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Long & Foster Reviews in Chantilly, VA

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
16 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great training, people, and culture (in 3 reviews)

  • Market Position Mid Atlantic gives realtors exposure to a greater volume of transactions (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Office expenses should be covered by my commission split (in 2 reviews)

  • Not so much the companies fault but the real estate world is crazy in its self (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fast Paced, Great Learning Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CRES Real Estate Coordinator in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - CRES Real Estate Coordinator in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Long & Foster full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    CRES Division. Great support from the Director, JP. Very willing to be a teacher to those who need assistance. Very knowledgeable in the industry.

    Cons

    Family run company that is at times challenging, but what company isn't?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust, but verify

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good money, but upper management lacks morals and accountability

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Long & Foster full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay, bonuses and vacation time were good. The new facility was nice. Ample opportunity to move around the company to different departments.

    Cons

    Upper management disengaged. Concerns brought to them or HR were swept under the rug. Gossip was rampant - even with upper management participating and not acting professional toward their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Tough experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Long & Foster full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A variety of experiences and exposure to multiple technologies.

    Cons

    No regular evaluations for five years. Equipment failing with no plan to replace other than talk of the equipment going away. Jobs replaced by outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide regular employee evaluations regardless of the real estate market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sr. Accountant

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Long & Foster full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best and biggest private companies to work in, and probably the best experience ever because of the work enviroment.

    Cons

    Probably the Pros has also to do with the Cons, which in this case is that in such a huge company is very difficult to have a detailed relationship with the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none, Management is and always have been doing a great and professional job making the company in one of the leader in the real estate industry.

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

    Poor management, this company has the potential to be so much better...disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Long & Foster full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    PTO and relatively good pay

    Cons

    No training! I started expecting a formal training. I had no experience in insurance, but I had a bachelors degree. The management is uneducated so they think having a bachelors degree means you are smart enough to start a job and just know everything without training. They just throw out false gestures like, if you need you can come to me. Well with no training, you can assume I needed lots of help. So much that I could not find someone who was available to answer every question I had. If you have no training you will have more questions than you are able to remember.

    They basically just gave me mountains of things to do and then complained when I could not get it all done in a "timely manner." I was provided with none of the basic things I needed to do my job. I didn't even know I needed it until my coworkers, not my boss, informed me I did. How does one ask for things they don't know they need?! They set me up for failure. Now months later they had a coworker come in to train me basic things I should have known months ago, because the boss of the other team decided to. Once again my direct boss did nothing. And the person that is her boss is the most unprofessional person in the world. I have never worked somewhere before that it is acceptable for you boss to curse people over the phone at his desk, and nothing happens to him.

    They wonder why there is such a high turnover rate. It's not the employees, its the management that prevents anyone from doing their job successfully. The clients know L&F stinks as well because they never get called back. This is a terrible poorly organized company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some bosses that know what they are doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Antiquated people and systems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Long & Foster full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Consistent paycheck, decent pay, nice headquarter building to work from

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management-- a very 'secretive' environment, treat employees poorly, side with management when employees have concerns or feedback, HR department does not advocate for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More employees would leave if the job market were better-- all of the people in my old department were actively looking for new jobs. Once the market improves, there will be a lot of attrition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horribly unethical company

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    Former Employee - Information Systems in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Information Systems in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Long & Foster full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    None. Only some of the people that work there are great. They are the only thing that makes it worth it.

    Cons

    It is a horrible company culture. Management can't even trust their own. The VPs can't even approve a $50 spend. There is no trust at all levels. VPs abuse employees by demanding for personal favors. Even if you do have a complaint, there is no method in the company to file a complaint. Sexual harassment is ramped and most senior managers are having affairs with subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top heavy

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

    I have been working at Long & Foster full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great 401k & profit sharing benefits.

    Cons

    No communication between departments. Everything is handled on a case by case basis. Too many executives that are battling for control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in current employees. Treat employees as well as you do your real estate agents. Stop spending money on executive and upper management, consider allocating money towards technology and recruitment efforts to hire quality employees to reduce turnover rates.

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

    An exciting place to be! The leadership team is making positive changes to enhance the employee & customer experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Long & Foster full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing, ever-changing and evolving in a positive direction. Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity!

    Cons

    Because of so many changes it's a bit overwhelming, but it's still exciting. In the next 6-8 months employees will see great technical advances!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication from all levels needs to be sustained and continuous. Implementing employee recognition programs will boost morale and enhance loyalty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    State of the Art?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Realtor in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Realtor in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Long & Foster full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big
    Huge Headquarters
    Nice colors on their signs

    Cons

    They say they are a state of the art company but they have antiquated agent training . Having managers train when they are not teachers, making ever office busy with training when the heck is selling going on,. Busy work does not a great company make. Leave training to the pros.
    The company has outdated hardware, software and facilities and the most unfriendly agent office enviorment anywhere. who ever heard of conducting business sitting on a bar stool. They are out to get money from agents by charging them for everything, so agents become mini profit centers with no management happening and no company support. Try another company if you want a fair deal and not a great deal of bull. Try it you will not like it.

    Bring Back Wes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enter this century. don't think that advertising in the Wall Street Journal is the be all and end all. Get rid of the bar stools and office training it make too much fuss in offices and not enought time to have a manger work with agents who need help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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