Disorganized, low accountability from Mgmt, poor reputation with trades.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – July 28, 2016
Ashton Woods had an organized and timely vetting process for construction managers. In addition, the "Welcome mat" was rolled out professionally at the corporate office upon hiring, and was warm and inviting.
After the honeymoon phase of about 6 months was over, the ensuing chaos and deeper issues between management and field operations were revealed. Many trades confided that they were very unhappy with the way they were treated, primarily from upper Management and estimating. Not good for builders!
The estimating team had an " us against them" mentality in regards to their relationship to the field builders. Terrible attitudes that made life impossible in the field.
Management fired experienced good builders in the field left and right in response to managements own failing.
They cut the warranty department and piled that responsibility on the builders to shoulder, stating that if the houses were tighter, they wouldn't need a warranty department! Consequently reducing bonuses, increasing workload, and reducing build time requirements.
All factors of a management team that fails to man their territories properly. They brag about work-life balance which is only lip service. Corporate greed is alive and well here.
Keep looking, there are better places to hang your hat...
Careful and professional vetting process for new hires.
As a builder, be prepared to work around the clock and to be drowned in corporate red tape.