Not to be dramatic, but they basically ruined my life.
Pros: good training program, occasional fun activities
Cons: lack of job security
When I first joined the Camden team, I was bowled over by their culture. They have a training program called Camden University with really helpful classes (and though the company as a whole is no longer favorable, I still have a lot of respect for the instructors). I completed the program in 7 months, when it usually takes about 2 years. I almost always met my sales goals and typically exceeded them. I had a rapport with my residents and good relationships with my co-workers. In a nutshell, I was good at my job.
When I found out that the property I was working at was going to sell, we were strictly instructed to not tell anyone, especially the residents. We went through the disposition process which took about 4 months, all the while I kept being reassured that should another property have an opening that I fit well with, it would be easy to transfer. Not long after, a property did have an opening and the friend of mine who managed it took me out to lunch to tell me he wanted me there. However, corporate then told him, and every other manager in the area, that I was "too valuable to the disposition" to transfer before it was complete. When we had a definite date of sale, I felt a little more hopeful that if I interviewed and fit with another property the managers wouldn't have any further reservations in hiring me. The fact that I had already completed training and had a good work history with the company, and things I was constantly being told by other employees led me to believe that I would at least be on a "short list" for potential hire. Wrong. Before the close of my property, – more... I saw two positions I interviewed for go to a temp and an outsider. Meanwhile, I took on a LOT of extra responsibilities, and was on several occasions running the property by myself. After the property closed, I applied for 5 positions within the company. I wasn't even acknowledged- no interview, no email, no calls. When I asked one of the hiring managers why I wasn't considered, I was fed a bs line about how my "punch" wasn't in business (despite my excellent record) but in my creativity. I should also mention that my apartment was with Camden and at the end of that current month (less than ten days later) I lost my employee discount. So, all of my severance went toward rent and living so that I would have enough time to pack and move. I was forced to lie to the residents I had come to care about, and was being lied to by people I thought cared about me. – less