Apartment People Reviews
Pros – Really great group of people and motivating managers
Cons – If you are working a salaried position there is little room for growth
Pros – As a leasing agent, you're an independent contractor, not an employee, so you're supposed to be able to set your own schedule. You can work as much as you want, and there's no real limit to how much money you can make (in an ideal world). There's very little boring office work. Most of your day is spent in the car with clients, or showing apartments.
Cons – During the rental season (summer and early fall), you're swamped, and money is good. Once October hits, however, things really dry up. Leasing agents are commission only with no benefits, and it can be painful to go to an office everyday without making a dime for a week or more. Also, although you're technically supposed to be able to set your own schedule, the AP doesn't let you. You're on a set shift schedule every week, and good luck getting any weekend days off during summer. (This is tax evasion on their part, but whatever.) You pay to become licensed, for daily parking, and for your gas, so you spend a lot of money just for the chance to make commission. I decided that it wasn't worth it -- I'd rather do sales in an office, without sitting all day in city traffic, trying to find parking spots in Lincoln Park.
Advice to Senior Management – During the summer months, management really runs you ragged. I'm a high energy person, and I was constantly exhausted, and they were constantly asking me to take out just one more client at 8:30 PM, half an hour after my "shift" had ended. They care more about getting as many lease applications as possible over anything else. And also leasing agents are independent contractors, they are treated like employees, with shifts, training, supervision, etc. This isn't very fair to employees, as they don't get the benefits of either status (no benefits + messy taxes + shift schedule = yuck). One last thing: tell new leasing agents that they won't get the commissions on leases until a few weeks after the tenant has moved in. My first few paychecks were a blow to my morale because I had worked so many hours and was paid so little.
Pros – Flexibility as you're an independent contractor. Possibility to make good money if you really grind
Cons – As an independent contractor, your pay varies greatly. 100% commission based job. Have to pay for your own Gas, which you'll burn through QUICKLY driving all over the city
Advice to Senior Management – The company has too much of a familial atmosphere, which is good, but at the same time works to the detriment of the company truly attaining its potential.