ProBuild Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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ProBuild CEO Robert Marchbank
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Pros
  • Great atmosphere and great people (in 4 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Management is patient and treats people well (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does not take the time to learn who their employees are (in 4 reviews)

  • Training programs could be established, and a culture of sharing information, and best practices would be helpful (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Worst company I ever worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Operations in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT Operations in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and using latest technologies

    Cons

    No respect for your personal life. Very political company and lots of favoritism. No importance to team work at all; senior management encourages heroism culture. You would rarely find an employee working in the company for more than two years. Either the employee leave on his own or he/she will be fired. Employees who are working for more than two years have created an environment where by outside capable employee would not be successful in the company because these employees would be threat to incapable employee.

    Advice to Management

    Replace existing leadership with the leaders who understand technology and knows how to lead the IT team


  2. Helpful (3)

    A huge ship with no captain

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at ProBuild full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are those in field and in HQ that do appreciate hard work but the problem is the hard work is never ending.

    Cons

    4 CEOs in 12 months. No strategic plan and the company hasn't ever cashflowed. Current and prior executives have used the parent company of Devonshire Investors (Fidelity) like a bottomless ATM machine burning through billions in invested capital. There is no integration plan to centralize the organization beyond moving jobs to Denver. Operations in the field continues to make decisions that are of 'local' benefit only since no one in leadership will make a stand and offer up the needed human sacrifice, i.e. fire someone for insobordination, and make a stand and move on. Many people, like myself, was promised a plan, a strong financial backing from ownership and the chance to make difference. None ended up being true.

    Advice to Management

    Provide strong, centralized plan and follow through on it. It looks like they're likely to exit many markets over next 6-18 months with lack of business and not being #1 or #2 player in market. They don't have the plan, the leadership or the data systems to compete at a high level abd actually turn a profit. The current talent in the field doesn't have the foresight to see that the company is teetering and close to falling over cliff. Bloated leases that need to be re-evaluated in order to make profitability possible. Utilize the asset base you have in distribution, buying power and the talent that is still there. If you don't want the opinions and ideas of smart employees who didn't grow up or start their careers in a lumberyard then don't go and hire them. You invested heavily in talent you didn't fully utilize to turn the organization around and instead listened to the very short-sighted executives that got you in the spiral of cash burn and lack of margin and profit you are in. Selling lumber isn't that complicated; you don't need to be from the yard and starting pushing a broom at 16 years old to comprehend the business. Too many SVPs and AVPs that can't seee the big picture and only care about how it impacts them. Too many overcompensated VPs making decisions that aren't good for the organization but only good for their local market.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Will This Company Turn A Profit ?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Improvement Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Field Improvement Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ProBuild full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good employees are the biggest asset of this company. Good ideas by a few knowledgeable people. A company that has deep reserves and a parent company committed to helping this company succeed.

    Cons

    Too many VP's for a company of this size.. The company is very top heavy and there is a division between the Corporate personnel and the field locations. The people at the corporate office can't see the field through the trees. The field feels like it is US vs THEM. There is no commitment to improve and change things. Too much turnover of good employees. Some employees have called it a revolving door employment agency because they bring people in, keep them for a short period of time, let them go, then try to hire them back after they've made changes. Some people have been back and forth several times. people just seem to come and go after a short stay. The company spends the time to hire quality knowledgeable employees, only to let them go. They do this, yet they keep the ones that are incompetent or can't do their jobs. the only reason they are there is because of WHO THEY KNOW, NOT WHAT THEY KNOW. These are the people that are of no value to the company and should be disposed of instead of talented people.There is NO SECURITY or STABILITY. after all, 4 CEO's in 3 yrs! Talk about turnover!

    Advice to Management

    Get your house in order before Fidelity has had enough of pouring money into a bottomless pit. Get rid of the dead weight in the corporate office. Thin down the number of VP's and delegate more authority to the competent people that you have. Make better utilization of the extremely talented personnel pool that you employ. Communicate better with the field and help to erase the US vs THEM stigma that the field employees have. Lets face it, the fat is at the corporate office because the locations are trimmed to the bone. As far as wages, this is not the time to take ADVANTAGE of the economy and not pay employees what they are worth. Management personnel are getting pretty well compared to the field. If it was me, that's where I'd be doing the first trimming to bring this company to profitability.


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  5. Trim Puller Lead Man

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ProBuild full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits offered here are extremely generous.

    Cons

    To much reactive, unproductive change. ProBuild is quickly evolving into a company that has a revolving door; people leaving as quickly as they come because of mismanagement and lack of care for employees. What was once a company that exhibited care and concern for its workforce is now one that could care less. The best talent is leaving and and new good talent doesn't stick around for long.

    Advice to Management

    Put manager employees that care about the employees that work in the warehouse and appreaciate their efforts and skills


  6. Misfit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Component Tech in Milton, FL
    Former Employee - Component Tech in Milton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ProBuild full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They do keep a lot of work due to large sale force.

    Cons

    Abundance of dissension among employees. If you are an employee for this company you need to watch your back because you may find yourself becoming someones scapegoat. If you are an outsider you may be judged the moment you walk through the door. They also take advantage of hardworking employees, continually working them into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Better manage the talents of employees and coordinate them appropriately. For a company that is so large you would think they would have the resources to better train employees that may have limited experience in a particular position.


  7. Very dissapointed employee of 14 yrs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lumberyard in Lakeview, OR
    Current Employee - Lumberyard in Lakeview, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ProBuild full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I honestly can not think of any since probuild took over what used to be lumbermans 5 yrs ago

    Cons

    No raises in 5 yrs since it became probuild,no more bonuses, unprofessional manager, no incentives at all anymore,like employee of the quarter,perfect attendance,ect. I have worked for what use to be lumbermans and is not probuild for almost 14 yrs and in the last 5 yrs since probuild took over i have watched alot of changes take place that have diminished the employees self esteem. I have not called in sick in 5 yrs and work out in the yard have since day one and am only making a lousy 11.70 an hr with no raise for the last 5 yrs. I would like someone to justify this to me.

    Advice to Management

    No raises in 5 yrs since it became probuild,no more bonuses, unprofessional manager, no incentives at all anymore,like employee of the quarter,perfect attendance,ect. I have worked for what use to be lumbermans and is not probuild for almost 14 yrs and in the last 5 yrs since probuild took over i have watched alot of changes take place that have diminished the employees self esteem. I have not called in sick in 5 yrs and work out in the yard have since day one and am only making a lousy 11.70 an hr with no raise for the last 5 yrs. I would like someone to justify this to me.


  8. rear view mirror

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ProBuild full-time

    Pros

    Operators are very experienced in their markets and will drive future success in the company's performance.

    Cons

    Executive leadership has changed 5 times in 6 years with as many directional shifts in the company's direction. The corporate atmosphere is poor and key executives don't exemplify the very culture they state is so important - one that cares about their people.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of how much damage some executives are doing to the moral of employees and the integrity of your vendor relationships.


  9. Awful Corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales
    Current Employee - Inside Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ProBuild full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are adequate. Bonuses based on overall sales of store

    Cons

    Overwork employees, understaff stores. Won't approve of hiring help. Employees are very under appreciated. No raise for anyone in years.


  10. Over 10 years of painful, regretful remorse

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CDL/A Driver
    Former Employee - CDL/A Driver
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ProBuild full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I'm not sure if I can find anything positive to say about my experiences at Pro-build. Perhaps being laid off at the height of the economic down turn was the best thing I ever experienced there. This action afforded me the opportunity to find an employer that puts value on its workforce.

    Cons

    Management tends to reward complainers,so as not to have to"hear it" and pass unpleasant tasks onto people who just get it done, regardless. This practice is common, and as you can expect, causes animosity, and loss of morale in the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    "Corporate" should take a look at what is happening right under their noses. Local managers tell you what you want to hear, but you continue to lose valuable talent. There is a reason qualified people are leaving in record numbers, employees called back never return, and customer base is shrinking,Take a moment and really check this out, won't you?


  11. Helpful (1)

    Stay away... far far away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ProBuild full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I could not share any Pro's for this company based on the Con's that I experienced. The hourly employees are great, but management is severely unprofessional and does not conduct good business.

    Cons

    Totally unprofessional. Sr. Management lies to you and keeps information from you. They expect someone to know all information regarding company but is unwilling to teach or train you. Good Luck to anyone who is brave enough to attempt to work here.



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