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James Hardie Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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  • work/ life balance, not much training for jobs (in 15 reviews)

  • No work life balance, no training, the plant is dirty, no room for growth/ long term development (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Place to work for consultants

    Cons

    Need to move things faster


  2. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Peru, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Peru, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at James Hardie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for! The company offers great advancement opportunities and benefits!

    Cons

    James Hardie is a very fast pass work environment. If you can not except rapid change or environment you should not apply.

    Advice to Management

    Hold everyone accountable for their own actions equally.


  3. "Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at James Hardie (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is big here, did not work for me though

    Cons

    Old office, desk wasn't cleaned out for me when I arrived


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn, horrible place to stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Metro Representative
    Former Employee - Metro Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to cut your teeth in the manufacturing arena. They offer consultative selling courses with Richardson which is valuable.

    Cons

    It's a boys club. If you don't drink and don't plan on having/learning how to deal with a hangover then your time there will be limited. Hard work doesn't equate to job stability.

    Advice to Management

    Management sets horrendous examples on every level. They are too young and arrogant. I had to constantly fight to keep the product in dealers not because it was a horrible product, but the direct result of management having come in town. Having 97% market share and great relationships should be taken more seriously than how much you can drink.


  6. "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong management, great work life balance, upward mobility, awesome benefits:

    Be prepared to work hard but it pays off!
    Best product on the market- easy to sell

    Cons

    A little more in base pay for strong employees who show results..... also result based company so be prepared to work!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Love the environment. Great transparency


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge learning environment, easy product to sell. Extremely high market share.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side

    Advice to Management

    Fix pay and you will have less turnover.


  8. "As a company I love their products."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The products are the best and I would use them any chance I could.

    Cons

    That someone with over 20 years in the building material industry can't get hired without a degree.

    Advice to Management

    Don't concentrate on the importance of a degree and talk to the person and see why they were not able to get their degree.
    You have missed out on the best representative your company could ever have.


  9. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company with a great product that challenges their employees but also provides the necessary support to reach those expectations.

    Cons

    Career path isn't always clear (both lateral and upwards). Individual employee really has to push manager and upper manager for opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Shareholders Sell Your Stock"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality manufacturing, service and products.

    Cons

    Unethical and discriminatory business practices. Harvard Business Review should do a case study on James Hardie. James Hardie is proof that some companies can still achieve the status as an industry leader despite appalling leadership behaviors and dreadful culture,

    Don't be fooled by positive employee reviews because many were bought by HR, asking employees to complete reviews and receive a monetary reward (gift card).

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO. He is poison to the entire company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Hard Working Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at James Hardie full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for promotions. A work hard/ play hard environment. The company is very direct in communication and feedback, and also a flat organization which makes everyone more approachable.

    Cons

    Vacation benefits are sub-par. Must be very vocal to move ahead, or your hard work could get unnoticed.

    Advice to Management

    Update vacation benefits and pay people at least the average amount for their role, especially if they have been with the company for a long period of time.



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