General Growth Properties

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General Growth Properties Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
55 Reviews
2.9
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General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani
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Pros
  • There was growth opportunities in addition to a great work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits - the pay is decent (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no clear direction from upper management and the "fire drills" for information or tasks never end (in 6 reviews)

  • Middle management tend to be time management gurus but fear "reorganization" so they are not honest when reporting up (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company is changing. Improving slowly financially after emerging from bankruptcy and is now stable. Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    New executive team (especially the CEO) wants to constantly clean house and promotes an atmosphere of fear throughout the organization. Most of the employees work in an environment where they are afraid they will be terminated at any moment regardless of how well they perform. Want to be known for having a great culture but do everything they can to make it bad. Not a friendly or stable environment to work at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change just for the sake of change is not a good thing. Recognize the good work that your people do and work to inspire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing, to say the least.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Development in Chicago, IL

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good name recognition; overall strong sense of purpose and pride in "righting the ship" following the bankruptcy; no one seems to work much more than a 9-5, so there is a good work-life balance; from a strictly-business point of view, it seems to be headed in the right direction, so long as the long-predicted "death of regional malls" doesn't come to fruition.

    Cons

    The development department is a generally depressing place to work... lot's of bored older people in senior roles who seem tired of putting up with the mud that is slung at them by the company, and lot's of bored younger people who feel held back by the lack of promotability, creativity, and excitement. Seems like the young crowd joined the group to get in to real estate development, but are stuck in largely administrative roles with no career development; executives like the preach the importance of our culture, going as far as throwing million dollar + "culture retreats" for the whole company each year, but then seem to take pleasure in cutting employees down and practicing an extremely closed-door policy... this is particularly true in the development department; pays substantially lower than comparably companies, though the CEO seems to have no shame in taking home a record-setting $22M in 2013.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If culture is so important to your strategy for the company, live by it yourselves... it is not enough to preach it if you've created an environment where people don't find you to be particularly enjoyable people to work for. The frequent CEO emails written by corporate communications team have become a bit of a laughing stock... it means much more if you communicate to employees in a way less reminiscent of a press release.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of good people, also lots of bad upper-level managers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, good workers.

    Cons

    Many bad upper-level managers trying to climb to the top and advance themselves on the backs of people working for them. The rank & file employees are far more knowledgeable than most of the managers. Ever since the company filed bankruptcy and a new CEO came in a brought all his cronies into manager positions, the company could care less about the employees that actually do the work. There is no clear direction from upper management and the "fire drills" for information or tasks never end. They constantly change their minds what they want, because they don't know what they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people into management positions which actually know the job. Value the knowledge of the people who have brought the company to the place where you joined it and started reaping massive benefits from it.

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

    Employees are treated like the enemy when management has nothing left to extract from them

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers who care about each other
    Lots of potential for exciting projects
    Decent work/life balance
    Fairly good benefits

    Cons

    Management that has been put in place because of politics, and not because they know how to manage people/departments
    Lots of layoffs, coupled with frozen salaries (or very low pay increases over a long period of time)
    No adherence to HR policies that have been put in place. Management completely ignores process when it doesn't benefit them (many people have been laid off in the past 2-3 years without receiving any severance. The company gets around that by creating bogus "performance" issues against the employee, even when none are documented in the employee records) - STAY AWAY from this company unless you are politically connected (and, therefore, protected)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and you might find that will produce better results than intimidation and micro-management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was the place I wanted a long term career, until they stopped caring about who they hire for upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun work environment, great people less management. Great work staff with genuine people. Great compensation.

    Cons

    I loved my job and was looking forward to growing with this company. At year 3, my location hired a less than stellar GM who went on to make everyone in the office staff feel completely unwelcome and spoke to everyone in a completely condescending tone. The issue was brought to upper management and nothing was done, I mean nothing. Needless to say the whole staff left and the GM replaced everyone with friends from their prior employer. This person was brought to HR as well multiple times by multiple employees and nothing was done. Your center truly lost a great staff thanks to no one in upper management caring about the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees and their concerns. Make a plan for people to grow within your company rather than allow them to get trampled by condescending upper management. HR please listen to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    As a whole company is ok, but the Business Development dept is a nightmare. Marketing is not too far behind.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Industry resources are abundant. There are some really great people in this company. There are a lot of malls, so you can move around if you want to-

    Cons

    1) Employees are required to work at 2-3 properties, sometimes having to drive 2-3 hours to secondary locations.
    2) When times are tough, instead of pulling everyone together to solve issues they use punishment as a way to motive reps to reach goals.
    3) One size fits all management style which operates to lowest common denominator.
    4) Don't care about the people...just the production.
    5) Leadership is not transparent. Top level executive is rough around the edges.
    6) Poor communication
    This was once a family owned business with great values and ethics. It is sad to see how it is now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People in this field are self motivated and they want to achieve. Take care of the employees and they will produce for you! Treat your vendors better. You are losing business because the word is out that the company doesnt treat tenants fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Once a fun, good company, but no more

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and good people to work with

    Cons

    Managament is out of touch with how low morale is after 19 months in bankruptcy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and recognize that culture isn't changed overnight when new managment is hired

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for pre 2008, New GGP cares more about revenue than it's people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties

    Pros

    Good benefits plan at GGP

    Cons

    Unfortunately the new executive team does not care about their employees and the little work life balance that was left went out the window when they came on board. Most departments are vastly understaffed and it is not uncommon to hear people working 60+ hours a week. It has been a year and a half since GGP emerged from bankruptcy and the dust has not settled yet. CEO continues to make organizational changes, further extending the low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Ealy on it was fun and interesting but since BK it has been shaky.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties

    Pros

    The compensation and benifits package seem fare, talented and extremly dedicated group for the most part, recently emerged from bankrupty with unkown leadership at the helm, but has a proven track record at previous employeer.

    Cons

    Since the bankruptcy employee morale has been low due to massive layoffs that continue to this day. I guess this is expected when a company trys to bring themselfes back from the brink. Employees have not been valued and there's no opportunity for cross functional training and development for growth. Company needs some personaly, they need to try and get back to re-investing in their employees instead of focusing on the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once the company starts to get back on it's feet they should really start up the learning and development programs once again. This company used to have a family atmosphere and dedication to employee growth, but it just disappeared.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    ok company, you have to look at it department by department.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties

    Pros

    casual family enviroment, jean fridays

    Cons

    benefits packages- vacation, pay. working with old computers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take time to evelaute each department

    Approves of CEO

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