General Growth Properties

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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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3.1 51 reviews

44% Approve of the CEO

General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani

Sandeep Mathrani

(25 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was growth opportunities in addition to a great work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, solid 401k, gym facility in building, lunch program for discounted rates (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Good company to work with before it filed for bankruptcy (in 12 reviews)

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    Tight Knit

    Business Development Representative (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGGP is an extremely tight knit group with a high pay off structure that favors those that stick around for the long haul. Upward mobility is entirely possible and happens quite frequently. Each team is chosen by their leaders specifically in order to sponsor a positive team environment and the SVPs are always close at hand. Though the company is large, one can connect directly with their superiors.

    ConsIt is easy to get pigeon holed into one department and as it is a larger REIT, things get lost in the chain of command. GGP values those that stick around for the long haul which can be great, but sometimes upwards mobility becomes stagnant, and for no good reason.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great company to be a part of

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGGP always looked out for their employees by activities or benefits along the way. They also provided ample training available for each and every position

    ConsCut too many positions at once which made it difficult to do your job 100 with do many extra responsibilities added on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvolve hourly employees more in the events of appreciation. They deserve it too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Accounting Manager (Former Employee) Columbia, MD

    ProsThere was growth opportunities in addition to a great work-life balance. Although there were many changes through the years, those qualities were not compromised.

    ConsAs far as I can tell, there weren't that many cons. However, the uncertainty due to all the changes made working there just a little uncomfortable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Should be listed as a Best Place to Work in Chicago

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly co-workers. Great work-Life balance. Good benefits. An excellent, phenominal work environment. Extra benefits like subsidized lunches, Summer Fridays, paid volunteer time, community service/social responsibility. Collaborative teams, good HR, people genuinelly care about you there.

    ConsCompetitive to get into if qualified. But that can be expected in any large, highly networked company as attractive as GGP.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Design Manager

    Design Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat values and great people - down-to-earth, mutual, and positive

    ConsRecovering from bankruptcy in 2009, rebuilding.
    Would benefit from being more progressive and competitive

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake GGP progressive and uber-green. Recruit the best, focus on the future 20+ years ahead and lead the industry in CSR, energy efficiency, and lower environmental impact.
    Make shopping malls national zero-energy business leaders - provide the example of how it can be done.
    Make your contribution to the retail real-estate sector revolutionary and game-changing for your industry and for the communities you serve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company going through bankruptcy when employed, lots of layoffs

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGrowth potential, good benefits, friendly people

    ConsCompany goes through bankruptcy and then pays new CEO $8 million/year. Really???

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Getting better...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsMany changes for the better post-bankrupcy. Although rocky at the start, the CEO seems to be steering the ship in the right path, promoting steady growth and healthy company culture.

    ConsBeen pigeon-holed in the same position for 5+ years, with little opportunity for upward mobility. Middle management in certain departments are unapproachable and unsupportive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of your office and learn the names of your subordinates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Still a good company, used to be great

    Senior Finance Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsValues high performing employees, adequate pay and benefits, and before the bankruptcy filing senior management was very approachable. Every day was a different challenge. Bankruptcy filing was stressful, but was a great learning experience. Overall I'm happy to say I have worked here.

    ConsHours can get long. The chaotic nature of the bankruptcy process never let up as new management was brought in. Employees that were there before the bankruptcy filing were treated differently, as if it was somehow their fault the company was in that situation. Mass layoffs decimated morale. Company is taking steps to improve, but it's coming along slowly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because you were brought in to fix the mess of bankruptcy, don't assume everyone who has a history there is part of the problem. The new organizational structure is heavily weighted on middle management, many of them relatively new hires. This has done nothing to improve morale after a lengthy and difficult bankruptcy process that saw staff reduced by 25%.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good until we filed Bankruptcy, then downhill.

    Vice President Construction (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood Pay! They treat people well.

    ConsCommunication from the top very poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some "People Persons" there to get the employees engaged in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    GGP Review

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsDepending on the department you work for, you are well taken care of/respected as an employee. Though this could be a con if you do not work in the right department!

    ConsFace time has become more important than efficiency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough benefits are good at GGP, there is no maternity leave. In addition, the CVA (bonus) is more based on being employeed at GGP than performance. There are departments that work exceptionally harder than other departments but the bonus pool is the same.

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