American Appraisal

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American Appraisal Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
31 Reviews
2.3
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place for Education

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    Current Employee - Associate Appraiser in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Appraiser in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at American Appraisal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company pays for education needed to become a licensed appraiser. Learn about different types of real estate.

    Cons

    Not enough PTO. A lot of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change to 19 days of PTO. Give people CoStar in every office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wish I could give negative stars..

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    Former Employee - FAMIS
    Former Employee - FAMIS

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The clients are fantastic. It is rewarding to meet and get to know people from all walks of life, all over the country.

    Cons

    Management is the worst I've ever encountered. They allow a hostile working environment, harassment of employees, intimidation and verbal abuse - all regular situations that management fails to successfully address. Instead you are told to keep you mouth shut, keep to your self, do your work, and only speak when spoken to even after seeking help from other managers and HR. Nobody is there to champion the employee. They will push you around with little regard for the law so it's beneficial that you know your rights and know how to contact the Equal Rights Division of EEOC. But once you stand up to management, by yourself, you are completely on your own.. You will be lied to and beaten down. When you encounter professionals from other organizations they will tell you how much they dislike American Appraisal because of their underhanded business practices. It is embarrassing to tell others in the profession who you work for. The dealmakers in the organization have left sour tastes in many peoples mouths and they don't forget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The microcosm of American Appraisal is not the real corporate world. Grow up and behave like educated adults not like the corporate bullies you are. The safety and security of your consultants should be top priority. Making excuses for the lack of concern for their well being is profoundly inexcusable. That includes exposure from sources inside the organization as well as outside the organization. Everybody signs a code of conduct - enforce it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok. Not a career if you want to have a life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel, hotel points, work mostly on your own. Co-workers in the field are good people

    Cons

    Sunday travel required thur Friday night. Remote middle of no where areas with no co-workers. High turn over. Little training. Very little room for advancement. If not in the liked "inner circle," life can be made miserable. Low pay for the amount of work and sacrifice made to ones own life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better communications with in field employees. Understand the tolls of life on the road constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible company

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    Former Employee - FAMIS Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - FAMIS Associate in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    airline points and hotel points

    Cons

    This company does not care about their employees at all. they take every opportunity that they can find to nickel and dime you out of the pay that is rightfully yours. they make you work long hours for little pay. they make you leave for a business trip on sunday afternoon, and you don't come back until late friday night. so saturday is the only day you'll have at home. there in no training, and no room for advancement. the only times I ever talked to senior management- they were belittling or lying to me. I have worked for a lot of companies in the past, and this has by far the most toxic culture I have ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop posting misleading positive reviews on glass door. It is obvious that all the positive reviews are fictitious because nothing they say is even remotely close to the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    On a Path Straight to the Bottom

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people in the trenches are easy to work with and are truly those who give the firm its value.

    Cons

    The childlike mentality of the senior management team is absolutely shocking. If you are liked, you will become a member of the firm’s inner circle and nothing you do will ever be framed in a negative light. If you are not liked, your accomplishments are minimized and seen as a threat to senior management, and will lead to your untimely exit.

    This is an organization which takes employment at will to an entirely new level. Longtime loyal employees need to watch their backs after achieving a certain level of experience and salary. The Grim Reaper has frequently visited the offices of these employees in the interest of saving costs, while failing to recognize the value of these consultants to providing a superior level of client service. The number of people shown the door over the past 12 months is absolutely shocking! Some people in senior management, contrary to their words expressing regret, clearly enjoy carrying out the executions. Such a toxic environment is the logical end result when accountants are permitted to run a professional services firm.

    Disagree with management? Rather than use criticism as an opportunity to initiate a healthy level of discussion, senior management’s approach is to terminate the person attempting to facilitate change for some contrived reason to eliminate dissent.

    Using the firm's characteristic penny wise, pound foolish mentality, senior management grants very few employees unemployment benefits in connection with their separation, in order to save costs necessary to maintain their lavish lifestyles.

    Another penny wise, pound foolish strategy relates to the amount permitted for meal expenses while travelling on the road for business. This guidance has not been revised in at least 30 years, and would require employees to eat at fast food restaurants in order to comply with the letter of the policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try keeping some of your most loyal and productive employees, if it is not already too late.

    The guy running this country's operations has no prior experience running a valuation firm, and recent operating results should make that evident.

    As long as this firm continues to be headquartered in Milwaukee and be run by Milwaukee-based employees, it will continue to flounder in mediocrity. An injection of reality from the outside is sorely needed.

    The thud you hear shortly will be the firm hitting rock bottom in the absence of any change in direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Appraiser

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    Former Employee - Associate Appraiser in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate Appraiser in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The experience looks good on the resume

    Cons

    Lack of team interaction, poor project scheduling, inefficient workflow plans, no training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall excellent people, terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and many traveling opportunities.

    Cons

    Short-term thinking and no vision from management. The company appears to have no direction.
    The IT department is a disaster (extremely small for a company of this size and it is centralized in Milwaukee).

    There is a constant sense that the company is about to be sold in the near future and people with over 15 years in the company will cash out and leave (probably taking the big clients with them).

    Management has a centralized and small town mentality. You can't expect to be recognized outside of Milwaukee when you can't see past Milwaukee. It feels like a big town company, not a global company.

    Each department solely focused on their own interests and there is a massive disconnect among the various sections of the company. The greatest example of this is the "Business Development Managers." These employees are purely focused on getting their commissions and, accordingly, will underbid projects in order to ensure that they get the client to sign on the dotted line. However, this puts pressure on the employees that actually work on the project and who are expected to deliver the final project on an unrealistic budget. When budgets are exceeded, management focuses on the employees working on the project and not the Business Development Managers who grossly underbid the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside Milwaukee. Try getting new clients and avoid thinking that the old clients will never leave. Get BDM's to think about the company and not about their pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Burn 'em and turn 'em!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate In FAMIS in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate In FAMIS in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hotel and Airline points.
    Your co-workers are good people, just watch out for management!

    Cons

    Poor quality of life.
    Lack of training.
    Terrible management that will make your life a living Hell!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your employees some respect!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    GREAT!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Appraiser
    Current Employee - Associate Appraiser

    I have been working at American Appraisal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for young professionals to grow and get the experience that would be unavailable at a smaller appraisal firm.

    Cons

    I have only been with the company for a few months but I truly have no downside and I do not see any in the near future. Great company with exceptional co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Appraiser

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Allow analysts to work on projects independently with minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited. This company has been shrinking the last 10 years. Cutting costs and employees is the only thing that keeps them profitable. Have not kept up on new products and services. Have not provided a company match on it's 401K plan in the last 6 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sacrifice the short term profits and develop a good long term business plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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