Equity Residential – Why Work For Us?

Work With Us

A career path is way too narrow a journey – we want you to move up, over, around and through your potential. Come work with us and take the opportunity to make someone’s day, every day.

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Listen to our employees tell their own stories about life at Equity Residential.




What we’re made of...

The bricks of our company are the right apartments in the right markets, operational excellence, building relationships that create loyal residents, and having the best people in place to get it all done.


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Who works at Equity Residential? People who are really good at what they do, who work hard and play nice, who appreciate the community at large and who value the contributions of others.That’s our culture.


Our Story


In the early 1960s, two guys at the University of Michigan – Sam Zell and Bob Lurie – started managing student apartment buildings. Over the next five decades, the buildings would change but the basic philosophy would remain the same: invest in properties at the right price and hire the best people to manage them well.

undefinedFounders Bob Lurie and Sam Zell

It’s Been Quite a Ride

From that modest beginning rose an industry leader, one that joined the NYSE in 1993 and was the first apartment company in the S&P 500 in 2001.

Today, our portfolio of high-quality properties in growth markets – New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to name a few – provides homes where people most want to live.

We still buy, build, rehab and manage our apartment communities, but along the way, we didn’t just grow; we transformed how business is done. From our state-of-the-art operating system to the way we develop our people, cultivate our culture and connect with our residents, Equity Residential is leading the way.


Our People Make the Difference

We've got the best people in the business, and our experience shows in our dedication to residents and in how much we value each other as colleagues. That’s why our employees say they are proud to work at Equity, a company that knows how home should feel.


There's Something About Equity

You matter. What you bring to the table – how you can be yourself, be heard and make a difference – is what makes Equity something special.


Providing great lifestyles in places people want to live, work and play.



We're one team, inspired to serve with
a will to win.



What happens when wellness, teamwork and a commitment to community service come together? You get a team of eight Equity women, from either side of the country, gathering in San Francisco for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure.

D.C. Service Day

Life at Joint Base Lewis McChord

Marcia McDowell, Outreach Manager at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), gave the rest of Equity a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of our military housing specialists and their community of service members by creating a virtual scrapbook on Snapfish.

Clean-up on the Esplanade

Good Clean Fun

On Saturday, September 22nd, seven employees from the Inland Empire portfolio ran the Survivor Mud Run 5K in Lake Elsinore, CA. The group had to survive 100+ degree heat, mud pits, wall climbs, rope obstacles, crawl through pipes, slide down hills, and much more.

Equity Augusta Team Members

Augusta Team Does 5k Run/Walk

Our Augusta Accounting Office team members (along with family and friends) participating in a 5K walk/run along the Augusta Canal benefitting an Atlanta-area resident.

Living Well


A job should be more than just a paycheck. All of us need the right mix of physical, financial, career, social and community elements in order to be at our best. At Equity, we’re committed to providing the tools to help our employees achieve their optimal balance. It’s beyond just doing well – it’s wellbeing.


Here’s how we support the foundation for total wellbeing:





We’re proud that 90% of our employees say that they know what’s expected of them on the job and even more feel their skills are a good fit for what they do.


Our philosophy is to provide highly competitive compensation, to recognize top performers and to help provide for the future.







Our focus on wellness helps keep small problems from turning into life-changing events.


We give employees time off to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand in the communities where they live and work.


Creating connections is the key to our culture and our company – 82% of our employees report that they have at least one good friend at work.



Comprehensive Benefits Package


Equity understands that our people are the real bricks and mortar of the company. We've developed a comprehensive, highly flexible benefits program with a multitude of options to suit your particular needs and interests — today and in the future.

Medical, dental, and vision coverage

Comprehensive wellbeing program

Life and accident insurance

Supplemental life insurance

Short- and long-term disability insurance

Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts












Equity offers benefits to same-sex domestic partners (and picks up the difference in taxes) as well as adoption assistance for employees who want to expand their families.


Employees are eligible for discounts on Equity apartments of up to 20%.


The only safer cigarette is your last one, and Equity offers a choice of tobacco-cessation programs for employees ready to kick the habit.


Equity provides enhanced dental coverage to help with certain health conditions at no additional cost to employees.


Equity offers pet insurance so that your best friend can live a healthier life, too.


From relationship issues to debt management, our 24-7 employee assistance program, LifeWorks, can help free of charge.


The MetLaw program provides employees with experienced attorneys that can provide help with estate planning, mortgage refinancing and other legal matters at less than $10 per paycheck.


Equity’s offers a company match of 3% on contributions to the Advantage 401(k) program for employees.


Each year full-time employees get up to 8 hours of paid time off to participate in community service projects.




We know our people are the best in the business, so we go the extra mile to provide programs we know will help our employees achieve optimal balance.




Just like our residents, our employees come from everywhere. A richly diverse work environment captures the top talent, cultivates the best ideas, and creates the widest possible platform for success. By bringing together a deep array of backgrounds, perspectives and cultures, we know when we put our heads together, good things happen.




That’s Korean for “I lost my key.” In any language, that means trouble. To make sure our residents get the service they need, our maintenance technicians have an array of language cards that help them identify what’s wrong so they can get to work making it right.



Nothing brings people together like a barbeque. That’s why one of our Boston properties offers three grills, each dedicated to a different type of food preparation: kosher, halal and anything goes. Just one of many ways we celebrate diverse tastes and taste buds.

Our Diversity Council


The motto of our Diversity Council, chosen from every rank and region of the company, is “Everyday, Everywhere, Everyone.” One result of this hands-on approach is that our employees embrace our commitment to inclusion and agree that Equity values people from different cultural backgrounds.


Kunal Bramhecha
Customer Service Assistant

“I moved from India when I was 11, and experienced a whole new culture shock – it hit home with me when I realized what I thought is normal may not be to other people, and vice versa.”



Katie Williams
Leasing Center Manager

“It was very clear to me that in different markets you have to reach out to a different clientele – everyone has to be strategic to reach out to the customer. We get people from all over, but so does everyone else.”


Laura Thomassen
General Manager

“A lot of people who aren’t open minded don’t realize they aren’t; they would never agree that they’re being discriminatory or racist or any of those really ugly labels. I believe you have to be what you want to see, so if I can be an example, I’ll consider that a success.”


Oscar Beteta
Assistant Property Manager

“It’s not about forgetting where you come from, it’s about learning to adapt. You can’t go somewhere and expect people to change for you. I’ve seen that mentality and it doesn’t work. You have to learn.”


Brittany Parker
Property Manager

“We have people from different countries and cultures, and it really brought the team together. To find out that you’ve got the same hobbies or interests as someone who comes from a completely different culture is wonderful.”


Kristen Miller
Interactive Marketing Manager

“Collaboration and doing the things that help you understand your fellow man (and woman) have real-time applications to how we work everyday. It’s about increasing your efficiency and not shutting each other down when we don’t agree with one another’s ideas.”


Mariah Staley
Service Manager

"I want to be that person you can rely on or talk to when you’re having problems. If someone feels frustrated, they’re up against a language barrier or they’re not being treated fairly, I would love to be that resource.”


Patty Cooper
Senior Regional Manager

“You can offend someone just by shaking their hand, so watching your body language when you’re greeting someone or respecting personal space is important. You need to see it a little differently in order to embrace the differences.”


Steve Pletl
Property Manager

“Standing up for what you believe can be challenging. Sometimes you have to be brave. It takes guts to give feedback, and our employees need to feel empowered to have those guts, to go for the answers or have someone help them get there.”


Nicole Satterfield
Property Manager

“I don’t judge people; everyone has their own story. I’m more concerned about what I can do to make a difference and help make someone be successful. The idea is not dwell on the past or some bad decisions, but to keep moving forward.”


Amanda Burley
Leasing Consultant

“I feel like we take it for granted, and that we don’t always know that we’re doing something, whether it’s good or bad, to embrace diversity.”


Renee Martinez
Floater Property Administrator

“I want them to know they can come to work and know that their input is important. It’s about helping create and promote change for a better workplace.”


Dan Lienert
Property Manager

“We need to be prepared to cater to a colorful, cosmopolitan audience with widely varying expectations and demands.”




Going Green


By partnering with local utilities, more than 30,000 of our apartments have received $5 million worth of energy and water conservation installations, at no cost to the company or our residents.

Here are a few of our sustainable initiatives:


Equity’s Pretty Smart® program saves energy with good-looking Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers, while donating the used appliances to groups like Habitat for Humanity makes our neighborhoods stronger.


Our properties have installed dual flush toilets in our bathrooms and smart watering systems on property grounds. This saves plenty of water for our finned friends.




From apartments with CFL bulbs to entire communities retrofitted with thousands of efficient LED lights, we shine bright by keeping lighting use (and costs) at a minimum.


Big projects, like energy-generating solar panels, put us at the cutting edge of conservation. And small fixes that save residents money like programmable thermostats.



Our communities and offices recycle everything from paper to plastic to boxes and bottles – we’ve even got high-rises that mulch!


Our wood floors and carpets combine sit-on-the-floor comfort with 100% recyclability.




Our focus on urban locations means that public transportation is our residents’ first choice, complemented by on-site Zipcars and charging stations for electric vehicles.


Our low-emission paint and window glass meet the highest air-quality standards in the country, and Equity’s smoke-free communities make it easy for residents to Just Breathe® in comfort and style.



Our in-house green/sustainability initiative sees the big picture, allowing us to weave sustainable and green practices into our everyday solutions.


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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Equity Residential.

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    Was referred by an EQR employee to apply online. Had a phone interview then an interview at hiring property which included standard interview questions and a writing skills test. I sent for a drug test and they ran a background check. Once everything was clear they emailed me my offer letter and start date.

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Additional Info

Website www.equityapartments.com
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1993
Type Company - Public (EQR)
Industry Real Estate
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors UDR, AvalonBay

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