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Equity Residential Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
136 Reviews
3.3
136 Reviews
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Equity Residential President, CEO, and Trustee David J. Neithercut
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92 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Equity Residential (EQR) is an emotionally intelligent organization that understands the value of work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great training, great benefits, wonderful opportunities (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a disconnect with anyone in upper management who used to work on site (in 19 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be very challenging in some departments or some locations (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A League of Their Own

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Floating Assistant Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Floating Assistant Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Equity Residential full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You truly are part of their family working for EQR. They focus on their residents, customers, and employees as well as their share holders. They promote within, and base it on position longevity. They have an amazing sales training class with the best coaches teaching them.

    Cons

    They set the bar so high that you'll always compare them to the next, but nobody ever comes close

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good experience, good leadership and lots of room for growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    company cared about employees and treated them well

    Cons

    Downsized their ownership in Nashville and ommited job oportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good training programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly

    I worked at Equity Residential as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    An amazing company culture that encourages growth and develops employees

    Cons

    Growth and garnering new responsibilities and can be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Co Workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant in Ontario, CA

    I have been working at Equity Residential full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love it easy to learn...they are big on training and networking

    Cons

    Have to work weekend as they tend to be busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None keep doing what your doing great people in the right places

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    More than a dusty set of values...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PM Ops & Concierge in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PM Ops & Concierge in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I chose to work for a company that fit my values, perspectives, responsibilities, and overall development culture of both my own private business ventures, but also the experiences of other employers. The '10 ways' are certainly these. They aren't just some value system that is hung on a wall and forgotten. They are lived and breathed each day, in every way possible.

    Cons

    Honestly, I've been working for EQR for a while, and can't think of anything, other than there aren't many properties on the INTERIOR/Middle of the US, as they own most large growing markets in metro's near coasts!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My on-boarding, and current leadership has done a terrific job. As a former executive who made a drastic change in my life to follow my passion, not my wallet, I can say they strive to be the best leadership possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    "Horrible"!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in East Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in East Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    It's only a job and the comute is not far.

    Cons

    it's not what you know, it's who you know!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to demote the facilities manager at woodland park East Palo Alto, CA
    residents are so intimidated by this guy!...It's a joke
    Corporate needs to see a well suited and better candidate for this position that can focus on customer service, since the only focus that comes from behind his desk is none cense bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Equity Residential full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. Large company with room to grow. Ok benefits.

    Cons

    New employees have better upward mobility.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's a large corporation, with all the perks and challenges.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Property Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair, especially when you factor in benefits (medical, vacation, 401K match) and other perks. Hourly wage itself may not be as high, but the package as a whole is better than many. Daily satisfaction depends a lot on your direct managers, so it can vary a lot. Overall, you have the opportunity to work with great people and have a stable, reliable career.

    Cons

    As a large, successful corporation, you don't have to worry about going under, but this also means that all decisions are made with consideration for maximum revenue above all else. Policies and procedures dictate everything, which can be comforting but also frustrating in the lack of autonomy. You also have to be ready to relocate to advance, particularly quickly. The competition and drive to be the leader in the industry means that while work/life balance is talked about, those who don't practice it get ahead. Can be a bit of the "old boys club" when in comes to senior leadership.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Company has a high turnover for a reason.

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

    I worked at Equity Residential

    Pros

    Not bad for a temporary career move. Has excellent training that you can use for another company.

    Cons

    Expectations are unrealistic. You easily get burned out. Upper management views you as being replaceable. Hard for minorities to make it to the top, but very easy to get hired for entry level positions. I could go on forever and tell you how Equity loss sight of employee engagement and how so many people hate it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A review of management practices is needed. Please seek out honest opinions from employees to determine where the many areas of improvement are. Equity has made so many changes and cuts that do not benefit employees in any way. Your employees are not blind or stupid. I would never in my life live on an EQR property because residents aren't important either. Why does it take so long to get crap fixed that need to be fixed? That is a bad look.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    I worked for Equity in two states, Florida and California. If I were rating CA alone, it would be 5 stars

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in Pleasant Hill, CA

    I worked at Equity Residential full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Equity really seems to care about what goes on at the property level
    California had a LOT of money to be made
    Lots of support from senior management at most regions

    Cons

    Can't move up without a degree all of the sudden
    Work EVERY weekend
    Pet employees who did nothing to deserve it
    lots of office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your 'pet' employees are actually contributing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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