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Pulte Homes Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
147 Reviews
3.5
147 Reviews
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Pulte Homes President, CEO, and Director Richard J. Dugas Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good salary, benefits and work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Medical, Dental 401k benefits are good (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Ups and downs of the housing market (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was an exciting time and Pulte did a lot of really cool things for its customers and employees

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    Former Employee - Vice President Customer Relations in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Vice President Customer Relations in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay was competitive and the company had innovation and driving a great customer experience in its focus.

    Cons

    It was hard to see the downturn put an end to a lot of great projects that could have drastically reduced costs and improve quality. Ironic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about working together with trade partners to drive down costs and drive up quality. Get serious about simplification DiVosta style.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Bag

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are generally great. IT Department in Tempe is very organized, policy-driven. You'll have all of the software/tools that you need to be successful.

    Cons

    Compensation is middling (their comp ranges are 6-10 years old and in need of update). Cowboys at the very highest levels of management undermine the integrity of the entire department. Entry-level and mid-level engineers are mostly insulated from it if you keep your head down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your own rules. No one person is bigger than the department or the good of the company. Trust the subject matter experts and at least do the footwork to understand who the subject matter experts are for a given topic. Update your compensation data.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Builder Review

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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, far pay. Was hourly which made it nice getting overtime pay. Culture was laid back and fun when I first got there. Great place to learn about Production Home Building in the beginning.

    Cons

    Was a great, fun place to work the first 6 months I was there. Division President got canned and things went downhill fast. Corporate Politics, Scare Tactics....all the things you don't want in a company. Hated to leave, but probably for the better. Will miss the good people left behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working at Pulte was like eating a wonderful hot fudge sundae......until someone put the rotten Cherry on top!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay the course

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    Former Employee - Purchasing
    Former Employee - Purchasing

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people, the training, the knowledge

    Cons

    Consistently changes directions, not the same culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people matter again, the founder talked about no one being able to copy the people. This saying no longer applies, one of the many executive management changes that are not for the benefit of employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Antiquated purchasing systems...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training, good compensation, smart people.

    Cons

    Designing a purchasing system around an excel document is bonkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trash Purchase Pro and buy off the shelf.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Bloomfield Hills, MI

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    All my years (12 as an employee and another 5 as a contractor) I was surrounded with great people. Company has great culture, everyone (in IT at least) can contribute to the processes and change them, or at least can be heard.

    Cons

    If they only stay in Michigan, I would say "nothing".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the same culture in new place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I worked for Centex, they were a good company.

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    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is fair. Benefits are good. The company was bought out as I was leaving, so I am not sure how things have changed from Centex to Pulte. Austin was the number one division in the company, but the rest of the market was bringing them down.

    Cons

    Like all companies in new home sales, politics and neighborhood location dictate rather or not you are successful. If you can sell you can survive, as long as you are on the right side of politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    worked at pulte for ten years

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    Current Employee - Construction Management in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Construction Management in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If properly received, training allows you to do your job well

    Cons

    Pay freeze upon reaching the top of your "range". Subs are cheapest available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some better quality subs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Former Senior Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. The hard working and extremely dedicated people working on the front lines in the companys' various Divisions that consistently deliver outstanding results to the customer despite the illogical, incomprehensible and wasteful corporate initiatives that the CEO continues to dream up to save his own skin.
    2. The compensation for most employees is above the industry range, primarily because if they weren't most quality people wouldn't tolerate all of the corporate nonsense that negatively impacts every employee.
    3. Some high quality Division leaders and managers. As a new employee you currently have about a 40% chance of working for a good one but that number continues to go down.

    Cons

    1. The employee culture has been completely devastated over the past 5 years by the CEO. This powerful but narcissistic man has single-handedly removed the company founder after 50 years, taken his position as chairman of the Board and then carefully removed "problem" Board members with "sympathetic" ones. This strategy is also widely and effectively employed with managers that don't "comply and agree" which has caused a sad and unprecedented destruction of a once great culture.
    2. The company's products and processes have become one size fits all. The company does not value innovation or creative thought from employees and in fact, they continue to "de-select" these employees in favor of compliant, process driven, robot-like personnel. The bulk of the leadership has been changed from operationally experienced leaders to Finance leaders. Not all bad, unless of course you're talking about a HOMEBUILDER.
    3. The HR department has transformed from a once useful and culture focused team into a massive bureaucracy that has become nearly as unwieldy and inefficient as our very own IRS and requires about the same amount of paperwork to remain "compliant." This is a sinister bunch that should not be taken lightly and should not be trusted.
    4. The company employees a massive legal department to defend the thousands of lawsuits they have been served with over the past five years as the result of shoddy workmanship, unscrupulous conduct and mistreatment of employees. The significant waste associated with defending these activities leaves the Divisions underfunded and understaffed while the corporate machine grows. Have you seen the new headquarters in Atlanta? I think thats where the CEO started his career with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As it appears to be far too late to appeal to the Board or to Senior Company leadership, my advice is to all of the stockholders big and small; look very closely at what has been going on in this company for the past 5 years as it relates to the actions of the CEO. A microscopic investigation may reveal that all is not as it seems. In these days and times is it really appropriate to have a CEO that also serves as a Chairman of a hand picked Board for a $7 billion dollar company? This is as close to absolute power that you can get and we all know what absolute power does, don't we?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company Has Been Ruined Since Pulte's Founder, Retired

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Fort Myers, FL

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast Paced Environment, Excellent Opportunities for Professional and Career Development

    Cons

    The current CEO has successfully destroyed the company once known as Pulte Homes. Once Pulte's founder retired, the current CEO implemented programs that went against everything that we had learned under Bill's leadership. He continued to destroy the Pulte Culture by merging with Centex, which was a colossal disaster in itself, and firing outstanding Pulte senior leaders with many years of successful leadership experience because they didn't necessarily agree with his new company "vision" . His coup de grâce was uprooting the corporate office from a state/region that has supported the company for over 50 years, which will result in a loss of hundreds of jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the People are truly the most important assets to the company like all of the canned speeches say they are, then Executive Leadership need to value the people that make the company successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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