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James Hardie Reviews

Updated January 12, 2019
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  • "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 21 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. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "Specialist operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and free lunch Friday.

    Cons

    You become too valuable in your current position to be able to advance.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Be Prepared to Never Win"

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

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

    Pros

    There are a few positives at Hardie. First and foremost the pay and benefits are good. They also do team outings and free lunch.

    Cons

    Corporate management is a joke. Everything is 'flavor of the week' style management and the goals are constantly changing. Every new project is expected to have immediate results. Even if this means doing things that will cause problems in the future. Everything is about delivering the month's goals above all else. There is no long term planning and hourly headcount is always in flux due to poor planning for market conditions. The culture is abysmal with giant rifts between operations, plant finance, and corporate teams. Most managers are willing to do whatever it takes to save themselves and have no qualms about letting tenured employees go in order to find a scapegoat. Very little respect is given between teams and it is hard to have any meaningful or productive work conversations due to this. The common conception is that whoever is the loudest is also the "rightest".

    Advice to Management

    The company has potential to be a great place. The financials are strong and sales and market share are steady. The biggest roadblock is the culture. With the new CEO there is potential for change and the company needs it. They are driving away good talent under the current management. Ultimately it is the senior level management that needs to change the most. The current philosophies make it difficult for anyone below them to make a career at Hardie. When I started with the company the culture was tough but tolerable, it continued to deteriorate from there. Hopefully they can turn things around since a lot of great people work at the plants and it is tragic people feel the need to leave due to culture.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid Working at James Hardie"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dollar for dollar matching on 401K for up to 6% of salary
    Bonus scale is pretty great and is based on individual performance for the most part
    Free lunch fridays

    Cons

    Leadership at the top is very poor. Senior leaders don't know what good looks like for James Hardie. They are constantly changing directions every few months on what the business should look at and what projects should be the focus of the organization. Very frustrating. Also a lot of the mid level leaders (Directors) have no problem throwing their team members under the bus in order to prevent themselves from looking bad. They say that when you come in that the culture is very open and inviting to everyone's ideas. That was a load of crap. There is a ton of political bs and I felt like most of my team's ideas were always shutdown or poorly supported. The organization doesn't want to change how they do things but they love to complain that they need to find ways to do things better. They provide little support in doing so and expect you to just figure it out. Also leadership loves to plan last minute meetings/requests and expects you to do whatever is necessary in order to make it happen without any regards to how much time is needed to prep or fulfill the request. I can't tell you how many nights I worked very late on these such requests. Work life balance was a joke. I never had any idea of when I might be able to go home each day because of the chaos that is James Hardie. They did offer a few outings but I was never able to go to most of them because of the workload and demand of the job. I feel like James Hardie is a burn and turn kind of place. Avoid at all cost currently.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership really needs to take a deep look at itself and figure out what is working and what is not. A lot of great people are leaving the organization due to the culture. Does anybody care that their is massive turnover for employees in their first year at the company? That should be a huge red flag that the culture is an issue. Leadership also needs to get out of the weeds and have a more mid to long term focus for the organization. This will allow the organization to actually drive to the 35/90 goal. This company could be great. It makes a great product and has very little direct competition in the fiber cement industry. If leadership can take more of a long term look at the organization and put some good principals/practices into how the plants are run and not constantly keep changing leadership at that level just maybe the company can achieve its long term goal.


  9. "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.


  10. "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