Irvine Company

www.irvinecompany.com

Irvine Company Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
124 Reviews
3.3
124 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Irvine Company Chairman Donald L. Bren
Donald L. Bren
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay/benefits and 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)

  • The culture is traditional so it is still required to wear a suit (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Irvine Company can be tough to work for but still better than most

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

    I have been working at Irvine Company

    Pros

    This company definitely has its positives. Better bonuses and commission structures than other jobs in the industry, a pretty dynamic work environment with lots of young people, and a fast pace that makes the time go by fast. If you want to lease apartments and you're good at it, Irvine Company is a good job and a way to make decent money.

    Cons

    The problem with the company is that over the last year they've been in almost a continual state of restructuring, and our job role as leasing professionals changes monthly, if not weekly. The implementation of segmented, separated "verticals" of leasing, management and maintenance has created communicative voids and divisions between even people who work together at the same property, and new policies and procedures have been rolled out company-wide before being fully developed and have created great stress for those of us on the ground trying to meet our numbers. Micromanagement has reached an all-encompassing, almost oppressive level as the company wants to track every thing we do every moment we are at work. I have been told that this will pass as profits rise and we enter our busy season, and I sincerely hope this is the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop micromanaging your leasing staff so thoroughly, we are fully motivated by our need to make a living to sell these apartments with everything we've got!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top Heavy Company

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

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

    Pros

    Only Exceptional People get hired to produce at the highest level. Great name recognition on your resume. Connect with the best people and consultants in the industry.

    Cons

    No career path. Everyone is expendable at a moments notice. Upper management likes to shake things up. Maybe it's their way to keep us productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat others as how you would liked to be treated. Time sensitive projects are the norm. Staffers are always reactive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An okay place to work in IT

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

    I worked at Irvine Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The IT group is busy - no shortage of projects.

    Cons

    Lack of long-term vision / strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real - people see through all the "fluff"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience and still using the skills I learned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations/Facilities in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Operations/Facilities in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best of the best. Good salary and benefits. Very professional and dedicated staff at every level and strong corporate culture that truly "gets it"

    Cons

    You are "always" representing the company and its standards/principals. There is no downtime, but this is clearly understood from day one of hire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great experience.

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

    I worked at Irvine Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Focus on education and proficiency in the workplace
    Benefits
    Work life balance

    Cons

    If you are not comfortable with formal business attire, Irvine Company is not for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do yourself a favor, work for a real company- not this one.

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

    I have been working at Irvine Company

    Pros

    I have been promoted 4 times in 4 years.

    Cons

    Although I have been promoted 4 times in 4 years, that is the best thing I can say about this company. I have had 10 supervisors in 4 years. Only one of them had a clue, and unfortunately that occurred in my first year. Since then I have continued to be promoted and noticed the higher you go the worse it gets. This company is the definition of mismanaged from the top down (and I mean just shy of Mr. Bren). They could not find their way out of a paper bag. In 4 years they have yet to implement a system of change successfully. And if they think they have (and I know you think you have- CRC), it is because they do not understand the very basics of metrics. The level of business acumen in this company is completely laughable. You grow dumber by the day, and if you attend many meetings, you will grow dumber by the second. The meetings are forums for top level management and executive management to hear themselves speak and say things that lack any business logic at all. And then 3 other "self thinkers" will reiterate the same thing, as if it wasn't just said, so they have valid input in each meeting. Once this has occurred, the ball is rolling on the "brilliant" idea. That is how this company operates. Your meeting will proceed in this manner for at least an hour, and then some "VP" (who has not and is not capable of true thought, and has sat quiet for the entire meeting) will finally pipe up with some insightful words like "We should have a thoughtful roll out"... Did everybody write that down?! - This is truly the level at which you will be operating.
     If you are driven, smart, have a bit of common sense, and a touch of business acumen- this company is not for you. The good people always leave. They always use carrots of better pay, better title, lots of great change, different reporting structure, etc. but they are not capable of following through with these empty promises. This company will not develop you or your career, you will not be working with top notch people, you will be surrounded by a hall of mirrors that reflects stupidity, ignorance and you will be left questioning your sanity. This company is truly shocking and most of the executive team is absolutely terrible. The good ones will all be gone soon, and then it will really go down hill for employees. Morale has been down for years, and good people keep leaving. They have hired some really great people, but it hasn't taken long for the good new hires to jump ship. And of course the bad ones stay and thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great company gone wrong

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

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

    Pros

    Irvine Company has been around for over 150 years. If you are looking for stability in a company Irvine Company is a good choice. Their salaries are competitive within the property management industry.

    Cons

    If you are a manager on salary, you definitely will not be paid enough for this position.

    In the past year the company has made a lot of changes, to include: hiring General Managers with zero knowledge of the industry and lack of commitment, consolidating offices and cutting down the staff for each office which in return affects the customer service that used to be unparalleled.

    The company no longer wants associates who are genuinely caring and can take the time to treat residents like they actually matter. They seem to only care about the bottom line and for their associates to utilize all their time, when not in meetings and processing reports, in finding ways to generate more revenue.

    The greatest thing that used to set us apart from other property management companies such as: offering superior customer service, Ensuring that our residents "Love Where You Live", encouraging an associate to feel empowered to make decisions, and standing for each others greatest potential has all gone out the door.

    Although there are still a few outstanding Senior Directors who do lead by example and will take the time to seriously take into consideration constructive feedback, the majority are simply just there to make a paycheck with no desire to support their subordinates future growth with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to meet with your leaders and to truly listen to their feedback.

    When announcing changes, you should clearly be able to define what the changes will be, the estimated time line the changes will take place and refrain from withholding information to the last minute as this creates a lack of trust towards upper management.

    If you know you have an associate that is not productive, refrain from transferring a problem.

    Since it is obvious the Empowerment is no longer the company's culture, that should be clearly defined to your management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many changes at once. No loyalty to their employees. Regional managers have no idea what they are doing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Irvine Company

    Pros

    Luxury communities. Products sells itself.

    Cons

    horrible upper management. Half of the employee benefits were taken away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company seeks the best candidates in property management, why are you pushing them away? Why has the corporate greed taken over

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

    Awesome company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They really put their employees first and you feel like you matter, which makes you want to do your best for them.

    Cons

    Working with 4 different partners was a little challenging at first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Best people in the industry!

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Irvine Company? Share Your Experiences

Irvine Company

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.