General Manager and Corporate Trainer (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – July 12, 2018
I am in about 30 minutes before the staff gets in and I walk the properties. Once the staff arrives, I meet with my Service Manager first thing. I then check in with my leasing and concierge staffs to get a clear vision of their day. I finish off by talking with the cleaning staff and setting up a project to complete daily. I will send out a daily email of our leasing activity, projects and issues to my Regional Manager. I will usually have resident meetings sporadically throughout the day. I will pay, meet and confirm appointments with vendors. I will check in, with my staff, over the course of the day to be sure everyone is on track with their day. We have pricing calls every two weeks and portfolio meetings every two weeks. On Tuesday I will go to the corporate office and on board all new employees to the Boston region. It is an all day training. About once a week, I will go to other communities and perform training sessions on various topics.
The biggest things I have learned as a manager is to have a clear vision, a lot of patients and that nothing is what it initial seems. We are a team. We need to have each other's backs. Once everyone sees the direction/vision we need to stay on course. Bumps along the road are part of the journey and I welcome them. I enjoy figuring it all out and hopefully come out of it better than we went in. I want the staff to feel they can speak with me about anything. It is important to me that they feel work is a safe place. And most importantly it is a place they want to come to each day!!!
Equity had a great culture. They firmly believemore... in diversity and engagement. They take to heart employee recommendations and try to bring them in to everyone's work life. They can run a little bit lean on staffing. They freely admit that and are always working on it. It is the most challenging part of the job but I enjoy a busy, full day. I like getting my hands dirty and making a difference when the day is over.
My passion is Training and Coaching. I have always enjoyed it so much and I am very good at it. Seeing an employee advance to the next level, with the belief that my training has helps them, is one of the best parts of my job.less
Manager (Current Employee) – Northern California – July 11, 2018
Equity culture is great since it is focusing on people. They do care about their residents and employees but Equity can do more for their front line employees such as keep rent increase minimal for its employees to create more loyalty. RM should be doing their job and assist their manager more on staffing issue, and other issues. They do a lo of appreciate for maintenance team but really nothing for the management team since they are the ones who work extremely hard and long hours. Commission structure for new move in is not compatible with the market, may need to revisit. EQR really need to focus on recognize the hard working employee not the loud making noise employee. Overall it is a great company but there are a lot of room to improve.
Community Manager (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 7, 2018
They don't t care about their employees. We are over worked, underpaid, under appreciated, etc. It all comes down to how much money we make the company while most of us can barely afford to live regardless of the high rent discount. If it wasn't for the discount, many would no longer be with this company.
Yes, we can always get a different job, but its not that easy.
no work/life balance, high expectations with no help
Leasing Consultant (Current Employee) – Jersey City, NJ – May 29, 2018
I've been with Equity Residential for over 6 years. The salary is competitive, benefits are exceptional and the company promotes work life balance. Thanks to Equity being located in most major cities I was able to transfer and work in different markets. Equity does a good job keeping its employees involved and keeping the lines of communication open.
Service Technician Supervisor (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – May 23, 2018
Received daily work load ,do morning chores. Continue on daily duties. Management was great to work for. Work place was diverse. Hardest part of the job was getting on the roof of 3 story building to work on ac. Most enjoyable part of job was the rest of the team.
Leasing Consultant/Assistant Property Manager (Former Employee) – Richmond, VA – May 20, 2018
All I want to do is apply for jobs and indeed is making me do this. It is sheer torture. I have two more employers to go and 30 letters. Sorry that this is not helpful, nut I am going to be here all night.
Leasing Consultant (Former Employee) – DC - District of Columbia, DC – May 11, 2018
The Management is all about money and not the residents. They do not work with the prospects at all, they make so much money but do not want to change the things on the property that can look much more appealing to our prospects. They show favoritism towards certain employees and they are not held accountable, and they are promoted in higher position without fallowing the company standards rules and policies. Opportunity for advancement was completely based on an almost nepotistic basis. Upper management is focused on the bottom line and the employees and tenants are most affected by their policies.
Concierge (Former Employee) – Alexandria, VA – April 26, 2018
The Management is all about money and not the residents. They do not work with the prospects at all, they make so much money but do not want to change the things on the property that can look much more appealing to our prospects. They don't care too much for the prospects that sell their homes and readjust their finances and living situations to come to a Equity property, but then when their apartment is no longer available the company does not follow the policy of keeping that promise to the prospect.
Community Manager (Current Employee) – Southern California – April 20, 2018
My work day is busy and fast paced. It is challenging and I love it! I manage a large team of incredible people. The group I work with are not afraid to "drink the kool-aid". Equity has our buy-in! Equity Residential is constantly changing how things are done. They bring in new technology and in my opinion are industry leaders in most ventures. The leadership asks for feed back regularly. They listen and often implement these new ideas from the field that make our work lives easier. In the past, I do believe the company did not necessarily pay fairly. However, in the past 5 years, I have seen great improvement in this area. The new hires are being brought in at rate that is more consistent with other companies. The current employees have seen market raises and merit raises at year end. I appreciate that they recognized they had fallen behind. I believe that I am paid fairly for my role.
Recognition, benefits, they listen to your needs, lots of paid time off, Great people, 401k matching, training, training and more training.
Locations are primarily in big city areas, expensive rents, operate with a very lean staff
What a powerful message to support a 5 star review - thank you! We truly appreciate your tenured insight, as well as your perspective on changes over the past few years. Employee engagement is a continued focus and priority. As you noted, we solicit feedback from our employees on a regular basis, and listen to their suggestions in an effort to identify opportunities and ways to improve.
To that point, we want to address your noted “cons”, and share that we are constantly reviewing industry and market rent trends, as well as areas and neighborhoods that will complement our current portfolios. Please know that our staffing models are also reviewed on a regular basis, taking community specific operational needs into consideration to ensure that we have appropriate coverage.
Thank you, again, for your comments, excitement, positivity and dedication!
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Excellent Company to work for
Assistant Property Manager (Former Employee) – Stone Mountain, GA – April 9, 2018
Equity Residential was one of the best Management Companies to work for. I was given any and all tools needed to do my job, and could at anytime ask for whatever I need, Coworkers were wonderful. Great Company to work for.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time working with us at EQR - we definitely always look to provide all the resources necessary to excel, and are so glad to hear you felt supported.
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Great Culture and Growth
Leasing Consultant (Current Employee) – Mission Viejo, CA – April 4, 2018
I love working at Equity. They're a great company that really values their employees and their opinions. Upper management is easily accessible and is happy to support your learning and growth. I would easily recommend Equity to anyone looking to work in the field.
Rent Discount, competitive pay, support from management.
First off, thank you for the wonderful review. We definitely always look to support our team members, to have transparency with our training and decision-making, and actively seek feedback from our team members.
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a little unsupported
Evening Concierge - Olympus Apartments (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 3, 2018
Management didn't work with the evening shifts very frequently, so often I felt unsupported. But the upside of that is that I knew I was trusted. Days were busy with many interactions with residents and contractors.
the residents were wonderful
long shifts with little interaction with superiors
Thank you for providing honest and valuable feedback; we definitely always want our team members to feel supported, whether they are working directly with on site management or working autonomously. We are sorry to hear that you did not have this experience, and we appreciate you taking the time to share feedback to help us improve. We wish you the best.