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"Bull headed company"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

James Hardie has a wonderful benefits program, possibly better than anywhere I have every seen. Their pay is comparable to most employers and possibly a little higher. They have a very strong culture and interview to find the best culture fit. If you fit in with this culture, you will enjoy working there

Cons

The culture is to be hard on their employees. Be prepared to work many hours and travel at a moments notice if you are in manufacturing. The only real way to get promoted at Hardie is to relocate. If this isn't good for you, your career progression will be limited. You are most likely going to get verbally abused regularly and often will not be recognized for doing something above normal since they expect this out of you anyway. They have a culture where they push change above anything else, unfortunately this change is only pushed in the actual manufacturing of the product, not in how they work with people or effeciencies. They want people that will come up with better manufacturing plans, but refuse to hear better business ideas because that is not "the Hardie way".

Advice to Management

James Hardie manufacturing is run by hard work, but not smart work. They will rely souly on working one person hard for as long as it takes. They have experts to turn to when things go wrong, but is too short sighted to plan for the future. It is all about what can be done now. If a few key players were to leave the company today, they would have a lot of problems running the company. When new ideas are brought up for future development of the staff, they are generally recognized, but turned down since it doesn't help today's bottom line. Louis is a fine leader, but may not know about everything happening below him. There are some strong engineers working in manufacturing that are often told their new ways of manufacturing will not work at Hardie. This can be discouraging to staff and is ultimately holding the company back.

Other Employee Reviews for James Hardie

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good employer, but lacks empathy."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Even with the housing market at its lowest point in years, James Hardie is still profitable. They are a good company and offer exceptional benefits including fabulous heath care insurance, 6% matching 401K, and even free lunch on Fridays (although that may be disappearing). They hire high caliber employees and look to hire the very best.

    Cons

    When downsizing 22 corporate positions, they gave the staff NO advance notice. A meeting with HR and you were walked out the door -- not even a chance to say good-bye to friends. Good luck trying to get all of your personal effects back.

    Advice to Management

    Have respect for the people that gave their all for the company for years. Give them notice of planned lay-offs and thank them for their service and let them leave with dignity.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good company to build building products industry experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Account Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    James Hardie is a highly respected company in the building products industry with one of the most advanced products available in the market today. Spend some years with James Hardie, and you are likely to find your next interview much easier with "James Hardie Building Products" on the top of your resume.

    Benefit are absolutely world-class. Company vehicle and gas card add significant value to overall compensation package.

    Cons

    Downturn in market has created a micro-managing atmosphere that can be difficult for some people that are used to the "old Hardie" ways, where sales representatives were given more freedom to manage their business.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you put in place to manage your business in the field without significant oversight. Keep employees apprised of new products and make sure they are well trained to sell against them.

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