General Growth Properties

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General Growth Properties Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
54 Reviews
2.9
54 Reviews
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General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani
Sandeep Mathrani
27 Ratings

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.  

    Tight Knit

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

    I have been working at General Growth Properties as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    GGP 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.

    Cons

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great company to be a part of

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

    I worked at General Growth Properties

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve hourly employees more in the events of appreciation. They deserve it too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    None at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Should be listed as a Best Place to Work in Chicago

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

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Design Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Design Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Company going through bankruptcy when employed, lots of layoffs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Growth potential, good benefits, friendly people

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Getting better...

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

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

    Pros

    Many 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.

    Cons

    Been 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your office and learn the names of your subordinates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Still a good company, used to be great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Values 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.

    Cons

    Hours 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 ManagementAdvice

    Just 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%.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good until we filed Bankruptcy, then downhill.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Construction  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President Construction in Chicago, IL

    I worked at General Growth Properties

    Pros

    Good Pay! They treat people well.

    Cons

    Communication from the top very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some "People Persons" there to get the employees engaged in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    GGP Review

    • 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

    Depending 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!

    Cons

    Face time has become more important than efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although 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.

    No opinion of CEO

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