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Camden Property Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Politics Over Possibilities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company that can offer great benefits; they have a large footprint in major areas and allow for the *possibility* to transfer or advance; great training program to ensure that you are prepared for your job.

    Cons

    Regions are overrun with petty, high-school politics. If you're not buddy-buddy with your District Manager, forget any chances for advancement. Even then, the property managers stick around so long that you would have to move cross-country to opportunities to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do an anonymous survey to find out what the problems with your management are. Until then, expect to have happy district managers and property managers, and unhappy assistants and leasing consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing place to work, great company that takes care of employees!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, fun atmosphere!! Great support in every aspect, IT, marketing, training, and upper management. They always give you the tools needed to get the job done. Surprise bonuses, great bonus structure for managers.

    Cons

    Long hours don't leave a lot of family time. The industry as a whole has changed over the past 5 years, more money focused than customer satisfaction. If the property you are on is older the chances of it selling are very likely.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great company to work for but the kind of job that consumes your life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Chadds Ford, PA
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Chadds Ford, PA

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The founders of the company really to live by the company values and it filters all the way down to the site level employees. They are a professional company and truly do their best to 'do the right thing' always.

    Cons

    As a property manager I found the demands of my position were hard to meet. There is an immense amount of work that Camden expects to get done -- there just aren't enough hours in the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you start to see your entire staff turning over, spend some time trying to figure out what is going on. In this instance, a horrible manager was brought on board and all the staff left. It took the company way too long to figure this out and many good employees were lost as a result.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Must be a people's person

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Camden Property part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good 1st office job if you have no office experience;
    -Office working hours + every other weekend;
    -Good benefits

    Cons

    -You must be a very patient person to deal with residents. You will get paid hourly+ commission on the apartments that you lease, however; most of the time you will be dealing with not-polite, picky, screaming residents;
    -There is not much opportunity for growth- I know people who have been in the same job position for years- and they were good employees;
    -Commissions are not that good- it's better to just get a job at a bank- better hours and better pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each property had a different manager and a managing style. I worked for three different managers: two out of the three were not good managers. It really comes down to personality. My only advice would be that managers treat all employees the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place and great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Camden Property

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely pleasant and helpful! Awesome office and the location is perfect. Special company events are fun and unique.

    Cons

    Like any organization I believe upper management fell short on hearing some employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and listen to employees who are not in upper management to fix any problem before its to late.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Camden Property full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The overall benefits package is better than other property management companies. The technology and resources available to the employees make the work easier. The culture is great, Camden promotes a fun work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Like any large company there can be favoritism, but it doesn't occur at Camden any more than it happens at any other company I have worked for.

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

    Decent company, decent pay, upper management clueless to what really goes on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant

    I have been working at Camden Property full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company provides uniforms for their employees at the time of hire and twice annually. Employees are provided with training which some companies do not provide. The company has a strong brand with the hummingbird and various items that are branded. Camden has a vision for a strong presence on social media sites via facebook, twitter and blogs. They provide annual and holiday bonuses. The health benefits are better than most companies. They provide modern amenities for residents and have online leasing, online rental payments etc. The company recognizes employees but how they get the formula for these awards does not always make sense.

    Cons

    Vacation takes six months to accrue. Training can take months depending on when you are hired. The trainers are sometimes outdated in their teaching methods. At mandatory training you have to pay for your own food for lunch. Some of the site managers are questionable in their ethical and moral actions. Site visits are schefuled allowing employees to prep an unrealistic impression of what the community looks like. People who get promoted seem to be political promotions. There are various cliques and if you're not in you are left out of social events. The "hugging" culture is semi unprofessional when you first meet someone. Sometimes it seems like a competition from upper management to see who can show the most team spirit when other things could have more importance placed on then. There are various inconsistencies in policy management from community to community. It doesn't seem like corporate really listens to residents surveys. Maintenance are paid fairly low for what is required of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your communities closely and listen to the employees on site. Managers often disguise areas of opportunities for their own self preservation. If the majority of managers were living the Camden values it could be a great company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the better property management companies but still a corporate structure.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Camden Property

    Pros

    continual training, possible advancement, casual environment, charity-oriented, a "hugging" culture

    Cons

    thorough training may not occur for months after start date, company functions are 'voluntarily' mandatory, can be clique-sh

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the many different talents of employees to further the company.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brown nose your way to the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Washington, DC

    I worked at Camden Property full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Uniforms, benefits and nothing else

    Cons

    Property managers are basically concierges who brown nosed their way to the top. They have no clue of real property management. Its not parties or drinking sessions. It doesn't mean you own your employees or have the right to threaten firing your staff at any point.

    During interview you are told huge pipe dreams and promised a family organization and once hired the less are exposed. People with no experience cannot lead a properly functioning team and will pull everyone's moral down.

    Sorry I wasted my time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced property managers and make sure your upper management understand ethics, customer relations, project management, hr management, team leadership. Stop promoting your friends and instead invest in restructuring based on all your negative comments and all of who have filed this review and the one you sent us "for our honest feedback"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Camden is as good as the person standing in front of you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Manager
    Current Employee - Property Manager

    I have been working at Camden Property full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Excellent benefits. Insurance, 401k matching, employee stock purchase program, EAP, discounts, scholarships for children of employees, etc. A friend of mine left Camden (in a lateral move) to work for Greystar making about 5K more per year. Her insurance expenses more than doubled and ultimately took a pay cut. She also recognized the loss of value the company had on each employee. After a couple of years now, she is still surprised at the lack of interest in her personal contribution at Greystar and found that the grass was not greener, it wasn't even grass.
    * Camden's insurance is good, there are several options depending on your need, and I've never had an issue finding a good provider.
    * Competitive salaries in addition to really good benefits. (not just benefits, GOOD benefits)
    * Business practices and procedures are founded on experience, feedback and good Values. They listen to their employees at ALL levels. If front-line employees are disgruntled, unhappy or think their supervisor is unfair they provide hotlines and feedback avenues. HR doesn't take that sort of thing lightly and they don't ever take sides, they are fact-based, legal, moral and fair.
    * They want to be the best employer in addition to being the best multi-family (R.E.I.T.) housing provider. They work as hard to keep their employees happy as they do to keep their customers (renters) happy. The want to maintain the "Best Place to Work" designation so they seek feedback often and make changes based on the feedback.
    * Management is intuitive and often provides systems, support, or programs before the teams even know they need it.

    Cons

    * Like any organization, they can have people in positions that can have a negative impact on fellow employees, customers and subordinates. I have been employed by at least four other multi-family organizations. None hold a candle to Camden's loyalty to their people and their customer.
    * The last two years have been more difficult than normal. Updates in software, hardware, systems and some practices have been more difficult to understand and deliver on-site. Employees at ANY other multi-family company would treasure and safeguard every effort Camden makes to support their teams. Employees at other companies and would roll their eyes at whining front-liners who sit online and write how bad the company instead of using one of the 11 ways they can DO something about it.
    * No matter what company you work for, or how much support the organization offers, there will be people who don't fully represent and execute Camden's Values, Brand and Promise.
    **Even though Camden blows other companies away and is driven to be an amazing employer, one person having a bad day, a bad life, or a bad attitude can interfere with their intentions. It's life. It's not a Con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay connected, keep asking, listen and listen for consistency. Help your managers grow their employees to be more informed and realize how good they really have it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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