Altus Group

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Altus Group Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
28 Reviews
2.6
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    I Love My Job!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altus Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great pay
    Professional knowledgeable leadership
    Colleagues are very smart
    Flexible hours, great work/life balance
    Lots of transparency
    Culture is team oriented
    Great place if you are beginning your career
    Leadership and HR are responsive and helpful

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only thing I would suggest would be more training sessions for your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    no longer a big family

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    Current Employee - Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Developer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Altus Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    coworkers are nice. used to be a big family, good coworkers are leaving.

    Cons

    managers don't know what they should do. they are trying to manage company like a large company , but not willing to spend anything like a large company. They only want profit, no money for any thing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    altus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altus Group

    Pros

    good benefits, competetive pay, relaxed office

    Cons

    work long hours some quarters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more meetings to understand the office culture

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Opportunities can be available

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altus Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    some room for advancement, friendly work environment, ability to move from one business unit to another, opportunity to work in a 'big business' environment, some of the business unit directors are excellent to work for. Some really good opportunities and excellent work experiences can be had here that would not be available in smaller, privately-owned companies.

    Cons

    obstacles can be present when trying to gain advancement, the 'big business' framework of the company (it is publicly-owned) can create difficulties in the work environment that are usually not there in smaller, privately-owned companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Toxic work place and culture with poor morale-- RUN !!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altus Group full-time

    Pros

    Specialty coffee machines. Toronto office is in good central location. A lot of events to attend. Company has done good marketing for itself over the years. The logo is identified at many industry events.

    Cons

    Underneath the public appearance is a day to day corporate sweatshop operation. They like to hire young and green to take advantage of them at the beginning of learning curve as they are eager for the experience. Turn-over is high with most talented people quitting after working there for just over a year. Excessive delegating, information hiding and isolating/mobbing targeted individuals. Using others as scapegoats and blaming for minor things, while manipulating stories to make themselves look like the victim in every single situation. Very little accountability for one's own actions and bad work environment or culture overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people for merit and can be team players, are mature, and can take initiative to make positive changes instead of taking on the victim-blaming mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A Great Canadian Company punching above it's weight in the global real estate market

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altus Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global leader in Commercial Real Estate Consulting, invest in people and lots of opportunities to grow and advance your career. Great people and meaningful work.

    Cons

    Still maturing as a company and wearing off the rough edges. some large egos at the top that make it difficult to move things forward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from holding company org structure and adopt an integrated operating model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop atmosphere. Poor / non-existent management. Borderline illegal procedures....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altus Group as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, quick to adopt new technologies. Unfortunately not much on the positive... oh - great coffee.

    Cons

    Poor management (at least on IT side), business not decided which way to go, pressure so high it becomes detrimental to the deliverables. High people turnaround, hiring and firing at the speed of light (sometimes for non work related reasons...)
    Poor working conditions - despite quite new building, always some construction job going on, borderline contradicting health and safety regulations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Which management ? No indication of such thing.... or maybe they are in to CHAOS methodology...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altus Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Lots of events to enjoy.
    Aurora office has nice building and lots of parking spots.
    Good benefits and vacation plans.

    Cons

    Not much room for personal growth, promotions etc
    Management keep the person who is beneficial for them but not for other people around him, the management suddenly promoted the person to a high rank which made the working environment unhealthy. Found following while working within that group; favoritism, setting individuals up to fail, working relationship became different, constantly changing directions, work is being criticized continuously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be some guidelines for the people described above to maintain healthy work environment.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, high churn, coercive management practices, breaching employee contracts and employment laws.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Altus Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're happy with minimum pay, sustained unpaid overtime, no proper training, theres a long 'career' for you.

    Culture was ok with Page Kirkland (headquartered in Sydney) prior to being sold to Altus Group (HQ'd in Canada) and becoming Altus Page Kirkland, part of Altus Group.

    Flexible working arrangements and great travel with my particular roll, up until a few years ago.

    Cons

    6 directors sold Page Kirkland to Altus for ~$36m Aug 2010; most left with their bounty.

    3 months prior, employee salaries were surreptitiously chopped.

    After 7 years with pay cuts, no proper training, performance reviews and coercive management practices I Approached my director regarding my concerns and was made redundant. Redundancy was short and expenses not paid.

    Fair Work Commission has no teeth (a mediation meeting); Altus just fold their arms. Letter to Robert Courteau CEO ignored.

    Bureaucracy gone mad, and the client pays for it.

    Low paid under skilled staff in key management positions making things worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little bit of employee care would go a long way, support your staff, your most valuable asset.

    Provide regular, authentic performance reviews.

    Provide annual pay increases at least in line with CPI.

    Reduce bureaucracy, support your staff and support an increase in quality and value to the clients.

    Don't take directors on corporate sailing trips and island retreats and not give anything to staff (and stop parading the photos on staff servers).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to learn ... and leave !

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    Former Employee - Cost Consultant in Montreal (Spain)
    Former Employee - Cost Consultant in Montreal (Spain)

    I worked at Altus Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn the basic principles of commercial real estate and great professionals from the valuation industry.

    Cons

    No room for professional growth and you are considered as cheap labor. Basically, the company profits from your low salary and the overtime you put in. The trade is you profit from the experience. It's a learn and leave experience for young professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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