General Growth Properties

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General Growth Properties Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
62 Reviews
3.3
62 Reviews
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General Growth Properties CEO 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.  

    Lots of potential for advancement of you're willing to stick it out. But it can take time depending on your department.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Positive environment, great work/life balance, decent pay & benefits

    Cons

    Pay could be more competitive. Management seems to shift direction a lot with regard to culture initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk. Treat the little guy better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company was great before it went into bankruptcy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at General Growth Properties

    Pros

    All of the benefits including time off and health care was great. I loved the training that was offered.

    Cons

    No control over keeping my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how restructuring affects your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work

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

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

    Pros

    Work life is balanced with personal life.

    Cons

    No room for growth in department, but an opportunity to learn more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Accounting Intern

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

    I worked at General Growth Properties as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed company culture. Everyone is out of the office by 5:00pm at the latest. In the internship they have you work on a project and present it in front of the CEO, which can be intimidating but worth it. We got to go to the roof of WaterTower Place and got at least one free lunch every week while meeting with senior management.

    Cons

    They go crazy on the culture initiatives. They're nice but become trite after awhile. Also, the actual office space is kind of sad and boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the interns see the end-of-internship presentation reviews instead of just giving general advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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