Grubb & Ellis Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Grubb & Ellis President, CEO, and Director; Chairman, Grubb & Ellis Equity Advisors Thomas P. (Tom) D'Arcy
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  1. Associate Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, resources and support

    Cons

    Company filed for bankruptcy and Newmark took over backed by BGC. The company was just not the same in the post bankruptcy environment.

    Advice to Management

    The company was really doing well until the bankruptcy.


  2. A great company to work for

    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    I think the organization has great Teamwork

    Cons

    A small company no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Not going to make it as a company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice staff, friendly management. Ethical, hard-working staff for the most part.

    Cons

    Not strong enough of management to capture enough market share in Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to put more money in this market and brand more effectively.


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  5. Bankrupt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company went bankrupt. Not a bad place before

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt. Everyone was on their own


  6. Fast paced, all business culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Open door policy allowed for a culture that accepted freedom of ideas to be expressed by the little guy.

    Cons

    Work was fast paced with continuous deadlines. Could have used more days to allow for a slower pace so employees could decompress from the continual deadlines.


  7. Was Good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Ana, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prior to its bankruptcy firm was one of the largest property management companies. Depending on your position, there was some ability for self direction.

    Cons

    Near the end, it was difficult to get consistent corporate direction.

    Advice to Management

    Things should be better after the acquisition by Newmark


  8. Great Company with Great People

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professionals dedicated to doing a good job with integrity. Generous paid time off. Variety of work exposure provides an opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Client financial demands caused salary growth to be limited as well as increased red tape. 401K contribution was phased out

    Advice to Management

    Expand technical expertise to be able to compete and give more extensive service offering to customers


  9. Grubb is a good company for established brokers with a team of agents and for those just beginning their CRE careers.

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    Former Employee - Vice President (Broker) in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Vice President (Broker) in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Grubb has an enormous network for support, its employees are typically among the most talented in the business and with the exception of compensation, the company has a cohesive work environment.

    Cons

    The largest challenge of working at Grubb is the commission split structure. The agent, who is typically doing the majority of the work, ends up with the smallest share of the commissions they earned. By the time agents are paid, fees and commissions have often been split several times.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront of expectations and compensation to prospective employees.


  10. My Time at Grubb & Ellis

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Their ability to ignore you, meaning they do not interfere when there is no discussion regarding performance and time.

    Cons

    Pay and advances stink. No recognition even when millions are saved and clients are happy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who work for you first, then make decisions based on the experts opinions and not your policy or lack of information. The people in the trenches deserve better recognition and support. Stop being so non supportive of the support staff.


  11. Corporate Tax Manager

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    Former Employee - Corporate Tax Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Tax Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a good company until it went Bankrupt.

    Cons

    The company went bankrupt and were bought out.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue.



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