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Updated June 1, 2014
Updated June 1, 2014
23 Reviews

2.7
23 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people, Not so great leadership

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

    Pros

    Most of the VPs in the company genuinely care for the people that report to them. The Regionals, are generally smart, helpful, and want to help you meet your goals even if that means you will end up leaving the company.

    The corporate team has some really wonderful and helpful members. You’ll get the sense that you are really on a team with them, as opposed to a property vs. corporate atmosphere. Over my tenure with the company there was amazing improvement in building this culture.

    If you work hard and make a name for yourself you will have plenty of opportunities to learn outside of your specific job description and will work with some of the nicest, most talented student housing professionals there are. Take the opportunities as they are given because what you learn will serve you well even after you leave CA.

    Cons

    The senior leadership is out of touch with both what happens at the properties and the fact that their managers are people with families and lives outside of work. There are multiple (unnecessary) levels of management, which requires double and triple reporting costing the on-site team valuable hours. If there is an organizational flow chart it hasn't been made available to the company, leaving a lot of confusion about who is in charge of what.

    If you want to be considered for advancement you absolutely must be willing to relocate to Austin, TX. Once you've reached the point where you have a partner, a home, potentially children, etc., it isn't as easy to move, especially if you have another person's career to consider. Moreover, many positions that come after on-site manager can be done remotely - and currently are being done remotely by other CA employees. This is an example of how the Senior Leadership has forgotten that the employees are more than just employees.

    As an aside, in the event you do elect to relocate for Campus Advantage it is essential that you get every detail of your relocation package in writing. Do not accept any verbal offers, and commit to nothing until it's in writing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is going to be continued investment into Mojo/You Rock/morale building programs it is essential that Senior Leadership actually live by these philosophies. Otherwise, just stop doing them and accept the culture that you've created.

    Make it clear what the reporting chain looks like, both to the property level team and to the mid-level corporate management team.

    Your employees will be loyal to you when they feel you will be loyal in return. There has been significant turnover in the last 12-18 months that cannot all be attributed to the managers. At some point the senior leadership has to start asking what you can do to increase your retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good people work here but eventually they leave the company.

    Cons

    CEO is all about his lifestyle, a world traveler uses the business for that purpose and thinks that employees do not realize what he does, high turnover, backstabbing and CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO, we the hundreds of employees, see how you lead the company. CA has not seen any real growth more as presented to sources out there.

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

    Employee confidentiality is not upheld at the corporate office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Paid time off, Summer Fridays off

    Cons

    Confidential employee information (who is being fired, who is being written up, who is getting a bonus) is being leaked, before it is executed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out who has privy to employee confidential information, and who is gossiping at corporate and making it widely known who is next on the termination list or who is getting what increase or bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I've been treated like a matter. I'm appreciated here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager in College Station, TX

    Pros

    Great pay
    Wonderful staff
    Training opportunities are endless
    Opportunity for advancement and growth is great
    Located all over the country and Russia, so you can have your pick of location
    Staff is taken care of
    Not as money hungry as some of the companies I've worked for

    Cons

    Turn over rate is high...at my current property (I think that may just be how property management is)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great for free rent, otherwise not worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    free rent and stipend for electric

    Cons

    poor management and unprfessionalism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you love favoritism, join this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Assistant
    Former Employee - Community Assistant

    Pros

    Working 20 hours for housing compensation
    Interacting with the residents

    Cons

    On call hours: dealing with the fire alarms going off at 3am every night.
    Roommate matching is a joke!
    Favoritism within the office. Managers hiring friends.
    Long hours with no lunch breaks
    Planning programs with a $20 budget. CHEAP!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that at least know how to conduct tours! A manager should never have to put a potential resident on hold because they cannot answer simple questions about their community. A manager should never ask a Community Assistant for the square footage of an apartment or the pricing of an apt. They should know this. Please train the managers on how to be great Leasing Agents before you hire them into management. The blind will be leading the blind, if not! Corporate, please take employee complaints seriously instead of informing management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Campus Advantage Response

    Mar 3, 2014Corporate Recruiting Manager

    I am so sorry you had this experience while working at Campus Advantage. I would really like to speak with you further about your experience and to conduct an exit interview. And you are right- we ... More

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hard to adequately describe how bad it is

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

    Pros

    401(k) match, a few of the people, the industry

    Cons

    Executive management team is completely disengaged from the rest of the company. Also, many of the senior leadership team (HR, IT, CFO/Accounting, Marketing) have either gotten fired or have quit, and have been replaced by either contractors, or outsourced. Therefore, it's a terrible place to work, unless you're in a sales function or part of inner circle. Communication either doesn't exist, or is confusing. As an example, some people were told they were getting bonuses, and then that message was retracted. How do you do something like that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that the employees are the most important asset you have, and without them you aren't going to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    One of my most rewarding experiences.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Assistant  in  Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Community Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    Pros

    The team that my managers put together was amazing! Not everyone is so lucky.
    Commission bonuses for C.As are great and the experience you get is nothing compared to what you would get anywhere else.

    Cons

    Just like any other sales job, it can be really intense especially if corporate is not happy with your numbers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at the corporate office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Growing company that has potential
    Great CEO

    Cons

    Terrible HR department that's EXTREMELY unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire employees who work in a professional manner. Not employees who speak poorly of other employees behind closed doors. It's never a good thing to hire someone as a supervisor when they speak poorly of the CEO and other high-level management.

    Doesn't Recommend

    Campus Advantage Response

    Mar 3, 2014Corporate Recruiting Manager

    I'm so sorry you had this experience. I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you confidentially, especially about your experience with HR. Please email me, Stefanie Nolan, at ... More

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everything is AWESOME....as long as there are no bumps in the road"

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

    Pros

    Excellent hiring process
    Many corporate contacts for daily business
    Great benefits
    Annual training/team building
    Promotional opportunities
    Growing company

    Cons

    Negative attitudes up the chain of command if there are struggles on site
    Corporate leaders do not always look into complaints made from staff unless HR is contacted and they are forced to
    Regional level team members are not always held accountable for the way they treat on site staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the "mojo" throughout the year not just during the month of the annual meeting. Do not assume your property managers are losing their heart just because a market is going through difficult times. Rather than sending a corporate member to "make a change" consider that there is a good team in place & some years are simply better than others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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