Irvine Company Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Irvine Company Chairman Donald L. Bren
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Pros
  • Irvine Company has a great culture that fosters a healthy work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good pay, and good work life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • In this day and age, suit and tie is mandatory attire for people who work the at Irvine Company (in 4 reviews)

  • We were working together, the company was growing and upper management seemingly cared about employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Best people in the industry!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented group of highly skilled people who are driven to succeed. Great company culture that is built around attracting and retaining the best people. Towers Watson employee engagement survey puts the company in the top 1% of high performing companies. Company is growing rapidly which provides opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    very high expectations for quality work to be delivered on tight schedules

    Advice to Management

    Company can look for more opportunities for employees to advance by moving to other divisions, ie, Irvine Apartment Communities, Retail Properties and Resorts.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Resident Relations Representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Relations Representative in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Relations Representative in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Irvine Company (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation
    Great learning
    Great training
    AMAZING people!

    Cons

    No employee discount apartments
    Little job security
    Too many changes
    Little focus on the on the residents, more on money.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the residents...they pay your salary


  3. Amazing

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

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best Lawyers in California and Texas for your employment law needs!

    Cons

    I have no Cons for this firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and care for your team.


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  5. Sales

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

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They accommodate you very well

    Cons

    They should have more team building


  6. Administrative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laguna Niguel, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laguna Niguel, CA

    I worked at Irvine Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Established company that is experiencing extensive growth.

    Cons

    Limited training opportunities in fast paced environment.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Sales Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Irvine Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Initially started as a great career opportunity with a great company legacy. Lots of mentors and inspiration.

    Cons

    Company has changed drastically within this past year. The reorganization started in 2014 which marked the company's 150's anniversary. Was supposed to be a year of inspiration but turned into a year of our downfall. They changed the company from being a people and service based company to being a numbers based company. This goes for outside the company with the customers to inside the company with their own employees. There was a drastic change. They took away all of the perks that employees got (discounted rent at irvine company communities, comp'd rent for certain positions, etc) in order to maximize their dollar to get market rent from everyone. Their executive team RUINED the company with their quick drastic decisions: They shut down divisions without weighing the pros/cos, removed employee perks, changed the structure of how people lease/operate without weighing the pros/cons which caused so much confusion in the field and after everything was rolled out they quit the company!! So we were left with a company in disarray, no more morale left, no one knew what the goals were and everyone ended up quitting, including myself. There must have been hundreds out of the 2,000 people that left the company at the same time (early this year 2015). Even the president of the company (who was there for over 20 years) quit right after. Everyone that was a mentor and had long tenure with the irvine company all left. If that's not a sign of a sinking ship I don't know what is. They completely changed their priority to be a numbers based company and everyone felt that; we are now just a number. Everyone that is left there now has NO CLUE what they are doing and it just seems like no one can make any decisions any more or they are too scared to make decisions. They have a new president Chaz but he doesn't carry the same inspiring influence that the previous president Kevin did and he is very dry and numbers based. It's so sad that the company took a turn for the worse. I started out my career in love with what the company stood for (People Service People) and we were thriving. Now it's unrecognizable. Would highly recommend anyone that wants integrity and to feel fulfilled in what they do and not feel like another number to reconsider working here. Maybe give the company 10-15 years to recover from this because it will take that long if not longer for them to get back to what they used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your business!! It seems like none of you know what you are doing at all and it seems like every decision is being implemented immediately without any thought. So quick to "shoot from the hip"; what happened to all the focus groups and thinking through all processes before implementing drastic changes to everything? Also, please hire management with industry experience instead of hiring from outside the industry. It seems like NO ONE truly understands the business so really detrimental mistakes are being made when I could have told you that was a bad decision. It's surprising to feel that I know the business more than the executive team when their mistakes are so obvious. But, it's probably not obvious to them coming from a tech background and making decisions based on data only which they don't even fully understand the data they are reading. They need to really strengthen their executive team; it all trickles down from there.


  8. Great Private Real Estate Developer of the Master planned Irvine Ranch and the Cities of Irvine, parts of Tustin, Newpor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Irvine Company (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well Capitalized Real Estate Developer

    Cons

    High Stress, Fast Paced Voluminous amount of work and work pace.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Irvine Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Irvine Company part-time

    Pros

    Great People, Pay, and Experiences

    Cons

    Demanding, sometimes unstructured, and constantly changing in the company


  10. Helpful (3)

    If you want to be happy, stay clear of Irvine Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Services in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Services in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Not very hard, so good salary if you don't have a college degree because the pay is ok. Lower level positions exist, but will most likely remain in that capacity.

    Cons

    No clear direction for growth, low promotion mobility, members of management feel they are better than everyone, current employees/executives are the worst people to deal with as tenants because they throw around how they work for Irvine Company and demand respect/attention as if they were a god. Current employees make the company look terrible and remain very "clicky" within their certain circles or office locations.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the people you put in management positions with greater consideration and perhaps bring more outside hires in. The current employees hold themselves in such high regard it puts a really bad taste in your mouth as a new employee coming in, like "Do I really work for these people?" Outside perspective might create a better image and a more cohesive working environment.


  11. Helpful (2)

    People don't quit companies, they quit managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Irvine Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent name in the industry, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Difficult corporate culture, no regard for work/life balance, internal politics, isolated silos and low upward mobility unless you gained those skills at another company. They lay people off constantly, and do not notify other groups. No transparency with decisions or company direction.

    Advice to Management

    The firm runs real estate like a money manager, not a real estate company. This means that if you come from a true entrepreneurial real estate background, this will be a rude awakening. Face time is paramount, and all capital being spent needs to have a return, even if it for maintenance. That means that reinvestment pro formas have unrealistic assumptions so that they can pencil. Financial maneuvering and finagling at its finest.

    In addition, they lay entire groups off without warning, and don't provide transparency in any decisions. People think that because the company is financially successful with a strong balance sheet that it provides stability, but this is not the case. Since it's privately held, that means one man can decide to completely lay off entire divisions with one thought. And they do.

    Certain groups are good and excellent, other groups are terrible with no upward mobility.

    Values education over experience, and overworks most support groups. The portfolio management group was a such terrible failure, which is not a surprise since they gave an entire division to a wall street banker with no operations expertise, and laid off all the existing personnel that knew the portfolio and operations. It's ok because they went to rival companies, taking their intellectual capital with them.



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