General Growth Properties

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General Growth Properties Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
55 Reviews
2.9
55 Reviews
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General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani
Sandeep Mathrani
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Once a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Systems
    Former Employee - Information Systems

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities can arise and be created if you are aggressive. Open air environment promotes communication and employee interaction.

    Cons

    Opportunities for professional growth and advancement are not always presented or available. Must pursue, on some occasions, your own training in order to further your skill sets. Investing in its employees not a priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an avenue for anonymous employee suggestions and comments. This will give existing GGP employees, that were present prior to bankruptcy (very few left), an opportunity to express what they think made GGP such a great place to work. GGP should take a close look at employee moral and identify what makes employees want to come to work and contribute to its success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a good company to work for :)

    Current Employee - Property Accounting in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Property Accounting in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - the pay is decent. They try to promote a good culture. They have tuition reimbursement. Good 401K plan - 100% vested right away.

    Cons

    It all depends what manager or director you work for. It could be great or it could be hell. It's all politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional development should be encouraged and rewarded.

  3.  

    Information is a one way street

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were excellent

    Cons

    Corporate decisions show a disconnect from actual experience in their shopping malls. CEO and senior management give speeches with backhand comments that chastise or condescend. Middle management tend to be time management gurus but fear "reorganization" so they are not honest when reporting up. Fear of repercussion has led to death of creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire employees who have worked in malls, or find a way to make communication a 2 way street between malls and the corporate offices. The impact of high level decisions continuously fails to be fairly evaluated because only success stories from the field are requested. Middle management screens reporting when high level decisions lead to field failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learn a lot but little pay

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

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great people to work with, atmosphere is always changing, never boring

    Cons

    Pay is lower than expected, upper management has no idea what they are doing, very few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from properties and work with them. Meetings should be used to make a better quarter, not just to make people feel important and then do whatever you want to do,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company-Upper Management Lacks Clear Direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I very much enjoy my position at GGP. But with continuous reorganization within marketing and various members of the managment team giving conflicting direction it can be a very unnerving place to work. There are not clear goals, or is there even a general direction in any aspect regarding marketing. It has been that way for the past 3 years that I can speak for. Your superior will give you direction and then you will be scolded by the CEO on a property visit for simply doing your job. Once upper management changes, I feel that the environment will stabilize. The current CEO did a great job bringing the company out of bankruptcy. But as far as managing people, and marketing in particular, not his strong points.

    Cons

    I would say the cons are the lack of direction, it causes an impossible work environement for those looking to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Work-Life Balance, but Growth and Professional Development Opportunities Lacking

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

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has been through alot of change over past five years which has provided chance to work on challenging projects. Work-life balance is very good; Company is very involved with charitable organizations; Company Has strong values

    Cons

    Values such as accountability are not always practiced at higher levels of management within the organization; Continual reorganization within groups the past five years; Company does not make employee professional/personal development a priority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Real Estate Ivestment Trust

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Growth opportunity is readily available as well as relocation.

    Cons

    Many obstacles to overcome while trying to accomplish your goals. Over saturated with consulting groups which are paid large fees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let loose of the consulting firms and hire smart people to help with IT infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    at first exciting place to work looking forward to Mondays

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

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

    Pros

    great personalities, kind coworkers, awesome projects, travel

    Cons

    political, not truthful, do/say whatever it takes to keep the client not the employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    disappointment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company that fell to hard times

    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Prior to 2008, fantastic company to work for - great managers, coworkers and interesting projects. Firm made every effort to make workers feel welcomed, good growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Post 2008, or the beginning of bankruptcy, the ugly side of management revealed itself. Lack of communication - employees resulted to looking at google alerts and financial news to see if the company was still open. Fear began to creep into the culture which ended up with huge layoff of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain good communication lines with employees which would quell 80% of uncertainty and fears. Middle managers start making bad decisions and tempers become short when people do not know if they have a job to come back to in the coming weeks.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    In flux

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Property Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fair wages, relaxed work environment. Not micro-managed for the most part. Good benefits, solid 401k, gym facility in building, lunch program for discounted rates.

    Cons

    Constant procedural change, poor communication for changes. Large scale overhaul and combination of roles was left up to peer to peer training creating large scale inconsistancies on many processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training needs to be completed by managers, not peers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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