Laramar Group

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Laramar Group Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
29 Reviews
3.5
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    People, Properties, Potential

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

    I worked at Laramar Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Autonomy- Leaders trust you to do your job
    Flexibility- Family comes first
    Respect- Not just a number

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities in certain regions
    Pressure to perform within tight deadlines (specifically budget season)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Worst Experience of my Life!

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

    I worked at Laramar Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent salary. The support at the Corporate level is excellent and I believe that, excluding the SF Bay Area region, this would be an excellent company to work for..

    Cons

    If you don't mind working for arrogant, belittling, lying, management then this is the company for you. They don't hesitate to hire you under false pretenses and then belittle and fire you with no warning for their mismanagement and ill preparedness. Avoid working in the SF Bay Region because these people are ruthless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the devastating consequences that result when you hire someone under false pretenses, use them to cover up your lack of preparedness and poor leadership, and then fire them with no warning. No At Will Employment Agreement excuses an employer from terminating an employee in "bad faith" without just cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great group of people - absolute professionals

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

    I worked at Laramar Group

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Laramar. Was given ample support to successfully complete my tasks onsite. Friendly co-workers and total professionals.

    Cons

    At times highly stressful work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Laramar Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I think Laramar is a great company. The benefits are excellent. The vacation schedule is also excellent. The organization is structured and the expectations are within reach. I've worked in property management many years and I felt this was a great company to work with. I wish them future success as well.

    Cons

    I wish they could have grown in the West Coast Region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purchase more properties in the West Coast area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed in the company.

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

    I have been working at Laramar Group

    Pros

    The company does not micro-manage the staff. There is not a lot of "busy" work that is not essential to the position required.

    Cons

    The working environment was very negative. I wish the company took time to tell you about the mission and values of the company. I feel disconnected from the culture because I don't know what the culture is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the working atmosphere. Hire better managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grass is definitely not greener on the other side!

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

    I have been working at Laramar Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are great and the company does utilize the latest technologies and trends within it's business model. One thing I can appreciate is Laramar's expectations for stellar customer service. Our portfolio of properties was taken over by Laramar in June 2013. Their commitment to Customer Service was big for me considering JB Partners Group's horrible reputation on corporate and upper managements lack of response to customer service, fair housing and labor related issues.

    Cons

    Regional managers demand unreasonable requests during your days off and refuse to comp you that time in exchange. The general consensus among us Property Managers in California is that we are being taken advantage of, spread thin yet they continue to increase the work load with unreasonable deadlines. Employees are under appreciated and promotions are based on favoritism and brown nosing rather than merit. Evasive regional and assisting managers who refuse to address valid concerns over labor laws and HR issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to value and appreciate every staff member. I can't express the importance of taking 2 mins out of your time to pat your team on the back. Many lower level staff such as our maintenance or porters are discouraged that they are never acknowledged by you during your visits. Why not build up your teams moral? Especially if they are performing better than over 90% of the portfolio. My experience working with an un-involved, insensitive and impersonal regional manager is mutual among our portfolio and ask you be more diplomatic and strategic with your approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Grass isn't Greener

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Leasing Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Laramar Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits
    Bonuses
    Company Functions
    Career Growth (In some states)

    Cons

    Needs more communities on the east coast (southern states)
    Complaints need to be looked into more in depth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved working for this company, I only left b/c I was offered an Assistant CM position with another company. Laramar only owned/managed one community in Charlotte NC so I was not able to grow unless I relocated to another state.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Maintenance Technician

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

    I worked at Laramar Group

    Pros

    Great people to work with and always an exciting day taking care of tenants.

    Cons

    The job can be very stressful especially when tenants tend to get mad easily and want everything replaced without charge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Don't work them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Laramar Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefit is ok, not the best, 401k match, dental medical insurance. The plan is not too good, only covers 80% still have to pay 20% out of pocket.

    Cons

    The regional managers in LA do not know what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire the right person for regional managers

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

    Great experience working for a well-respected real estate company

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

    I worked at Laramar Group full-time

    Pros

    There were a lot of opportunities to learn and grow and supervisors did a good job of mentoring and coaching

    Cons

    At times, there were many changes and a lack of sufficient communication regarding those changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't underestimate the value all employees place on receiving communication from higher levels of management. Being kept in the loop can do much to enhance and boost morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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