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K. Hovnanian Homes Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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Ara K. Hovnanian
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance; friendly coworkers; free coffee" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Pay is good when you actually receive commissions" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "You are placed in communities not due to your ability to sell homes but the level of friendship with upper management" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Very Cyclical Work/Life Balance" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "K. Hov Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Land Acquisitions in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Land Acquisitions in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Proven leadership and management, effective training and systems, and a culture of integrity.

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any downside to working with the company that I can share.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's obvious that management has its priorities in order which is further demonstrated by the company's success and its productive and happy employees.


  2. "Inexperienced and scattered middle management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Terrible middle management with no experience in managing people. Micro managed daily . Every day procedures and guidelines change . Revolving door of employees in department. High stress environment.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management needs to go .

  3. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Commission-when you finally get it.

    Cons

    Poor management, little to no training on product.

    Advice to Management

    STOP the mico-management! Get your pricing system fixed and stop ripping off customers! CARE about your customers and CARE about your Sales Teams. Have worked for 3 other home builders and THIS IS THE WORST COMPANY I HAVE EVER WORKED FOR. Went thru numerous managers and Upper management adjustments, unstable company, financially in BIG trouble! Upper Management needs to check in with employees and LISTEN to them.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "New Home Sales Associate"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good commissions and homes are beautiful.

    Cons

    A sales position at K Hovnanian in the Orlando division - management does not treat sales associates fairly. Upper sales Management exhibits a culture which lacks professionalism. Leadership promote gossip and favoritism and lack the ability to remain objective due to personal Relationships with sales people. There was a lot of gossip among sales people and management. They would talk about salespeople to other sales people. You are placed in communities not due to your ability to sell homes but the level of friendship with upper management. Consequently turn over is very high in sales. Their is a lot of drama and politics involved a Sales position with K Hovnanian. Which is odd because there should be no place for that with good leadership. This is probably the reason they have so many sales positions available.
    Employees leave companies because of management. Which is the reason 3 of their sales people have quit is the past 6 months. I am writing this review to hopefully help others avoid making a regrettable decision working here. You will work hard at selling homes and then have to walk away leaving commissions on the table because you can
    no longer take going to work under such unprofessional leadership.

    Advice to Management

    This advice would be for upper management in New Jersey to visit the divisions more often and speak with the sales people to find out truly what is going on with the company and how the employees are being treated. They would be shocked.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cis"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CIS in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Former Employee - CIS in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice boss very helpful and seems to care

    Cons

    Very unorganized don’t seem to get answers. Refer
    To power point.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Morale and stock in nosedive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Leader
    Current Employee - District Sales Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most rank and file employees are talented and hardworking

    Cons

    Senior Executives.
    The Executive Leadership is a scary mess. The CEO and COO rule by fear. They lead by colored graphs, charts and micro management. When they make rare visits to the front lines, it’s kiss the ring time. Nobody dares tell them the kind of intel that matters. So they continue their autocratic leadership. This year they have added Group and Corporate Sales and Marketing executives in newly created positions. While they have injected more bureaucracy, they are yet to yield any value to operations. COO attended a sales leadership seminar with the company’s sales leaders. His comments and demeanor to the group had a hostile tone. I was embarrassed for him and us. The CEO has made company wide marketing decisions that boggle the mind. Those closest to him fear presenting irrefutable data to counter those misguided directives. Morale company wide is at its lowest and the company’s stock is at a 52 week low. Go figure.

    Advice to Management

    Resign


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Purchasing Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Red Bank, NJ
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Red Bank, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Holiday parties each year

    Cons

    Low Salaries, Management fails to resolve issues between employees fairly.
    Frequent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all of your employees

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Abusive CFO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Controller
    Former Employee - Controller
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance with market pay

    Cons

    Egomaniac CFO who has made terrible financial recommendations yet keeps his position through tearing down his finance and management team. Uses fear and intimidation vs. collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old and in with newer capable finance professionals who are in touch with reality, employees and not dictatorships. CEO encourages and supports bad behavior.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Consultant Palm Beach County FL RUN AWAY LIKE YOU ARE ON FIRE!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Boynton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Sales in Boynton Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None - except they have health benefits

    Cons

    Treated like a number or cattle easily replaced, disrespected, always on eggshells like you were afraid to speak up if you did there was retribution. Just a terrible work environment.

    Advice to Management

    I would give negative stars if I could! Get your act together. You claim you are a team of inclusion start treating your employees as assets and nurture them not destroy them and manage by fear that is old school and will have you out of business


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Architectural Graphic Design"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Graphic Designer in Red Bank, NJ
    Former Employee - Architectural Graphic Designer in Red Bank, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable, benefits, paid time off, 2 weeks off after 5 years.

    Cons

    Disruptive people in the office; lower management is petty, abusive and don't listen to the people who actually do the work. A hand full of people in particular in the office are gossips and inappropriate. It's a high school setting, unprofessional and it gets old quick. In my situation my manager smothered the flames and his entire team left over the course of a couple months and made promises he couldn't keep. He's gone now, but drove a lot of good people away before that happened.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers and support them not push blame.