The Ryland Group Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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The Ryland Group President, CEO, and Director Larry T. Nicholson
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  1. Typical Homebuilder

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Ryland Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun work. Always changing, never a dull moment. People in this industry love helping make a future home for people of all ages. Ryland is no different.

    Cons

    Long hours which is typical for the industry. Very political, and you only get promoted if you know someone and wear pants. Many construction companies are still a mans world. Again, Ryland is no different. Higher up mgmt needs to get out of the box. There is more than "Ryland's" way to do things.

    Advice to Management

    Read Cons above. It's a real shame that a few bad apples can bring an organization down. Ryland's heart is in the right place.


  2. Great company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Ryland Group full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful managers, awesome benefits and very rewarding occupation

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be difficult to acheive


  3. Vice President

    Former Employee - Vice President in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management, great industry, lots of opportunity for growth. The company is also very socially conscious and gives back to the community.

    Cons

    Decentralized nature of the business limits corporate opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your culture.


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  5. Admin. assist.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Ryland Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive. The work building is nice. Company holiday parties and summer picnics. Decent benefits. Somewhat flexible work hours depending on the department you work for

    Cons

    Company has been taken over. Employees are anger that the new company will be keeping all of their employees. Most Ryland employees got their severance letters


  6. Great upper management, mediocre at best Philly management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Ryland Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some staff that have great experiences and provide a strong learning opportunity. The job can also be flexible, depending on position.

    Cons

    Many questionable ethics and morals. The teams are always chasing their tails and never making true forward progress. A lot of chaos and people in mis-matched roles.


  7. Safety Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Ryland Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company and a great place to work. I worked for Ryland for 33 years before retiring. I miss all the great people I was able to work with!

    Cons

    The position I filled required to much travel.


  8. Mixed Bag

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to make money is top of the list along with camaraderie of sales team. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Communities set up with unrealistic sales projections can make it hard to actually make that good money. It's a luck of the draw situation as to where you are placed and if that community is poised for success. Very slow to change or respond to market conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to local sales level management/team on market conditions and make changes accordingly.


  9. well run solid and well financed company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA

    I have been working at The Ryland Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very conservatively run company, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    definite lack of advancement opportunities


  10. Field Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good build quality overall

    Cons

    not enough support from management in the field


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    Ryland IT - Well-Paying but Demoralizing Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Ryland Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The compensation for IT employees is higher than average in the area. The work-life balance is also good as most people work regular 40 hour weeks.

    Cons

    This review is strictly for the IT department, as things might differ in other departments. However, the IT department is a most demoralizing place, where people’s experience or feelings do not appear to matter and all decisions are made at the personal whim of the CTO. When something needs implementing, the CTO will tell developers and managers exactly what to do. Input is not only discouraged but if you disagree you might get yelled at or asked to leave the room; when meeting with business, the CTO will often interrupt you or tell you to stop asking questions. Unfortunately, 95% of the time you are then working to implement a solution that is unfounded technologically, costs the company money, and more often than not gets scrapped a year into development. As a result, most employees hate being there and there is a palpable air of despair. Most developers and managers leave after 6, 12, 18 months, so the department is a revolving door. Lunches are spent with people lamenting about how they were disrespected today and sharing the current status of their job search. The CIO appears to have stopped caring about making decisions, beyond signing PO's, years ago and spends his time developing reports on a 10 year old platform that cannot be upgraded for the company because he is not comfortable with newer technology. As a result of neglect and poor decisions and a constantly changing direction, the company’s platforms are constantly failing and are years behind; many applications are already unsupported or getting there. As a manager, you have little to no say over whom you fire or hire and will be forced to do whatever the CTO and the CIO want – managers have been forced to keep employees they are friends with even though they are destructively bad for the team and the company. When the next employee leaves every few months, others get together and celebrate their “escape” – that is how excruciating place the Ryland IT is to work for. HR gets angry exit interview, but nothing changes, which appears to show that the executives are fine with the status quo. To sum up, if you want to get paid well and work 40 hour weeks at the expense of working with old technology, having zero say into what you do, doing work you know is not right, and being generally disrespected as a professional until you leave 6-12-18 months in, Ryland IT is the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to exit interviews - if everyone is saying the exact same thing, perhaps there is something to it. Respect the experience and opinions of your employees - that is the first step towards retaining them.



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