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Hearth & Home Technologies Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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  1. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Rutland, VT
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Rutland, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very well managed large public company. Most of the management is professional and competent. Overall compensation is competitive with good benefits.

    Cons

    Like all large companies they close facilities for the sake of efficiency as they should do. This why I no longer work at HHT, they closed the plant I worked and didnt want to transfer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Could have been better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Lake City, MN
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Lake City, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with good hard working people. Good teamwork.

    Cons

    supervisors had a hard time listening. By the book, no independent thinking or reasoning.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors need a bit more training. Good judgement calls.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    The corporation focused on Lean manufacturing and had good work life balance. Pay and benefits were decent. The shop employees worked hard and productive

    Cons

    Senior Leadership was too concerned about short term KPI's and likely their annual bonus. They thought it would be a great idea to have the PelPro and Pleasant Hearth products made in China. Which unfortunately has greatly reduced the work in Colville and likely the will shut the plant down and move it to VCG.

    Advice to Management

    Do something truly innovative in the hearth industry, make a market where there isn't one today. If you keep riding on the back of 75% share of the Pellet market someone will innovate you out of it.


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  5. "Great employees to work with, awesome products and a fun, professional HR department."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Production Tech I in Lake City, MN
    Current Employee - Production Tech I in Lake City, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, decent compensation, very organized environment and efficient logistical management. Lively work space atmosphere and decently paced, great parking arrangements.

    Cons

    Very physically challenging, rugged factory conditions and it can be hard to get time off at times. Sometimes a bit too fast paced but usually corrected soon thereafter.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to fine tune the allocation of its resources and appropriate its assets to bettering the "cost, delivery, quality and safety" paradigm in accordance with their values. Management has lost some of those attitudes when it comes to cutting cost in order to make a profit. It is necessary sometimes to cut costs, but there is no reason to if the company can produce more and acquire more customers and investors. Keep costs the same, deliver on time, order quality parts and put them together well and obtain safe and efficient practices and machines to get the job done well. Invest in your company and it will invest in you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "toxic environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay & profit sharing. Great products, liked the category. Very bright and talented co-workers.

    Cons

    No empowerment whatsoever. Cannot count on management support, chasing a different shiny object every week. No marketing vision or strategy to speak of. Lean to the point of crippling. Constantly losing talented people.

    Company outlook: the largest hearth product co. + a strong housing market = $$$$


  7. "Great Place to work , very strong in Lean Manufacturing (Shingo Award Winner - 2005)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Lake City, MN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Lake City, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Strong lean manufacturing knowledge base , top down approach
    - Flexible work hours
    - Reinvestment in the form of capital projects and employee training

    Cons

    - New product development and R&D is very minimal

    Advice to Management

    - Better to innovate than to iterate


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Leaders don't get it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colville, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people
    Good product
    Customers are very supportive of initiatives within the organization
    Front line leaders were developed to be leaders prior to 2008

    Cons

    Executive leadership talks about implementing RCI, but does not follow some of the key parts of the RCI process such as:
    - Empower the people
    - Develop and Support leaders
    They are more concerned about the $ than anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the RCI concept. Don't allow yourself to be a numbers watcher. Realize that if you follow the RCI concepts, the numbers will come.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company. Not too big, not too small."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong management. Good people. Fair rewards to the best talent. Management very visible and in touch with the business. Great place to work. Opportunities for growth, especially if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    The best employees at corporate work a lot of hours. It starts to become the norm and hard to work just a 40 hour week without feeling like a slacker.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Disfuctional and unprofessional...Stay away!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee and water. Decent bonuses. You can get discounts on some products.

    Cons

    This organization is so disfuctional and demoralizing. If you have not been in the hearth industry for 15 years or more don't bother, they won't listen to your ideas. President Brad Determine is very unprofessional and often yells and swears at people in front of others. They say they are into rapid continuous improvement but only when you do what the senior leaders say. Their continuous improvement does not have any follow through, control or training. Lots of turnover with people who have been there less thatn 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new president. Treat people with respect.


  11. "Fast Paced Lean Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hearth & Home Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Heavy focus and lots of training curriculum on lean manufacturing, competitive salary, good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of focus to completion of projects, failure to plan adequately, long term strategy not well understood outside of top management

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to let your members know what is going on in their plant. They can handle the good or bad news as well as anyone and just want to feel like they are participating.


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