Douglas Emmett

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Douglas Emmett Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where Do I Begin...

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

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett

    Pros

    Dental insurance is free, probably because they're preparing for the day when they have to start hiring crackheads off the street

    Cons

    Well, where do I begin??? Let me start off by saying that when I began at this company, I was a recent college graduate and I was soo excited to start my career. I wasn't whatsoever thrilled about the pay, but hey, I had no professional work experience so I figured this was a decent start. I should also mention that I have, for the most part, always gotten positive reviews from my supervisors. I'm a hard worker, detail oriented, and I'm lightning quick with a computer ;) the perfect employee right? Yup! Now, with that said, let me tell you about Douglas Emmett...

    This company disgusts me. We are so grotesquely underpaid as accountants (go anywhere else and you'll easily double your salary-- no joke) that I can barely afford my bills. This is the greediest company you will ever work for. They're OBSESSED with keeping rent prices at market average or above, or chasing money from former residential tenants that clearly broke their lease because something happened in which they were left with NO money. Trust me, we know it all but we're still forced to send these ridiculous invoices for collection.

    They dont care about the environment. I hate myself at the end of the day for how much paper I waste working here. It's RIDICULOUS -- is this the 1980s??? It's called paperless statements you retards.

    Management is incompetent. Other managers that don't work directly above me try to intimidate me with things they want done, and they're super condescending about it like I'm some idiot -- joke's on you pal. I could care less. As for management that's directly above me, I try to respect but there's some serious lack of training in some areas, and quite honestly not everyone can be a manager -- it's hard for a reason.

    Turnover is so ridiculous. They fail to realize (because they're incompetent) that employees are an integral part of an organization...they don't value the people that have been loyal to them and actually know things about the company, and pass on that information to teach new employees. There's a really negative culture about the place on a daily basis.

    I could go on and on...my advice is don't test the waters unless you're desperate. If so, start looking for a new job on day 1. This place is garbage and should rot in hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ha...see above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not A Place You Should Aspire To Be

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Act like you care about the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    unhealthy culture

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

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not trust this company

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

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none - you wont consider it anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    One of the most micro-managed real estate companies

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Unhealthy culture, very outdated systems, very rigid in operating procedures, no career advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do not look down on your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Been here too long....

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

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. Pretty Stable company.

    Cons

    Lack of training, obsession with leasing but won't put money into their properties, low pay, couldn't care less about their hardworking, loyal employees, very low moral, no one is happy, too old fashioned. Employees are treated as if they are disposable. Company was much better before going public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your employees are smart, hardworking, and loyal. The company has a very high turnover and you really need to figure out why.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rotten at the top

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

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively stable and successful company.

    Cons

    Ruled by fear. Officer level staffed by veterans who have long since lost touch with their employees and are bereft of compassion. They no longer recognize that their employees are what make the company successful. Below average pay, ethical and even moral lapses by CEO and COO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Look For Something Else

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

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are good people here, however what they all share in common is the frustration for the low pay. Santa Monica is nice in the summer. That is really the only perk.

    Cons

    - very very very low pay in the accounting department.
    - fear based culture
    - top down culture, 5 execs and 2 VP's make all the money, the rest of the staff is paid with peanuts and m&m's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you pay your people as if they are desperate for a job, you will be left with people who are desperate for a job.. Update your computers, your technology is seriously outdated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard work does not pay off!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager & Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager & Designer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company with a never ending flow of work. There will always be work for you to do, so you will never really feel that your job is in jeopardy because of the lack of work. There are some good, honest, hardworking people here. The ideal candidate would be an interior designer, because it is a lot about selecting finishes and preparing signage.

    Cons

    It is very corporate and you have to be extra cautious in everything you do. Too many meetings, emails and miscellaneous items that prevent you from doing actual work. The position is extremely demanding and the pay is very minimal (unless negotiated aggressively upfront). They want to quantify your results, such as, did you complete your project on time and within budget. These are the two most important aspects. The numbers never tell the story of all the associated problems with a certain project, but they are quick to blame for not producing a project under budget (w/ 10% savings) and on schedule. If you are an exempt employee, this position will demand a lot of your personal time. The director and the other project manager have a prior work relationship, so if you do crack their clique you may feel like an outcast. It is difficult to make design decisions because it needs to be approved first by the director and on bigger decisions it needs to be approved by the Upper Management Group. This obviously adds to delays on getting things done on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give proper training or guidance to candidates on projects with little or no familiarity. Positive reinforcement and support during the span of employment. Limit the micro management. And show that you actually care for the well being of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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