Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

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Christopher G Kennedy
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  1. Great company to start career.

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

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. The good old days

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  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 Management

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


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  5. Independent thinkers at low salaries

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to think big and implement strong plans.

    Cons

    Moving more into trade show business priority.


  6. It was ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who work there are fun

    Cons

    They seem to be in decline

    Advice to Management

    None


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start a career

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

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Merchandise Mart properties

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

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. no opportunity for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Team Environment with Difficult Leadership

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

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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