Yes, Centex, Pulte, Ryland and a half a dozen other builders may known as cookie cutters, but they serve a purpose. Affordable housing.
They also are no frills-what you see is what you get. As far as cutting corners, any builder in the affordable tract home market may cut corners but they still have to build to local building codes. Just watch your appraisal. Chances are your appraisal will come in right at sales price, maybe even lower.