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    micromanagement, betrayal, and questionable ethics

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at C&R Real Estate part-time (more than a year)


    only, ONLY free rent. and you will pay in many ways for it, not just labor.


    worked for this company a few years ago, and ran into multiple instances of questionable ethics in play.
    worked under a site manager, and was contracted for a certain number of flexible hours. I verified with two people upon hiring that these hours, excluding those required on the weekends to keep the Manager's Office open for leasing & maintenance issues, would be flexible so that I could continue to live my life outside of that place.
    Come to find out that my immediate manager (who did not do anything except take my application during the hiring process like I was just another potential tenant) was a micromanaging type who did not agree that hours could be fulfilled when reasonable and wanted a regular work schedule for general maintenance, even if you had just been there the day before and there was nothing to clean. So, instead of using that position to work and go back to school (as I had intended when hired), I was stuck with a typical MWF 9-whatever work hours, and heard endless complaints if so much as a yogurt cup turned up somewhere on the grounds.
    The duty list kept continually expanding, until I had to do more and more and more in those hours than ever before (great! I don't like being bored, and there was plenty of that as well), and for no other reason than that the manager couldn't be bothered to work out disagreements between tenants regarding noise issues, so had you doing extra work especially for certain tenants to use the "recreation facilities" for doing some kind of jazzercise class that they were previously holding for 5 people over the heads of tenants with a newborn baby in the house.
    That manager made me work on holidays, for which my kind of special employment forbade them paying me any money, and then conveniently omitted to tell the main office that I was actually working. This worked against me so that when holidays fell on my official work day, I had to work but couldn't count the hours because we were supposed to hold the office -closed-. I was required to be there on-site, open and close the laundry facilities and answer any emergency calls, and yet at the end of the week the main office was still telling me that I "owed" them work time for that week or would have to pay rent.
    There were a few opportunities to clean apartments on the side for extra pay, which the my immediate manager offered to me. I thought he was doing me a favor because my spouse, who had been working full time, had been cut back on his own employment and we needed the extra money around the house. Lo and behold, I was constantly criticized for doing a job that he would have hired an entire cleaning crew to handle in an afternoon, and it taking me (a single person, not 3 as the cleaning crew had) at least 2 or more to clean an apartment that had seen the entire floor replaced (with no sawdust removed, and it was everywhere). After being told over and over that I was taking "too much time" and that they didn't even want to extend the job to me, my manager would "amend" my timecard so that the hours that I had spent seemed reasonable to him. Which meant that I was working more hours than they were paying me for, and then they were complaining about it on top of that. When the cleaning crew returned to their post, I would inspect what they would do to apartments and found that I had been doing 3x the work, not because I was a single person doing the job, but because half of the things that I did were NEVER cleaned by the crew. They neglected the interiors of cabinets, the tops, the heater covers, the tracks of all of the windows and sliding doors, and many other things that were not even being looked at, and half of the time they neglected to do a good job on the things they were cleaning.
    After my boss made it clear that he didn't like me, and thought little of my work, and scoffed at my concern over needing flexible hours in order to return to school and get my degree ("you'll never do that" he said), I left.

    His bosses could never return a phone call about these issues. They wouldn't even respond in email. I suspect it is because they were afraid to put anything into writing that made them look bad. I had no grounds for a lawsuit, but I'm here to warn prospective employees---they will tell you that the job will require xyz, and then add a full alphabet over time. They will tell you that it will only be a certain number of hours, and then want to be able to place you "on call" 24 hours a day (I literally had 3 telephones in my house ringing at once sometimes, and it was just the manager himself who needed to 'ask me a question' that could've waited until I returned the very next morning). as the first review here said---they will slowly take over every hour of your life, and suck up all your energy, and then not even dignify you with a proper response.

    I won't get into the ethical issues that I'm omitting that I saw that were occurring. I don't want to be sued by a bunch of real estate people over a job that left nothing but a sour taste and a bad 'learning experience'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's more to fulfilling the requirements of the job than keeping the rents rolling on time. How about being responsive to tenants and employees? How about treating them ethically? How about answering a telephone call or email on time, and when you do return the same, actually stating (as we were taught in Business 101) in your message WHY you are calling? If you want to keep peon-level employees around for more than a year, don't treat them like they are trash that you despise. My position had 4 employees in 5 years (yes, I kept count). Shouldn't that tell you something about the immediate supervisor?

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