If you’re thinking Lennar might be a good way to break into the construction industry. . . you’re right! If you have a record, though, you might also wonder: Does Lennar hire felons?
To help you, we got in direct connect with Lennar to learn about their hiring practices. We asked how one could get a job at Lennar with a felony, and got information on the best approach.
Lennar is one of the biggest homebuilders in America. They’re active in 21 states, and they don’t build just one house at a time — they build entire communities. With that many homes going up, there’s plenty of work to be done.
Keep reading and you will find answers to these questions and more:
- Does Lennar hire people with misdemeanors?
- What kind of entry-level jobs does Lennar have?
- Does Lennar do background checks?
- What did Lennar call their recommended approach for applying?
Applying to a job is hard enough without a record. With one, it can feel impossible. That’s why Successful Release is working to help even the odds. At Successful Release, all our staff has been directly involved with helping felons find work. A lot of us have records ourselves, even.
Read below to get all of our insider tips on how to get hired at Lennar.
Does Lennar hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
When got in touch with Lennar to see if they hire former felons, this was their response:
“We do ask for full disclosure of any criminal convictions from all applicants, prior to the in-depth background investigation. All of this happens in the application process as well as after an offer is extended. If, for any reason, there is a conviction disclosed and/or found, based on the level and severity of the conviction, an internal, formal review process will take place to determine next steps.”
In short, it depends. It sounds like some people will have a chance at getting hired. They hint that certain convictions can get you disqualified, though.
Has Lennar hired felons in the past?
We were not able to find any evidence of former felons being hired. While this doesn’t mean they haven’t, it does mean no one’s advertising it if they have.
Does Lennar hire people with misdemeanors?
Since they’ll give people with felonies a chance, they’ll give people with misdemeanors a chance, too. It will just be on a case-by-case basis.
Is Lennar on the Ban the Box list?
The Ban the Box campaign encourages businesses to remove criminal history questions from their job applications. It also helped other movements such as the Fair Chance Business Pledge get off the ground. The Pledge is an additional promise businesses make to treat all employees fairly, including former felons.
Sadly, Lennar is not involved with Ban the Box or the FCBP. They ask you to disclose all convictions during the application process.
Does Lennar have special programs for hiring felons?
Lennar does not have any special programs for hiring felons. That said, they’re a gigantic company, so it’s possible they get help with hiring. Look into your local staffing agencies and see if they have a relationship with Lennar.
Something like that can be the difference between getting an interview and not.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
Does Lennar hire felons? Maybe, but what are your chances, really? We’ve looked at the evidence. Successful Release rates your odds of getting hired at Lennar with a felony as uncertain.
While Lennar says everyone should apply, we could find no evidence of felons being hired. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, though. If you know they have hired former felons, please let us know in the comments!
What are some entry-level jobs?
Lennar has a couple of great entry-level jobs. You can find them and lots of other jobs on their careers website.
- Construction Field Assistant: Build homes under the supervision of a construction manager. Provides cross-training into other positions.No GED or diploma? No problem if you have one year of homebuilding/construction experience under your belt. Basic Microsoft Office skills needed.
- Customer Care Representative: After the houses are built, you do quality control on the house. Make sure it’s safe and well-done. If it’s not, you’re the one who’ll make it that way.You don’t need a GED or diploma here, either. They are looking for two years of construction or home building experience.
How to get hired at Lennar with a felony
Lennar wants you to do some homework before interviewing. On their website, they list Lennar Z Values that all employees learn. Here are some of them:
- Provide each and every Customer with unparalleled quality, service and value.
- Strive for continuous improvement in an atmosphere of creativity, teamwork and trust
- Conduct our business with the highest degree of integrity, pride, passion and professionalism.
It may seem cheesy, but think about it. Lennar has said your record will cause your application to be put under “special review.” They are obviously serious about finding the right fit.
If you make it to an interview, try and mention a Z Value whenever you can. Imagine them asking you to explain why they should hire you if you have a record. You can say that you did your time and, after, you found ways to better yourself.
You want to be a part of a company that has the same expectations for yourself that you do.
That’s how to impress them on a cultural level. What about the actual skills you need?
Lennar’s job requirements for both their entry-level positions are very reasonable. They only require one year of homebuilding experience for the Construction Field Assistant.
Think of your life experiences. Do you have any rough carpentry? That’s a homebuilding skill. Do you have the strength to do hard labor all day? Sometimes that, a great attitude and a desire to learn new skills is all you need.
If you don’t have the homebuilding experience, consider looking into local volunteer organizations. Ones like Habitat for Humanity will train you. You’ll be able to give back to your community and make it more likely to get hired at Lennar at the same time!
Lennar lists giving back to the community as one of its highest callings. Make sure to list volunteer work on your resume, and definitely bring it up in your interview.
For the Customer Service Representative, it’ll get trickier. This position requires two years of homebuilding experience. Make sure to sell all your customer service skills. Smile, and let your charm flow in the interview.
Pro tip: Do research on the kind of homes Lennar is building. This is the kind of job where you will constantly be learning new things. If you show the interviewer that you already started learning, they will know you have potential.
Does Lennar do background checks?
Lennar says they perform an in-depth background check on anyone who gets a job offer. They also ask that you disclose all your convictions during the application process.
What you need to know about background checks:
For some states, seven years is the limit of how far a background check can go. If your felony took place seven or more years ago, it will not be a factor in these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
Every bit helps. In certain states, crimes in which you were declared not guilty will not be disclosed on your background check. See them here:
- New York
It can’t all be good news. If you live in one of the states below, they’ll look at your entire record. Guilty or not guilty, all charges and convictions will be visible. Keep that in mind when applying in these states:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We want the best for you. So, we went online to see Lennar’s ratings on glassdoor.com. They scored a 3.2 out of 5, here, from past and present employees. That’s pretty average, and only 54% of reviewers said they’d recommend the job to a friend.
Employees in every department said the pay was great. They also said Lennar offers a lot of scheduling flexibility. Management doesn’t micro-manage, so when things are good, they’re really good.
However, many reviews cite unprofessional behavior from supervisors. It seems that during high-volume construction or sales periods, work-life balance isn’t a focus.
Make sure when doing your own research, look at what reviews say about the state you’re applying in. What someone says about the work culture in California might not be true for Florida.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Lennar said they review felony convictions on a case-by-case basis. Every applicant’s convictions will be looked over and judged for their severity and how recent it was.
People who have committed high-level felonies like arson and burglary could have trouble getting hired, considering the type of materials you’d handle and sites you’d be working on.
Certain jobs may need you to interact with families. If you have any felonies that involve sexual violence, you could also run into difficulties.
Drug related felonies might work against you as well. All equipment (including vehicles) has to be operated by competent, sober individuals.
Does Lennar drug test?
We were not able to get a direct quote from Lennar on this. Online, there are several employees who claimed they were drug tested post job offer. Others said they were not screened at all.
In this case, it’s smart to be ready for one. Fail a drug test and you potentially close a door with a company forever.
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