Grubb & Ellis Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
51 Reviews

2.9
51 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)

  • Good benefits, good salary, people are very nice to work with (in 3 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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  1.  

    This is a great company to begin with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Assistant  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Property Assistant in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work environment is very friendly and comfortable. A great place to begin your career and learn the ins and outs of commercial RE.

    Cons

    The transition to Newmark grubb knight frank has caused us to lose some of the closeness that we previously had.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was OK while it lasted

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A relatively laid back, collegial work environment despite being a big commercial real estate firm

    Cons

    BS top leadership, Doesn't exist anymore

  3.  

    Constantly Going Downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Family oriented atmosphere at local sites

    Cons

    poor communication from exec management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast pace, all business, not a a place to goof off

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Coordinator  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Transaction Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary, people are very nice to work with

    Cons

    People do not know how to have fun. All work and no play. Company is in bankruptcy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn how to control the budgets.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I learned a lot and worked with great people, but there is little or no growth with dwindling compensation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Investor Services Representative  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Investor Services Representative in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Health benefits get worse each year, never received a raise as increases have been frozen since 2008, more responsibilities and promotions given with no compensation for either, layoffs have been regular 2009-2011 so very little job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it's difficult to manage in today's economic environment, especially in the commercial real estate industry, but it is disheartening when senior management makes sure they make as much as they can and take away the basic needs of their employees such as health coverage and no compensation for added responsibilites or promotions when cost of living rises every year. This lowers the image of the company itself and senior management as individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn and start a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Great benefits package compared to other companies. It is easy to accrue vacation days. Fairly flexible when it comes to needing time off.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a disconnect between upper management and staff. When I first started there was a good vibe within the office but as time went on the changed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the happiness of employees and offer more encouragement and praise for the successes of those in the work place.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will burn you out and kick you to the side after they got their use out of you and then move on to the next victim.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    It's a job and they offer medical and dental.

    The workers on your level are extremely helpful and overall work well as a team. All are extremely competent and educated.

    Cons

    I have NEVER worked in a job where I felt so belittled by managements comments towards me and so unappreciated for my hard work.

    They cut 401K's but then employees receive multiple emails every week about how wonderful the company is doing.

    Managers do not give about the lower employees apart from working them to the bone and then having employee meetings on how they still aren't doing enough even though this is one of the most hard working group of people I have ever seen at any job (after the facilities has taken over roles from multiple other departments increasing the work load by 4x).

    Employees are made to feel completely unappreciated and inadequate. If you go above and beyond they won't whisper a word of praise, but then when you ask about the raise or promotion you were promised if you did all the work, they're only response is, "If you don't like it, find another job."

    They claim that you will only have an additional responsibility for a short period of time until they hire someone for the position, but then decide you do the job good enough and fire two more people and give you their work also. They then start complaining that you're too busy to focus on "customer service" and need to be focusing on that. I'm sorry but when I have the workload of three people that you fired and multiple deadlines from departments you told to give me their tasks also, there is a point where you are completely maxed out. Then again they don't care, bc once again the manager will tell you, "If you don't like it, get a new job."

    There is absolutely no possibility of advancing through management. There are multiple highly capable employees with many years of service and they choose to DEMOTE them claiming their position has been cut or claim they can just go find a new job, and then hire a new employee for a similar position instead of hire internally or giving the previous employee the new position.

    There is a huge turn around bc all the good employees leave ASAP after seeing how horrible they are treated.

    There is a complete disconnect from upper to lower management, and absolutely no productive way to discuss issues with them since they will only turn things around and make you feel even more disgruntled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Facilities Manager should NOT assume my workload and capabilities just because they were sneaking around and decided to observe me working for 15 minutes around the holidays when the majority of employees are on break and the office is quiet. If you want to make a real judgement, please sit there for a full week that is not during a major winter break.

    If you want good customer service, show the employees some appreciation (when in fact the customer service level at the site is superb but senior management still acts as though we're high school kids ignoring customers and spending the whole day on Facebook).

    Realize the fact that when you say you want a steak and are willing to pay $5, you will not get a filet mignon. And if you then start yelling at the waiter and belittling him you will most likely not get a steak at all.

    Stop with all the sneaking around and having everything be so secretive in the workplace. It only causes more problems than being upfront with the employees on what is going on.

    Stop having all these employee meetings on "Customer Service" where all management focuses on is how horrible all the employees are bc one person made a complaint even though one hundred praised us for the work we do.

    Employees thrive from positive reinforcement, not from being beat down bc itt has only further lowered the morale.

    If you really want decent customer service stop making the employees feel disposable bc the real change starts with a positive and supportive management team which is not anything close to what we have for our current outgoing and competent team of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Allowed a great deal of independance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Manager  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Facility Manager in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Direct Manager was in St Louis. This gave me the opprotunity to develope solutions on my own.

    Cons

    They lost the contratc and I got laid off.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great commaraderie

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Great commaraderie in the work place

    Cons

    Seems to be behind on technology sometimes...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your support staff that they are appreciated more.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It is a very negative work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I have been working at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    The pay is ok. The work is not hard for what you get paid.

    Cons

    The management in some departments is AWFUL.
    It is a boys club.
    Very behind on technology.
    The worst is the peoples attitude that work there. This can really make or break a company and work experience. There was no team building and positive feedback, but they sure would give feed back if they had a problem with something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More teambuilding and positive feedback is needed for their employees. Stop putting up with the "old timers" that are here that will not learn anything new.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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