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James Hardie Reviews

Updated November 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Many holidays and great pay and benefits" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and the medical benefits are really low cost" (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance in the ambassador program is pretty poor, which on top of the repetitive daily canvassing, seems to lead to a lot of turnover" (in 20 reviews)

  • "No work life balance, no training, the plant is dirty, no room for growth/ long term development" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Welcoming Culture and Hard-Working People"

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

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    James Hardie's corporate culture is very open, welcoming and friendly. It's great to be able to talk to your coworkers freely and feel comfortable while getting work done. Very competitive and hard working company. There is plenty of room for growth and career opportunities when you work hard!

    Cons

    Don't always know what is going on across the board but the Business Updates help with that.


  2. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    Been here over 15 years, like working with good people.

    Cons

    Market prediction for plant scheduling

  3. "Strong and Fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow I’d you work hard enough and can strive in the culture.
    Smart and strategic company, teaches its employees a lot.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to overcome internal personalities.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to new ways of doing business, business strategies.


  4. "Good Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance, good people, values hard work.

    Cons

    Salary could be more competitive


  5. "Learn A lot"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not micromanaged with lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Impossible goals. Always moving faster and harder.


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at James Hardie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product, category leader, wonderful customer care

    Cons

    Direction to field tends to change too frequently


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, pay, benefits, work-life balance.

    Cons

    A little bit of perspective could help...

    I read pretty much all reviews here and every single negative review can be true. As somebody who's has worked over many years in different corporations, all I can say is that JH is no different. You can have a great department with a great manager, and the department in the next cubicles can be miserable.

    The tone comes from the top, and if the manager is lousy, the work environment will be lousy. If the manager is great, it will be an absolutely great place to work. It is the luck of the draw.

    Given that Hardie has over 1000 employess in the US (as far as I know), it would be an anomaly if every single manager was great! Nobody escapes the law of averages. In fact, Hardie makes an effort to mentor and promote from within, and sometimes unfortunately with questionable success.

    I'll say it again: if you're unlucky to have a lousy manager, it won't be pleasant. That's been the case though in all corporations I've been in. Hardie is no different.

    Should Hardie make an effort to weed out those managers? Sure they should, but that's easier said than done. There will be a lot of he said, she said.

    When you read reviews that say "bad life-work balance", "no promotions", this and that... I would say that while those are true, they definitely don't apply across the entire organization.

    It's easy and understandable for somebody who had a negative experience to criticize the entire organization, but keep in mind that you are reading only a slice of the truth. There are people who've been here a long time, are good at what they are doing and retire from here.

    As I said, with a good manager you won't be looking for a new job.

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    Next con is of a higher level. Once you get to a certain position, there can be higher decisions on directions and strategies that make you scratch your head. What can you do at that point? Truth is, not much... HR can't help with that. Go to the GMT? Maybe, but it's not so easy. Who will they believe, you or your boss?

    Even if you can argue successfully your position, how will you work with your manager, when you went over him/her and possibly made him/her look at least partly bad? At that point, maybe it's just better to look for a new job.

    This, however, is also not a situation unique to Hardie, it's part of being in the corporate world. Situations that can be easily resolved in a small company become often insurmountable obstacles in a corporation. That's the nature of the corporate beast. Hardie likes to see itself as this nimble organization, but it ain't. No corporation is.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a system to rate managers, and not only rate (and forget), but take active steps towards uncovering and remedying a bad situation.

    Don't give managers some just standardized training and forget about them. There are people who are born to be leaders, and there is the rest. Most people would like to believe they are more of the former, and less of the latter. The truth is quite the opposite though.

    Recognize that not all competent workers will necessarily make a good manager. Step in if there is a red flag in a group. Work with the manager, help him/her become a better manager. If that doesn't do the job, change the manager. Yes, that can be disruptive, but turnover due to a manager is disruptive too.

  8. "Toxic AP Department"

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

    I worked at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Free lunch Firdays

    Cons

    Management in the AP department is very unhealthy. The management actually enjoys putting their employees down. Nothing positive is ever said. They will work you to death. Then when reviews come around, they will find excuses to not give you an increase. They do not work together as a team and would rather put their department against each other. Nobody is allowed to help or teach another if needed. This has been taken to HR numerous times, but nothing is ever done.
     The turn over is really high and will remain there as long as the management is still there. I would definitely not recommend anyone for a position in this department. Keep looking.

    Advice to Management

    The larger management needs to take a serious look at this department's management skills.


  9. "Fast-paced"

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

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    Free water, lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    Long shifts, understaffed, constantly pushing to do more


  10. "Ready, Shoot, Aim"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, very interested in disruptive growth, tries to be different from the rest of its industry

    Cons

    Shifting priorities ("windshield wiper"), frequent org changes, unwilling to take the time to plan and set up for future success


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