Safeguard Properties

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Safeguard Properties Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
62 Reviews
2.4
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Safeguard Properties CEO Alan Jaffa
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent pay and you will meet some very good people (in 3 reviews)

  • You get to meet a lot of different people, and you can set your own hours being a field inspector (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems blind to what middle management is doing (in 6 reviews)

  • No Benefits, no respect and very low pay (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current Employee

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

    I have been working at Safeguard Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    benefits are good.Health insurance.

    Cons

    Management will try to hold you back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees opinions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Where else can employees with lOw skill sets go?

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

    I have been working at Safeguard Properties full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Safeguard gives employees who.are barely qualified to work at McDonald's such good training and beneifts?

    Cons

    Same as every other organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    my review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeguard Properties

    Pros

    good for independent contractor workers

    Cons

    sometimes run short of work

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  5.  

    This company does not have their employees best interest at heart

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - REO SPECIALIST in Valley View, OH
    Former Employee - REO SPECIALIST in Valley View, OH

    I worked at Safeguard Properties full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about this company is that I was able to be flexible with my start time between 6:30 - 9:00 AM and decide if I want a 1/2 hour or a 1 hour lunch break. Also you could come in on the weekend Saturday or Sunday to make up time missed if you wanted to,

    Cons

    Safeguard Properties has no regard for their employees in any kind of manner. There is often extensive mandatory overtime with little notice. If you decline, chances are you could get fired or will no longer receive opportunities for OT. This is difficult for those with children, families, plans or a life. The at times will nearly kill you - the little extra money is not worth it.

    Regarding the Vendors, this company is unethical and nasty with unseen rules whereas they get a lot of work done at no cost because Vendors are deceived then undercut. When Vendors try to get their money Safeguard will wear them down and at times not even respond to their request..

    Safeguard has a Sweatshop style; no talking and laughing while working, unrealistic productivity, constant threats, and low pay. If you have an opinion or stand up for yourself - trust me you will be railroaded out. HR is in the bed with management. HR will violate trust, rights, and confidence in which you go to them for. If there is a complaint or concern about management they find any way to get you out of the door.

    The management team is unqualified, uneducated, unprofessional, and all friends that have been referred by the same.

    This place has a high turnover. Once they fire you, they go as far as to lie to Unemployment Compensation but are too stupid to know that they have to provide any proof - because there is none.

    I started with a Grade 12 position just to get into the door. Later applied for a Grade 23 in which I was overqualified for. HR claimed they never got my application of interest. A few days later I was terminated over the phone while on vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-vamp the majority of management. - qualified people are a must. Human 'Resources is a complete disaster and a joke. The training is outdated, once you hit the floor working you are penalized for being misinformed. Furthermore, there is no set standards in the Reo department, some people must be inthe 95 percentile with work whereas others can get away in the 80 percentile. SG is purely unfair in every way that i can think of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Easily the worst company I have ever worked for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Account Representative in Valley View, OH
    Current Employee - Client Account Representative in Valley View, OH

    I have been working at Safeguard Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I honestly can't say anything positive about this company other than they may have a fun contest here and there!

    Cons

    Everything about this company is messed up.

    *VERY low pay

    *VERY high cost for benefits

    *HR management is unprofessional to the max - if you go to them with any question or concern - the answer is always
    'NO' - and they will tell you that if you bring it up again, they will look at corrective action, including termination. There is HR management that actually yells at you when you go to them.

    *The "time-off' policies are ludicrous and convoluted. They give you a few days for the entire year and if you take a day off and it is not pre-approved/scheduled, they actually give you a POINT !! They are in essence punishing you for giving you a benefit. It is VERY easy to get to 10 points which is their threshold for firing you. Every manager in the company makes up their own 'rules'. If you complain to HR that there are people that don't have to give 2 weeks notice for a day off, they tell you every manager makes their own rules. What in the world is the point of having a manual if the managers are all able to do whatever they want?? That causes dissenion and upset among all employees. There are actually managers that will tell you that you have to give 2 weeks notice for an hour off!! That is ludicrous They go by the 'book.' Whoever created the employee manual handbook, didn't even have the forthsight to detail time off other than stating '2 weeks notice.' To expect an employee to give 2 weeks notice for an hour or a day or two off is beyond ridiculous!! There are same level employees who all get different vacation times. If they change the number of days, they will tell you that it is not pro-rated--so if you started on xxxx policy, then they change it...forget it...you get NOTHING.

    *Many employees there have to get a 2nd job just to pay their bills.

    *The company is a revolving door with employees. Their motto should be 'if there is a way to fire you, we will find it!"

    *The premise behind vacation days appears to be - 'There a few days, but don't think you are actually going to get to use them!*

    *The office culture can be crass depending what team you are on and mature vs. inmature employees. You wil hear swear words 'flying' left and right. I was shocked when I first started. I have never been in that type of a work environment in 30 years. I am used to hearing it now...but that doesn't make it right!!

    *It is sad that such a profitable company who does so much fundraising for the community has no regard or respect for the employees that help to make it a success. Sure, all the fundraising make the company look very caring, but they don't care about their employees AT ALL!! Yet, they have you take a RESPECT class. WOW!!

    Don't work here unless you are absolutely desperate!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Replace HR management - get people who know how to be HR Reps and not bullies who are unprofessional and yell at you and intimidate you.

    *Fix your benefits package!! Increase pay!! Lower employee cost for health insurance!! Be fair with PTO - why should all employees at the same level get a different amount of PTO because they change the policy and refuse to pro-rate it. Why punish someone for unapproved time off when it is THEIR time to take!! Unbelievable!! How do you expect employees not to reach 10 points and be fires with that kind of policy? Why are their managers requiring two weeks notice for an hour off or a day or two off.

    *It is amazing to me that you have so many fundraisers to help the community; yet, you could care less about your employees. It doesn't make any sense.

    *For a company that has the kind of revenue that this company has, you are extremely selfish with pay, benefits, and policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Safeguard Properties

    Pros

    If you want to see lots of foreclosed houses and lose money while doing it, go ahead and take the risk.

    Cons

    The liability insurance from their 3 chosen brokers will cost you $ 1200. to $ 1900. per year. You get paid $ 3 to $8 to inspect a property. You pay the cost of your background check. Many inspections require you to confront the homeowner at their door with a message from the lender. Very dangerous. The 50 photos on interior inspections may take nearly an hour to complete. Way less than minimum wage. You will beat up your car, safeguard does not pay mileage. If you dont follow any of their hundreds of inspection requirements, they will kick back the inspection and you go back to the property at your expense or you dont get your $ 3. You are self employed, but they treat you like an employee. The training consists of listening to a 2 hour phone conference call and printing out 200 pages on your printer. DO NOT DO IT. It is way more than just taking a few pictures at a property. You will end up feeling like you are a volunteer. It may cover your gas, but you wont put anything in your bank. Your car will be trashed. The inspector actually ends up underwriting the costs of the lenders inspection process. You have been warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your self employed inspectors and give them the money they deserve for their time, use of their vehicles and the danger from confronting angry homeowners. Inspecting for Safeguard is a loser,

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Property Preservation Specialist in Mentor, OH
    Former Employee - Property Preservation Specialist in Mentor, OH

    I worked at Safeguard Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Nice team leads
    Cool parties and employee activity days

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime
    Poor management
    Management wants to sleep with all the girls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start listening to your employees more

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do NOT work for this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Any in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Any in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Safeguard Properties as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    None. Stay very far away.

    Cons

    Horrible company. Paltry pay. Medieval management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close your doors now. You are horrible. You take advantage of everyone you come into contact with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not all bad...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - P&P Specialist in Mentor, OH
    Former Employee - P&P Specialist in Mentor, OH

    I worked at Safeguard Properties full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was a P&P Specialist and thought the work was interesting. The pay was pretty decent for this area. The Team Lead I had was fantastic and he was also very knowledgeable and helpful.

    Cons

    The usual buddy system that most call centers have. If you are friendly with one person you get the benefits. Conflict within management was a huge problem. Training was great initially but after they moved us to a new department the training was minimal and we were expected to do a job we were unsure of. Work life was not good. Mandatory overtime is tough to do when you have a family. The benefits were VERY expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is important. In my opinion the Mentor location lost a lot of really great employees in a matter of a couple months because the training was SO poor and many felt the promotion methods were a bit unfair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Serious lack of oversight from management really shows in worker performance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Phila, PA

    I worked at Safeguard Properties as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of different people, and you can set your own hours being a field inspector.

    Cons

    The management is really unprofessional and has unrealistic expectations most times. May not realize the hours spent on the road combined with vehicle wear and tear and intangibles you end up not making much money. Some "clients" you encounter on the job will attack you physically for being on their property or call the police. Most REO houses you have to go inside to inspect have black mold on walls let alone all the other decrepit things in abandoned houses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves, do not have ghetto attitude people running districts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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