Archstone

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Great career with Archstone

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

Pros

They invest in annual training of all associates and three times a year they close the business to award and recognize all on site associates

Cons

Its a real estate company and sometimes the community you work in gets sold to another property management company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Benefits for same sex partners!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Archstone

  1.  

    You get what you pay for...cheapest company I've ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Doorman  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Doorman in New York, NY

    Pros

    I had a union position, so I had my benefits to count on. My shift was alright too.

    Cons

    Leasing office a scam & joke. Management...total mismanagement. Service manager a bigger joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend money...stop trying to keep salaries low all the time. You get what you pay for. If you want quality, you have to spend money to get it. Hire building managers who have actual residential building management experience instead of hiring ex-hotel managers. It's not the same thing!!!
    Hire a real building superintendent not a low management stooge called a service manager. it's nothing more than pencil pusher position. His most important concern is coming under budget every month so he can collect a bonus. Stop treating the union workers like dirt. Management creates a us(union) vs them(leasing office)environment, no one benefits. No teamwork or communication at all.

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

    Not for people with families or people who want to work smarter, not harder

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Englewood, CO

    Pros

    Most people without offices are awesome! I've made some great friends. The office has a convenient location south of 470. Uncovered parking is free. There is a gym in the office.

    Cons

    No time to use the gym. The company has two close dates; while one date is less stressful than the other it means the department is always in the middle of one close cycle or another and there is no good time to take a vacation. The company has archaic HR policies (one example: you cannot take sick leave or vacation time once you've given notice, even if the sick time is legitimate). Upper management does not want to make changes - even if the changes make things more efficient - because they are used to the way things have always been. Reasons for decisions/changes/lack of changes are not communicated down to the staff. Instead of sticking up for staff, management continually takes on more and more menial tasks in order to foster the "perception" that the department is working hard (never mind the fact that they already are). All of this has led to low morale, amazingly high turnover, a feeling that the cube-heads (those in cubicles) are dispensable and a work environment that fosters the "work harder, not smarter" mentality. When confronted with such feedback, management brushes it off as an isolated complaint of someone who just doesn't know how to work hard. This is not the place to be if you are always looking for ways to improve and streamline, or if you have any kind of truly significant other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually care, don't just pretend to. You don't need acronymic catch phrases (e.g. Commitment to GREAT, Give a WOW), group outings, bagel and jeans Fridays to improve morale. "Thank you" is a great place to start (at no cost), but the "Thank you" must be sincere. Since you can't teach someone how to care about other people, maybe it's time to look at replacing some of your middle management with people who already know how to do it. Employees will work harder and be more loyal to a person (and thereby the company) who actually cares about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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