Procurement Agent/Estimator (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 10, 2019
A typical day was receiving a need from one of the properties, finding three different vendors/subcontractors to bid on the work, scrutinize their estimates to make sure they were apples to apples, present the cost to the owner for his budget, present that budget to the vendor/sub, negotiate cost, obtain approval for the cost, issue the purchase order, schedule the work, ensure the work was complete and satisfactory, and then approve the invoice.
I learned procurement, how to read plans, how to issue purchase orders and approve invoices, ensure job completion/satisfaction, and how to vet out and set up new vendors and subcontractors.
My direct supervisor was great. He would always check in to see if we had any issues and, if so, he would give direction on how to handle them.
We had several meetings per week, many of which had food catered. The owner is very generous and would raffle off prizes at our weekly management meeting.
The most difficult part of the job was the lack of communication between departments and more often than not two people would be working on the same task without knowing.
Building relationships with the vendors and subcontractors.
Lack of communication between departments & no training
Leasing Consultant (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 28, 2018
The company is still working through growing pains, it is not run like any other Property Management company and could really use experienced skilled management for the benefit of both employees and the growth of the company.
Garden Communities as a whole is a great company. However one of their properties Windsor Woods is the absolute worst one to work at. If you want to deal with a property manager who you have to help do their job on a daily basis, or deal with the head "boss" being a man you cannot have a simple conversation with because they believe they are ABOVE you, than this is the place for you!
They have gone through 7 leasing agents in 5 years due to the fact that management believes they can speak to their employees any way possible. It's company culture that when you choose to leave you tell them the day of, because if you give them notice they will change passwords on the computers and pretty much tell you "don't bother".
Also it is mandatory that you work weekends, however if you go 6 months without having a weekend off and you ask for the first time, expect to be given a lecture about how 'your taking advantage of the company because you knew their policies before starting and weekends are the busiest'.
Overall this is a nightmare of a job due to management, the maintenance team is amazing, but they can not compensate for how frustrating the management team is. Also don't expect a raise, even if your promised one in your interview rounds because you get a quarterly bonus and management will use that as a reason on why to not give you your proper raise. ("you just got a bonus!")
Overall if you want to get into leasing, I advise you look at other rental properties who value all employees, and go above and beyond to make it feel like your apart of a team.
Tech/Leasing (Former Employee) – CT – July 31, 2018
Coworkers are ok , management is terrible , a lot better jobs out there where you’re more valuable as an employee constantly being judged your opinions matter none , underpaid no benefits , you’re always a target
I love the fact that I help people find a place to live, but when management changes the rules, they do not back up their decisions. So when residents come into the office to yell, scream and curse because they are furious with a new policy that has been implemented, the managers refuse to talk to those tenants. That leaves the rental office open to more and more hostile interactions with the residents.
Leasing Professional (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – April 24, 2018
Garden is not a horrible place to work if you don’t mind being a “follower”. The make lots of changes all the time and many of them just make things more complicated. You have to watch out for some of the people at the top and in general as it seems everyone in this company loves to throw everyone under the bus rather than take responsibility. Watch out for the many of the regionals, the hiring department and the pricing lady. They make you feel like a valued employee but at the end of the day you will be left feeling disposable, worthless and undervalued if you don’t feel that something is right. There have been many stories and direct experience where if you cross the pricing lady you may as well resign because a termination is sure to follow very shortly after. Over time you will start to notice how many shortcuts they take in just about every aspect of the company and there very much is a “thats what the attorneys are for” mentality when it comes to running things. But if you don’t mind getting on the “garden train” sitting down, shutting up and doing everything the “garden way” and you don’t mind just being a number than you will do just fine!
Decent Pay, Company Events, Health, Dental & Vision.
Upper Management, Cooperate Politics, Double Standards, No Responsibilty Taken, No 401k
LEASING CONSULTANT (Former Employee) – San Diego ca – April 8, 2018
Not much real room for advancement. Good way to get leasing experience if your interested in property management. I would recommend but only as a backup...I would go after another company with better overall reviews than GC
Customer Service Specialist (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 8, 2018
Garden at first was a great place to work that seemed like they were on the move to make great things happen. BUT BE WARNED...they are not. The company does offer a somewhat family feel and the owner is willing to work with you should you have family or medical emergencies come up. This company is pretty much run by 4 managers and the pricing lady. Don't make the pricing lady mad or you will be out of a job within a month top. They have a lot of managers there that are stuck in their ways and don't want to try new things or and will shut down your ideas fast.
Free Breakfast once a week, generous with holidays
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE BOOKKEEPER (Former Employee) – La Jolla, CA – November 3, 2017
great place to work for job security as long as you have a paper trail just in case someone wants to throw you under bus which will happen. Owner is very involved and a great person. Keeps a well oiled company going.
PROJECT ACCOUNTANT (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 23, 2017
any time you have a company that is run by one person your going to have problems. To much gossip and interoffice dating does not mix well. there should be more checks and balances for a company this size and sadly it is reflected in the office.
some very nice people
too much gossip and your skills are not relied on as much as the gossip
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) – Old Bridge, NJ – October 16, 2017
This organization will work you to death if you let them. Poor pay, no supplies, no support etc. They will not let you purchase parts- they expect you to "repair" the broken parts with duct tape. I went into apartments to try to repair things, however, I just used to contemplate getting out of this nightmare of a job. The management makes tons of profit but they want it all for themselves. These people suck.
Maintenance (Former Employee) – Old Bridge, NJ – October 10, 2017
I can only speak for NJ. If you like working for peanuts, being over worked, and do not want any vacation days or health insurance, then you will feel right at home with this organization. These people suck. Plus they make big money, but they don't want to share it.
First off management is a joke! They are nasty, rude and toxic. They don't appreciate their employees and under pay and overwork. This company makes a fortune, how about paying employees the average rate as your competitors?
Family oriented culture with strong morals and advancement opportunities.
Leasing Consultant (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 25, 2016
Garden Communities has been by far the most enjoyable culture I have ever had the pleasure of working for! Management is always behind you and always makes sure that everyone is happy and well taken care of and getting what they need to be successful.