First Potomac Realty

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First Potomac Realty Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
6 Reviews
3.8
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company, great stepping stone

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

    I have been working at First Potomac Realty

    Pros

    Great people and good support (in most departments); benefits are pretty solid; some enjoyable little perks like free lunches on Fridays; very personable colleagues

    Cons

    Somewhat stifling hierarchy leads to limited company and position-based growth; company is unwilling to take risks - approaches must have been vetted by other, larger real estate companies first; stagnation creates high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to take more calculated risks, embrace sustainability, find more forums to invite insightful comments from staff, especially property-level staff. Rely more on your base, and less on your VPs/C-suite.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits, not enough opportunities for career growth

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

    I worked at First Potomac Realty full-time

    Pros

    First Potomac is a great company to work for. The benefits are above average and a common reason cited for why employees stay with the company.

    Cons

    There isn't much opportunity for career growth in all departments. The company culture seems to be shifting, though not necessarily negatively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, but still finding its footing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at First Potomac Realty full-time

    Pros

    A generally relaxed and open work environment. Senior management is accessible (huge plus). Benefits are good and include numerous opportunities to strengthen colleague relationships outside the office. Started as a family company and tries to maintain some of that culture.

    Cons

    Company is still undergoing lots of changes from top to bottom so future is not as clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awful place to work! Talk to administrative staff and get the truth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at First Potomac Realty full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee and free lunch on Fridays.

    Cons

    Clear line of demarcation between professional and administrative staff.
    Supervisor watched my every move. my cube was right outside her office.
    Racist environment amongst management and hr.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up, stop harassing employees.
    Offer better financial incentives to all employees.
    Train staff appropriately and establish clear hr policies.
    Provide sensitivity training to promote a culturally diverse work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A fast growing Realty Trust in the DC/Maryland/Virginia Area

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Design Assistant in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at First Potomac Realty full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    First Potomac boasted a committed and hard working team. Everyone seemed to share a determination in reaching First Potomac's goals. Our hard work never went unrewarded or unnoticed and was reciprocated with fun team building events and department getaways.

    Cons

    First Potomac had several departments that functioned somewhat differently and had their own independent objectives. For instance, Leasing, Acquisitions, Construction, etc some times had somewhat conflicting end goals, and occasionally communication could break down amongst them. However, the company was always working to reconcile these differences and I did not see it as a deterrent for working their.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was at the bottom of the totem pole, yet I felt that there was ample opportunity for me to interact with upper management. Please keep up this tradition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company. Great people.

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

    I have been working at First Potomac Realty full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Hardworking but appreciate the importance of life/work balance.

    Cons

    I really have no complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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