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  1. "sr IT engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management and work environment

    Cons

    nothing to say at this time


  2. Helpful (1)

    "High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDC Holdings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with if teamed up well.

    Cons

    Poor mgmt team. If teamed with wrong person, they'll stab you in the back. Expectations can be unreal, depending upon community you are placed in.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your employee team. You were in their shoes before, try to remember that you had your struggles. Handle your employees yourself, don't reach over your head.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDC Holdings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you live in the dtc the location is perfect. There is a gym in the next building over. The small company culture is great if you enjoy knowing most of the people you work with.

    Cons

    My specific team worked very well together however other departments experienced challenges that made it difficult to work across teams at times

    Advice to Management

    If MDC wants to create a real legacy and an environment where people want to work they would invest in leadership who could visualize a better company, not just a better bottom line.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not so much"

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    Former Employee - Home Care Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Home Care Representative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MDC Holdings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you like belittled by customers and management this job is for you.

    Cons

    All of it. Out of control!!

    Advice to Management

    Get everyone on the same page.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good business, but volatile job security"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDC Holdings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When they value you, you know it. They spend effort in keeping you informed on how you fit in to the overall picture. They make no bones about they are in the business of selling houses so you need to constantly present yourself in a way that tells them how you help them achieve that goal.

    Cons

    Your job security is closely related to how the housing market fairs. Unexpected downturns in the market leads to layoffs very quickly. Just to prove my point a very telling description of the CEO's behavior to a person who had been working there less than a year. "Don't worry, he waits one year before he eats his young."

    They are not effective in addressing coworker atmosphere problems. I watched for a year as an employee with a known acerbic personality reek havoc on his fellow employees and nothing was done to address the problem. Instead they put him in a more visible position so more people could be affected by it.

    Advice to Management

    Forcing people to dress in business attire all the time does not mean your office culture is professional.


  7. "Good People, Company Challenged by Economy"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDC Holdings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with at MDC. When times are good in the home building economy times are great at MDC. There is a sincere desire to grow and perform at the top of the list of home builders in the country. Original leadership still in place who built the company from the ground up.

    Cons

    As in many cases, miscalculation and risks in a challenging industry can leave many people without a job. This company seems to find value in it's strategic investments rather than it's people. Compensation is extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    Two pieces of advice: first to the executives, seek out wisdom and advice from the leaders in your company. The difference between where you are and where you want to be may be limited by your desire to micro-manage your company. Second, find value in your people before you invest in risky indevours.


  8. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Attorney in Denver, CO
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDC Holdings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people and great work environment except during downsizing

    Cons

    Real estate market crumbling and many people lost their jobs

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of the vulnerable, older workers or those who can't easily find other work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Any port in a storm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still employed during hard times.

    Cons

    Cutting edge management philosophy....for 1890. Classic management 101 mistake; give an employee responsibility with no authority.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want your people to make decisions and take ownership of their responsibilities, then don't hire qualified professionals. It leads to dissatisfaction and low morale.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Short and not to sweet"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with from mid-level management down.

    Cons

    Exec leadership is a one way street. Right or wrong. Many sr. mgrs are placed in the wrong position. Culture and moral is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people and the business will improve. Take away good people and you will continue to struggle.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is well positioned to move forward with any improvement in the current home building economic climate. They are conservative in their leadership style and will be in business a long time with their strategies.

    Cons

    The benefits continue to shrink each year as with most companies. Over the past few years, RIFS and voluntary resignations have resulted in a significant loss of talent.

    Advice to Management

    Find the balance between stock holder expectations and employee satisfaction. Sometimes cutting compensation and benefits cost more in the long run when real talent (aka productivity) walk out the door.


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