Johns Manville

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Johns Manville Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
50 Reviews
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Johns Manville President & CEO Mary Rhinehart
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent pay, good work-life balance, good 401k and some benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Appointing Mary Rhinehart as the new CEO was the best decision Berkshire Hathaway could have made (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Some key senior management are over their heads, and their insecurity results in poor decisions to hide their incompetence (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Working there is like eating broccoli, every day, for the rest of your life. Good for you, but not good.

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    Current Employee - Snark Champion in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Snark Champion in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable paycheck, coworkers are professional and courteous.

    Cons

    Ageism to the extreme. They have tons of older people waiting for retirement and blocking key promotable positions for career-minded individuals. The company is aware of that, but they're bypassing mid-career talent for very young, and denying many good, skilled, middle-aged workers a chance to grow. If you're over 30, chances to be considered an Emerging Leader start to close, and if you are over 40, its the kiss of Death, no matter how good you are, how hard you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees as valuable, show some care and concern when employees have valid desires to manage their career. Engage on more than just your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    High demands, high rewards

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician

    I worked at Johns Manville part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees (at least in my division) were given a clear view of what was expected and were provided with the tools, equipment and training to be successful. The company culture places a high value on hard work, and recognize those that give the extra effort.
    Salary was well above average for the industry.

    Cons

    Valuing hard work is at times is at time obsessive. The saying went “If you can’t be bothered to show up in Saturday don’t bother coming in on Sunday. When the work load was high working in the field over the weekend, and putting in evening hours was the norm. Some the best workers burned out and left for jobs that payed less but offered better work - life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff is highly motivated and works very hard - consider awarding additional vacations or comp time for all those evenings and weekend they put in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Change mostly beneficial

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Johns Manville full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid, stable company with a strong commitment to safety, employee development, volunteerism, financial returns and product stewardship. Mary Rhinehart, the new CEO, and Greg Clarke, the new CFO, are awesome and will move the company forward at a faster pace. It's new commitment to innovation should also help.

    Cons

    Market positions don't seem to be as strong as in the past. Surprisingly the company hasn't grown much under the Berkshire Hathaway ownership. Competitors are moving quicker in i environmental management systems and product declarations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better advantage of the Berkshire Hathaway ownership and grow. Double down on product development and stewardship. Learn more from the Europeans in sustainable solutions. Motivate employees to be more active in their communities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid company with good people, C level execs are not exactly qualified for the job....

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    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and flexibility. time off policies.

    Cons

    JM clearly stands for Just Meetings, we really don't get a full 40 hours of work in because we are ALWAYS in meetings often with no value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings or at least make the meetings we have add value to the company. Watch out for the MANY employees who find "important" busy work to justify the job they hold. This company could use a good old fashioned layoff to shed some of the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company culture, good benefits, good rewards for hardworking individuals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product/Quality Technologist
    Current Employee - Product/Quality Technologist

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong safety culture. Many opportunities to move up for hardworking, dedicated employees

    Cons

    Not too many. Must be willing to adjust personal schedule according to work schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intriguing opportunity to see technology that few people, even in science, have an opportunity to view.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Littleton, CO

    I worked at Johns Manville full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Without a doubt, some of the most intelligent people I have ever worked with. Research brought me into contact with fascinating technology: every day was a challenge.

    Cons

    At the time I worked for Manville, they were experiencing the trials of the asbestos trust, which was endangering their solvency and, by extension, everyone's job security. It was a difficult and stressful period. Even so, I would not have traded the time I spent there, nor the people I was privileged to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep checking those credentials.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Johns Manville full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Location. Berkshire Hathaway.

    Cons

    No Cons I can speak to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Plant review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johns Manville full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great employees and pay.

    Cons

    Down size, if you are a in management every time there is a upper manage organization change your job is not safe, Johns Manville changes upper manager every three years, thus
    lowered manager are terminate .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to see how if your middle managers are actually following the core value of integrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johns Manville part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Training. Morale, Advancement and Pay

    Cons

    I encountered no cons while working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some great people who actually do the heavy lifting. Senior management is the emperor who has no clothes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO

    I worked at Johns Manville full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, lots of great people sprinkled throughout company.

    Cons

    Some key senior management are over their heads, and their insecurity results in poor decisions to hide their incompetence. Some of them focus too much on trying to do "all the right things" on a superficial level, vs. doing what's best for the company and its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Man up vs. using middle management and rank and file to take the fall for your insecurity and incompetencies. Trust and leverage the knowledge, experience and competence of your people vs. viewing them as a threat because they know more about areas than you do. Take a look at the number of people who have been promoted to key positions because they have the "right look" but no results, and promote the people who actually get the results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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