Essex Property Trust

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Essex Property Trust Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
42 Reviews
2.6
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Senior Management developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust

    Pros

    Very great development team.

    Cons

    Nothing, this is a really place

  2.  

    Rewarding Chaotic Challenge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cant Say in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Cant Say in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust

    Pros

    Corporate Salary is competitive
    Recognition
    Good Benefits
    Flexibiity

    Cons

    Disgruntled staff
    Harried Execs
    Disorganized and messy offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your Corporate Culture
    Transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Big Company that Shafts its Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Essex Property Trust

    Pros

    BRE alum, BRE property managers

    Cons

    Essex property managers, Essex new hires, Essex itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am glad to have read that others are having issues with the Essex/BRE merger. BRE was good to their employees. At my property, BRE employees had been working at the company for over 8 years without any write-ups or company issues. As soon as an Essex property manager was placed there, all BRE employees, including myself were written up. One BRE alum was fired within a month and I was let go right before the holidays. The others have two strikes against them and are trying to find new jobs before their termination. Thank you for timing my termination so perfectly Essex so I wouldn't get a holiday bonus, along with having my health insurance end the day directly after my termination. Hmmmm, planned maybe? Also funny how my final check had a date signed 5 days before my termination.

    Essex, you should have kept the BRE alum. If the few new hires I worked with before I was let go are an indication of YOUR choice in employees, I am going to happily watch my old property fall apart. The two new hires at my old property had already broken many rules that would have had them fired at BRE. While I was working still, the Essex property manager placed blame on me, but I no longer am there to be the scapegoat. See ya Essex! You should be more like BRE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Poor ledership

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

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are vey good. Low out of pocket costs.

    Cons

    No good leadership. Too much power given to 1 individual that does not have good people skills,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the power; just like your stocks you need to diversify.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Property Accounting Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Property Accounting Staff in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned alot and was promoated.

    Cons

    Salaries weren't competitive with other companies in area, so turnover was high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Huge corporation lacking culture and low commission structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Leasing Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Just to be clear, I was a BRE Properties employee who was acquired by Essex through the merger. I only 1 stayed for 1 month and left right away once I saw how the new commission structure affected me. Here were some of my pros:

    Great rental discounts, especially if you are the on-call person that receives the pre-tax discount
    3 weeks of vacation once you have worked there for 4 years
    Great ex-BRE employees that will hopefully foster a better culture

    Cons

    Comission structure for leasing specialists was terrible. Cut my normall commission by at least 60%.
    Just like in any leasing position, you don't get weekends off. Some properties have Sunday and another split day off.
    Work-life balance is decent in that you don't have to take work home
    Hard to take time off when you work in a small office
    Feels like a big corporation and lacking likeable leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager and regional manager were great! They did come from BRE Properties and really cared about our well being and oppurtunities. The company definitely needs to look into changing the commission structure if they want talented people to work for them. Otherwise, you will be living in poverty and not be able to afford to live at the property that you work at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Property accountant

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

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly. They will try to you if you have any problems.

    Cons

    They prefer male than female. If you are male, you will get promotion very quick. If you are female, it will take forever to get promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give more bonus to the working hard employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    no

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

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    none at the moment which is sad

    Cons

    they do not care about you. no support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Stability and opportunity, but overloaded by policies and procedures.

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

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Career opportunities are plenty and company is stable. They usually keep their properties for a long time and there are many long term employees. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Recently the company has grown too big too fast and employees are burdened with constant changing policies and a constant breakdown in software and technology systems. Perfection is often expected from it's employees, who often are not given the tools to succeed. Managers are given all the responsibility, but none of the authority to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really need to focus on support and training of onsite staff. Having corporate and upper management with onsite experience would be the most helpful to them in making decisions and policies that affect staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time

    Pros

    Great culture from all employees

    Cons

    None I can think of for myself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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