Century 21 Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
119 Reviews
3.9
119 Reviews
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Century 21 President and CEO Richard W. (Rick) Davidson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great training and guidance from company (in 7 reviews)

  • Good brand recognition and support (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Commission based sales, when the market crashes so does our income (in 3 reviews)

  • Commission splits are not mandated by corporate and are flexible (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Realtor

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    Former Employee - Realtor
    Former Employee - Realtor

    I worked at Century 21 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Great big offices
    -3 locations well spread out to cover the entire Peninsula
    -Brokers/Managers are always ready to tackle difficult questions since they're always available via office or through telephone
    -Plentiful parking around office
    -Very in touch with the market via knowledge or advertising.
    -Brand name is one of the biggest in the world
    -Very low monthly fees compared to other Real Estate companies

    Cons

    -Office computers are very antiquated, better have your own or you'll be pretty frustrated
    -Commission schedule is extremely low for beginners
    -Co-workers are not your co-workers, they're your rivals. However, they're still very courteous and this is true not for this office but for all Real Estate offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on company growth instead of selling your own listings.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Nice place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Century 21 part-time

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, like family. Nothing too hard.

    Cons

    Depends what city you're in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good start, lukewarm results

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Agent  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Real Estate Agent in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Century 21 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great training, although time-consuming. Free training. The idea of working for yourself is thrilling. Very supportive environment. Many networking opportunities.

    Cons

    High commission split when just starting at 50/50. There are so many fees to being in real estate, that I was terribly under-capitalized and I am now considering going back to work full-time and making real estate a part-time thing. Not a lot of hands-on guidance. No one will tell you how to handle your own business or give advice on things like, how & when to pay taxes, etc. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that next April doesn't bring me down too much financially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a class once a month for new agents that outlines things like, how & when to pay taxes, tax law, how to run your own business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    One of my worst jobs ever

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    Former Employee - Receptionist  in  Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Montclair, NJ

    I worked at Century 21 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At times I didn't have to do much when there were few calls. Sundays I could sometimes do my homework.

    Cons

    Individual owners at every branch, many unprofessional agents. I worked weekends and they made a big deal if I had to call out. They have no accountability, they blame the bottom of the company for internal errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better managers and have all the supplies needed for workers to complete. Have accountability.

  6.  

    General Company Benefits

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  West Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in West Covina, CA

    I have been working at Century 21 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You are your own boss great commissions when you make a sale you get to know a lots of families and create good relationships

    Cons

    You have to find your own clients and have amazing sales and closing skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a good sales training and weekly meetings and always mentor new agents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Broker Associate  in  Twain Harte, CA
    Former Employee - Broker Associate in Twain Harte, CA

    I worked at Century 21 as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful training, tools and support.

    Cons

    As with all real estate, be prepared to finance your own start up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the technology envelope. Good job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Real estate agent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Century 21 as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    work your own hours and pick your days of work

    Cons

    contract worker with no benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent company to work for

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Century 21 full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and decent pay with bonus potential. There are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Difficult for work-life balance as company has had to downsize during the tough real estate market the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in manager development programs to improve the people management skills of supervisors to assure equity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for. They seem to treat their realtors well. I was in charge of marketing and design.

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    Former Employee - Creative Director  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Brea, CA

    I worked at Century 21 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent leadership, open to make decisions. I was in charge of marketing and design, and the company gave me free reign to bring in new talent and help existing staff.

    Cons

    Lacks direction at times. Seemed to be a high turnover based on the flux in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great brokerage to start at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Century 21 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Brand recognition
    -Training
    -Broker Support
    -Minimal fees (only $200 a year at my office for unlimited technology use)

    Cons

    As a real estate agent, you only get paid by commission, but that is not the firm's fault. Besides that, the low split is a con for new agents. It's 50/50, and since they take 8% off the top for franchise fees, it's really 46 to you and 54 to them, before any other fees. Join a team with a higher split and negotiate how much you will give to them for your help, while still making more than the original 50/50 and getting help from some team members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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