Douglas Emmett Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Douglas Emmett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are hourly they kick you out the door at 5:30

    Cons

    Low Wages
    High Turnover
    Not much room for growth
    Company culture is very strict and rules by fear.
    Culture is to talk about problem more than solving them.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Toxic Environment - fake reviews

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with some rich people aka CEOs, CFOs etc. and see how they do things. They have plenty of refrigerators, yea amazing.

    Cons

    Feels like pay is less than minimum wage. They make a lot of profit but don't want to pay there workers enough, so they are motivated to stay with the company. That is why all there former employees go to DE's competitors to work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat and pay your employers enough to stay and have bagel Mondays or donut Mondays for Christ sake.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Low wages for a place with high priced rental units

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for new graduates or anyone not needing benefits.

    Cons

    Don't work here if you want to make a living wage in Los Angeles. They offer nearly every position a salary under the national average. You can see the national average for each position here on Glassdoor – It’s not a secret anymore!

    Most employees don’t even make enough to reside at a Douglas Emmett owned property. The management has decided to pay their own employees so little, they cannot afford to live in a Douglas Emmett apartment.

    They keep wages low and rents high – really not positive for the citizens of Los Angeles.

    Below industry average pay for EVERY position means people are constantly trying to quit and this builds a toxic work environment. No incentive to try to move up at Douglas Emmett when you know you could take your experience and knowledge to a different property management company that values and pays for quality employees.

    Advice to Management

    When will you read these reviews and change your salaries? Aren’t you embarrassed by what the public and your employees are saying about the company and the wages?


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Run very far away... Great salespeople in HR. High risk with low rewards

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Douglas Emmett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Don't believe the false positive reviews. They are written in house to boost their rating.

    Most of the reviews have the same poor grammar. They try to show they care about their employees by holding an annual summer picnic and corporate likes to participate in Halloween costume contests.
    Great people work for Douglas Emmett that do care about your well being but are leaving quickly in droves.

    Cons

    Cheapest company I've ever worked for. HR will tell you their offers are competitive but you should do your research and know your worth. This company severely under pays and upper management is completely out of touch with the cost of living. Be prepared to live with roommates because it will be your only option.
    They expect too much from you for the measly wages they offer.
    They have no loyalty to their employees that have been there for years. If they no longer have a use for you, they have no problem firing you. They believe everyone is replaceable. They have an extremely high turn over rate with employees and do not see the value in keeping individuals in the company. They really are only interested in their bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more and get better benefits. Invest in your employees and watch the loyalty to the company grow. Stop being out of touch with the real world and laughing to bank on the way to your mansions in Malibu. Send out quarterly surveys to employees and ask for feedback about their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the company and actually listen. Stop installing fear in your employees.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Assistant Property Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Property Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Property Manager

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are young and out of college go for it.

    Cons

    Corporate politics, low pay, poor benefits


  7. Helpful (4)

    Worst Places to Work 2014; does that exist?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    More than average vacation time. Good for "first job" experience...

    Cons

    It's so difficult to even know where to begin. I guess I'll begin with what I believe is the common denominator to all the reasons the company sucks. People are treated like garbage. You get a ton of work, especially if you've been there longer, but guess what they still gonna pay you in peanuts. So yes, pay is incredibly low like 1980s low unless you have experience. If you have experience, pay will be more fair but I'm sure your raises will suck and so will your bonuses because this is communist North Korea...I mean a bad place to work.

    Management, of course, is extremely inadequate, due to the fact that they won't spend the money to keep talented individuals. They're condescending and terrible communicators. Maybe not all of them, but I guarantee about 85% of them.

    The culture is cold and unwelcoming at corporate and everybody knows it. It's like being at the principals office LOL lame. People are constantly trying to quit which builds a hectic work environment and the people that stay behind are bitter and also just waiting to get out.

    This company is an embarrassing. A crap stain on my new shoes. Senior management should be ashamed.

    Advice to Management

    I know you have shareholders to impress but your company was built BY GOOD PEOPLE. Don't you think you'll need to keep them to continue being a good company?


  8. Helpful (4)

    Not A Place You Should Aspire To Be

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They will hire just about anyone so if you're in a desperate time you should apply for a position with the company. Only if you're desperate.

    Cons

    First, I'd like to say that when I first started my job I was very grateful and excited. I felt that I'd be able to grow within the company and learn new skills. The only skill I learned was how to juggle everything corporate threw at me without screaming to the top of my lungs. All new procedures and systems were "rolled out" in the most unorganized frantic way possible. There was no training until there was so many mistakes made which made no sense to me. On top of corporate shoving things down my throat, I worked in a very hostile working environment. No one knew how to work as a team and there was a dramatic event every other day. Eventually, everyone either quit or got fired.

    ALSO, THE PAY IS HORRIBLE. It's incredibly low. I didn't realize how under paid I was until I got a new job that paid me so much more with better benefits.

    At the end of the day, Corporate is all about the $$$. They don't care that you're carrying everything on your shoulders to make sure you enforce their "cruel" and "unethical" rules and protocol. They look at employees as replaceable objects, hence the high amount of turn over.

    If at all possible, AVOID working for this company.

    Like I said before, I was happy to be there HOWEVER things become more more unbearable. For my health and state of mind I had to get out of there.

    And for the record...the positive reviews of this company are probably FAKE!

    Advice to Management

    Act like you care about the employees.


  9. Helpful (4)

    unhealthy culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They'll hire just about anyone, regardless of what company they come from or if they have a criminal history. You can always expect to meet new people every month because the turnover is pretty high.

    Cons

    Ethically questionable behaviors by management and unfair treatment of low ranking employees, along with inconsistency in policies and procedures make it difficult if not impossible to work and be productive at this company. Additionally, backstabbing and gossiping are rampant. All in all, a text book example of how an organization should not operate in terms of treating employees. Pay rate is below, way below, industry's standard. Appropriate training is not provided to new employees. There is no such a thing as coaching and mentoring. No one cares about career development plans for staff. Mid level managers are incompetent and treat their staff in such a horrible condescending manner. However, from day one they constantly mention to new hires "how lucky" they must feel and "how grateful" they should be for having been hired by the company. Favoritism by managers is so obvious and sickening. If you dare to report any of mistreatment or misconduct of your manager to HR you will have to look for another job right away. Employees are not appreciated and or acknowledged for their hard work and loyalty. There are several class action law suits against the company. They offered $250 check to those who decided not to join the class action. If you want to be miserable day in and day out and be humiliated for any questions you ask then this is the right place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Stop encouraging bad behavior and lead by example. If you're going to tell people to "suck it up" and learn to live frugally, you probably shouldn't roll to work every day in a high-end Mercedes.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Do not trust this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers and.....let me think some more....

    Cons

    An untrustworthy management that is not in touch with reality. Pay that is worthy of the early 80's and if you have to fill out your own review to get a holiday bonus, think about that. Upper management is disconnected and middle management are yes men. No educational benefit other than TPC training. Low end, high co payment health insurance...consider Obama care before applying . I wonder why there is not a revolving door in HR as there is high turn over when people finally get what this company is all about. If you are a corporate yes man...apply here.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of some where and stop ruling by fear and intimidation. Stop taking kickbacks from outside contractors. Do not plead poverty while dumping money into purchase of buildings in Los Angeles and Hawaii. Class A buildings extent pass the elevator lobby


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Recent positive reviews are most likely fake, beware!"

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you need a first job, you can start here and get some experience, but there is high turnover for a reason - they don't pay market rates and any position. In fact, you are grossly underpaid and what's worse is they know it too.

    Cons

    Pay is way under market - way way under market. It's always about the bottom line, company will not spend money to invest in aging buildings or there own office equipment. "Fear" is a tactic used in a variety of different ways to spur job performance. Definitely steer clear of this place. Best of luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    none - you wont consider it anyway.



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