Essex Property Trust Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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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. service tech.

    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    wish i was still there. a very good company to work for

    Cons

    property was under staffed , corporate was very slow to respond

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (1)

    community manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent company. Compensation is good.

    Cons

    Growth potential is not readily available.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more incentives for growth and income


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good starting career, not long term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and average benefits

    Cons

    Disengaged and inconsistent management, long work hours, and little opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Engage with employees, make company revisions that positively impact employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Corporate Office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time

    Pros

    Massive company that operates as a smaller one. Decent benefits and flexibility with time off. Tremendous growth as a company over the last 30 years. Anticipate slower growth over the next 30. Anticipate executive turnover in the next 5 or so years, both pro and con depending on how you look at it.

    Cons

    Senior management is very good at identifying individual's skill set and maximizing their workloads, like being on a hamster wheel. Senior management does not incorporate mid-level management in any of the decision making process nor do they communicate effectively down. There is a very, very large gap between mid-level and senior level. Difficult to earn a promotion here, very slow professional growth compared to similar companies. Not very much in the way of training, mentor-ship, or upward mobility. You are only likely to be promoted if you are offered a position elsewhere or willing to put in the many, many years it takes to move up. Though there was a recent flurry of promotions, many were just promotions on paper with fancy title changes and slight pay increase and little to no role or responsibility change. Generally pay is lower than competitors offer in most positions. Favoritism and some nepotism is present, though not obvious right away. Management practices are not consistent with current trends - senior management is stuck in the 80's. IT has not been a strong suit at this company with frequent ongoing problems. Some good people are working on the problems, but it has been pretty bleak over the years. Silo effect of each department with friction between groups commonplace.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Spend time mentoring and grooming entry-level to move into mid management and mid-level to senior level both in corporate and field. When people feel they are being groomed and treated fairly they usually stay longer. Morale is low company-wide. Improve the working conditions at the corporate office. Remove ineffective and unprofessional individuals from leadership positions. These people are destroying your reputation and contributing to the exodus of quality employees. Executive pay relative to average salary is highly skewed. Curious to see how Essex will stack up against peers with pay-gap ruling, although you have two years to make any changes there. I would expect morale to plummet if this was reported today.


  6. Essex Property Trust

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and positive work environment. Plenty of growth and room for advancement. Diverse staff and great benefits.

    Cons

    Commission split could be better.


  7. 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


  8. Positive

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    Current Employee - Property Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Property Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. maintenance supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time

    Pros

    very cheap with employees and residents

    Cons

    discount on rent , pay vacation , benefits


  10. Corporate Office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Overcompensated Leadership with No Sense of Direction

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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