CWS Apartment Homes – Why Work For Us?


CWS is a real estate management company specializing in the acquisition, development and repositioning of apartment communities. CWS owns and operates approximately 85 properties containing more than 20,000 apartment homes in seven states: Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, and California.


At CWS we take pride in hiring top talent to provide world-class customer service to our residents. We are seeking career-minded professionals who are motivated by new challenges, who share our commitment to customer service and who want more than just a job. With markets from the East coast to the West coast, we have what you need to develop a successful career. We have specialized training classes and development opportunities that will promote your professional growth. We are not just developing, building, and managing apartment communities we are building a foundation for your career. If you are in interested in an exciting and rewarding career, please check out our current openings.

Our History

In 1969, Jim Clayton and Bill Williams raised capital from family and friends to purchase a small apartment community in Huntington Beach, California. Jim and Bill personally invested in the property and managed it themselves. In the early 1970's Jim and Bill saw an investment opportunity in undervalued mobile home parks in Texas, offering potential for growth in equity, with less risk than apartments. Sharing their vision, Steve Sherwood teamed with Bill and Jim in 1977 to create the firm of Clayton, Williams, and Sherwood. Over the next several years, the three partners embarked on an ambitious investment campaign. They acquired additional mobile home parks in Texas and other Sun Belt states. By 1986, Clayton, Williams, and Sherwood had become the largest owner and operator of mobile home parks in the United States.

In 1990, as the equity in the mobile home parks in Florida and California matured, CWS repositioned equity from these parks into apartment communities in Austin, Texas. When opportunity shifted to new construction as the region flourished, CWS developed luxury apartment communities. In late 1998, CWS formed a private REIT with Security Capital Group, and transferred their manufactured housing portfolio to form CWS Communities. The remaining entities now operate under the parent company of CWS Capital Partners, LLC.

Our Values

Our Company Purpose is "Enhancing Lives the CWS Way." Our business enhances very important aspects of people's lives by taking care of where our residents live, our investors' money, and the work lives of our fellow CWS employees. CWS promotes a values-based culture that starts from top management and flows down to every employee. These values determine the direction in which we move and drive the way we do business. The "CWS Way" refers to our long-held Company Values, which are defined below:


Our Culture


At CWS, it is all about our people. From our residents to our employees, we believe that people are our most important investment. We pride ourselves on the ability to provide a great atmosphere for our employees, where they are free to have fun, communicate openly, and achieve their professional and personal goals.

CWS has placed in multiple Top Workplaces surveys, including Top Workplace- Austin American Statesman 2014, Top Workplace-Houston Chronicle 2014, Top Workplace-Dallas Morning News 2014, and most recently, Best Workplace for Millennials-Fortune Magazine 2015!


Our different employee-driven programs, our culture, and our employees make working for CWS something special.


At the heart of CWS is our volunteer program, B.R.I.D.G.E. The program was designed to provide employees with the opportunity to give back to their local communities through volunteerism and community involvement. B.R.I.D.G.E stands for:

Breaking down barriers

Respect for others

Investing our resources

Dedication to the community

Giving ourselves

Everyone makes a difference


B.R.I.D.G.E. is employee-directed, affording each employee the opportunity to find their own passion in their community. Whether it is working at your local foodbank or volunteering at your local animal shelter, CWS is here to support you, your cause, and your efforts within the community. CWS donates $20 for each hour of volunteer service you complete, up to 12 hours per year. In 2014, CWS raised $65,745 in philanthropic donations, all 100% employee directed.

"Our 'BRIDGE' volunteer program makes me so proud of who we are. We are not a non-profit organization so to be able to put that part of our business aside and give back to the community is amazing. And most of the time the volunteer events can be done with my family. I am raising my kids to see that you can do both at the same time - make money and follow your giving heart."

Give back to your community with CWS and Enhance Lives-The CWS Way.

Sustainably Healthy- Wellness Program


Living healthy is more than just eating right here at CWS. Our Sustainably Healthy wellness program is designed to support and encourage a long-term healthy lifestyle by providing resources and education around 7 dimensions of wellness: Occupational, Intellectual, Social, Physical, Environmental, Spiritual, and Emotional.

Give your physical wellness some TLC by participating in our monthly exercise hours challenges or boost your intellectual wellness by reading our quarterly wellness newsletters!

We support our employees’ healthy lifestyle by offering fitness bucks of $100 for full time employees. Fitness bucks are to be used for the participation in a wellness related activity which includes race or competition fees, weight management programs, gym memberships, exercise classes, walking/running shoes, and exercise equipment.

Great Rewards

"CWS Capital Partners is an amazing company that enriches its employees with a great amount of benefits including employee training, educational reimbursement, wellness program, charitable volunteer recognition, 401(k) matching and management recognition of accomplishments."


At CWS, we know the value of smart investing. And, one of our best investments is our people. In addition to our competitive compensation, we offer the following benefits to eligible employees:

  • Medical and Prescription Drug Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Health Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Healthcare and Dependent Care)
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Company paid Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Company paid Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Apartment Discount
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Company paid vacation and sick time
  • Company paid holidays
  • Wellness Program

Employee Education


Employee education at CWS is a key differentiator. From mastering a new role to preparing for the next professional challenge, our in-house training programs equip employees with the tools they need to architect a career. This emphasis on learning and development contributes to the distinct culture that CWS employees enjoy. Here’s a sampling from our course catalog:

New Hire Orientation - Held monthly at our Austin Corporate office, this intensive course serves as an introduction to CWS and familiarizes attendees with the knowledge to perform successfully. This learning experience culminates in a property visit that allows each participant to demonstrate leasing and sales skills covered during the week.

Advanced Sales Workshop – This interactive workshop allows associates to cement the skills introduced in NHO and learn more about key marketing concepts, sales techniques, prospect management, and customer service.

Essential Management Training – Those new to a site-level director role receive specialized training to help them learn and utilize principles, approaches and tools that concentrate on asset and team management. New managers learn about effective performance management techniques, risk management, fundamental HR topics, and budget & financial management.

In-Training Programs - CWS has developed a variety of custom programs to support an associate’s chosen career path. Whether one aspires to become a Leasing Director, Maintenance Director, or Community Director, CWS In-Training programs put career advancement goals within reach.

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  • A company that truly involves its values in every aspect of the work experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Community Director in Houston, TX
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    I have been working at CWS Apartment Homes full-time (More than a year)


    Great core values Strong support Empowerment to make decisions Nice product Company functions yearly to keep management informed of company vision Utilizes top technical tools of industry


    Bonus structure for all job titles could be more competitive Off site job opportunities/upper level management not available in all regions

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    Leasing Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at CWS Apartment Homes (Atlanta, GA) in August 2015.


    I went to a hiring event on a Thursday. The company did interviews on the spot. I was called back the following Monday for a second interview. I have yet to do the second interview, but the first interview was simply reviewing my resume and giving me a chance to sell my customer service, team playing, and leasing experience.

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CWS Apartment Homes Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Workplaces for Millennials , Fortune, 2015
Top workplaces , Austin American Statesman, 2014
Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces , Houston, 2014
Top Workplaces , The Dallas Morning News, 2014
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Additional Info

Headquarters Austin, TX
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded 1969
Type Company - Private
Industry Real Estate

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