James Hardie

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James Hardie Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
57 Reviews
2.8
57 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical
    Former Employee - Technical

    I worked at James Hardie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation, health benefits are more than fair. Personal drive, aggression is usually rewarded. As long as you give management what they need, you can get a lot of freedom in your job.

    Cons

    Absolutely no planning. Quick and dirty patch-work over permanent fix is encouraged by management. Even technical function is led with shot-sighted mentality. A few powerful people run the place in a very autocratic manner. You need to have a god-father to climb the ladder. The work culture doesn't always encourage collaborative efforts towards common goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could listen to her technical staff, at least in technical matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair work for decent comp

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager II  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and pretty much 9-5

    Cons

    Travel is extensive and upward mobility is limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to talent... Too much turnover

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but not a career!

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at James Hardie full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Tight clique, good company if you have the right "friends"

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant Turnover, Hash Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make actual improvements to the culture and work environment instead of just saying you did.

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

    Toxic Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Definitely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

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

    company doesnt know what to do next

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pull 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    exhausting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at James Hardie full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch Thursday every week.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take better care of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    over worked under paid and not appreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    communication 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 ManagementAdvice

    communicate 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Rep

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at James Hardie as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I was paid weekly

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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