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William Lyon Homes Reviews

Updated June 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Construction Managment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Lyon Homes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is more entrepreneurial than many companies and looks to take advantage of the markets it is in by allowing employees a good degree of latitude.

    Cons

    The upper management tends to look at opportunities from their income and lifestyle choices which leads to skewed product decisions which are not very well supported by the market.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for input from the rank and file employees who represent the larger portion of the market to see if they understand and appreciate the value of what is being built.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away from this place. The director of construction is cancerous."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at William Lyon Homes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good health benefits. Steady work.

    Cons

    Upper management on construction side needs to be replaced. They don't know how to treat their employees descent at all. Be prepared to be screamed and cursed at. No good moral... They are losing a lot of good employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your upper management on the construction side. They don't treat your people right. Everyone is leaving as well as myself. The director of construction is cancerous to your business.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits, Poor Management, Unreasonable Hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at William Lyon Homes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had the best and most affordable health insurance benefits I've ever seen for a homebuilder.

    Cons

    Management pushes field employees to the extreme. Verbal abuse is the norm. Be wary of the promise of a family-like atmosphere. Superintendents are forced to maintain a work backlog of more than 50 homes at a time. No work/home balance, no regard for family time except for upper management. Job time expectations require 12-14 hours a day just to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Review management styles, get rid of harsh, autocratic leaders. You have a great company that is being poisoned by a few bad apples. Profits and numbers are not everything.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Superintendent in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The field workers are the heart of the company. The retreats were the best & gave back to employees.

    Cons

    Upper management has definitely got worse. No communication, bad project management, this is not the military, employees who have worked 20 years are leaving this company. This company doesn't recruit within the company. WHY? Its SADLY to see this going on. The company has gone down hill. William Lyons were known for a great company to work for & they build quality homes cause they cared.

    Advice to Management

    Hire within the company. Let go of the Military Management That was hired outside the company. Send upper Management to a class on how to speak & show respect to their teammates. 20 year veteran Employees are leaving. WHY? Quality homes was the motto, not anymore. When you deliver a home that leeks, that is not quality built. Next time put the streets in first befor you begin to build especially when there are 5 subdivision all in one area. Keep the superintendents in the model garages to work out of, instead putting them 5 miles away from the job site. Bring back the retreats. Motivational speakers should be scheduled for all employees. Investors of this company need to know how long it takes to build a quality home product! The William Lyons way again!!


  5. "This place is awesome! Friendly staff really make you fell welcome."

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    Former Contractor - Receptionist in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Contractor - Receptionist in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office set up is amazing. They have a well layed out break room for their employees. They have anything and everything you could need in that break room via cook ware and they provide complimentary drinks in all sorts of varity

    Cons

    They weren't currently hiring full time positions at the time of work. It was still a wonderful experience and I would do it again.

    Advice to Management

    Try and see the potential in employees and hold on to them before they disappear.


  6. "Design Studio"

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    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    William Lyons corporate and field employees are a great group of individuals. The marketing team have a great value for their employees

    Cons

    Since the design consultants work for a separate company the design center employees do not have to have a degree which makes it hard to work for a company that doesn't value education. Although it was a great experience, I've never really worked with a group of people that are so unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    As far as the design Studio Management paying closer attention to the employees that can bring something other than average to the table will benefit the customer satisfaction outcome. Letting go of valuable employees is a bad move


  7. "Amazing individuals to work with, however management tends not to be aware of those who don't work as a team."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very family oriented, definately a work-life balance company.

    Cons

    Management style is all over the place; zero internal and external communication and not industry forward

    Advice to Management

    Embrace ideas from all employees, hire people qualified for positions rather than just filling a spot, and restructure the line of communication to management.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fair and honest environment focused on longevity of employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Lyon Homes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee Longevity, Good work environment

    Cons

    set in some ways that are not on the cutting edge of the business

    Advice to Management

    Team communication could be improved


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best career experience."

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very professional environment with many exciting opportunities to learn the real estate homebuilding industry. Best career experience.

    Cons

    No complaints! The downturn in the real estate market as a result of the recession was why they had to reduce staff.

    Advice to Management

    To H.R. management: just don't talk down to employees as if they are children.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not the place it once was."

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

    Pros

    General Lyon is a great man. Understand work/life balance. The Company offers a great benefits package. Reputation from outside looking in is good.

    Cons

    Exec. Management team appears clueless. Management team does not share vision of company with employees. Always seem to be "selling" the flavor of the month to employees. Real lack of experience within the Exec. Management team. Currently in bankruptcy.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees, ask them for feedback. Management team is using theory from the 1980s. Share the vision of the Company. Better yet, have a visioin.