General Growth Properties

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General Growth Properties Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
54 Reviews
3.0
54 Reviews
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General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani
Sandeep Mathrani
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was growth opportunities in addition to a great work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, solid 401k, gym facility in building, lunch program for discounted rates (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no clear direction from upper management and the "fire drills" for information or tasks never end (in 6 reviews)

  • Good company to work with before it filed for bankruptcy (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company-Upper Management Lacks Clear Direction

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I very much enjoy my position at GGP. But with continuous reorganization within marketing and various members of the managment team giving conflicting direction it can be a very unnerving place to work. There are not clear goals, or is there even a general direction in any aspect regarding marketing. It has been that way for the past 3 years that I can speak for. Your superior will give you direction and then you will be scolded by the CEO on a property visit for simply doing your job. Once upper management changes, I feel that the environment will stabilize. The current CEO did a great job bringing the company out of bankruptcy. But as far as managing people, and marketing in particular, not his strong points.

    Cons

    I would say the cons are the lack of direction, it causes an impossible work environement for those looking to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant downsizing and no strategy to grow property portfolio.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time

    Pros

    Emerged from bankruptcy. Limited action by executives to improve corporate culture.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing and no strategy to grow property portfolio.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Design Manager

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    Former Employee - Design Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Design Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great values and great people - down-to-earth, mutual, and positive

    Cons

    Recovering from bankruptcy in 2009, rebuilding.
    Would benefit from being more progressive and competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make GGP progressive and uber-green. Recruit the best, focus on the future 20+ years ahead and lead the industry in CSR, energy efficiency, and lower environmental impact.
    Make shopping malls national zero-energy business leaders - provide the example of how it can be done.
    Make your contribution to the retail real-estate sector revolutionary and game-changing for your industry and for the communities you serve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Work-Life Balance, but Growth and Professional Development Opportunities Lacking

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company has been through alot of change over past five years which has provided chance to work on challenging projects. Work-life balance is very good; Company is very involved with charitable organizations; Company Has strong values

    Cons

    Values such as accountability are not always practiced at higher levels of management within the organization; Continual reorganization within groups the past five years; Company does not make employee professional/personal development a priority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Real Estate Ivestment Trust

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Growth opportunity is readily available as well as relocation.

    Cons

    Many obstacles to overcome while trying to accomplish your goals. Over saturated with consulting groups which are paid large fees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let loose of the consulting firms and hire smart people to help with IT infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees are treated like the enemy when management has nothing left to extract from them

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co-workers who care about each other
    Lots of potential for exciting projects
    Decent work/life balance
    Fairly good benefits

    Cons

    Management that has been put in place because of politics, and not because they know how to manage people/departments
    Lots of layoffs, coupled with frozen salaries (or very low pay increases over a long period of time)
    No adherence to HR policies that have been put in place. Management completely ignores process when it doesn't benefit them (many people have been laid off in the past 2-3 years without receiving any severance. The company gets around that by creating bogus "performance" issues against the employee, even when none are documented in the employee records) - STAY AWAY from this company unless you are politically connected (and, therefore, protected)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and you might find that will produce better results than intimidation and micro-management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    at first exciting place to work looking forward to Mondays

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    Current Employee - Tenant Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tenant Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great personalities, kind coworkers, awesome projects, travel

    Cons

    political, not truthful, do/say whatever it takes to keep the client not the employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    disappointment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was the place I wanted a long term career, until they stopped caring about who they hire for upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun work environment, great people less management. Great work staff with genuine people. Great compensation.

    Cons

    I loved my job and was looking forward to growing with this company. At year 3, my location hired a less than stellar GM who went on to make everyone in the office staff feel completely unwelcome and spoke to everyone in a completely condescending tone. The issue was brought to upper management and nothing was done, I mean nothing. Needless to say the whole staff left and the GM replaced everyone with friends from their prior employer. This person was brought to HR as well multiple times by multiple employees and nothing was done. Your center truly lost a great staff thanks to no one in upper management caring about the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees and their concerns. Make a plan for people to grow within your company rather than allow them to get trampled by condescending upper management. HR please listen to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Company going through bankruptcy when employed, lots of layoffs

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growth potential, good benefits, friendly people

    Cons

    Company goes through bankruptcy and then pays new CEO $8 million/year. Really???

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    GGP offers a lot of opportunity for experience enhancement and growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at General Growth Properties full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed the Real Estate environment and the people that I worked for. The ability to work independently and be creative in addition to working with a team and in a structured environment was like having the best of both worlds at work.

    Cons

    After GGP filed for bankruptcy protection the company started a process of downsizing and consolidating corporate and regional offices, divisions, departments and specific job functions. Understanding the necessity of the process, there was still a degrading moral from departing co-workers. It was sad to know that the Salt Lake office was slated to close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep General Growth Properties a strong and successful company. The properties are great assets to their communities. The company offers stable and secure careers and lifestyles for so many individuals and families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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