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Campus Living Villages Reviews

Updated June 25, 2014
Updated June 25, 2014
15 Reviews

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  1.  

    An experience to learn from...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    CLV has potential but may need to reflect on the effectiveness of it's corporate staff.

    Cons

    The company is run too lean and does not have enough manpower to operate efficiently or effectively at the Corporate or Village level. Very reactive not pro-active. Wages need to be increased. More interested in the bottom line than providing a quality residential/rental product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decisions should be made for the greater whole of the company not for personal gain or preference. Transparancy for actions the business takes would go along way with engaging the employees. Nothing should ever come as a surprize if leadership and communication were effective. Make capital investments in your properties.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    They'll use you for as long as you'll let them. Good luck trying to achieve your "bonus"!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Fun industry to work in and the product is great.
    Lots of opportunities within the company and they actually pay slightly above average
    The lessons you'll learn here about how not to treat your staff will be invaluable to your future career

    Cons

    Weak leadership
    No investment in people, systems or assets themselves
    Financial mess in the USA (they acquired Century Housing back in 2006 and overpaid). The business has been bleeding cash ever since and the revenue figures will never be as high as they need to be (see bonus comment above).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell it or start investing. You can only squeeze so much cost out of a business to make up for the revenue you promised investors you'd deliver. Meanwhile watch the good people with transferable skill sets keep leaving and enjoy the recruitment costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, horrible, out of touch management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great locations, great staff, "opportunities"

    Cons

    Horrible management, No loyalty, ask for something clearly and when they get it, lots of luck with pushing it through. Lack of spine I would say..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and start listening to your people.I understand the term fat cats, but the entire corporation runs like several smaller companies. While managers loudly bemoan this, NOTHING is done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was OK.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    An employee receives free Housing.

    Cons

    Everything else was pretty much awful.

  6.  

    Lessons Learned

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best part of the job was the incredible on site staff I worked with. Everyone was very dedicated to their job and worked hard to insure the success of the property.

    Cons

    Corporate management could care less about supporting the staff on their properties. Their bottom line was making a profit and advancing their careers and pocketbooks....even at the expense of stabbing others in the back, and stepping on the "little people" who were the ones keeping the ship afloat. They took full advantage of those who would go above and beyond their job description and were loyal and honest and instead of appreciating or promoting those who worked for it, would hire someone with less skills and knowledge at 3X the salary of those who had been there 7+ years. The only way one employee was able to ever get a raise, was that they raised minimum wage, so they HAD to pay her more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a heart and get a clue. Quit promoting the fact that you care about your students at your properties and actually do. Appreciate the ones who have stuck by you through thick and thin or you are fixing to find this company will no longer exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I was able to expand my horizons in the work place, and develop skills through working with a team.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The training process was very detailed and prepared me for the future with in the company. I was able to develop skills that helped to work well with others.

    Cons

    The school that I worked for was unable to remain consistent with the thing we were compensated for, which made the job a little bit more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to remain consistent with compensation.

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

    Your worst day anywhere else is better than your best day here

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

    Pros

    You'll acquire business skills, if you don't know that much.
    Left alone on the property ("campus"), you'll develop a good staff.
    Bring in money - they'll leave you alone (for the most part).
    Bonuses are offered, if not difficult to obtain.
    Benefits and 401K were decent.

    Cons

    They have no clue what they're doing. They bought a bunch of run down, cheaply made student apartments and try to sell them like high end luxury units. They don't put money into it and expect you to squeeze every dime you can out of it.

    Look up the definition of horrible bosses and you should see several of the "main campus" management staff. Watch your back with the Houston office - they value you about as much as yesterday's lunch, and if selling you out makes them look better.... consider yourself sold (as you take that knife out of your back).

    You can succeed if you have special assets and flirt with upper management, fall all over yourself in appreciation anytime someone from Houston visits your property, know what you're doing but act like person above you is a genius, don't buck the system or question anything - grovelers don't get promoted, they just don't get treated as much like dirt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the dozens and dozens of people who've left your company and started more successful student housing companies (and all those people that used to work for you, now work for them)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people are OK, but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The people are relatively friendly and the environment is relaxed. You get an opportunity to touch a lot of different areas and gain some general experience.

    Cons

    They demand a lot from their employees while pay is on the low end of the salary bracket for various positions. Stress levels seem to be fairly high all around the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice here, I believe management is already improving. Before it seemed that management was detached but that does not seem to be the case any longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Good Ole Boys"

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Several friendly staff in the corporate office, with a good number of social activities and events where employees can mingle between departments. Many managers are very flexible with work hours and working from home. Great healthcare benefits

    Cons

    Lack of direct communications between employees and senior management. A major lack of direction, resulting from the senior management team not prioritizing initiatives, and not providing enough resources to ensure that projects are completed successfully (i.e. training). Certain departments are valued much more highly than others, as evidenced by higher quality equipment and salaries for comparable positions. Too many attempts to reorganize departments leave managers in the position of laying off full-time employees. There is an obvious lack of an "Open Door" with senior management...who maintain "Good Ole Boys" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees - establish a true "Open Door" policy where an associate feels safe in bringing their concerns to you - so they are set up for success, not failure. Eliminate such a toxic, negative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    When things are rotten you need to cut off the head

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good locations. Great people to work with

    Cons

    Poor training procedures. As previous reviewer indicated senior management is not commited in any way, shape, or form to villages or students that occupy them. The bottom line and self promotion are the only interests of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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