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H.B. Fuller Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  • A work-life balance is possible at Corporate (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits, interesting industry, challenging work, and flexible work hours (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain
    Former Employee - Supply Chain
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people. Community oriented, many volunteer opportunities available. A work-life balance is possible at Corporate. Nice headquarters, very environmentally conscious.

    Cons

    Too many middle management layers. Have to be a part of the "clique" to advance. CEO pretends to care about employees. No loyalty. If you've been there more than 10 years, look out!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the office politics.


  2. "Territory Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time

    Pros

    Proper training initially, Great CEO.

    Cons

    Inferior products to the competition, wrong people in upper management


  3. "No collaboration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller full-time

    Pros

    Nice salary and good benefits such as 401k and healthcare.

    Cons

    Collaboration is their buzz word but they do not follow-through with this. Most work conducted in a vacuum. Tremendous lack of accountability. Customers come last.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and really look at the message you are sending versus the reality of the culture. Good pay and benefits are buying you time, but you have a very dissatisfied staff and it shows. The answer is not to keep adding layers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Top Heavy- Director reporting to Director reporting to Directors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex schedule, some nice people, global company, free coffee in the office, not cutting edge if you like a slower pace work environment

    Cons

    Quality
    directors too busy directing directors meanwhile we never have enough players on the field to score

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring more coaches and start hiring great team players.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good Company BUT....."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work at, salary was somewhat competitive although bonuses are hard to come by.
    excellent people
    long term vision is there and seems to be right

    Cons

    politics are horrendous for a company this size. a few bad apples really ruin some departments.
    Even though they have solid strong women in positions, the top of the company is like a boys club.
    worked to the bone if you are below a certain point

    Advice to Management

    take a look in the mirror and really look at the org in general and remove politics and bad apples. take serious interest in developing talent, invest in your employees


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Think Big, Act Small"

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    Former Employee - Global Business Communications Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Global Business Communications Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at H.B. Fuller (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They allow you to recycle your used batteries.

    Cons

    Leadership has a vision, however management is lacking in the ability to allow for the changes that need to happen in order to achieve the vision.

    Advice to Management

    You hire professionals, give them the opportunity trust and support they need to evolve the origination.


  8. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers (peers) who are willing to share their knowledge

    Cons

    Management Level rules by intimidation and fear tactics. Seems to be a huge internal power struggle that makes it difficult to stay positive and do your job.


  9. "Poor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good

    Cons

    Treat employees terribly, don't care about low morale just want sales at any cost. Stretched way too thin

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and treat them with more respect. Invest in people and in the business


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mid size company trying to become more centralized and bureaucratic."

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager
    Current Employee - Plant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and bonus programs can be better than some. Traditionally decentralized, with a lot of autonomy for plant and senior managers.

    Cons

    After some expensive management failures, attempting to control more centrally. Becoming overly risk averse. A lot of butt-covering going on right now.

    Advice to Management

    Accept some risk and get back to trusting management on the ground.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vadnais Heights, Ramsey, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vadnais Heights, Ramsey, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No career development unless you have a PhD. Even so, people end up in a management position. Too many middle level management.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who do the work, not the ones managing them.



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