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H.B. Fuller Reviews

Updated July 15, 2017
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  • where work/life balance is encouraged and my ideas are valued (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Construction Products"

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

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Heavy focus on sales growth

    Cons

    Culture at this division is not healthy, people are not valued!!!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people outside of sales and marketing


  2. "They treat sales people like yesterday's newspaper !"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work.

    Cons

    Management mindset is terrible when it comes to salespeople. They hire the worst of the worst to be Geographical Sales Managers.

    Advice to Management

    Working at this company is not a pleasant experience. Get rid of the useless GSM's and that would be a good start.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Stretched too thin"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, overtime available but not required.

    Cons

    The importance of the customer is completely overlooked by the fact that the Customer Service team is stretched too thin to be able to service the customers.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible place to work."

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time

    Pros

    ELT is very engaging, however depending on your role you may only get to hear them speak once a year.

    Cons

    There is no diversity, no room for growth or improvement and the management approach used by some is stale-dated and horrible for morale. I feel sorry for the people that have been working in customer service as their leaders play favorites and have the tendency to focus on gossip versus growing employees from a leadership and goal perspective. I was asked if I was abused at home because I feel asleep in a meeting. Why would that be the first conclusion you come to? I was having health issues and to be honest I was falling asleep because AW talked very slow and was not engaging at all. The pay is low, the technology is old, everyone has been there forever which may seem like a great thing, but is only because they are afraid of change and any change to their outdated approaches would probably result in hundreds of people being fired. No skip levels discussions which further cripples growth and enabling supervisors and managers to continue Bad BAU. No work home balance. This business is far from the cities and traffic is horrible. Unless you live east of the win cities you will have a 1-2 hour commute each day.

    Advice to Management

    Start getting some new blood in , diversify and enable more work home life balance.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Over burdened"

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

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global company with leading technologies for a variety of industries. Some people have been there their whole careers. Generous vacation benefits.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Very political organization. Produced great results and turned around the operation, but was let go by new manager to be replaced by his own internal team member. Equipment is so old you can't find parts.

    Advice to Management

    For the size of the company, the operations are way over burdened to support the corporate office.


  6. "No progress to developmental growth and career path"

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment to work in. There is very little pressure to do get things done.

    Cons

    No growth and personal development. Compensation is lacking and does not have a career progression plan for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Build and develop people better. Turn over rate is very high


  7. "Frustrating experience"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The working experience in this environment maked you stronger for future experiences

    Cons

    The impossibility of communication, the total lack of organization, the total carelesness of the bosses make the environment unbearable.

    Advice to Management

    Check the way you employees are working, try to find out the obstacles and analyze them, support the emplyees in the hardest moments, try to find a way to break the tension in the most stressfull moments.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bad Experience"

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    Current Employee - Cost Accountant in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Cost Accountant in Cairo (Egypt)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No Mush benefits except for money

    Cons

    bad management and a lot of gossip , no increase in learning curve

    Advice to Management

    Change management due to bad manners and lack of respect and experience


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Management Inconsistencies..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Financial results great for 2009. Senior Leadership finally stabilized. Decent growth trends. Good Talent Acquisition in last 18 months.

    Cons

    TOO LEAN in human capital and investment in the Supply Chain infrastructure; lack of people, diverse talent and innovation in plants, and raw material sourcing. No investment for the future to support sales. No plan for raw materials; spot buying is unreliable and costly long-term.

    Advice to Management

    The so-called turn-around will be short lived beginning to surface in 2010. No investment in knowledgeable people, capital equipment, and a strategy beyond Sales will lead to sub-optimal performance very shortly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Its the best, worst job I ever had!"

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Paducah, KY
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Paducah, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay above average after you get a few years in, decent benefits, very strong company in the adhesive industry.

    Cons

    Depressing atmosphere, poor comrodery among workers, poor comunication, poor training ,poor local management, poor working conditions (heat, dust, noise, est) poor job staffing shifts, (work to lean). Old technology, old worn out equipment, you name it!!

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your people, like Tony Anderson did. Reinvest in the plants, get them up to date, stop jacking people around, give them their promotion when due.


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