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Updated Jul 4, 2014

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1.9 31 reviews

29% Approve of the CEO

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Marguerite Nader

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    IT MAY BE BETTER THAN NOTHING...maybe.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has decent wages and PTO.

    ConsI have to agree with previous poster, where do you start? Commission was once great, it's no2 being taken away in large part. The upper management doesn't care one bit about people at the community level. They can't even acknowledge the holidays even though they are lavishing themselves parties and events. They do not know from one week to the next if they are sale or rentals, or sales...uughh. You cannot offer an opinion to anyone higher than you because they don't believe you are as intelligent as they are. The CEO must be blind. Our region is clearly in dirty dealings and it's obvious to everyone around. You don't dare make your concerns known since the person responsible clearly lets you know that you can be dismissed at any time. The best way to get promoted is by kissing up to the right people. Merit means nothing to these people. They have mediocre health care at best and if you are less than a manager you have even less insurance. They grandstand about all their purchases and how much those cost but do nothing for the people who work hardest to provide the company with that money. They cannot see anything long term. They are only worried about presenting the monthly numbers to the stockholders. Someone should investigate some of the obvious bad deals they continue to do with the same companies. Looks like someone is probably getting a large kickback. No person in their right mind would continue to have the company getting ripped off unless their hands were dirty.

    I would say I have hit all points but there simply isn't enough time. Unless you have nothing better on the horizon, don't work here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMs. Nader needs to see that the problems that are blamed on the community managers go much higher. They are being thrown under the bus to take the attention off of the real crooks you have working for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mismanagement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood vacation/sick days. Great commissions. The best part of my job has nothing to do with they company but the job itself & being able to assist residents.

    ConsWatching management misuse company property, assests, staff & the unfair treatment of residents & vendors based on race. Management is only concerned with NUMBERS, NUMBER$, NUMBERS!! Of course i mean occupancy numbers. Poor customer relations, once residents move in they're ignored. Management actually purposely avoids residents & corporate doesn't respond to complaints.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch your managers/employees ELS. They're stealing right under your noses. Be available to all employees & not just upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nothing special - dealt with homeowners for property rent and received payments and deposited checks in the bank

    Accounting (Former Employee) Kissimmee, FL

    ProsGood company but its been a very long time since I worked there

    ConsNot very careful with the property

    Advice to Senior Managementno advice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Micromanagement

    Resort Manager (Current Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsWorking with people in a beautiful community on a daily basis.

    ConsMicro management and very little support or consistency on a senior manangement level. Requesting time consuming reports in short periods of time that are not even used, creating undue levels of pressure. Growing to fast to support the properties they do have.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees are your best asset. Micro managing and unrealistic demands on financial return on an investment you are not investing in is unrealistic and sets us all for failure. Invest in the property and invest in your employees and you'll have the best company - with the best returns ever!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Where Do I Begin!

    Community Manager (Current Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsI HAD a great immediate supervsor!

    ConsLow pay, long hours, micromanagement, demoralizing conference calls, repetitive financial reporting, poor beneifts with the exception of PTO. I have been in asset management my entire career and am still shocked after 9 years of employment with ELS that it is preferred to allow deferred maintenance and asset deterioration. We, as managers, are expected to give great customer service with no tools to do so. We are pricing ourselves out of our respective markets and continually lose business to competitive properties that complete upgrades and add amenities. The bottom line to stock holders is the only thing that really matters. I have never stopped looking for another company to spread my professional competencies to. If this job market ever regains a postive ground, I'm out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand your assets. If you think that your asset is the bottom line . . . you are wrong. Your assets are your employees, your customers and your product. If those are valued . . . your bottom line will come.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management by Intimidation

    Staff (Former Employee) Riverside, CA

    ProsCannot think of even one.

    ConsAn amateurish and inept management that spends an inordinate amount of time demoralizing the staff. It was easily one of the worst experiences of my professional life working for this company. The compensation is so lousy that you might just qualify for government assistance there as a full time employee. The benefits are a joke. Do not, for a second, consider working for these guys if you have any other viable options.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think you are well aware of your problems with local management and choose to ignore them. You allow, and even foster, bullying and browbeating of staff. What advice can be offered to an organization that believes hostility breeds productivity?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst Company I've Ever Worked For

    Community Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat commission structure ~ until it was cut. For some, in half. Enjoy my co-workers.

    ConsImpossible to name them all. I am continually shocked that ELS is a publicly traded company, and a successful one, at that. It's a testament to how hard the employees work. No systems in place for inventory. The entire company runs on Google docs, as it's too cheap to invest in quality systems. When I started, the email platform was Lotus Notes. Hello, 1979. IT is a joke. Regional VPs micromanage to death, new policies and procedures are introduced daily, but are never thought out long-term. This results in someone figuring out they don't work and replacing them with new ones that were also not thought-out. It's a vicious cycle. The health "insurance" is a joke. I pay $200 per month for a $2k deductible ~ for a single person. I cannot wait to land a new job and tell this company to get bent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis isn't worth my time. Do yourself a favor: If you don't work here yet, don't bother. If you do, find a new job pronto.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrated with the direction the company has gone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat working environment and property level staff. Dedicate and helpful (although overworked and unappreciated) corporate support staff.

    ConsRevolving door for corporate employees and Regional Management. Lack of focus and support for properties. Upper management out of touch with their guests needs. Lack of relevant marketing support. No opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead your own mission statement. Promote from within and based on experience relevant to position. Be aware of industry trends and your competitors and learn your industry and customers, ALL of them. Don't continue to slash spending while your competitors spend, add and grow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Good Place to Start.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsBusy atmosphere. Quality Corporate Staff. Tightly managed. Solid.

    ConsRewards scarce and comp is low.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Micro managed communities

    Community Manager (Current Employee) Fort Myers, FL

    ProsProperties have wonderful value and benefits for residents

    ConsUpper management has no idea how degrading and intimidating the RM behaves. The RM actually degrades VP and Corporate to management team while boasting she is the only one in Corporate that knows how to do things. Very sad to see her boast on how she can fire you at any moment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview privately with your onsite management team and allow concerns to be voiced without retaliation. If not the RM will continue to assist you in losing valuable managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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