Homes sales managers/associates consistantly average 70% turnover rate for sales personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the kiss butts and replace upper managers with quality managers who can tell the owner What he Needs to hear, Not what he wants to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Not a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commuity Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Commuity Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Grand Homes Inc.

    Pros

    Great looking product, excellent web site, financially sound, decent working environment. Well known within the industry, better than average sales training.

    Cons

    Homes are overpriced compared to the rest of the market. Level of standard features are the lowest in the industry. Endless non-productive sales meetings. Management is not receptive to input from lower levels. Deceptive pricing and promotions. Extremely, repeat, extremely high turn over in sales positions. No benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the sales meetings and training sessions. Let community managers have some days off. Respond to requests from the field. Price your product according to the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    It was an okay experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Grand Homes Inc.

    Pros

    -Work is easy, basically consists of helping the sales managers perform their duties.

    -Get a $250 bonus if you help sell a home.

    Cons

    -Paycheck is bimonthly and you are responsible for getting your hours faxed to the corporate office so if they don't get in they don't pay you until the next pay period. They consistently loose time sheets...

    -long commutes to different subdivisions (about 30min)... so you spend a lot on gas

    -They only give you 32 hours a week.

    -No health insurance for sales assistants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to retain quality people you have to pay quality wages

    Doesn't Recommend

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