Grubb & Ellis

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Grubb & Ellis Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
58 Reviews
2.9
58 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
19 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.  

    Commercial Real Estate

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    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
  2.  

    Great

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

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good working with people making them happy

    Cons

    Had a hard time with management because I new more of the place and the peopla

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Former Employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis

    Pros

    Not many good things about this company as it is no longer around

    Cons

    The company furloughed the majority of employees and then filed bankruptcy so they would not have to pay severance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new owners - appreciate the employees that you have and that work the long hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Various commercial real estate job types

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Appraiser in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Junior Appraiser in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Good Experience and opportunity to learn more about commercial real estate

    Cons

    Company had filed bankruptcy and reorganized me out of a job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good times before it all crashed

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

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a legacy employee from the pre-merger Triple Net Properties side of the company, the employees were treated to some decent perks up until around mid-2009. After that, the company was perpetually short of cash due to executive management (JVB, anyone?) pushing to hire and dole out large signing bonuses to investment brokers and appraisers. After awhile, it felt as if we were arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

    Cons

    As mentioned above, there was no cash to give out bonuses or raises for the final four years before the company went under in early 2012....however, certain members of the executive management team was treated to large bonuses running in the several hundred thousand $$$ range while the lower-level employees got nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons....but it's a moot point, Triple Net Properties/Grubb & Ellis no longer exists

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best job I ever had. I loved it and would return in a heartbeat... wish i could.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Armonk, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Armonk, NY

    I worked at Grubb & Ellis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    they trusted you to do your job with minimal supervision. Treated you as a professional, and although they couldn't afford to acknowledge you monetarily , management was fair and attentive - and appreciative of professional work. You were respected and treated as a human being. Cared about personal life and family. Many more pros than cons, just the state of the economy was really what happened here, not the fault of the company.

    Cons

    We were let go as a team, its possible that if there were better intervention, we could've survived. better communication as a team would've helped, we might still be there... well, maybe. the economy had a lot to do with the dissolution. The way we were let go could've been handled better. I had 28 years and was given only 2 weeks to settle out with customers, try to clean out almost 30 years of shop material. it really couldn't have hurt to give more time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get together with your team and ask what you think would help , what customers want, etc, Listen to those on the lower ranks, those are the ones really doing the work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I loved my job,the people! the company itself was great to work for! They cared about the people!

    Former Employee - Small Parcels Crib in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Small Parcels Crib in Poughkeepsie, NY

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

    Pros

    I thought of grubb & ellis as a company and people, that they treated everyone the way that they would want to be treated. no one was treated greater or better.

    Cons

    I really can't think of anything, but getting laid-off! i do understand that was not there fault. lack of needs for my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat everyone the same.some day you might not be where you are now and have to start all over again.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This is a great company to begin with

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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

  11.  

    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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