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Highland Homes Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Challenging work with a positive enviornment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Highland Homes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work with all different types of customers with different wants and needs so every house presents a new challenge. Good bonuses for finishing houses. Offers you actual meaningful work immediately after being hired.

    Cons

    Lots of driving around and wasting gas if you are a construction manager. Could have better pay for construction managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding place to work where you really make a difference in people's lives.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Highland Homes

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. The company prides itself in always doing the right thing. Sales people are very well paid. The company does a lot to help your business with plenty of great networking opportunities.

    Cons

    The schedule is rough. Sales people work every weekend and most holidays. That is the biggest con I've found with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to play a more active role in sales management.

  3.  

    Great opportunity for financial success, lack of team work and communication

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

    I worked at Highland Homes

    Pros

    This is one of the few builders that treats realtors and employees with respect via compensation. They do not short-change commissions or look for ways to not pay their people. This is also a highly professional atmosphere that expects professional behavior at all times.

    Cons

    There is a serious lack of communication between departments and teams. There is a definite hierarchy and it is hard to move up the ranks without a lot of bureaucracy and politicking. The quality of the homes are decent but the vendors and builders do not always communicate well so homes are not always up to par.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Construction Manager II in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Highland Homes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    not micro managed
    company has a good reputation

    Cons

    Does not pay for gas or vehicle. Huge personal expense that adds up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ok

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

    I worked at Highland Homes full-time

    Pros

    Always a lot of work.

    Cons

    no advancement or recognition for what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compliments are sometime a good thing

  7.  

    Good company that builds good homes

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Highland Homes full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly and cooperative corporate culture. They have a set of core values that they really do put effort into adhering to, where many places it's just so much lip service. They really do think about doing "the right thing" even when it's not necessarily the most expedient or short-term profitable.

    Cons

    Like most companies, there is a tendency for departments to act as standalone operations where they would be more effective if they were to look for more ways to share information across departments. People can get territorial, but once they recognized they were doing that, they usually stopped because they understood the value of cooperation.

    The biggest downside to working here, though, is that the top layers of management have "C-level personalities". They have a hard time listening to things they don't want to hear, and when they screw up, only a few of them are willing to just admit it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to listen to people who are trying to warn you about a problem. They can be your greatest asset. If you don't listen and things go badly, learn to say, "This went really badly. Here's why, here are the signs and warnings that I missed or set aside, here's what we can learn from it, and here's how we can move forward."

    If you're good at ignoring mistakes, you might manage to look good publicly. If you're good at confronting mistakes head-on and openly, you will be respected and followed like you've never thought possible.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Highland Homes

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good coworkers, good benefits

    Cons

    Very low compensation and empty promises

  9.  

    A place filled with integrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Highland Homes full-time

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the ability to make what you can out of your job. It is really up to you as far as the level of success you can achieve. It is a place that simply does the right thing.

    Cons

    The organization is relatively flat and there is not a lot of opportunity for real growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to see a more vertical structure that had true responsibility and accountability changes as the key part of each role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Empty promises part 2

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in DFW, TX

    I have been working at Highland Homes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They do build a very nice home and have a lot of integrity towards customers and realtors.

    Cons

    On the other hand, they don't quite treat employees the same. The do not value opinions/suggestions. They is also always seem to keep employees in the dark. Very uncertain. Also, getting promoted takes forever! Hours are AWFUL! 10-7 all year long.. Really?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to try new ways of doing things/change. Don't keep your employees in the dark. Have a little more consideration towards our time with families. Don't be so greedy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work with a culture of doing things right.

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

    I have been working at Highland Homes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They value your opinion and really care about doing the right thing. If the company needs to change direction it can do so very quickly. Thin layer of upper management makes getting decisions made quickly without meeting with 30 people first.

    Cons

    One of its greatest strengths is also its greatest weakness. Since decisions are made quickly, sometimes stepping back and evaluating the situation might be prudent. Often fall into the trap of getting "the cart before the horse". Work out the details BEFORE rolling out new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would much rather have PTO and ditch the vacation/sick days. 15 years before you get 4 weeks vacation? Way too long. Really need to re-vamp how starts are processed - way too many errors and doing work twice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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