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K. Hovnanian Homes Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance; friendly coworkers; free coffee (in 8 reviews)

  • Their some great people in the field who do an excellent job with what timelines their given to build a nice looking home (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Most of upper management was not very approachable (in 11 reviews)

  • New employees spend more time covering hired in Sales Consultants days off than what they do working and learning from hired in Sales Consultants (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance; friendly coworkers; free coffee

    Cons

    downsizing
    needs to hire more new young minds and out with the old outdated employees/mindsets
    technology is from the 90s

    Advice to Management

    needs to scrap them all and start fresh


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Community sales manager"

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

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You have job and benefits.

    Cons

    Outdated product, incentives inferior to competition, and be glad you have a job from upper management. The worst land acquisitions to try to sell. Cheap inferior labor resulting in poor workmanship and quality. Cheap materials. The most dysfunctional purchasing dept. that never knows who is on first base. Too much corporate control by big egos. If you enjoy doing everyone's job to get your job done here is the place.

    Advice to Management

    Over dosing the sale managers on training when your interior operation is a train wreck will not make you profitable.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Hopefully they make it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Land Development Manager
    Former Employee - Land Development Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome new home designs that aren't boxes. Insurance was decent through Cinga.

    Cons

    Division was sold off so company could pay its bills. Company has to many chiefs that do not communicate well or tell their employees the truth!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Met a lot of great people

    Cons

    Poor construction management, no systems in place, too many chiefs,

    Advice to Management

    If you in the field in construction you need to know construction


  6. Helpful (3)

    "KHov Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits good and the Pay decent

    Cons

    The most disorganized company I have ever worked for
    The systems they have in place are extremely difficult to use- needlessly
    If they would run their business regionally it would e MUCH better.
    Employees have NO input - Their system to give input is so difficult to use- it is useless.

    Advice to Management

    Run your business regionally


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a great deal about selling new homes and construction with the continued training programs offered.

    Cons

    Leadership at the time was flawed. At times, end product was less than desirable.

    Advice to Management

    Make certain to listen to members of the sales team. They are the experts and know what will help increase sales.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Beware the company that always has job postings."

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time

    Pros

    Sales team seemed very professional and my sales partner could not have been more helpful. Sales management was pretty hands off. Manager would pop in maybe once a week to ask if we needed anything. Strong marketing support.

    Cons

    Quick hook. Was recruited to work a new part of town where buyers had lots of credit challenges, the current section was winding down, the new section wasn't ready yet, and I didn't have many Realtor connections. Sales came slowly and I was cut when the company decided not to open a new section of another community and they decided to keep a more established salesperson from the other community even though my manager knew I had sold my home to move closer to work. Manager provided very little guidance or training especially on what sets K. Hovnanian apart from other builders. Company relies on sales partner to train new salesmen.

    Advice to Management

    Take all factors into consideration and give salespeople more time to get up to speed especially when sections are in close out.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Good place for a starter job. Decent health insurance. Down-to-earth colleagues.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential career-wise. Limited professional development. Stodgy, backwards & slow. Many who have been w/ company a long time seem to be stuck there b/c they had not grown professionally so no where else to go. Low pay. 401k match below standard. Operations is bad. Having worked there, now I understand why their stock price is so low.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Walk your talk.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Director of Purchasing"

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    Former Employee - Home Builder in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Home Builder in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large national home builder based in northeast. Have decent name recognition.

    Cons

    Regional operations and senior management inexperienced in smooth operations. Made simple tasks difficult. Good structure and positive culture is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Need to evaluate current structure and culture and modify. Company has a negative connotation i the industry.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be great..."

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at K. Hovnanian Homes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brighton Homes/ KHOV was once a great place to work. If you were willing to put in the effort, the compensation was great and you were treated fairly. I worked for several different sales managers and most were supportive and created an environment that provided an opportunity to succeed.

    Cons

    In the last couple of years senior management has begun to turn-over. Upper management seems to be in a turf battle. Veteran Sales Managers have left and those that remain seem to have given up. New Sales Managers have created a hostile environment. Top producers have left and others are on their way out. Poor treatment, commission cuts and the dramatic change in culture is driving good people away.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to step in and get this division under control! Get rid of the toxic managers and start treating sales a valued team members rather than disposable, worthless assets. It's not to late to correct recent mistakes and turn things around but that will have to be done from the highest levels.



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