H.B. Fuller Reviews

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  1. Fast paced - always trying something new to keep the customers focus

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager

    I worked at H.B. Fuller

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Innovative product. Given a lot of flexibility on how to get the job done.

    Cons

    Not very quick to make needed changes to keep up with competitors

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating rather than getting too settled in the business 'as is'

  2. Too many temps to run a great business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller

    Pros

    Many really great employees that want to do the best job possible. Good market share, organic growth. Great products, huge customers.

    Cons

    Weak middle management; too many temporary employees. No security - people literally carry in what they can carry out when they are let go that day.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your goals. Hire the people that can get you there. Keeping really great people on as temps indefinitely keeps people from having skin in the game; it is not beneficial to long term success.

  3. Inside Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at H.B. Fuller

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    HB Fuller has great benefits. Training programs are good. Salary is competitive.

    Cons

    Changing marketplace and divisions are being sold.

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  5. This stable company is reaching out to grow in a relatively flat market creating both opportunity and pressure to grow.

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Vadnais Heights, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Vadnais Heights, MN (US)

    I worked at H.B. Fuller

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This 125 year old company is committed to growing market share by emphasizing higher value adhesive markets. This creates opportunities for those working on these technologies.

    Cons

    Some of the older technologies are under extreme cost pressure. This can lead to making do with less than is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be sure to keep adequate control of stable and shrinking sectors to ensure safety quality, and customer service.

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    Technical Manager

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    Current Employee - R&D in Vadnais Heights, MN (US)
    Current Employee - R&D in Vadnais Heights, MN (US)

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    H.B. Fuller has a good work / life balance and a pleasant work culture. There is freedom to do what you want to do in order to get the job done. Being a global company there is plenty of opportunity to work with colleagues from other regions of the world and opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    H.B. Fuller is a lean company, so many employees are stretched thin with multiple responsibilities. Lack of resources for many of the groups or projects. It is a very business driven culture and not technology or innovation driven. Salaries tend to be not very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is strong. Middle management is lacking in creating a positive and innovative culture, partly because employees are stretched thin. Lack of training or vision for how middle management can create a positive and innovative culture. Culture is stale, but improving.

  7. Poor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good

    Cons

    Treat employees terribly, don't care about low morale just want sales at any cost. Stretched way too thin

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and treat them with more respect. Invest in people and in the business

  8. No progress to developmental growth and career path

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment to work in. There is very little pressure to do get things done.

    Cons

    No growth and personal development. Compensation is lacking and does not have a career progression plan for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Build and develop people better. Turn over rate is very high

  9. Quality Assurance / Lab Tech II

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance

    I worked at H.B. Fuller

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn a little bit about dry-powder composition, how to test it etc. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Very repetitive, you work wtih/ count on blue collar workers which in itself is challenging.

  10. They treat sales people like yesterday's newspaper !

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at H.B. Fuller full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work.

    Cons

    Management mindset is terrible when it comes to salespeople. They hire the worst of the worst to be Geographical Sales Managers.

    Advice to Management

    Working at this company is not a pleasant experience. Get rid of the useless GSM's and that would be a good start.

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at H.B. Fuller

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good and compensation is slightly better than average.

    Cons

    Management is terribly scattered, every group has a different agenda, no cohesion.
    People who are the front lines have little support and are thrown into situations that they can't handle.
    Morale is terrible and no one seems to care. Important management positions are left open for months with incompetents filling in.
    They talk the talk, don't walk the walk.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people who work. Maybe now that St. Paul is more involved it will improve, can't happen fast enough.

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