Campus Advantage Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. As a Community Assistant, this company provided a great part time opportunity while attending school.

    Former Employee - Community Assistant in Lutz, FL
    Former Employee - Community Assistant in Lutz, FL

    I worked at Campus Advantage part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Campus Advantage has many properties throughout the United States so it is easy to relocate to a different area and progress through the company. The company allows the opportunity for growth from their may properties to working at the corporate office, depending on what your goals are.

    Cons

    As a Community Assistant, there wasn't much opportunity for any benefits packages or a college reimbursement program as the position was part time.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Community Assistant

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

    I worked at Campus Advantage

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed connecting with the residents of the property I worked at, and made some lifetime friends from there.

    Cons

    The property management was a bit of a mess. There were kids running the show with little to no experience, and resident management and customer service provided to the tenants were limited to none.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those employees who actually work hard in their position and strive to make a difference in their position.

    Also, don't interview an internal employee for a promotion, and tell them during said interview, "Don't be upset if you don't get the job." You're already notifying the employee, that they aren't getting the job.

  3. It has been a great experience so far, so many options for advancement!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leasing Agent in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Leasing Agent in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Campus Advantage part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Competitive environment
    Job security
    Opportunity for advancement
    Easy going feel

    Cons

    Slow parts of the leasing season
    Work on weekends
    Minor janitorial/maintenance tasks included

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  5. Account Manager- Red Mile Village

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Campus Advantage

    Pros

    Very helpful staff for on site employees from the corporate office

    Cons

    Sites are greatly dispersed from a central corporate office, but offset by presence of Regional Managers

  6. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work, if you are part of the "Good Old Boys" Network

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

    I have been working at Campus Advantage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with some great people, all very, very hard workers
    Summer Fridays
    Generous holiday schedule

    Cons

    I have NO ONE that I can go to for help when I need it.
    HR is hands down the most unprofessional HR I have ever worked with, in my entire 25 year career. HR has NO CLUE how to deal with the "human" part of their resources. HR has ZERO people skills. I believe a robot could be more personable than HR.
    Meeting "numbers" is like walking a tight rope- waiver just ever so slightly and you're gone, because they do not take into consideration any external factors. It's strictly a blame game.
    Summer Fridays are offered to all corporate staff, only there is NO WAY that Accounting can ever take it
    The COO requires his hand to be in everything, but is clueless as to how to manage the people side of the business. There seems to be a one size fits all, and that is "slow to hire, quick to fire." (word for word!). C-Level Management has ZERO concern for their staff. Never mind trying to assess and fix the actual problems. Instead, complaints are handled as disgruntled staff, and those people are quickly terminated or "asked to resign."
    Several senior staff members have either quit or been "laid off" in the past year or so, and it is a shame that they did not try AT ALL to retain any of them. Several people were replaced with a "cheaper", much less experienced person, brought in by the good old boys network.
    The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing at any given time
    The CEO holds quarterly staff meetings, 'in an attempt to be transparent", but only talks about how (little) growth we have made, but does not mention any of the HUGE losses we have taken. The next thing you know, the company is being restructured again, and 5 more of your senior teammates are no longer employed.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of good ideas, but zero idea how to follow up or follow through. You need to realize that you have over 50 Corporate staff members, not just the 5 that you continue to praise and promote. You need to support your off-site staff 52 weeks of the year, not just the week of manager training. Issues are not always surface level, and not all issues can be fixed by replacing a manager. You need to listen to complaints from employees- they are not just disgruntled or difficult. They are being honest, and probably aren't the only one with that complaint. You have to respect and listen to your long term employees (both corporate and off-site, because they've stuck with you for so long. The high level of turnover is disconcerting, and your loyal employees have some valuable insight into what's going on.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Entry Level Job, But Don't Expect To Go Far After That

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

    I worked at Campus Advantage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gained a lot of experience
    Given a lot of opportunities to prove my worth
    They are invested in making sure staff is well trained
    Camaraderie is strong with a lot of the employees
    Great benefits package
    Fun environment to work in
    Overall great resume builder for starting your career

    Cons

    Lack of HR
    Complaints are not taken seriously
    Slim chance of advancement unless the Recruiting Manager (for Corporate)/Hiring Manager (for On Site) is your friend
    Major issues i.e. harassment or being short staffed, are swept under the rug while traffic numbers are cause for corporate staff to call
    Overall communication is lackluster and if you do your job well you'll get more responsibilities, but not the advancement

    Advice to Management

    I wish that the exec staff could see what was happening in between the site staff and the corporate staff for that is where there appears to be a break down in communication. One of the lines they feed you is, "From CA (Community Assistant) to CEO" yet when there is an opportunity to promote from within they are met by a road block. A lot of great talent ends up leaving CA because it has become a well known fact that you can't grow within the company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    A collection of college graduates playing corporate.

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

    I worked at Campus Advantage part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great part-time gig for college students. Although busy work as a community assistant may result in exponential brain drain over time, the lack of serious personnel management allows you to circumvent their oversight. This means lots of opportunities to work on your homework/projects with ease.

    Cons

    Human resources is non-existant; you can expect your achievements and accolades to be quickly forgotten when Campus Advantage requires a higher level employee. Culture at this company prefers to hire from the outside when management positions open up and maintain their low-level employees happy and cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Hire up from within. Develop a retention program and improve your employee-employer relationships. Actually use your employee surveys as a tool rather than a chore. Provide your employees with skills. Develop a training regiment that doesn't revolve completely around computer-based learning. Train the trainer.

  9. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Campus Advantage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are awesome and great to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes stressful due to the industry

    Advice to Management

    More property level one on one training

  10. Campus Advantage property bookkeeper/account manager

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

    I have been working at Campus Advantage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very fun work environment, lots of young people in and out of the office, you are most likely working in a college town making it ideal for students or recent graduates.

    Cons

    You are in a college town

  11. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Senior Mnanagement!! Stay Away!!1

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

    I worked at Campus Advantage full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and you college staff make the office environment a little more entertaining.

    Cons

    Not organized, no confidentiality, HR/senior management shows no support to on-site staff. You cannot trust any of the VP's and corporate management with confidential information,

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your on-site managers...you pay them for a reason. Senior management needs to get a clue, they have no idea whats going on at the site level. Also, senior management needs to be honest with owners about the reality of some the properties. VP's and corporate management do not communicate effectively before providing information to the sites, which causes issues for general managers. The only decent thing about this company is your salary but you will work for every last dime.

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