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  1. "mostly good"

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    Former Employee - Realtor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Realtor in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good hours, supportive management, good working environment

    Cons

    pressure to perform even in a bad economy

    Advice to Management

    innovation in setting trends based on green building is lacking.


  2. "Review Headline"

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    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Charleston, SC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great palce if you are in a good division

    Cons

    No loyalty if you are displaced and need to go to another division

    Advice to Management

    Don't replace the experienced people with inexperienced for less money

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Centex is a great place to start a career."

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    Former Employee - Field Manager II in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Field Manager II in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is great, benefits are great, there are definitely opportunities for growth, technically savvy, good communication and training.

    Cons

    They expect a minimum of a 50 hour work week, sometimes more, which is fine as long as business is good because the bonuses make up for the overtime. If business is slow, no bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    No advice here. Maybe a little more transparency between senior level managers and the guys in the field. Other than that, the management was good.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Centex Homes, Charlotte, NC division review"

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    Former Employee - Lead Field Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Lead Field Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Monday through Friday. Weekend work was a personal preference.
    Great pay for the industry and more than competitive with other builders.

    Cons

    Inconsistent business philosophies. Constantly changing business focus.
    Weak management. Most capable and best performing employees were not afforded advancement.
    Example of "Good ol' boys club"

    Advice to Management

    Place a higher value on your stronger employees and provide promotional opportunities to those bettering the business.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Okay place"

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    Former Employee - Processor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Processor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Centex Mortgage was an okay place to work but there were very few opportunities for advancement unless you were willing to move to Dallas!

    Cons

    Very corporate. Come to work at 8 leave at 5, punch-in on time, leave on time.

    Advice to Management

    I can not really say as I had few interactions with any management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Centex Homes prior to Pulte merger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The majority of the people I worked with were dedicated, professional, intelligent co-workers. Great place to work when things were good in the market! Not so much since 2007.

    Cons

    Some management leaders said they wanted to hear new ideas and thoughts...but they really didn't.
    Office politics became very burdensome and nearly intolerable in 2007. Corporate fired the only DP that had a profitable year in So. Cal. in 2006-2007. What were they thinking????

    Advice to Management

    Too late to offer advice...Centex Corp was sold to Pulte Homes in 2009 . The only people at Centex who benefited from this so called "merger" were the execs at the top of the corporate structure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stopped Caring about the Employee"

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    Former Employee - Lead Field Manager III in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Field Manager III in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Bonuses(when we had them), job freedom, people that I worked with. Centex was fun prior to about 2006. The managers cared, we were paid well and it was fun.

    Cons

    Management, culture, turnover, they did not care about us as people, only the shareholders and the bottom line. Once management realized they could take away our bonuses and there was nothing we could do about it people stopped quitting and the job went from fun to cempletely frustrating. People want to be paid for their hard work.

    Advice to Management

    I hope Pulte is a better company to work for, obviously Centex did something wrong.

  8. "Construction mismanagement"

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    Former Employee - Level V Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Level V Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay range and knowledge of construction gained

    Cons

    Lack of company communication and direction.
    Centex laid off my entire division and kept 3 managers to run the home warranty while tripling all of their salaries and incentives.
    The company also spent tens of millions on the Denver division in rebranding and new management programs that were unnecessary as they were planning on division closure as a ultimate end. With the aforementioned money being spent and already spent they could have kept the division open and saved hundreds of loyal employees positions, but then Pulte Homes wouldn't have had such a juicy acquisition.

    Good old boys are alive and well.

    Advice to Management

    Don't train promise futures and then sell out your employees.


  9. "Employment is not always determined by merit."

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    Former Employee - Construction Superintendent in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Construction Superintendent in Atlanta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Before the housing market went down the drain, Centex was a great place to work.

    Cons

    The management team in Atlanta needs a new make over. The Construction Manager didn't treat people on merit, but how much he liked you. If this was not true, I would still be working for Centex. To be a builder for Centex, you don't need to know much about building, but you need to on the good side of management.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I would give to Senior Management is remember the guy's building the houses are the one's that keep you with a job! I think a little more respect and an open eye would help. The Management team in Atlanta needs a second look at. If you don't believe what I am written, check with your field managers.


  10. "Used to be a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - New Home Consultant in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - New Home Consultant in Minnetonka, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Centex does a good job of giving its employees a good amount of freedom, you hit your numbers and you are not bothered by management. Benefits are okay but have deteroriated over the last couple years. I would say one of the better builders to work for considered the tough housing market. They have been doing a good job of generating cash and positioning themselves for the future recovering. In a descent housing market making over 100k is very realistic.

    Cons

    Layoffs have been occurring every quarter for two years, nobody feels safe. This creates some morale issues and management often seems overwhelmed with all the changes.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent on future goals and communicate that with the employees.


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