Palm Harbor Homes Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. Good product good money

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    Current Employee - Housing Consultant in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Housing Consultant in South Houston, TX

    I have been working at Palm Harbor Homes full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    money is good houses are the nicest manufactured homes on the market

    Cons

    upper management doesn't care is everyone you talk to is a 500 credit score they just want numbers and it's your fault?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to treat your best people who are making you rich

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Do not consider working here!

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    Former Employee - Housing Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Housing Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Palm Harbor Homes

    Pros

    Not a possible pro. My boss was the type of manager that doesn't take care of his employees or customers. I was jipped out of 3 commission checks. He treated me like I was a puppet, and had no care for any of my thoughts. I would try to have him help me submit a deal and he would just say "I'm busy" every time! The $300 a week was barely enough to survive. I couldn't believe how the work conditions were considering we ran off a generator and didn't even have a bathroom! The only pro is that I switched over to Clayton homes and have made double my three months here than ten months at palm harbor.

    Cons

    Everyone is full of it and you can tell right from the getgo. He actually threatened to beat me up like a million times. Still don't know why. But hey I can't complain anymore because they should be out of business soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go bankrupt again. Youre better off that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Not a good job if you need income

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palm Harbor Homes

    Pros

    The training is good, although it's actually more of a brain washing

    Cons

    Very long hours expected with maybe one day off per week. Days are 11 hours but only paid $300/wk salary. Commissions are very thin even tho they promise BIG earnings. Benefits are poor and is the most micro managed company I have ever been in. Upper management is not employee friendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building skills- stop brain washing

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  5. Too many promises

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Palm Harbor Homes full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Helping people find dream homes that exceed their expectations

    Cons

    Salaries aren't great. Advancement opportunities promised for outstanding work, but ultimately realized it was just smoke and mirrors

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    They are a great company to work for & are always pushing for
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    Current Employee - General Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Palm Harbor Homes full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have flexible hours
    They give you a chance for unlimited income
    They have a good benefits package
    They are big about promoting from within
     palmharborsouth . com is great

    Cons

    They are not yet in some states and we wood like to see them grow into other states and cities one day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep sticking to the idea of quality homes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. It was ok

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at Palm Harbor Homes full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open door policy, benefits, small friendly staff with family feel

    Cons

    Long hours, mandatory weekends, huge tax cuts from commissions. Averaged 45 hour work weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay sales people a higher base salary and fire them if they don't produce. The $300 week salary between commissions is not enough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    They brainwash their cult members to believe riches are on the way. Insane expectations for little reward.

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Seguin, TX
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Seguin, TX

    I worked at Palm Harbor Homes full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid training, some travel required for training- enjoy (after this you are office-bound about 50 hours a week)

    Cons

    One and a half day off....Indefinitely. Average work week is 44 - 50 hours. Leave home before the sun is up and don't come home til the suns down. And your measly salary of $300 a week is supposed to float you in between commissions. Commissions are small and hard to get. You have to fight for them and the amount is always undetermined until about 4 days before you get paid. Ironically I was a top salesperson in the region many months. Won plaques, t-shirts and got congratulatory calls from corporate leaders very frequently. Luckily, I saw thru the B.S. pretty quick and got out of there. There are 2 kinds of mules where I come from. The kind you own and the kind you rent. The kind you own are the ones you take care of and the kind you rent are the ones you WORK TO DEATH. And I was never satisfied with the bottom line no matter what because I was making bankers and upper management a fortune. All while I was riding out $1200 a month income and could barely pay my car note half the time. Commissions can take many months and a great deal of them do. You don't get paid until that house is delivered. Also, I have never seen a commission over 1k on any of my sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using reverse psychology to underpaid and overworked salespeople. No, its not our own fault for not having enough in the gross profit margin. Most homes are not cash deals and are regulated by the banks and they cap us at what we can sell these homes for. Many times I have had a fat GP just to have some banker knock it back down to diddly squat. And PAY your good salespeople more. Not all of em. Just the ones you want to keep. And keep religion, prayer and Jesus out of work. It's inappropriate and believe it or not but in America we foster a right to all religions and you may run off good people with cramming your religion down everyone's throat. A great way to get sued too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Terrible, like a cult.

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Buda, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Buda, TX

    I worked at Palm Harbor Homes full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Training was excellent by Corporate DVD's - NOT local manager

    Cons

    If you don't sell, pay is bellow minimum wages. They don't know and don't want to learn how to sell to the Hispanic market. They treat the Hispanic market with a pronounced discrimination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What management?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. They trained well, managed you with Fear Motivation and as if you made a half million dollars. Wouldn't recomend.

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Palm Harbor Homes

    Pros

    Their training program is better than anyone elses in the industry. They do give you a VERY small salary where some companies don't even do that. You can get promoted pretty quickly but it doesn't last long and very low survival rate.

    Cons

    But your honeymoon only lasts 8 weeks before they really start coming down on you hard. They use military tactics by getting in your face, yelling, and bullying you in public and in front of your peers. Their expectations are way too high and set you up to fail. Most are too scared to try innovated tactics since too scared will get yelled at. They really just want puppets and not smart innovative leaders. The Executive Managers act as cult members and were only in positions due to their timing of when they got into business. They are actually horrible leaders and horrible at managing company P&L's which is why they went bankrupt. They play heavy favorites and are always demanding loyalty yet will slam the door in your face faster than they can complete that sentence. If you happen to get in at the right time, and right location. They also don't own their own bank (other than one that only does FHA) so the customer have to have 620 + credit scores which is VERY hard to come by in this industry. You get really tired of digging through a ton of dirt before you hit bronze (def not gold since company is so greedy and want a HUGE % to go to them when you do all the work). Then if you have VERY thick skin and put up with their B.S. and become GM at a great location, you can actually make pretty good money but store it in a bank the best you can cause it won't last long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. You want to hire "Leaders" instead of "Managers" but the managers in that company are some of the worst leaders in the Free Market. Your work horses put in a ton of hours and hard work under your over extreme sales process and yet there are a ton more cons with the job than pros. You can only crack a whip at a work horse for so long before it will take off or turn against you. That's why the turnover in that company is much higher than the industry average. Don't take my word for it since the bankruptcy speaks for itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. PPH had very poor management, especially at the regional level and up, they brow beat in field sales and managers.

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Palm Harbor Homes

    Pros

    The company had a good construction of homes, though over priced. Follow up on customer repairs was better than most, but the company did not want to improve.

    Cons

    Regional level managers were quite poor, what you would think you'd find at a trailer sales operation. They rewarded the managers that were able to intimidate the most. There was little interest in real management processes that improved sales personnel. They did not offer a decent commission or salary, which brought in the least ethical sales teams. Regional management micro managed, which resulted in poor decisions that ultimately were explained to upper management as the reason to let the local managers go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice now as their poor management led them into bankruptcy, it's interesting it happened only a year after the founder died. He must not had chosen management well either. Quality begins at the top!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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