Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

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Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
10 Reviews
2.9
10 Reviews
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Christopher G Kennedy
4 Ratings

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  1.  

    Great company to start career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Merchandise Mart Properties hires great people who are friendly and enjoyable to work with. The flexible summer hours, employee benefit programs and office culture make it a great place to work.

    Cons

    lack of room for advancement, low salaries, lack of organizational visibility and large layoffs because of a change from showroom management to more of a traditional office building structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need additional training opportunities for employees and salaries are not industry standard.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The good old days

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit & Collection Analyst Senior  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Credit & Collection Analyst Senior in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You don't see companies offering the vacation, personal, sick day or health benefits like this company does.

    Cons

    The company was experiencing constant downsizing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Used to be a good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Pros

    Attainable goals. Good exposure to higher level work, since upper management depends on lower level staff to interpret results for them. Good work life balance and summer hours

    Cons

    Still has shirt and tie dress requirements. Company is on major decline and poorly ran company. Unqualified senior management. Major reduction in forces have totally demoralized the remaining employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    2 percent annual raises are not going to retain your best employees.

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  5.  

    Independent thinkers at low salaries

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to think big and implement strong plans.

    Cons

    Moving more into trade show business priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was ok

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategy and Communications Database Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Strategy and Communications Database Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people who work there are fun

    Cons

    They seem to be in decline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work is largely spent sorting through the bureaucracy and menial office tasks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Pros

    Low-threshold for doing well allows individuals to progress and receive positive reviews. This makes for a good job with someone pursuing something outside of work such as a music or acting career in which they need a continual paycheck. MMPI has short hours.

    Cons

    The firms is largely guided by the upper level management who control the intellectual and then export the rest of it to the lower level management. Overall a very polarized atmosphere that, I believe, bred animosity between the two parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise cutting down on staff to become more efficient. The corporate structure is bloated and lackluster in talent pools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Pros

    Exposure to high end customers in many industries
    MMPI held in high esteem among peers
    Chris Kennedy takes great care of his people with outstanding benefits package

    Cons

    If you live in the burbs, the commute is brutal.
    No working from home at all.
    Chris Kennedy is brilliant, his senior staff is not the A team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chris, get rid of the dead wood on your Sr Staff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Merchandise Mart properties

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Pros

    Matching 401k, good health insurance and decent vacation. Merchandise Mart Properties is widely recognized as a name brand which helps when looking for a new job.

    Cons

    Management is not competent in many cases. Politics play a huge role in who is hired and promoted. Promotions are not based on merit and salaries are generally very low if not an executive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be competent and lead by example instead of relying on their subordinates to do their work for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    no opportunity for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Pros

    -very casual and relaxed environment, no dress code is required
    -senior management is very approachable and an open door policy is put in place

    Cons

    growth opportunity is limited and compensation is not tied to performance, starting salary is ok but the increase is very minimum even when the job description and title have changed
    complete lack of communication on company development and key issues.
    there is overall dissatisfaction among employees, only upper management is evaluated, there is no performance review and feedback.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Team Environment with Difficult Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Pros

    MMPI offers great co-workers and a strong benefit package. It's a great place to start a career and to grow in knowledge.

    Cons

    Management can be difficult and can work against the solutions presented by the greater teams. Change to process and thinking comes slowly and work volume is impossibly high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees more control in decision making and listen to their thoughts. Understand that volume sacrifices quality and morale and do the best to combat that issue.

    No opinion of CEO

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