Hunter Douglas (US)

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Hunter Douglas (US) Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
Hunter Douglas (US) – Broomfield – “Duette Way”

Hunter Douglas (US) – Broomfield – “Duette Way”
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3.2 18 reviews

42% Approve of the CEO

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Friendly coworkers and easy day-to-day atmosphere.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsGreat training. Great health benefits, especially when having a baby. Depending on which business unit you work for, management is very open to your ideas. As far as product design, you get access to many types of materials: plastics, die castings, extrusions, textiles, paints/decorations, keeps it fairly interesting and fun. Nice coworkers. Nice buildings and campus.

    ConsVery top heavy company. Zero growth in engineering career path. Expect a 3% merit increase every year, even if company profits are great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a highly experienced PhD in engineering with a manufacturing background to help guide your manufacturing processes (and company) into the modern era.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Experience

    Production (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsCompany provides nice benefits to employees.

    ConsQuotas are sometimes too high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits if you like working 24/7!

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsHunter Douglas has great products and good employee discounts on their products. They have a good employee benefits package as well.

    ConsThis company looks great on the outside, but most of the upper level managers are male. Most of the mid-level managers are female and the competition between the product groups is fierce. You would think the company would want to be on the same page "so to speak." Upper level management creates unattainable goals with crazy deadlines! They also support the China market in moving the their hardware production and some printing production to this country.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA forward-thinking, financially healthy company.

    ConsLong commute to work. Company is located in an isolated area.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company for Entry level.

    Market Manager (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat benefits, very well known in its industry

    ConsLot of who knows who, you do not worth anything even though you work your bottom off, you might move upward if you have good relations with upper management. low pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think you shouldn't fire somebody and hire somebody else just for saving $20000 a year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poorly managed,

    Buyer (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsGood People. They have innovative designers and very unique products

    ConsA lot of "good old boy" attitudes at the top management level. Many programs brought in to increase morale, but managment does not really buy in. They state that they do, but their actions speak more loudly. They outsourced a lot of their plastics and fabrics (Japan and China) closing down or nearly closing their own vertically integrated plants.

    Advice to Senior Managementleave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a Great Company to Work For

    Director of Operations (Former Employee) West Sacramento, CA

    Pros- Reasonable bonus opportunity for low to middle managers and most salaried employees; large bonus opportunity for senior managers and executives.
    - Employee purchase program provides discount (but most hourly employees still can't afford their own products).
    - Company continues to be profitable even in housing and economic downturn.
    - Numerous managers in the Window Fashions Division genuinely care about the employees.
    - Generally positive attempts at involving floor level employees in continuous improvement.
    - The increasing rate at which HD is purchasing independent fabricators (which will eventually result in the demise of independents and the IFG management group) results in more efficient operations and better control of quality for the company as a whole.

    Cons- Too much dependence on the Costco account has put the company at risk
    - There seems to be a common view in the entire company that significant change is needed to survive in the long term but no one seems willing to do it. This awareness coupled with lack of action creates a very odd, and nepotistic, culture.
    - The business unit silos in WFD (as noted in other reviews) has created significant duplication of effort, tremendous waste in processes and overhead, and no longer results in the healthy competition that it was originally designed for.
    - The negative attitudes between different Divisions (Window Fashions vs. Fabrication vs. Independent vs etc.) results in a work environment that is not open to solving problems and reducing waste.
    - I have observed executive management in the Fabrication Division speak negatively about an employee behind that employee's back but in front of his/her peers. This was on multiple occasions and was all the more revolting given that the same executive management would not address the issue directly with the person. Simply the oddest and most inexcusable management behavior I have ever seen.
    - This is not just opinion, but something that is openly discussed among senior managers: the company is "top heavy" with way too many Presidents, VPs, & Directors for it's size. Seems that everyone is waiting for the current regime to retire at the end of 2013 and for someone else to come in and restructure.
    - Inconsistent bonus opportunity across Divisions and sites for the hourly employees creates animosity toward senior & executive management. Those that do the daily work and really make it happen get $100 at end of year in Fab Division - except in the Salt Lake Plant which is also allowed to have a weekly bonus top in addition. In the Window Fashions Division they get 5% of annual wages.
    - The Fabrication Division claims to be on a lean journey similar to Toyota but only emphasizes one of the two pillars of the Toyota Way: focuses on Continuous improvement pillar while ignoring "Respect for People" pillar.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten the company structure. Address the the inconsistencies in basic policies and behaviors noted above. Develop a real long term strategy and stick to it. Stop saying that employees are your most important asset until you treat them that way again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I liked it alot and enjoyed traveling.

    Management (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Prosnice products but too expensive for what you get.

    Consslow to change and add new products

    Advice to Senior Managementtake care of employees

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    A good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMostly a good work life balance. Great location. Most people stay a long time. Stable. Nice office. Above average benefits.

    ConsNot as great as it used to be.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStable, sensible workplace with a dedicated workforce. The kind of company where a productive employee can stay for years. Good mobility within company if one wishes to change jobs. Good benefits.

    ConsOffice culture a bit old-fashioned and brand units compete rather than cooperate due to silo-oriented organization. Seems much effort is duplicated because of this. In my department, work/life balance nearly non-existent. Unreasonable workload most of the time with the expectation that it all be accomplished, no matter what.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRelax a little to lighten up the office atmosphere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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