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Pulte Homes Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pulte Homes President, CEO, and Director Richard J. Dugas Jr.
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  • Very difficult to have a work life balance here (in 16 reviews)

  • They ask you to work long hours to get the job done then give you a talking to once you go over 100 hours for a 2 week pay period (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Headquarters"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and decent benefits

    Cons

    Long work hours, high turnover, stressful environment, ineffective training


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Run while you can!!!!(senior managment dont apply it will be the worst decision of your life)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Field Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    health insurance, none, none, none,none

    Cons

    DCO's need to know that its not all about being in the good old boys club its about making sure your people are trained. Hiring new hires that have zero experience if any experience can actually hurt the company and drive costs up. Set reasonable goals and staff accordingly. Turn over rate is 30 plus percent and all senior guys are leaving or have left the company with an exception for some. They give no notice of when they are going to let you go. They put you on what is called a PIP which is not in the employee handbook. Then give you 90 days and then your gone regardless if you succeed or not. A pip even When HR was contacted they had no idea what is was so it seems it is a made up written warning and seems like a good way for a wrongful termination lawsuit. You are required to follow a process that is not fully implemented and not fully thought through and changes so if they need to find a reason for disciplinary action it can be found. They ask you to work long hours to get the job done then give you a talking to once you go over 100 hours for a 2 week pay period. Bonus structure is based on 3 metrics which never are fully achieved due to them being for the entre division not per individual success. When asked for help it is typically not given and you are told be more organized and you can get more done. You are also told to be in the work when trades are there but you are expected to spend hours doing punches for trades so they can come and do them. Most trades don't have supers that punch house you do all the work form them. The phase that it used when someone has a rebuttal to it is we need to make the trades successful. the trades have become so dependent on Pulte field managers they no longer punch everything and want to send bills to them if something was missed. Managers call you and email you on the weekends when you are off. You work holidays even though we are supposed to be off. Trades are low balled and don't deliver their end of the scope of work when tried to enforce it they run to purchasing and then you are labeled as someone whom the trades cant work with. They promote from outside and not from within but preach that they need to make everyone better this is all so they can cut costs when they bring someone in instead of doing the right thing and promoting the persons that have earned it. They allow homeowners to run all over their field manager and are scared to tell the homeowners no. The manager could be 100 percent right and if the homeowner runs and sends an email to corporate the field manger is the one who is told they are wrong even thought they are right. people fear for their jobs and are only out for themselves in the end. They make up new positions and then fire everyone once they feel they no longer need them. Good luck if you work here. Most new hire last 6 months then hit the revolving field manger door to go to another builder. my advice if you work here expect to get taken advantage of used up and then thrown to the side once one to the favorites is in need of a promotion. PDPS are a joke. they only list bad things on them and then the manager will tell you what you did good at the end. The good should be what should be put in the PDP not just all bad there is no section for the positive things you have done. pay is below average and the bonuses are below average.

    Advice to Management

    Be leader take responsibility, train your people, deliver help when it is asked for, hold trades accountable and enforce scopes and don't let the FM do the work for the trade. They are there to manage and not do the work for them i.e. paint touch ups, drywall touchups, fixing siding, putting trim up, fixing stucco, cleaning houses caulking things, putting cabinets together. fms ar also required to do take offs since purchasing cant it figured out, every home is to be stage complete but management wants you to push them through so they can meet their numbers, trades don't want to work for Pulte because it is to hard and difficult for them. plan errors are huge and don't get corrected across multiple community's. we are told its fine zone will fix it one day just keep going. This adds to the FM's plate and makes them need to remember individual plan errors and make sure framers plumbers etc. all know about them. Once a plan error is found and it needs to be corrected you are asked why are we paying this bill and why didn't you catch it, Why didn't zone and purchasing and RP catch it before it go to the fm.That would be roughly about 6 or 7 people it passed through prior to getting to the FM. Hmmmm seems like there is room for improvement in other departments in the Austin Division other than just construction but hey they have been there forever and are part of the club.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership /Uppper Management is a joke"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pulte Homes (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers and mid level colleagues were the best part of my experience

    Cons

    My division in the NE is very disconnected, from upper management to the mid level employees. They hope that you believe them when they attempt to convince you that they run an inclusive culture, but the truth is far from this. Certain employees receive preferential treatment while the rest are underappreciated. A lousy culture with no team atmosphere....

    Advice to Management

    my advise is completely irrelevant as management is "too smart" to listen anyway..


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  5. "The worst job I've ever had. I dreaded going to work everyday."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Purchasing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Purchasing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pulte Homes as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The perks of the job were great. Perks being serving breakfast on Friday's, having catered lunches most days during the week, and ice cream socials once a month.

    Cons

    The training class is horrible. The work they expect you to do is ridiculous. Overall I give this company a big fat F


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Vendor Cost Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vendor Cost Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vendor Cost Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a nice environment before the massive layoffs started in August 2016. Laying off people who worked very hard while being under paid.

    Cons

    It was a great company before upper level management started fighting and made it Public. CEO has no integrity. He did not feel bad about laying off people in massive, in his interview he said that he is very proud of how he handled that situation by letting go hundreds of people. He sent an email to everybody in the company stating the same even we are still there (the ones who are being laid off). Low salaries company wide.

    Advice to Management

    I am just going to watch how our full time job will be getting done by other people as an additional task. Employees will be quitting very soon. Good luck in the future by going down the hill.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Run fast from this sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buckhead, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buckhead, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    too few to mention, maybe holidays and vacation

    Cons

    Systems are non existent, all boys club arrogance. They claim they care about customers, but they don't, and they build really poor quality homes. Team building events are forced fun, and nobody wants to do it. Culture is backstabbing to get a head. Managers and directors all falsify there expense reports, and nobody cares.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of the 18th floor and talk to people that actually do the work, Get a real PO system. Move out of your fancy tower to lower your overhead. The 5 million dollar staircase and the worst open office concept is a huge failure and you should be held accountable for the reckless spending. You look like a bunch of drunk moneys spending wildly on frivolous things. Website overhaul over run budgets, all failures.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "CEO threw employees under the bus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pulte Homes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company was great before the CEO was pushed around by a hedge fund.

    Cons

    CEO throw employees under the bus in order to make peace with investors and the founder's grandson. They all got board seats while the company culture was eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make changes before remaining employees walk out the door and you're left with nothing but board members and grandsons.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hardcore chaos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good way to learn building, always hiring inexperienced builders.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Organization is too large to control. Management by exception means so many rules for everyone that you have to ignore the rules. Then a new guy gets in charge and burns you for that. Long hours. Bad subcontractors that never get fired no matter how bad they are. Area managers and VP's manage people that have been here for many years and the managers don't understand the real process that is making them mountains of profit. They just keep making commands and calling meetings going over the same old stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize management. Put the local management in charge. Having a regional manager in another state have to sign off on everything you do is not good when he is never here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Absolute disrespect of people and God forbid you have worked for one of their acquired companies."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of resources along with some really great people. The mechanics are there just not the leadership to direct them.

    Cons

    No culture or respect for their people. Overhead is out of control with no checks and balances. A real short fall in leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, begin acting like the company you once were.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Loved the people, cant stand the long boring hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pulte Homes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good health care.

    Cons

    Long model home hours, no cross selling low broker commission.

    Advice to Management

    offer 3% to brokers


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