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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Centex.....Best place to grow a career in home building"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Division Safety Officer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Division Safety Officer in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership training and zero micro management; in the past divisions ran autonomously but in the recent economic climate they have begun to reduce costs by standardizing certain aspects of the business. I particularly respected the pay scale which did not provide the highest base salary but did provide highest total income after a performance bonus. Which by design weeded out non performers because they would rather work a company that did not reward on performance and paid a higher base.

    Cons

    None that I can think of Ienjoyed my time working at Centex unless you call working with high performers caused a highly competitive enviroment increasing stress at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Tim Eller course


  2. "Not much opportunity, company has shrunk 2/3 the size in one yr."

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, good peers to work with.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Not many rewards for jobs well done, except for the at-a-boy system. It's like a fraternity, cant move up unless you are one of the brothers.

    Advice to Management

    To act more professional when conducting meetings and working with subcontractors. Always using profanity and talking badly to others during meetings and presentations.

  3. "Working for a Big Builder"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Numerous communities, they have 23 dvisions across the country.

    Cons

    The pay is lacking. Constantly changing the way they do business. They do not value their employees and are only concerned about their bottom line. They are not currently building inventory homes and it is tough to sell a home that can be ready in 7-8 months in this market.

    Advice to Management

    lacking, always looking for the short term and not the long term


  4. "Accounting staff is always overworked and under appreciated."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There were opportunities to receive discounts on a home or items purchased through the design center. It is a large publicly traded company that is recognized. Also having a large builder like Centex on the resume is very helpful if someone wants to continue working in real estate/building. There was never a shortage of work so as not to get bored during the day. If someone stays long enough there really is a chance to see levels of detail related to such a large builder. Although the company is sorted by divisions, there really is an opportunity to get involved/exposed to what it really takes to build a home which can be interesting by itself.

    Cons

    Too many hours of overtime worked. Lack of knowledgeable staffing. Poor hiring choices. Lack of communication between employees and management. No respect for family time or responsibilities. No respect for people who strived for more efficient ways of completing tasks. Management were always in meetings and didn't spend enough time actually working which slows down employees who report to them. Management was motivated by their potential 'performance bonuses'. There was some questionable behavior at year end time that was definitely motivated by money. Being a publicly traded company with stockholders, there were additional deadlines and reporting requirements imposed on divisions that were not reasonable to complete.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time meeting and allow more time for actual working.


  5. "Tough time for industry. Great People."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Centex Homes has great people in IT. They have been through voluntary and involuntary layoffs of late, but the core still remains. It is the people that make Centex Homes worth risking the uncertainty to stay.

    Cons

    The current downturn in the home building industry. After many years with the same CIO, Centex Homes replaced him with another that only lasted around a year. The new CIO is from YUM and is still untested. He has had to do some difficult things (layoffs), but I think he saved some jobs during that process.

    Advice to Management

    Don' t cut too deep.


  6. "Market Downturn has brought uncertainty"

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    Former Employee - Decline to State in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Decline to State in Corona, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most people were great to worl with.

    Cons

    Due to market downturn, a lot of uncertainty. Not much job security, no chance for advancement for a least a few more years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what they are doing to bring company out of market downturn


  7. "No complaints, I left to redirect my career and would like to go back to work for Centex in a different position"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is well organized and well run, the people are generally good to work with

    Cons

    Starting salaries a little low, may take several years to get into the higher salary category

    Advice to Management

    Good luck - I'm glad I'm not a homebuilding exec right now

  8. "Stay as far away from Centex as Possible"

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    Former Employee - Construction Services Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Construction Services Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are not a very high level manager at Centex, there really is nothing good about working for them. They treat their employees very badly and do not respect opinions or input.

    Cons

    Centex is a company that believes in getting as much as they possibly can for as little as possible. In the three years I worked there, I received one raise of 1.5% and after my second year I received another raise of 1% even though I had outstanding reviews. Each year, we received a promise that salaries would be reviewed again mid year, or that it was a temporary issue and more money would be available the next year, but after talking to other people that had been with the company for a while, those same promises had been given out for years. I was a witness to several instances of sexual harrassment, and when those issues were brought forward, the offending manager was promoted and moved to another division or department instead of being let go. Centex intimidates, threatens and basicly extorts it's subcontractors in order to get work done for less than the fair market value of the work, and they continuously look for ways to cut corners and build their houses cheaper and cheaper producing a very low quality home that will cause the new buyers years of heartburn trying to get corrected.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting problems hoping they will go away, and start promoting people based on their merit and ability. Invest in your employees. If they truly are your greatest asset as you claim, then treat them as if they are. Respect your customers. Stop trying to run the entire country from Dallas. You can't and don't know what is going on at the division level from 1,500 miles away. David Barclay just took over for Tim Eller, so maybe he will change the way things were, but the fact that Eller was promoted even though the homebuilding side was in shambles shows that Centex does not care about ability.


  9. "It was a great work atmosphere and I loved the training"

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Centex was a great supporter of promoting from within, They recognized and rewarded people for working hard. Great benefits as well.

    Cons

    Centex Homes was a great place to work, and I was very disappointed when they decided to pull out of the area that I was working in.

    Advice to Management

    I had two sales managers while I was at Centex Homes. Both were very interested in seeing that people were rewarded for their contributions to profits. Positive reinforcement goes a lot further that negativity.


  10. "Not a bad pace to work at all"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well good people to work with

    Cons

    Low standard for quality of work from employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hirer and retain talent


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