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James Hardie Reviews

Updated March 11, 2019
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  • "Work-life balance definitely can get tilted the wrong way from time to time" (in 22 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. "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


  2. "Divided Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Controller in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Controller in Mission Viejo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at James Hardie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, casual work environment

    Cons

    In-fighting, lack of direction from leadership, rate of attrition

    Advice to Management

    CFO direct reports should be more aligned as a team. There is too much discord. Staff should not be constantly fearful of losing their job. GMT should be more engaged and not spend all of their time campaigning to replace the CEO.

  3. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extensive training and development in their employees

    Cons

    None I can think of


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fast Paced, Never a Dull Day, Invests in its People."

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    James Hardie heavily invests in its people. Training for new hires and for role development is incredible. New hires are given time to develop rather than being thrown into a market and left on their own.

    The company lets sales reps manage their markets and develop their own strategy. There is no boxed strategy for every market.

    Targets are based on market growth (or retraction) rather than growth over last year so there isn't some expectation of volume growth if the market is tanking.

    Overall benefits package is great and includes expense account, car package, great healthcare.

    You're surrounded by very smart, driven people. If you're competitive, its really nice as everyone pushes each other.

    We are the market leader for our product. Access is not a problem in most markets and people are willing to listen to our product offering. We make great products and they perform well in most areas. We also support our products very well compared to competition.

    We act almost like a tech company in an industry which is quite a bit more traditional.

    Cons

    If you don't like change, not the company for you. We turn on a dime and then turn back again quickly. I love it, but not for everyone.

    If you aren't self-aware and can't take feedback, this is not the company for you. We are a gap focused company and those get addressed before you get a pat on the back. Be prepared to get blunt feedback from time to time.

    Not a 9-5 job. You need to be flexible and willing to put in hours to get your work done. If you want to clock in and clock out with your 40 hours, not the job for you. Work-life balance definitely can get tilted the wrong way from time to time.

    It can be an extremely humbling company. Some high performers from other companies come here and are very humbled.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing on smart people. Don't deviate too far from the strategy you've built as it's worked pretty well. Develop more global atmosphere. Reduce the silo and brings those at head office closer with those in the field as best you can. Poll your employees more to take a pulse.


  5. "The only thing constant is change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Constantly evolving with what they see in the markets

    Cons

    Sometimes change to frequently without giving enough time to prove out plans


  6. "It’s a Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Selling best product on market

    Cons

    Management changes, constantly not constant, unstable atmosphere


  7. "Not for the faint of heart!!"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High performing culture with amazing talent.

    Cons

    Politics and under market pay

    Advice to Management

    30% turn over is not good for business

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company I have ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at James Hardie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Very intelligent coworkers
    *Commuter benefits if you live in Chicago
    *High turnover means you can advance quickly if you can manage to stay around

    Cons

    *ZERO work life balance
    *Pay isn't great for the amount of hours you put in
    *Borderline hostile culture. People are always pointing the finger and trying to blame others for things going wrong at the company. Managers yelling at their employees in the middle of the office, rude emails, etc.
    *They could not pay me enough to stay at this company. It is the only career choice I've ever made that I've truly regretted. I truly dreaded going into the office everyday because of the way management treated people. Leaving was like a breath of fresh air

    Advice to Management

    Change your office culture. Good leadership comes from the top. If the CEO speaks to people like they are dirt, that will trickle down to every level of the company.


  9. "Pro Sales- Interior"

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    Current Employee - Pro Sales
    Current Employee - Pro Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work/life balance, culture, employees, HR, upward mobility, management... great place to learn....list goes on. Truly a great company with minor complaints

    Cons

    Only 2 weeks vacation for the first 5 years- company shut down requires you to take 2-3 days vacation during Christmas- this shouldn’t come out of the employees 10 days (especially if you don’t celebrate Christian holidays)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your employees... we need better employee engagement (sales meetings and continued training)...Look at re-evaluating pay bands- a little behind on base salary compared to other companies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career experience, great product, great contractor network

    Cons

    Poor Management team, very political