James Hardie

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James Hardie Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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2.9 55 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

James Hardie CEO Louis Gries

Louis Gries

(33 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free lunches on Fridays, company pays for your benefits, casual dress (in 5 reviews)

  • Benefits/Company Vehicle were the only pro's from this company (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Say they care about work life balance this isn't true (in 5 reviews)

  • The biggest negative about James Hardie is the job security and turnover (in 3 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but not a career!

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsA market leading company with a chance to work with innovative, intelligent and aggressive co-workers. A lot of energy throughout the organization and very driven to produce results.

    ConsIt is a turn and burn environment. Accept it for what it is and don't anticipate a long run with the company. They turn over highly qualified employees on regular basis. Much of the churn is in response to market/economic cycles, but there is not much of a second chance. Produce and move up or move on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant Turnover, Hash Work Environment

    Market Analyst (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsFree lunches on Fridays, company pays for your benefits, casual dress

    ConsThe culture is cut throat. Every manager has an inner circle of preferred people and if you're not someone's circle you won't be here very long. This is why you either love it or hate it here. If you're in the right circles, you love it, if you're not you'll hate it. Despite what they say, there are a lot of politics here. You always have to be in the right circle if you want to succeed and, at the same time, your manager has to be in the right circle. If you're manager falls out of favor, it's very likely that you won't be at James Hardie very long.

    The company also has a poor reputation in the industry. They have a hard time finding recruiters who will work with them since they turn over their employees constantly. If you're contacted by a recruiter for a job at James Hardie , it's likely the recruiter never worked with them before.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake actual improvements to the culture and work environment instead of just saying you did.

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

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    Tight clique, good company if you have the right "friends"

    Engineer (Current Employee) Naperville, IL

    ProsBenefits, competitive salaries, pretense that HR cares. Free-lunch Fridays.

    ConsNo direction, takes the term "self-starter" to an all-time high definition. You either "have what it takes" or you don't.
    You're either "in" or your "out", with little to no explanation. Very political and biased organization ran totalitarian style by the few at the top.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo what you tell everyone else to do, live by your own words and hold yourselves to your standards. Treat others as you would like to be treated, not as though they are less superior than yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic Work Environment

    Sales (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsA lot of opportunity to advance but only if you want to relocate. JH has jobs all across North America.

    ConsDefinitely the toxic, old boys club culture. There are three stories that are part of the culture here that tell you every thing you need to know about James Hardie. First, there's the story about how managers in the plants used to bring 2x4s into performance reviews to instill fear. Second, there's the story about how an employee found out he was laid-off when he went to the hospital on the weekend and found out he had no health insurance. Third, there's the story about how the CEO gave a speech at the company Christmas party criticizing every employee in attendance (in front of their spouses) how they would be fired if they didn't improve their performance. These are the stories that employees here brag about to new hires. This type of behavior is the foundation of the James Hardie culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on improving your culture even by a small amount. A lot of managers have behaviors that wouldn't be tolerated at most companies this size.

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

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    company doesnt know what to do next

    Business Development (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsWhen the market is up, sales are up and everyone is happy as can be

    ConsManagement cant decide what way is up or down and cant come to a clear strategy in the market. One day its this, next week its a different story. Too many cooks in the kitchen and not enough real marketing people at this company. James Hardie is a brand but to 95% of America its a guys name and nothign more. Not good PR if you ask me

    Advice to Senior ManagementPull your head out your butt and start looking at your competiton and possibly you can learn how to succeed. Hardie did a great job in the late 2000's to take market share and really be the leader in fiber cement but they got complacent and starting relaxing and now they are back to fighting to gain what they lost.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    exhausting

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsFree lunch Thursday every week.

    ConsExcessive hours are expected to be performed weekly throughout the entire department. also a demoralizing atmosphere.

    Advice to Senior Managementtake better care of employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    over worked under paid and not appreciated

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospay and bonus good but doesn't cover the total hours of work you are expected to do

    Conscommunication is a joke - you are expected to know where management is going without being told and if you go one direction and it is wrong - you are blasted - there is no unity within the company - it is a pure dog eat dog firm - so you need to team up with someone, but if you choose wrong, your time might be short in the company. Also - don't get used to your manager as it is very possible they wont be your manager soon - I have had a different manager each year for the past 6 years - hard to establish yourself when you have to sell yourself each year to a new person that had never managed your area of the business

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate with everyone - not just a few people and hope that they can push it down to the workers - that isn't happening at all. try to realize what motivates people and it isn't always money - figure out how to make everyone part of one team and not several divisions

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

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    Sales Rep

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsI was paid weekly

    ConsCompany sells you a dream about promotions and mobility within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe Leaders

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

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    Challenging Environment, Always Changing

    Regional Sales Representative (Former Employee) Mission Viejo, CA

    ProsThe company takes care of it's employees, they provide some of the best benefits of any company that I have ever worked for, and the products they manufacture are without question the absolute best in the industry. There are abundant opportunities for moving up in the company, if you don't mind moving or traveling.

    ConsConstantly changing environment and personnel, which makes it difficult to know who to contact for what. There is no "company directory", you are just supposed to know who to contact for answers, most likely your manager, which makes it look like you don't know anything. You are micromanaged, but scorned if you don't think for yourself. The company sets lofty goals, which are attainable primarily because the product is superior to the competition, but don't expect a pat on the back, or any congrats for your achievements.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess turnover, more focused appreciation for what employees are doing. It's not a weakness to tell someone that they are doing a good job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hardwork is Rewarded

    Regional Sales Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPromotes success, personal initiative is rewarded when successful, lots of positions open to those that will relocate

    Consperformance management company; the bottom 10%+ or turned over yearly,

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey hardly stay around long enough to give advice to

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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