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Camden Property Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A beautiful dream that turned into a nightmare.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Camden Property full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of training, lots of drinking in company events good benefits,

    Cons

    Properties are old, tenants abuse the staff and management doesn't care about it, long hrs and under staff. They don't pay according to position and lots and lots of drama from all levels of the company. Camden advertising about the best place to work is only a fantasy ones you are in it becomes a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take advantage of your employees.
    Do what you advertise when hiring them.
    Be the best not only on paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nothing but drama and politics.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coming from several different companies in many different fields I can say that Camden does the best at buttering up their employees with food, activities, and that warm feeling you get when you're wanted. You have the ability to learn many things and diversify yourself in different area. Pay can be better for the amount of work but not bad especially with commissions.

    Cons

    There is consistent drama and politics and this is a fact. The fast majority of the employees are females that like to form cliques and gossip about anything and everything rather it be related to them or not. There are inconsistences in policies amongst properties and you are critizied/fault if you are learning how a certain property does things. Sister properties have rivalries so intense that it sometimes gets taken out on the residents. Older workers are extremely judgemental and fake but are experts at presenting themselves as caring angels. In short drama, inconsistences, and rivalries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to do something about the uncontrolled cliques and issues that they are aware of rather than sweeping it under the rug. Reward hardworking individuals that sacrifice their time and personal resources for the company. Fix inconsistences among properties to make the company run smoother. Listen instead of judge and keep and open eye and ear to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Politics Over Possibilities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company that can offer great benefits; they have a large footprint in major areas and allow for the *possibility* to transfer or advance; great training program to ensure that you are prepared for your job.

    Cons

    Regions are overrun with petty, high-school politics. If you're not buddy-buddy with your District Manager, forget any chances for advancement. Even then, the property managers stick around so long that you would have to move cross-country to opportunities to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do an anonymous survey to find out what the problems with your management are. Until then, expect to have happy district managers and property managers, and unhappy assistants and leasing consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management does not listen

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Community Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Community Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, something new everyday, meet a lot of interesting people.

    Cons

    Upper management only listens to the property manager. I left because I felt the PM was doing things that were highly questionable and immoral. When I left half the staff left with me. Upper management needs to listen to the leasing consultants, assistant managers and maintenance staff instead of just the property managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Favoritism, Racism, and Mean Girls

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food sometimes, good training

    Cons

    No overtime, no fairness in work schedule, change management around a lot, no room for advancement, backstabbing, cheating, lying, bullying, upper management does not listen to or care about employees, people will do anything to make money, the property manager has your future in their hands, you can't apply for another position or job internally without the permission of the property manager, which is bad if they don't like you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower level staff and pay them more! They are doing ALL the work and getting almost minimum wage! Also change the way that employees move up the ladder! It should not be up to the property manager to decide if you can apply or interview for a better position at a different property!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Camden Property Management Review

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Although scarce there are still great leaders at Camden that can bring it back to what it claims to be. The benefits are good, the product is great and its reputation with contractors is outstanding. No doubt Camden pays its bills on time and takes care of their communities.

    Cons

    Camden has been an incredible company in the past and will be again if...the principles of the company stop and look at the big picture. Below I have listed some events that I feel support my statement.

    When the economy took a flying leap of the planet in 2008, Camden made some big changes including semi-dismantling the construction part of the company... regrettable but I can only assume necessary. Unfortunately they placed the head of construction in charge of the operation people side of the company. Maybe they didn't realize they were promoting self-centered, selfish, and self-serving people on a take no prisoners type of mission. For the sake of identification, I will refer to them as the "Houston Mean Team" or HMT. They were responsible for the divide, conquer and eliminate movement that has been going on ever since the HMT took over.
    As the HMT got their claws in good and solid they began placing their own friends at the top of the food chain. Their true colors didn't start shining through for a while, but enough has happened that the principles have surely noticed.

    Although the principles verbalize that they appreciate and care about each and every person they employ...the buck stops there. The HMT has systematically eliminated anyone they feel doesn't fit their idea of a "leader". To them a leader doesn't question, state an opinion, disagree or argue, they expect you to do what you’re told, and if it’s not right... too bad...take the blame. The HMT might make you look like you can't handle the position you were hired for or… you are very negative.

    Camden use to allow for individual thinking and encouraged discussions, opinions and suggestions, to some degree they still do but... no one dares verbalize it. Not if they want to end up out of a job. For the most part the HMT did a good job of making you look bad while they laid track. This process can take a while but to them it’s worth it. Those that take on the HMT might find that they receive an e-mail requesting their presence at the corporate office...the employee might ask if everything is ok...they might be told everything is "perfecto". Once they arrive at corporate they might be greeted by a senior supervisor with a hug and a smile...walk you down to another supervisor’s office with their arm warped around yours as if they are a best friend. Before you even sit down they may tell you they have decided to dismiss you...the employee might ask why they might respond with "it’s in writing in front of you...read it later and leave"...then they might escort you to the elevator...get in with you and smile with great satisfaction all the way down. But they might give you one final demand before you leave...they might tell you that you better not contact your friends at Camden. The HMT's opinion of themselves is so much so they think they have the right to tell you what you can and can't do even after they have kicked you out the door.

    I remember when the principles use to be proud of how long team members had worked for them, they use to ask us to stand up based on how long we had been there. They would call out One year...more than two...more than 5...and so on. Unfortunately the principles have not asked that question over the last two years...I wonder why...

    I believe Camden can and will turn it around, there is a young man who is being groomed to take over the family business...as it should be...conversations with him speak volumes about his character...he will bring Camden back to what it was...one of the best places to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I only ask that principles (owners) take my review seriously...if nothing else dig a little and ask staff member's to share their true thoughts without repercussions. I'm gone so I have nothing to gain but the good people still there can be helped. That being said...don't let the people in charge of Houston under you do the asking...no one will talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Corporate and Management plays Politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nope in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Nope in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Camden Property as an intern (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has lots of benefits, decent pay, paid holidays, company events and fun activities. Sometimes out to eat on company dollar, including alcohol.

    Cons

    Where to start...Politics plays a huge role in the corporate office. If you are not a current manager onsite good luck getting into corporate, unless you want to work in the call center. They seem to lean towards hiring Women since most people in the corporate office are women. If you have a degree and experience it doesnt matter, they'll pick someone who has less experience and no degree just because they know that person. They like to steal ideas from the younger employees and give no credit where due

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give advice, but its likely to: 1) Be Used and credit not given or 2) Ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place of employment for high school graduates with little to no experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant

    I worked at Camden Property

    Pros

    -Good benefits package compared to others in the industry.
    -Easy to navigate leasing software.
    -Most communication/general business practices are conducted online.

    Cons

    -Incompetent employees at the managerial level
    -There is a very present corporate structure, which does not openly invite new ideas and suggestions
    -The pay/perks do not equal the amount of time and energy spent, if you are one with a strong work ethic
    -The employee apartment discount benefit is much less (20%) than what other companies in the industry offer to their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your staff of employees to challenge themselves and share creative thinking. This is not only important for their professional development, but it will more than likely add benefit to your property and the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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