Equity LifeStyle Properties

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Equity LifeStyle Properties Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk!

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

    I worked at Equity LifeStyle Properties

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume?

    Cons

    This was by far the worst company I have ever worked for. I was there SIX long years, always waiting to be rewarded for all my hard work, like I was told I would be. So I waited and waited and worked my butt off, and was slapped in the face with a .27 (yes, 27 cents!) an hour raise. I had FIVE regional mangers in my 6 years there. What does that tell you? If you're not kissing up to the VP's you will not last. One of my RM's even took a pay cut just to transfer out of our region. Upper mgmt doesn't care in the least about the happiness of their residents, their property managers, or any of their staff. It's all "heads in the beds" their favorite expression. They override declined applications just to get occupancy up for the month. And the micromanaging is beyond tolerable. The VP even stood outside my office and email me a picture of a tiny weed that was growing on the property! I guess we were expected to stand watch over the weeds and kill them as they appeared! You will be overworked, underpaid, and greatly under-appreciated. And like others have said, thrown under the bus at every opportunity. Commission structure cut in half, because obviously you were making too much money according to them. Plus you have to be the liaison between the very unhappy residents (who receive annual increases on already overpriced rents, and who have watched the property decline from deferred maintenance) and the abusive management. Administrative assistants and maintenance staff are also completely disposable according to Upper mgmt, They are largely ignored for the most part, unless and until they make a mistake. Then here comes the bus. I could go on and on, but I hope I said enough to steer you away from this horrible company. DO NOT APPLY AT THIS COMPANY. You will save yourself a lot of stress and grief.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not bothering, they dont care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    IT Professionals "DO NOT WORK HERE"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Network Administrator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I would not consider this a pro myself, but some people may.

    If you are the type of person that likes to just sit around and find projects, task, mundane and trivial assignments to do, then this is the perfect place for you.

    If you like to sit under the radar and just do enough for that day, then this is the place for you.

    If you like going on extensive expeditions to find meaningful work to do, then this is the place for you.

    If you like not having any communications with your manager, director and team members, then this is the place for you.

    If you like getting paid for really doing all day, then this is the place for you.

    If you not being challenged and instead fill your day joking around to pass the time, then this is the place for you.

    I could go on and on and on. Get the picture?

    Cons

    NO BUDGET, NO COMMUNICATION, NO TEAM BUILDING, NO TEAM COMMUNICATION, NO DIRECTION, NO DELEGATION, NO LEADERSHIP, NO PROJECTS, NO EFFECTIVE CIO TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT and LOW PAY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all IT managers and CIO and start from the ground up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Registration & store Clerk

    Former Employee - Registration & Store Clerk in East Stroudsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Registration & Store Clerk in East Stroudsburg, PA

    I worked at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great seasonal opportunities in many areas of experience. Meet great people to work with and visitors. Few permanent, year round career opportunities.

    Cons

    Low pay for company expectations, therefore you are working with some individuals with questionable work ethics, this can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a competitive wage to workers, both camp workers and local residents.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you aren't working in Chicago in the corporate office, then you don't matter.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reservation Specialist in Gautier, MS
    Former Employee - Reservation Specialist in Gautier, MS

    I worked at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a good vacation plan, you can earn vacation hours and sick hours fast.

    Cons

    The healthy insurance sucks. It almost doubled after the Healthcare Reform. The hourly employees can barely afford it on the low pay they give you. Speaking of low pay, the amount of work expected is huge compared to what the pay is. The "call center", and I use that term very loosely, in MS is a joke. It's in a 40+ year old building that most likely has asbestos in it. They only recently went to Windows 7 from Windows2000 and XP.

    There is an older phone system because being cheap, cheap. The call volume ratio to the employees is insane! HIRE MORE PEOPLE ON THE PHONES! Also the hours are not long enough and a "call center" being closed on saturday and sunday? That's why the call volume is so high on mondays because it's closed on the weekend.

    You have happy employees, you have happy customers! Too bad they don't care about that and only care about money and buying more run down parks to add to their list.

    If I could have given zero stars, I would. Out of the jobs I've had in the past, this was by far the worst one. If you want to have a job to use as a transition towards another one, this is it. If you want a long term one, skip this place. The higher ups have been there too long, play favorites and have no clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP AND LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES! Get your head out of your reports and numbers and look at what's going on at your parks and your call centers. Happy employees = happy customers. It doesn't take that much, just actually stopping and listening to what your employees are having to go through because of your GREED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Insurance and most community managers are horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time

    Pros

    you get to help seniors

    Cons

    Managers are not chosen by qualifications they are chosen by "friendships" and when that happens the managers dont really care about the employees just that they look good to their "friends"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you might not be there to make friends but it would be nice if you at least were nice to your employees -- believe me we all know you talk about us negatively to others dont be fooled about the people that say they are your friends because in reality there you have no friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tenant at Holiday Hills in Federal Heights Colorado

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Equity LifeStyle Properties

    Pros

    A measly paycheck. Work here if you like to be exploited and are immoral.

    Cons

    The management and corporate environment foster ill will amongst most of the people who rent space or rent a property. They exploit Senior citizens, outrageous prices, rude manager that drives a Lexus and good luck with maintenance. It takes months to get anything done and then its rigged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider Customer Service not GREED!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for and good resume filler

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can gain a lot of experience.
    Great people to work for

    Cons

    Insurance Benefits and work/life balance are horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there was one thing to consider changing is to get better and more up to date systems to work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Low paying Admin positions pays the bills only if you sell homes

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The particular branch I worked at was a calm environment great team to work for. Corporate staff is not easy to work with.

    Cons

    Its a Corp. They will run you in the ground with no reward if you let them. All staff at my office had worked hard for over a year and a half and no one had received a raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    at least acknowledge your staff is doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Equity LifeStyle Properties

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy location to get to, the location has everything that you can ask for...bank, food court, train station

    Cons

    Management is cheap with its; employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more flexibility and proper appreciation of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    IT MAY BE BETTER THAN NOTHING...maybe.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Equity LifeStyle Properties full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has decent wages and PTO.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ms. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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