Westfield Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
58 Reviews
3.1
58 Reviews
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Westfield Co-Chief Executive Officers Peter S Lowy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good comapny with good benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • good pay and benefits; vaction and sick time (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance was a struggle for many employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Knowledge and hard work are not determinate in deciding who receives promotions (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Entrepreneurial Attitude

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Westfield full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, ability to drive your career, industry leaders in real estate. If you are willing to drive your own career you can move into different areas of the business.

    Cons

    Silos within the organization, reduced presence in the United States. Little support in terms of training and best practice. An international organization but it operates each region relatively independently making it difficult to transfer internationally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunity, great team, fun job!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Concierge in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Concierge in Vancouver, WA

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

    Pros

    I had an awesome management team, and never any issues from the corporate side of it. I'm still in contact with all of them.

    Cons

    My position was cut due to decreased business needs in OTHER malls, even though our mall really needed it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Maybe take things on a case by case basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Westfield

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities, fair salaries and good bonus structure. The bonus system is heavily based on both meeting expectations as well as exceeding expectations. Working hard here really pays off.

    Cons

    Yes there are cons at Westfield as well. The biggest is support from co-workers who would step on anyone that gets in their way as recognition is more important to them than anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At review time seek more feedback from the individuals that interface with an employee rather than just their supervisor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    US Corp HQ

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Westfield (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sharp people, good exec leaders. Sharp marketing. Some people are prickly on outside (must be to protect themselves) and then turn out to the nicest people I've met, easy to work with, easy to communicate with. Move to new US HQ with open plan coupled with much turnover means opportunities for others.

    Cons

    Inadequate middle managers focused on politics don't understand priorities, stop progress and hamper their employees. Some dept heads are extremely political so merit doesn't matter at all. High turnover here as culture drives food people out. Involuntarily gets rid of dedicated worker bees instead of listening and training them on skills needed by the company. Lack of structured procedures and knowledge repositories makes pick up difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run employees of 5 years or more through "Another Dept for A Day" rotation so they can see what else is going on and facilitate their own growth. Clean up the middle managers. Really look at the turnover -- the transitions are not productive and increase company risk.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Westfield full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits; good location; dedicated and hardworking employees

    Cons

    Political organization with functional silos; mirco-management and poor internal communications; open floor plan distracting and stressful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temp Executive Vice President Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Temp Executive Vice President Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, trying to change. Very relationship based internally in order to get things done.

    Cons

    Slow moving and says it wants to take risk but is very risk averse at the lower executive levels. Is struggling with change and collaboration between 'old' and 'new'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risk and give people more authority to make decisions - trust the people you hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Westfields Concierge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Concierge Associate in White City, Camden, MO
    Current Employee - Concierge Associate in White City, Camden, MO

    I have been working at Westfield part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The money is good
    Meet lots of people
    High profile events
    work alongside luxury brands
    Training sessions with different retailers

    Cons

    unsociable hours
    a lot of people gossiping
    there is a unprofessional environment within the management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work along side the work force not against us, be respectful, professional and don't bring your private life to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity to gain experience in a different field.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temp Executive Vice President Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Temp Executive Vice President Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Westfield part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Worked in a great department and was given the opportunity to build a new data base for the company.

    Cons

    I don't think I could say anything negative about Westfield. It's a great opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Gained a great deal of knowledge.

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

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

    Pros

    Company offers great benefits! Group activities.

    Cons

    Not very easy to be promoted from within the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle management is abysmal and political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good networking.

    Good executive level leadership.

    Hard working culture in rank and file staff.

    Can't fault executive level management for being shrewd and smart business people.

    Cons

    Terrible middle managers in corporate office (not in malls) whom spend their time politicking and scheming with their office doors shut most of the time unable to give their high potential employees support or advice.

    Certain managers could work from home and were never available when we were stuck on things.

    Culture did not embrace speaking up just doing what you were told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should look harder at your long time middle managers and assess why they haven't advanced, most of the time it appears they just politick enough to keep a job or move into a different department to make someone else's life hard.

    Bad middle managers don't encourage growth of their staff and are instead threatened which causes A players to leave the company or not be hired at all because they'd be seen as a threat to their manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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