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ProBuild Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
93 Reviews

2.9
93 Reviews
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ProBuild CEO Robert Marchbank
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The compensation and benefits offered here are extremely generous (in 3 reviews)

  • Flexibility for a work/life balance (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Strategy and tactics from the parent company Fidelity don't mesh with the industry and local ProBuild leadership is not able to say "No" (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    horrible, bunch of under qualified employees

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the manager was nice, the recruiter I worked with was nice, nice building...

    Cons

    too much politics. it seems like people who work there are all under qualified and only got the job because they knew someone in the company. the people who are smarter and more hardworker are the ones who get bullied and are out of clicks... oh, and it seems like I was working for Facebook because everyone is on their Facebook all day! I was offered a full-time employee but I turned it down due to the employees!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire smart, hard-working people! stop with hiring bunch of under qualified employees who want to bully the smarter employees. what a pathetic company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    rear view mirror

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very dissapointed employee of 14 yrs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lumberyard  in  Lakeview, OR
    Current Employee - Lumberyard in Lakeview, OR

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Misfit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Component Tech  in  Milton, FL
    Former Employee - Component Tech in Milton, FL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Constant change, no training, poor leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Working here gives you experience on what NOT to do as a department manager/director. If you like change, they have plenty of it with very little employee retention.

    Cons

    Low pay. Management is too busy covering their tails to help develop the skills/training of their subordinates. Management (supervisor, manager, director) positions are typically held less than 18 months per person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train and develop your staff. Develop a department action plan and instead of scrapping it and starting fresh every four months, work out the kinks and move forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loadbuilder  in  Lees Summit, MO
    Current Employee - Loadbuilder in Lees Summit, MO

    Pros

    Good group of employees, respectful work atmosphere, all in all a good place to work.

    Cons

    Hourly pay could be higher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    In need of vision, but opportunities exist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    Pros

    -Lots of things to accomplish yet - so plenty of interesting work to do
    -housing industry will come roaring back some day
    -good CEO in place finally after a couple years of leadership turmoil

    Cons

    -mission, vision and corporate direction still being formed. Therefore no collective vision for everyone to work towards
    -IT operations can be painful to work with
    -lack of standard processes in the field drives inefficiencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define the goals and vision for the company and align all activities to those goals

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's ok, but the future is uncertain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Competitive compensation. You work for a large company that has a lot of buying power and has obtained a big presence in the market.

    Cons

    It's a very large corporate structure, and with that comes a definite bureaucracy. It can be very difficult to know who is responsible for certain functions. It can be very easy to be passed off to another person or department when it's perceived that your problem is not their job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    They didn't really seem to know what they were doing.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales for ProBuild  in  Yorkville, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales for ProBuild in Yorkville, IL

    Pros

    A large, nationwide company with lots of opportunities. They have an established presence in most major markets. Owned by Fidelity.

    Cons

    They did not seem to have any type of plan on how to expand into different markets. When merging all their acquisitions into one entity, instead of taking the best of each company and combining that, they used whatever the largest existing company did.

  11.  

    Company Unsure of Direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Good people in a changing environment. The company has tremendous potential. They want to change the building materials industry and have the mass to do it.

    Cons

    Constantly changing leadership. Strategy and tactics from the parent company Fidelity don't mesh with the industry and local ProBuild leadership is not able to say "No". They don't understand how to implement change. They play with concepts such as "Green" but don't live or believe it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a course that makes sense for the industry. Build the passion. Inspire the field to join in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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