Douglas Emmett

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Hard work does not pay off!

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager & Designer in Santa Monica, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager & Designer in Santa Monica, CA

I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Large company with a never ending flow of work. There will always be work for you to do, so you will never really feel that your job is in jeopardy because of the lack of work. There are some good, honest, hardworking people here. The ideal candidate would be an interior designer, because it is a lot about selecting finishes and preparing signage.

Cons

It is very corporate and you have to be extra cautious in everything you do. Too many meetings, emails and miscellaneous items that prevent you from doing actual work. The position is extremely demanding and the pay is very minimal (unless negotiated aggressively upfront). They want to quantify your results, such as, did you complete your project on time and within budget. These are the two most important aspects. The numbers never tell the story of all the associated problems with a certain project, but they are quick to blame for not producing a project under budget (w/ 10% savings) and on schedule. If you are an exempt employee, this position will demand a lot of your personal time. The director and the other project manager have a prior work relationship, so if you do crack their clique you may feel like an outcast. It is difficult to make design decisions because it needs to be approved first by the director and on bigger decisions it needs to be approved by the Upper Management Group. This obviously adds to delays on getting things done on time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give proper training or guidance to candidates on projects with little or no familiarity. Positive reinforcement and support during the span of employment. Limit the micro management. And show that you actually care for the well being of your employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

25 Other Employee Reviews for Douglas Emmett (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Unique Approach to Commercial Real Estate and Probably the Best Company for the Uninitiated to Learn the Profession

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Property Management in West Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Property Management in West Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Property Managers have purview over financial reporting, leasing, project management, customer relations, team-building -- very interdisciplinary approach that will always well serve one who accepts the associated challenges. Lots of mentors for the Commercial RE uninitiated.

    Cons

    Occasional bouts of CYA from the Corporate office, as I recall. Otherwise, superb company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No real advice -- Senior Leadership operates a company at which I was very pleased to work. Left due to permanent relocation.

    Neutral Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Corporate Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice properties, some good people, and well...covered parking...

    Cons

    This place could be a great place to work. They have great properties, they are located in the heart of Santa Monica. they have in-house management, leasing and construction which should create synergy; however, I have yet to work for a less functional company. Creativity is discouraged. Completely unrewarding work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you treat your employees like they are "lucky to have a job," you will be left with people who are lucky to have a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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