Pulte Homes Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pulte Homes President, CEO, and Director Richard J. Dugas Jr.
Richard J. Dugas Jr.
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Pros
  • Good salary, benefits and work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Medical, Dental 401k benefits are good (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Due to the economy there is very little opportunity for advancement (in 7 reviews)

  • Sometimes difficult to have quality work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Nice corporate environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice to each other and people are smart. The culture has reasonable expectations of work hours. We get bagels and donuts every Friday morning. There is WIFI on the outdoor patios if you want to work outside.

    Cons

    Open office plan is very noisy and distracting. Traffic to the Buckhead office can be terrible though it is right next to the MARTA station if you can make that work.

    Advice to Management

    Create more quiet work spaces for people to go to when they need to focus. You talk about humble but the executives have gigantic office spaces that they are never in and you have apple laptops while everyone else has Dell - not good optics.


  2. Sales: Don't bother!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Community Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices and talented design team.

    Cons

    The worst experience in my new home sales career and lowest income ever earned. Poor dictator style leadership with immature middle management, unorganized and dinosaur processes use up valuable sales time. Pulte may be a large builder but they are certainly not interested in doing the right thing for their buyers, vendors or employees.

    Advice to Management

    Understand and apply the difference between managing and leadership. Involve employees in decisions that affect them like assignment of partners and communities. Get off the reactionary management style and be pro-active. Way to many fires at every turn creates a chaotic work environment. Hire better talent for the zone. Train employees on processes.


  3. Purchasing Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company itself is a great company to work for. Pulte Homes is located in a perfect environment. The office in Buckhead is beautiful and it's pretty refreshing I must say. The employees are very friendly and helpful. Unlike most companies, Pulte is always doing something for their employees and make an effort to keep the company together for different social events like picnics, ice cream socials, and happy hour. I can say that there is always room to move up in the company. I've seen several ppl move up pretty fast. The main reason for this is because Pulte just moved to Atlanta and have been looking to fill other positions. They will do internal hiring when the opportunity is presented.

    Cons

    There are many different departments within the Pulte office in Buckhead however I can only speak for the department that I work in. NPS (National Purchasing Services) is horrible. It's not the company, it's the job that we do. When I was first hired I was mislead on the job discription. It is VERY stressful and discouraging. Due to this the turnover rate for this department is ridiculously high. I think they set standards for their coordinators that no one can reach or struggles to reach. If you don't meet that goal you are guaranteed to be fired within 6-8 months or most ppl quit because they are scared to be fired. The job is not for the lazy ppl. The pay is pretty good for the most part but you are working very hard for every penny.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to be more understanding. The way the job is set up I feel that metrics isn't necessary. At the end of the day I think the work has to be done regardless. The job and workload itself is very challenging and I don't think the metrics is necessary. It just extra stress on your your employees.


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  5. Positive internship experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Research Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Market Research Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture is great. Co-workers and management are respectful, smart, and friendly.

    Cons

    There were no drawbacks to working with this company.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Don't look to Pulte Homes as a move up opportunity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people in the field. Fun work environment before the housing bubble burst. Tremendous in-house training opportunities. One of the best benefit packages I've ever had.

    Cons

    Not a fun work environment after the housing bubble burst. Management considered themselves before their employees in the face of adversity. Base salary was not competitive. Management had favorite employees and it showed. Management typically had no field experience prior to holding their positions which caused them to make poor business decisions. Management treated employees like children.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that division, area, and senior levels of management should have field experience in Construction, Warranty, and/or Sales. It helps to understand how the business operates than to make a 'best-guess'.


  7. Great for out of College Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is amazing, you find they hire people who are similar to you and have the same interest as you. When the market was good, life was good.

    Cons

    Unless you are in sales, you had no opportunity to take part in spiffs or receive awards. Not everyone can be in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the politics


  8. Helpful (1)

    Strong senior leadership, quality product, positioned for great success in future.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong, transparent senior leadership. In a great position both financially and product offering for when the market begins to strengthen.

    Cons

    Home sales is a 7 day a week business. Weekend work is required. It is essentially retail so you must be in the office no matter whether there are customers coming in the door or not.

    Advice to Management

    As can be expected there have been many cuts in staffing. At this point only the top performers remain however there is little to no visible effort to retain them. Given the current market top salespeople are not rushing to the homebuilding industry. That being said, those who remain need to be paid more and given more flexibility of work hours or they will leave for those companies and industries that will meet those needs.


  9. Medeval HR policies.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The ONLY reason to work at Pulte is for the pay. Poor management policies and decision making skills. Age and sex discrimination run amuck.

    Cons

    Same as the pro's of working for the company. Too many meetings that result in nothing. Meaningless programs for employee retention and development.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip, and start acting like a Fortune 100 company. No wonder your not on the list of 100 best employers to work for.


  10. Helpful (2)

    ONLY WORK HERE IF THE MARKET IS GOOD.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pulte's best asset is their employees. When the market is good, you can make great money.

    Cons

    With the down market, this is not a good time to work for Pulte. If you meet your goal one month then you are praised, but if you miss your goal the next month then management completely forgets about the good month you just had. Management does not consider factors that are beyond your control. Over the last year or so, it has been very hard to watch how quickly Pulte will turn their back on their employees. You can work here for years, dedicate so much of your time into this company, and management shows no remorse for letting people go. The majority of all the employees are very unhappy. It is no longer a good working atmosphere. They are taking advantage of the difficult economy & mistreating their employees because they think they are afraid to find another job. The reason people are sticking around is because they actually like the job itself and their co-workers, but eventually all these unrealistic demands from management are going to cause their employees to go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Talk and listen to your employees! They are the ones living this job every single day & seeing the challenges first hand. Don't ask us how you can help us, because when we speak up, nothing ever comes out of it. People are afraid of speaking their minds because they don't want to have a target on their back. Your employees are so unhappy and if things do not change, you will lose your best talents.


  11. Construction Superintendant for big Builder

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pulte doe a great job with training and career development. They have put a ton of money into developing their people and processes. Most builders in the industry recognize that and look to hire employees with experience from them. The work place was professional, very well supported by all aspects of the organization, and employees are given everything that they need to be successful. Work/life balance in the construction industry is never all that great, but Pulte recognizes this and offers a compensation package that includes lots of personnal time. Overall I was satisified with my experiences there.

    Cons

    Large Builder ,means less opportunity for career growth as there is a ton of compentition for promotion, and they tend to reward seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Verticle integeration is a good thing. Spec home policies are risky.



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