Pella Windows & Doors Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
36 Reviews

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    Process Engineer

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Pella, IA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pella, IA

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very quality focused and emphasis on providing value for the consumer. Lack of diversity at corporate headquarters. Pay is lower compared to other engineering jobs but Pella has a superior profit sharing program.

    Cons

    Very little chance for promotion if starting there. Career advancement still tied to years with company versus performance. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of technology involved in windows or door manufacturing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors

    Pros

    Intelligent, kind management with quality of the product and the life of the employees mattering the most

    Cons

    Manufacturing plants located near very small towns

  3.  

    Good company with top of the line products

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors

    Pros

    Great products, great overall brand.

    Cons

    Poor management. Slow for headquarters to make changes.

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    Decent company with a great product.

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    Former Employee - Senior Service Technician  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Service Technician in Brea, CA

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    When business is good the company seems to do well and let you do your work. Good benefits package. Great product and support of their product.

    Cons

    Management does not seem to listen to employees concerns. As a field technician they are not evaluating your work and recognizing the good job you provide.

    When construction business is bad they start to micro manage and make things worse. Start to cut hours, incentives, and bonus' but expect you to complete more work in that time for less money.

    In my field and location was not much of an opportunity for promotion. Wages was fairly low considering the wide scope of work you had to perform. New hires are hired in at a much higher rate than people there for 10+ years.

    Recommends
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    Not corporate Pella Iowa -- Pella houston is a franchise

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    Former Employee - Installation  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Installation in Houston, TX

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers company will bend over backwards to accommodate you.

    Cons

    Pella Iowa creates problems for Pella Houston on top of the % of problems you would normally have. By this I mean to say that Pella Iowa Ships 10 to 15% of not well made product and that causes major problems for everybody in the company who has to relate to the customers, very angry customers. There is an adversarial (not openly) relationship between Pella Houston and corporate Pella Iowa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into another business, or grit your teeth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Ever changing organizational structure. Burden on sales members with using their own fuel and time.

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company benefits and company history has a proud beginning.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in upper management; lack of understanding of the residential market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More respect by HR to their team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Excellent work, people and benefits

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Carroll, IA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Carroll, IA

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Family company, You can do different jobs in different areas.

    Cons

    Overtime a must at times, including weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Complicated..!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors

    Pros

    Pay from distributor is generous

    Cons

    All communication between the local distributor and Pella was very confusing and neither were ever on the same page.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify. Its windows for gods sake.

  10.  

    Great Place to Start A Career

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Pella Windows & Doors full-time

    Pros

    Overall a very well run manufacturing operation, with some sites better than others. Pella tries very hard to treat team members respectfully and fairly. Pay is competitive, hours typically are not excessive - however can be somewhat seasonal. Overall, communication to all levels is done well. Manufacturing systems are continually improved with input from all levels. Toyota Production systems has been adopted and adapted better than most. Pella really tries to create a decent place to work for all. I have a lot of respect for this company.

    Cons

    Fairly minor - especially when bench marking with other manufacturers. Management - especially middle management/hr are most often new college grads - full of enthusiasm who are eager to learn the Pella's production system - but with little depth. The unintended result at times are jello molded leaders who rely on prepared speaking points or company lingo. The culture is very positive and team work focused - yet can also create avoidance to dealing with difficult issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Thanks for the wonderful education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good company but not much room for growth.

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Pella Windows & Doors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits and work environment are great.

    Cons

    Lean times mean increasing work loads. Your voice is not always heard. Too many cooks in the pot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the time to listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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