Hearth & Home Technologies

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Hearth & Home Technologies Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
14 Reviews

2.6
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    A short title

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    Current Employee - Painter  in  Lake City, MN
    Current Employee - Painter in Lake City, MN

    I have been working at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time

    Pros

    variety of jobs and experiences, large staff but very sociable, events and company celebrations, company involvement, variety of products and elements in work

    Cons

    People who don't care or think they're better than everyone, extremely inconsistent work schedule, very understaffed for the workload demanded, determined to constantly 'fix' things that are never broke often resulting in something broken being considered an improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work schedules that compliment the available crew, better compensation for the more heavily-worked and stressed positions

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Throw a hot dog down a hall, loose and fake.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Hearth & Home Technologies

    Pros

    Flexibility on professionalism. Good 401 and they're making money, doing well. Good for kids in their twenties, family members of the brand and sociopaths.

    Cons

    Crap pay. Redundant work. Yes men managers. Sole focus on profit with little regard to people. Terrible leadership from HR, marketing, sales and finance. Bad track record in the industry. Bullies and cheaters to be honest, a big budget from corporate owners, HNI is the only reason the brands under this company have survived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying you're lean and give everyone a chance at six sigma certification. Don't make up your own programs, you're fake, not helping anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional Mismanaged
    Deter"manned" to Fail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    401k
    Time off
    Opportunities if you know someone or are related

    Cons

    Learn the business before you try to run the business you can have all the degrees you want but with no customers you will fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work the jobs you criticize so you can wrap your brain around what goes on, you can't do anyone's job by reading a piece of paper, jump right in and get some real world class experience from the customers who pay your inflated salaries and send you on your vacations. We can't respect you when you couldn't on a good day do what we do for a living ,for an hour.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    O.K.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had an experience as an intern. There were really nice people and an interesting product line to learn about.

    Cons

    I will give a little slack here since I was just an intern, but there wasn't a whole lot of training and development as far as my career goes. I did quite a bit of busy work without being given "my own" project.

  6.  

    Great Place to work , very strong in Lean Manufacturing (Shingo Award Winner - 2005)

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Lake City, MN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Lake City, MN

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Strong lean manufacturing knowledge base , top down approach
    - Flexible work hours
    - Reinvestment in the form of capital projects and employee training

    Cons

    - New product development and R&D is very minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better to innovate than to iterate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Executive Leaders don't get it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Colville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colville, WA

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies

    Pros

    Good people
    Good product
    Customers are very supportive of initiatives within the organization
    Front line leaders were developed to be leaders prior to 2008

    Cons

    Executive leadership talks about implementing RCI, but does not follow some of the key parts of the RCI process such as:
    - Empower the people
    - Develop and Support leaders
    They are more concerned about the $ than anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the RCI concept. Don't allow yourself to be a numbers watcher. Realize that if you follow the RCI concepts, the numbers will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company. Not too big, not too small.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lakeville, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN

    I have been working at Hearth & Home Technologies

    Pros

    Strong management. Good people. Fair rewards to the best talent. Management very visible and in touch with the business. Great place to work. Opportunities for growth, especially if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    The best employees at corporate work a lot of hours. It starts to become the norm and hard to work just a 40 hour week without feeling like a slacker.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disfuctional and unprofessional...Stay away!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lakeville, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN

    I have been working at Hearth & Home Technologies

    Pros

    Free coffee and water. Decent bonuses. You can get discounts on some products.

    Cons

    This organization is so disfuctional and demoralizing. If you have not been in the hearth industry for 15 years or more don't bother, they won't listen to your ideas. President Brad Determine is very unprofessional and often yells and swears at people in front of others. They say they are into rapid continuous improvement but only when you do what the senior leaders say. Their continuous improvement does not have any follow through, control or training. Lots of turnover with people who have been there less thatn 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new president. Treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work Atmosphere & Supportive Management/Leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Really supportive management - empowers employees to make decisions & stands by them.
    - Great growth opportunities
    - Encouragement & backing to develop skills
    - Employees get exposure to all areas of the business & are kept in the loop.
    - Great company and really great products
    - Fun group of employees (most folks here are friendly & personable)
    - Regular interaction with top leadership.
    - Great Flexibility and sweet perks like summer hours
    - Fun events like golf tournaments, quarterly parties, appreciation lunches/BBQs, etc.
    - Great compensation and benefits - highly competitive.

    Cons

    Office is far away from the city and is surrounded by farm land (which could be real PRO for someone tired of traffic/city-life!).

    Honestly, I don't have many cons. HHT is great about supporting all employees (I'm just a worker bee - not a manager or VP or anything) and our need for flexibility and work/life/balance. It's one of the best places I've ever worked and I've got to say I'm pretty darn happy here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting and empowering your best employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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