Long & Foster

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Long & Foster Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
36 Reviews
3.7
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Long & Foster goes above and beyond to help their agents succeed.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Realtor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Realtor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Long & Foster full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have the most extensive training for new agents that I've seen, a great commission split plan, my manager is the most supportive and helpful person in the world, they have a fantastic reputation and are above board in all aspects.

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons to share!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to pick up our technology. The smaller firms should not be beating us out in their offerings of company wide listing presentations available on the iPad or things like professionally shot neighborhood video tours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Real Estate Agent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Real Estate Agent in Washington, DC

    I worked at Long & Foster full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good for people who want to be in sales.

    Cons

    Hard to start up as a new agent. Lots of fees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company needs to change how they do things.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People generally like their co-workers. Nice facilities at corporate, nice garage. Work hours are good.

    Cons

    Lack of communication is rampant- company exists completely in silo's. You have either been here forever or a very short time- hardly anyone in the middle. HR needs a lot of work- they seem to push managements pet projects and completely miss major opportunity's to make things better. Things seem to be same old, same old. Company seems to want to make changes they just don't know how.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better! Be more inclusive of employees. Managers push their agenda even though it's not always beneficial for the company. Managers can be seen as bully's sometimes. Pay can be better. Extremely political environment- would be much better if people actually worked together for the common good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Simply the Best in Real Estate!

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

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

    Pros

    Focused on growth and increased productivity of agents. Committed to development of leadership. Experienced executive leadership provides structure and systems of a Fortune 500 while the family-owned reality is still very evident in every office.

    Cons

    As a company grows, communication and collaboration becomes both a greater challenge and a more necessary reality - Long and Foster is addressing this reality with multiple initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take one of the best Benefits packages in Real Estate and make it competitive with other industries. Maintain high visibility and high touch that made Long and Foster so great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    good enough

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

    I worked at Long & Foster

    Pros

    Great place to start when entering the work force to learn.

    Cons

    Top heavy company, not too much room for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    State of the Art?

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

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

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    • 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 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
  9.  

    great place to work - great location

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devon, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devon, PA

    I have been working at Long & Foster full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits and people, very interesting business

    Cons

    slow market, could be busier

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stability counts!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Realtor, SSC, Consultant in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Realtor, SSC, Consultant in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Long & Foster full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked in the original Virginia Beach office for 25 years. Excellent location and professional atmosphere! Looking for an office to transfer to or post your new license as a Reator? Come see me and I will give you the tour!

    Cons

    None! Absolutely no issues to speak of!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Underwhelmed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst II in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst II in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Long & Foster

    Pros

    The benefits package is actually pretty good. Starting out you get 17 days of combined sick and vacation time per year. Onsite gym. Fringe benefits if you need to buy or sell a house. Mostly good people to work with in the IT dept.

    Cons

    Salary in the IT dept is abysmal compared to similar positions elsewhere, on the order of 30% below market or more. The dept has gone through round after round of lay offs only to have senior managers remain with essentially no staff to manage. Why do we need two VPs, a director, three senior managers and a coupe of managers for less than 50 people?

    No standards are enforced, only constant is that the CIO will not tell an agent that they can't have something. Outsourced help desk in Mexico and outsourced field engineers for break fix issues Development of internal apps is actually done in India, and departmental training is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management, especially in the IT dept is in need of a wake up call. They need to offer truly competitive salaries if they want to modernize systems and retain any of their competent people instead of laying off competent staff while keeping incompetent managers and staffers around just because they have however many years with the dept. They also need to actively assist with professional development to retain people, rather than hoping the economy will keep people in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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