Urban Land Institute Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Summer Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Urban Land Institute

    Pros

    The coordinator of ULI St. Louis is really nice. She is patient, enthusiastic. I have appreciated her help for career path a lot.

    Cons

    The data research work is difficult at the beginning. Some data is difficult to be found. I have got help from librarian.

  2. Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Urban Land Institute

    Pros

    Wonderful company and wonderful members!

    Cons

    Not that many cons...it's non profit so pay isn't as high but it's a great place to work!

  3. Good, better than previous internship

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Urban Land Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly people
    flexible time always
    learning experience

    Cons

    non profit and low chances of getting a full time

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  5. Internship review

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    Former Intern - Student Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Student Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Urban Land Institute as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I really enjoyed interning at ULI because I learned a lot and had a lot of time to network. Instead of pay, I was able to be a young member for free and attend all of the events that I wanted to and network with other young members and professionals. It was a great experience to hear from various speakers.

    Cons

    my boss and I had some communication issues and I felt that she was not responsive when I needed her to be

  6. ULI is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Urban Land Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Amazing colleagues who are incredibly smart, forward thinking, and mission driven
    - The work has an impact in society
    - Fun culture: happy hours, summer Fridays, closed between Christmas & New Year

    Cons

    - Relationships between remote staff and those working at headquarters could be improved.

  7. Great access to real estate and land use membership - very fulfilling.

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Urban Land Institute full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Member-driven organization with smart, exciting, capable members

    Cons

    Low pay for lower-level staff

    Advice to Management

    Put in place more mentorship or job growth opportunities; look to current, experienced staff to promote within the organization rather than outsourcing upper management.

  8. Urban Land Institute

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Urban Land Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart and passionate people work there

    Cons

    Limited resources at satellite offices

  9. Great opportunity to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Urban Land Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is a strong opportunity to make excellent contacts from Mayors to builders to finance gurus.

    Cons

    Most staff are not aligned with the mission of the company. The salary is not great. Staff training needs are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of HR head and begin to promote positive relationships...this will build positive moral among staff.

  10. Put your life on hold

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Land Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Company has a good reputation within the industry
    Benefits are moderately good
    Good stepping stone to something else

    Cons

    The work load is overwhelming - there is no compensation for how much you are asked to do
    Support for regular employees is dismal--if you are a remote employee, it's non-existant
    Poor supervision of remote locations by national organization
    Remote employees can feel lost and adrift, with no recourse if local management is problematic

    Advice to Management

    Establish an ombudsman position for remote employees so they have someone to turn to when there are problems and local managgement is not responsive
    Make headquarters reorganization a priority and finish it; then look closely at how district councils are MANAGED on a day-to-day basis
    Failure to properly supervise remote locations could lead to problems for national organization

  11. Adequate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Urban Land Institute

    Pros

    Given a lot of autonomy and freedom to try new things.
    Co-workers were very helpful and supportive
    Company strived to be current with latest trends

    Cons

    Workload can be overwhelming
    Communication is not a strong suit of the organization
    Departments often act in isolation
    Information is often not disseminated in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    ULI is a good place to work but it could be a great one. Efforts should be made to improve communication.

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