Tishman Speyer Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Prestigious firm sets people up for success elsewhere; limited upward opportunity and significant nepotism at firm.

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    Former Employee - Associate - Real Estate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate - Real Estate in New York, NY

    I worked at Tishman Speyer full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Tishman Speyer was a great firm to start off my career in real estate. Their leadership development program is well regarded and provides a challenging and meaningful role to young professionals. I firmly believe that my experience at TS set me up for a positive trajectory in real estate. However, after a few years of working at the firm, it was clear that it was difficult to direct the path that you were interested in pursuing (as is often the case at larger firms). The most incredible aspect of the firm is the people that I worked with - a group of ambitious, talented, and motivated individuals, many of whom have remained my close friends.

    Cons

    The challenging part of the firm is the ability to progress or move around to experience other 'groups' or departments. While in theory, the leadership development program was set up to do just this, in practice, there was a lot of turnover throughout the firm and this made executing the rotations a lot less transparent and limited in nature. Furthermore, it was clear that those who were connected with the firm were promoted quickly or had disproportionately higher pay. While this is the reality of the world, the level of nepotism and its affect on morale/others was a detriment.

    Expectations were set very high from the start and the culture is not one of empty rewards. While I was comfortable in this demanding and fast-paced environment, everyone is not made out for this environment. Hours could be extremely long, and their pay was substantially under market. There is also significant title inflation at the firm without commensurate pay increase.

  2. Office Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tishman Speyer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job opportunities with large building portfolio.

    Cons

    Lots of cliques
    HR was horrible

  3. Helpful (2)

    Awful Management

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at Tishman Speyer full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Constant interactions with celebrities. There are some capable workers here, pity they get ignored.

    Cons

    Management, culture, useless Union rep

    Advice to Management

    Actually reward those who do their jobs and not the sons or daughters of upper management who bypass those who pay their dues.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    Very top heavy and political

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tishman Speyer full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great name of company. Top quality assets to work with.

    Cons

    Politics, backstabbing to get ahead. It looks like a good culture in the beginning but everybody is unhappy except managing directors or direct family. Employees are overworked and underpaid.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Exciting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tishman Speyer full-time

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

    Pros

    Bonuses and Raises, location and atmosphere

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics and more politics

    Advice to Management

    Stop being political

  7. Helpful (3)

    Professional from afar but far from professional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tishman Speyer

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

    Pros

    Nice office, CEO seems to be the most personable in upper management

    Cons

    HR and office management is extremely catty and unprofessional. When I started I was constantly warned from coworkers just how unprofessional HR was, especially the head of it. The turn over rate in most departments is extremely high. Very stale atmosphere. Employees are under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money on disturbing art, stale bagels and diet soda and up your compensation/bonuses. Also, get a new HR department.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Management has a lot to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tishman Speyer full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Talented people work here for short times.

    Cons

    Leadership is unqualified, clique oriented and petty.

  9. Professional,talented staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tishman Speyer full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional organization with talented people.

    Cons

    Upward growth can be challenging

  10. Great company to work for

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    Former Contractor - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Tishman Speyer as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent communication and follow through

    Cons

    Work not as consistent as would be best

    Advice to Management

    A few false starts on projects were not the best

  11. Great place to Temp

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    Current Contractor - Temporary Receptionist in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Temporary Receptionist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tishman Speyer as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The name of the company holds a lot of klout in the industry. It looks great on a resume. They treat their temps very well and are quick to promte them to permanent positions. I sat at the reception desk and was honestly able to get a lot of my own work done while still performing all that was required of me. The people are in general very nice and they are willing to work around your conflicts.

    Cons

    There is some level for growth within the company but there is a cap; especially for administrative work. It is a very corporate environment, one that has not changed in about 20 years. The office is extremly quiet and sometimes the people can be caddy. Do your work to the best of your ability and you souldn't have a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Better organization when it comes to integrating new employees. There is not a lot of interaction between employees. It is all very autonomus work. Which is fine, but does present a problem when you need to deliver a project to someone or have a specific question.

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