Grubb & Ellis

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Grubb & Ellis Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
57 Reviews
2.9
57 Reviews
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Grubb & Ellis President, CEO, and Director; Chairman, Grubb & Ellis Equity Advisors Thomas P. (Tom) D'Arcy
Thomas P. (Tom) D'Arcy
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance; nice people for the most part; I think the current mgt team is pretty good and they seem to have a few (in 3 reviews)

  • The work environment is very friendly and comfortable (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There seemed to be a disconnect between upper management and staff (in 3 reviews)

  • No support from management; it's all about the brokers (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fast paced, all business culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Ana, CA

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Ana, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Things should be better after the acquisition by Newmark

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great Company with Great People

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5.  

    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President (Broker) in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Vice President (Broker) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront of expectations and compensation to prospective employees.

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

    My Time at Grubb & Ellis

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hartford, CT

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Corporate Tax Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Tax Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Tax Manager in Santa Ana, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very rewarding

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

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Great opportunity, pay was comparable with industry, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Work at times became stagnant.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good company with great name recognition

    Former Employee - Senior Broker Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Broker Associate in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Grubb & Ellis had tremendous name recognition and a network of national seasoned brokers to work with.

    Cons

    The company was top loaded with corporate management, causing it to inevitably fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep upper level management to a minimum number

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Took a 2 Great Apartment complexes down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gronuds Keeper, Porter in Peachtree City, GA
    Former Employee - Gronuds Keeper, Porter in Peachtree City, GA

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pay benefits, immediate supervisors and staff on properyies were great to work with.

    Cons

    not enough budgeted to run maintence depts or give residents necessary appliances when they broke. divided a full time position into a part time position on 2 properties I worked each property every other day and could not keep up with both pools and groungs cleaning and my numerous other duties ,I burned outafter a year and a half .then i couldn't get full time with either property

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out of buying apartment complexes stick to commercial .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Commercial Real Estate

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

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Part of large corporate company, but felt small since affiliate.

    Cons

    Company benefits not as great as others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance could be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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