Hunter Douglas (US)

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Hunter Douglas (US) Reviews

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
18 Reviews

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  1.  

    Friendly coworkers and easy day-to-day atmosphere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Production in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Company provides nice benefits to employees.

    Cons

    Quotas are sometimes too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits if you like working 24/7!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A forward-thinking, financially healthy company.

    Cons

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company for Entry level.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Manager
    Current Employee - Market Manager

    Pros

    great benefits, very well known in its industry

    Cons

    Lot 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 ManagementAdvice

    I think you shouldn't fire somebody and hire somebody else just for saving $20000 a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly managed,

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    Former Employee - Buyer  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Buyer in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Good People. They have innovative designers and very unique products

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be a Great Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Operations  in  West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Flatten 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I liked it alot and enjoyed traveling.

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Management in Houston, TX

    Pros

    nice products but too expensive for what you get.

    Cons

    slow to change and add new products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of employees

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not as great as it used to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable, 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.

    Cons

    Office 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 ManagementAdvice

    Relax a little to lighten up the office atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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