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Equity Residential Overview

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
1993
Company - Public (EQR)
Real Estate
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
A Place People Are Proud to Call Home. That’s what you get when great apartments in great cities are run by people who care about their customers and each other. A place where people want to live, work and invest.

Mission: The pillars of success at Equity are the right apartments in the right markets, operational excellence, building relationships that create loyal residents, and having the best people in place to get it all done.

Company Updates

  • Great recognition for our new development in San Francisco, 340 Fremont, which has been named one of the "biggest, boldest, and most creative deals in the Bay Area in 2016." Congratulations to everyone involved in this exceptional project!

    Equity Residential's 340 Fremont Wins a Real Estate Deal of the Year Award

    About Equity Residential Equity Residential is an S&P 500 company focused on the acquisition, development and management of rental apartment properties in urban and high-density suburban coastal gateway markets where today's affluent renters want to live, work and play. Equity Residential owns or has investments in 302 properties consisting of 77,458 apartment units, primarily located in Boston, New...

  • We are proud to share that Equity Residential was once again named one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine. Congratulations to each and every one of our employees for your contribution to this incredible achievement!

    Equity Residential

    Each year Fortune asks thousands of investors, executives and board members to rank companies based on key attributes of reputation like financial soundness, people management, long-term investment and social responsibility. Equity Residential joins a small group as one of the Most Admired Companies in the real estate space.

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Equity Residential – Why Work For Us?


Work With Us

A career path is way too narrow a journey – we want you to move up, over, around and through your potential. Come work with us and take the opportunity to make someone’s day, every day.

Don’t take our word for it...

Listen to our employees tell their own stories about life at Equity Residential.

LIKE WHAT YOU DO



HANDS-ON MAINTENANCE

CUSTOMERS COME FIRST

What we’re made of...

The bricks of our company are the right apartments in the right markets, operational excellence, building relationships that create loyal residents, and having the best people in place to get it all done.

 


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Who works at Equity Residential? People who are really good at what they do, who work hard and play nice, who appreciate the community at large and who value the contributions of others.That’s our culture.

 

Our Story

 

In the early 1960s, two guys at the University of Michigan – Sam Zell and Bob Lurie – started managing student apartment buildings. Over the next five decades, the buildings would change but the basic philosophy would remain the same: invest in properties at the right price and hire the best people to manage them well.

 
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It’s Been Quite a Ride

From that modest beginning rose an industry leader, one that joined the NYSE in 1993 and was the first apartment company in the S&P 500 in 2001.

Today, our portfolio of high-quality properties in growth markets – New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to name a few – provides homes where people most want to live.

We still buy, build, rehab and manage our apartment communities, but along the way, we didn’t just grow; we transformed how business is done. From our state-of-the-art operating system to the way we develop our people, cultivate our culture and connect with our residents, Equity Residential is leading the way.

 

Our People Make the Difference

We've got the best people in the business, and our experience shows in our dedication to residents and in how much we value each other as colleagues. That’s why our employees say they are proud to work at Equity, a company that knows how home should feel.

 

There's Something About Equity

You matter. What you bring to the table – how you can be yourself, be heard and make a difference – is what makes Equity something special.

PASSION

Providing great lifestyles in places people want to live, work and play.

 

HOW WE ROLL

We're one team, inspired to serve with
a will to win.

8W/60M

8W/60M

What happens when wellness, teamwork and a commitment to community service come together? You get a team of eight Equity women, from either side of the country, gathering in San Francisco for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure.

D.C. Service Day

Life at Joint Base Lewis McChord

Marcia McDowell, Outreach Manager at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), gave the rest of Equity a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of our military housing specialists and their community of service members by creating a virtual scrapbook on Snapfish.

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Good Clean Fun

On Saturday, September 22nd, seven employees from the Inland Empire portfolio ran the Survivor Mud Run 5K in Lake Elsinore, CA. The group had to survive 100+ degree heat, mud pits, wall climbs, rope obstacles, crawl through pipes, slide down hills, and much more.

 
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Augusta Team Does 5k Run/Walk

Our Augusta Accounting Office team members (along with family and friends) participating in a 5K walk/run along the Augusta Canal benefitting an Atlanta-area resident.

Living Well

 

A job should be more than just a paycheck. All of us need the right mix of physical, financial, career, social and community elements in order to be at our best. At Equity, we’re committed to providing the tools to help our employees achieve their optimal balance. It’s beyond just doing well – it’s wellbeing.

 
 

Here’s how we support the foundation for total wellbeing:

 

 

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CAREER WELLBEING

We’re proud that 90% of our employees say that they know what’s expected of them on the job and even more feel their skills are a good fit for what they do.

FINANCIAL WELLBEING

Our philosophy is to provide highly competitive compensation, to recognize top performers and to help provide for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL WELLBEING

Our focus on wellness helps keep small problems from turning into life-changing events.

COMMUNITY WELLBEING

We give employees time off to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand in the communities where they live and work.

SOCIAL WELLBEING

Creating connections is the key to our culture and our company – 82% of our employees report that they have at least one good friend at work.

 

 

Comprehensive Benefits Package

 

Equity understands that our people are the real bricks and mortar of the company. We've developed a comprehensive, highly flexible benefits program with a multitude of options to suit your particular needs and interests — today and in the future.

Medical, dental, and vision coverage

Comprehensive wellbeing program

Life and accident insurance

Supplemental life insurance

Short- and long-term disability insurance

Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Equity offers benefits to same-sex domestic partners (and picks up the difference in taxes) as well as adoption assistance for employees who want to expand their families.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Employees are eligible for discounts on Equity apartments of up to 20%.

KICK BUTT!

The only safer cigarette is your last one, and Equity offers a choice of tobacco-cessation programs for employees ready to kick the habit.

A REASON TO SMILE

Equity provides enhanced dental coverage to help with certain health conditions at no additional cost to employees.

BOW WOW

Equity offers pet insurance so that your best friend can live a healthier life, too.

GOOD ADVICE

From relationship issues to debt management, our 24-7 employee assistance program, LifeWorks, can help free of charge.

WHERE THERE’S A WILL…

The MetLaw program provides employees with experienced attorneys that can provide help with estate planning, mortgage refinancing and other legal matters at less than $10 per paycheck.

MATCH GAME

Equity’s offers a company match of 3% on contributions to the Advantage 401(k) program for employees.

GIVING BACK

Each year full-time employees get up to 8 hours of paid time off to participate in community service projects.

 

 

 


We know our people are the best in the business, so we go the extra mile to provide programs we know will help our employees achieve optimal balance.

 

Diversity

 

Just like our residents, our employees come from everywhere. A richly diverse work environment captures the top talent, cultivates the best ideas, and creates the widest possible platform for success. By bringing together a deep array of backgrounds, perspectives and cultures, we know when we put our heads together, good things happen.

 

 HOW DO YOU SAY...

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That’s Korean for “I lost my key.” In any language, that means trouble. To make sure our residents get the service they need, our maintenance technicians have an array of language cards that help them identify what’s wrong so they can get to work making it right.

 

WHAT'S COOKING?

Nothing brings people together like a barbeque. That’s why one of our Boston properties offers three grills, each dedicated to a different type of food preparation: kosher, halal and anything goes. Just one of many ways we celebrate diverse tastes and taste buds.

Our Diversity Council

 

The motto of our Diversity Council, chosen from every rank and region of the company, is “Everyday, Everywhere, Everyone.” One result of this hands-on approach is that our employees embrace our commitment to inclusion and agree that Equity values people from different cultural backgrounds.



Marie
Sr Residential Financial Specialist, AZ

"I think many of us unknowingly judge or close ourselves off to that which is unfamiliar to us. In doing so we miss out on the personal growth and fulfillment that comes with new experiences and   meeting new people."

 

Martha
1st VP Controller, GA

“I am striving to be more intentional about my part in increasing diversity awareness and becoming a champion for this topic. I am inspired by the many stories I hear of the diverse backgrounds and achievements of some of our teammates.”

Hana
Sr Leasing Consultant, DC

“I hope to achieve an atmosphere where all who work at Equity feel their voice is heard and their insight is valuable. I believe that diversity is a source of creativity and innovation and we can reach an inclusive culture at Equity in all branches of the company.”

Casimir
Concierge Services Manager, MA

“The value of diversity lives in me every day and has been instilled in me since childhood as result of growing up in a family of 12 brothers and sisters and 43 nieces and nephews. I pride myself on having such a large family because they taught me so much about the diversity in perspective, communication, and unity. Today, it is with great pride that as a working professional I can continue to explore these ideals of diversity by being part of the Diversity Council!”

Eldridge
Community Manager, WA

“The importance of diversity and inclusion has been the foundation of my core belief system for as long as I can remember. I think it's essential that these core values be a part of our everyday personal and professional lives.”

Joseph
Director Benefits, IL

“I believe it’s important to recognize the gifts each individual brings to a group. Having unique experiences and a cultural identity that isn’t homogeneous is a wonderful thing that we should embrace and learn from one another. I look forward to sharing the unique experiences each member brings to the Council and how we can leverage these gifts for a better work environment for all Equity employees.”

Chris
Community Manager, NY

"I truly believe we are very fortunate to live in a time where we can see technology bringing the whole of the human race much closer together. There are challenges for sure, but the positive outcome is companies like Equity and people like our employees, where diversity is embraced and a focus on how we can do better is ingrained in our culture.”

Jamie
Recruiting Manager, DC

“In my role as a Recruiter, I'm inspired every day by the amazing people I meet from all corners of the globe and all walks of life. I feel honored to be in a position that makes a direct impact on our company’s diversity, and I feel the weight of responsibility that accompanies that honor. Diversifying our workforce all the way up to the senior leadership level starts with building bench strength, and identifying our potential future leaders is one of the most rewarding challenges of my job.”

Rain
Service Technician, CA

“Being an African American woman in a male dominated field is not always easy but being in the military, I know how important it is to have every member of your team feel accepted and appreciated for their contribution to the mission. I joined the Diversity Council to help give others the courage to step out of their assigned box and feel good about it.”

Patrick
Community Manager, CA

“I don’t judge people; everyone has their own story. I’m more concerned about what I can do to make a difference and help make someone be successful. The idea is not dwell on the past or some bad decisions, but to keep moving forward.”

Jessica
Manager Affordability Compliance, IL

“Our country is more mixed-race, mixed ethnicity, and “minority-majority” than ever. Our world is more globalized, as interdependent and interconnected as ever thought possible in generations before. Knowing this is not the same as feeling diversity in our lives. I still have to consciously plan and choose diversity in my life; corporations, including Equity, will have to do similar “diversity planning” to continue to be a successful company with a competitive advantage.”



   

 

 

Going Green

 

By partnering with local utilities, more than 30,000 of our apartments have received $5 million worth of energy and water conservation installations, at no cost to the company or our residents.

Here are a few of our sustainable initiatives:

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APPLIANCES

Equity’s Pretty Smart® program saves energy with good-looking Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers, while donating the used appliances to groups like Habitat for Humanity makes our neighborhoods stronger.



WATER CONSERVATION

Our properties have installed dual flush toilets in our bathrooms and smart watering systems on property grounds. This saves plenty of water for our finned friends.

 

 

 
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LIGHTING

From apartments with CFL bulbs to entire communities retrofitted with thousands of efficient LED lights, we shine bright by keeping lighting use (and costs) at a minimum.



ENERGY

Big projects, like energy-generating solar panels, put us at the cutting edge of conservation. And small fixes that save residents money like programmable thermostats.

 

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RECYCLING

Our communities and offices recycle everything from paper to plastic to boxes and bottles – we’ve even got high-rises that mulch!



ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS

Our wood floors and carpets combine sit-on-the-floor comfort with 100% recyclability.

 

 

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Our focus on urban locations means that public transportation is our residents’ first choice, complemented by on-site Zipcars and charging stations for electric vehicles.



AIR QUALITY

Our low-emission paint and window glass meet the highest air-quality standards in the country, and Equity’s smoke-free communities make it easy for residents to Just Breathe® in comfort and style.

 

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    GREENWORKS

Our in-house green/sustainability initiative sees the big picture, allowing us to weave sustainable and green practices into our everyday solutions.

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    "A company with heart"

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    Current Employee - Multi Site Community Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Multi Site Community Manager in Seattle, WA
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    I have been working at Equity Residential full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked for a lot of property management companies. 2 years ago when I began looking for a new company, I set my priorities towards finding a company that I could stay with long term, a company that exuded integrity and genuinely put people first.
    My experience afforded me some great offers for managing some new and competitive communities. What drew me to Equity is that they were not willing to give me one of their lease up communities. They genuinely believe in developing their employees and giving them opportunities and grow in their role. While this made me feel like I needed to take a step back, it definitely felt like a company that would give me opportunities in the future and help me grow my career as well.
    The culture at Equity is very 'people' oriented. The focus on our customers and staff typically comes before the bottom line. Making people happy will bring you the profits you seek and I feel a lot better about what I contribute on a daily bases knowing I have the right kind of support from upper management and senior leadership.
    There is definitely a sense of pride in this community and I also get the sense that retention of our employees AND residents is much higher than our competitors as well.
    If you are considering a career in property management, I highly recommend you give Equity a try.

    Cons

    I sincerely feel that Equity Residential is equipped to handle any issue and is great at communication to avoid major cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

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Equity Residential photo of: Accelerate for Sales Graduates are all smiles as they celebrate accomplishing a rigorous career development program.
Equity Residential photo of: At Equity, you can Be Yourself and Be Heard: You Matter. Pictured is one of our recent Marketing and Branding Employee Focus Groups.
Equity Residential photo of: Members of our NY property teams against an awesome backdrop of NYC real estate on National Walking Day.
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Equity Residential photo of: Exclusive rooftop access - just another perk of a Maintenance career with Equity Residential.
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Equity Residential Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Equity Residential (New York, NY) in August 2016.

    Interview

    The interview process from start to finish was very professional. It started with a phone call gauging my interest in the company, and just a general questionnaire. I was then brought in for an interview with one of the recruiters/hiring managers; during this face to face interview, he gave me a very detailed job description of what would be expected of me, company standards, and opportunities. It was pleasant, yet professional interview, that set the standard for future interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • How did you hear about equity residential? What do you bring to the table? How are your prior experiences relative to this position? What do residents needs or expect?   Answer Question
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Equity Residential Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune Magazine, 2017
  • Employee Voice Award, Quantum Workplace, 2017
  • Global Residential Sector Leader in Sustainability, GRESB, 2016
  • Global Residential Sector Leader in Sustainability, GRESB, 2015
  • Healthiest 100, Healthiest 100, 2015
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