Maintenance Technician (Current Employee), Lakeview MHC Ypsilanti, MI – June 14, 2015
Pros: Live in community, can walk to work.
Cons: My rate of pay .
There is no typical day they are all different . The day usually goes by fast because we are very busy . The current manager is a go getter that took getting used to but is mostly fun to work for . As – more... far as co-workers the office staff is generally good . As far as my maintenance partners there have been many of them mostly bad (6-7 different guys since I have worked here) although the fellow working with me now is competent . Hardest part of the job is dealing with the problem residents . The most enjoyable part about the job is when the day is done and I can walk my tired bones home . – less
Community Manager WW (Former Employee), Homosassa, FL – June 7, 2015
Pros: great community, good staff, ok salary
Cons: no trust to run the community, worst Regional I have ever dealt with, micromanaged to a complete excess
Sun Communities took over ownership of my community in Jan. 2015. They believe in investing in their properties which was a plus but run them like a RV park or low rent community when the park is actually – more... a higher end senior community. Corporate office is one giant help desk, they handle nothing, everything is on the shoulders of the onsite Manager. The Community Managers are expected to knock on peoples doors at night to collect past due rent. There is no trust given to the Community Manager. Everything is micromanaged completely to the point that it takes away the Managers ability to run their own community. At a large property over 400 plus homes was expected to keep less staff than needed to function correctly. This job went from a 45 hour a week position to a 60 hour a week position. The worst part was having a newly appointed Regional Manager that was completely unprofessional. This Regional gave no notice of showing up just assuming you didn't have other appointments or meetings. The Regional would walk in front of you not with you. When she was asked things would talk in circles because she knew nothing. The only phrase you can ever get out of her was "reach out" to someone else because she couldn't be bothered or didn't know. It is apparent the head of the company care for their employees and do a great job of taking care of them but are not aware of what it is in the field. Its a shame because the community was wonderful and I ran it better than it is run now. – less
Community Manager (Former Employee), Indianapolis – May 9, 2015
Pros: Commissions - Free Home to Live In
Cons: Work Constantly, No Security, No Loyalty
It is typical Property Management combined with unique sales opportunities. They pay great compared to most, but ask you work without human resource to accomplish most tasks. Executives do not believe in staff but also do not believe in paying for quality contract work. Therefore by virtue of default a person cannot accomplish success without the correct tools.
District Manager (Current Employee), Apache Junction, AZ – March 12, 2015
Customer oriented, fast paced, committed to excellence. Management willing to help and support team members. Coworkers are supportive and contribute to the overall success of the company. Hardest part is balancing interaction with tenants and completion of daily tasks in a timely manner.
On the most part, I enjoyed working for Sun Communities.
Office/Sales Coordinator (Former Employee), Toledo, OH – October 29, 2014
Pros: good hours and benefits
Cons: no appreciation for your hard work.
In the position I held, I worked with the residents and new prospects. I would try to take care of any problems or concerns than they may have, collect rent, deposits, write up violations, do follow ups – more... on violations, clean the office area, file, open new accounts and files, take applications, collect conditions, set appointments, do bank deposits, answer phones and help with lease signings and home closings among other things. While working in Ohio for Sun Communities, I absolutely loved working for the manager, SVP and RVP. Above that, I would have to give a lower rating to upper management. I never felt that we were appreciated for anything that we did by the upper management. Those working in the corporate office were visibly treated different than those of us out in the field. They gave us more work and less commission and the pay for my position was not that good for the work that I did. – less
Activities Coordinator (Former Employee), Fort Myers Beach, FL – October 21, 2014
Pros: going home at the end of the day
Cons: to many to list
This place threw me under the bus from day one and I lasted 2 1/2 weeks for which I was only paid 2. Co-workers didn't get along at all and little training offered. When I asked questions I was accused – more... of being argumentative. Then when you didn't do something right you're called into a meeting like you're some kind of idiot. If you are professional and have any integrity, this is NOT the place for you ! – less
Maintenance Tech (Current Employee), Georgia – July 8, 2014
Pros: low on call times
Cons: not the job i was sold
The company has a great concept of lease to own homes. The thought is that leasing homes to own eases the cost of the property, especially maintenance. The problem is comes in where the job of maintenance becomes more of a landscaping and janitorial position. I would say that 85-90 percent of my job falls in those two categories. The final 10 -15 percent is miscellaneous and maintenance work.
Great community, excellent training potential, good commision and bonus program.
Community Manager (Former Employee), Byron Center, MI – July 1, 2014
Pros: pay, good community, good regionals, company promotions
Cons: high stress, ran out of homes and no empty lots to bring new homes in.
High expectation company. you are allowed to excel and bonuses and commissions support it. Standard monthly checklist and meeting with supervisor are constantly checked for opportunities for sales or leases. They are publicly traded and are always worried about numbers.
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee), Middletown, OH – June 10, 2014
Pros: 1 sometimes 2 times a month free lunch - mgr. was great - i enjoyed working fro her.
Cons: no cons - i loved working there .
typical day was loaded with hard work,which is great because i enjoy working with a challenge - co-workers (maint. staff) always joined in. mgr. and office staff was always busy. hardest part of the job – more... ; was digging a 3-4 ft. hole to repair broken water lines. hardest part of the job was cleaning out the waste station , daily. it`s human waste , and it stinks. what i learned from this job is ; it`s not always about how much money you make,it`s about the people you work with. there was no fighting , no arguing, no bickering, no politics, everyone seriously are friends. and yes even to this day we still keep in contact. – less
Office Coordinator (Former Employee), Firestone, Co – April 3, 2014
Pros: no pros
Cons: no benefits for hourly employees, low wages, bad management, poor working environment.
Very poor work environment. I was constantly threaten with my job. I was denied or made fun of when asked to take a 15 minute break. I was belittled by management repeatedly. Definitely NOT a good place to work!
Office Coordinator (Former Employee), Ft.Myers, FL – October 13, 2013
Pros: the residents and guests were great!
Cons: two miserable front desk co-workers.
The very first day I worked for Sun Communities I was about to walk out. Two women that were now my co-workers had big chips on their shoulders. They both were very rude and unwelcoming. Later I learned – more... that one of the women applied for the opportunity that I was offered and she did everything in her power to try to make it miserable for me. My responsibilities as the Office Coordinator were overwhelming but I managed to get my work completed. The manager had poor training skills; when it came to lease contracts the paperwork had to be redone over and over again and homeowners were inconvenienced by having to come in again and again to initial changes that had to be made. How embarrassing! Not to mention the manager took no accountability for these errors and instead left me to make all of the corrections and face the residents while she sat back and collected the commissions. The most enjoyable part of the job was leaving at the end of the day! – less
Pool monitor (Former Employee), Goshen, IN – September 14, 2013
Cons: seasonal job only.
I enjoyed this job a lot. It wasn't a real hard job, opening up the pool and cleaning it and the restrooms and surrounding area before people could swim. I would check the pool levels 3 times a day and – more... do what I needed to do if I needed to correct them. My co-workers and management were all really nice, and I got along with them all. I think the hardest part of the job for me was being outside all day, Im not a fan of hot weather. I enjoyed the job and all the new people I was able to meet. – less