Essex Property Trust Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Michael Schall
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Pros
  • If you are in maintenance they try to work around needs you may have within the on-call schedule (in 4 reviews)

  • They usually keep their properties for a long time and there are many long term employees (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • No one listens or wants your input (in 3 reviews)

  • properties don't meet expectations (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Positive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Property Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some amazing regional managers that focus on teaching and coaching. Essex offers decent benefits and is a growing company focused on large cities of the west coast.

    Cons

    With growth comes some aches and pains. Pay is on the lower scale as Essex is a public company so they are focused on pleasing investors. This makes hiring difficult and the properties are suffering because of low staff. Many properties are / have been working with lower maintenance staff for over a year.

    Advice to Management

    Develop compensation plans designed to compete with the current market conditions. Seattle is experiencing titanic growth in the housing market creating a strain on available and capable talent.


  2. Sr. Payroll Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    I would recommend to other employees


  3. Corporate Office

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office work environment is very causual with open policies that favors the employee. They have a very positive understanding of life outside of work so they understand, people can be late to work as long as you make up 8 hours of that day. This company does promote within and you will be acknowledge if you are a strong performer. Great benefit package!

    Cons

    Huge workload, it always seems like we're playing catch up. Lack of direction from the upper management.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Overcompensated Leadership with No Sense of Direction

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Very professional, motivated, and competent workforce at the property and regional level. Promotion from the operations side of the company can come fast to anyone willing to work hard and show initiative.

    Cons

    Absolutely no promotion opportunity at the corporate level. Executive leadership is way overcompensated (each making $1M+); feel free to check it out online, it's a publicly traded company. And because the leadership is so overcompensated, they are stubbornly unwilling to entertain new ideas or recommendations. Finally, every corporate person I know has hit the "glass ceiling" here - no one gets a promotion unless they threaten to leave to a competitor.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your workforce as bad as your tenants. The second law of business states that: the only sustainable competitive advantage for a company is its workforce.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stable and good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Granada Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Granada Hills, CA

    I worked at Essex Property Trust (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid business strategy and good benefits.

    Cons

    A very traditional work environment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great property management company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Community Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Community Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company. Lots of perks. Fun atmosphere and a lot of employee appreciation.

    Cons

    Housing discount could be better with the amount we charge in rent.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Overall a positive experience. Know when it's time to move on though.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is growing - acquiring properties constantly. 401k is a 50% employer match. Coworkers are friendly and have a "team" mentality. Annual company picnic and awards ceremony. Annual bonus awarded to individuals that met performance expectations.

    Cons

    As the company grows larger, upper management has gotten more disconnected from employees in Ops. Doesn't invest in IS/IT support to support the Ops department and clients. Training department is weak. Tendency to utilize webinars instead of classroom forum for implementing new programs. Medical insurance options are horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Fix what is broken before acquiring more properties we don't have the resources to support.


  9. decent job for decent pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay good coworkers decent amount of overtime depends on the property has bigger portfolio due to merger. Good operating system. But yardI is not the same as Bre's

    Cons

    Expensive Benicia No room for growth


  10. Office Services Coordinator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment with opportunity to advance

    Cons

    I worked there during a merger with BRE and it took several months and the transition wasn't the smoothest in terms of personal change.


  11. fantastic. great company

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

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with great people everyday

    Cons

    Little support from management on a daily basis



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