Mission: At Simon, we are proud of our key strengths: our high quality properties, strong balance sheet, and talented leadership. We are passionate about our company, we act with integrity, we embrace innovation, and we are committed to excellence in everything we do.
I have been working at Simon Property Group full-time
A very solidly run company
There are opportunities to reduce overhead.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Simon Property Group.
1-- Applied online - experience was average or expected
Received an email - they were interested in my application, had an invitation to take their skills matching online assessment. (Also received call from local GM confirming this invitation) Received request very shortly after applying online - definitely less than a week.
2-- Skills matching assessment - experience was intense and seemingly never ending. Was told this would take an hour and a half at most --- 3-4 hours later I finished. Logic questions, math questions, vocabulary questions.
3-- Local Interview in person - Informed I passed with high marks 95%? - invited to Interview at local office. Experience was average or expected. Met with GM - she was fantastic. Really had good report. Also met marketing assistant and she was pretty good, too. Given the impression this was a slam dunk. Almost 2 hour local interview.
4-- Phone interview with Regional Marketing Manager - scoped out her LinkedIn profile, she'd pretty much only worked for Simon in her work history. One hour phone interview
5-- Phone interview with Regional Business Development Manager - scoped out his LinkedIn profile, he'd pretty much only worked for Simon in his work history. One hour phone interview.
6-- Interview at Corporate -- a week later they FLEW ME TO INDIANAPOLIS. Not sure if it was designed to impress - but it didn't - I was more annoyed than anything that they didn't have enough from this process to close the deal. Yet, I do understand that it is less expensive to fly someone in for ANOTHER interview than to train the wrong candidate. At the airport at 5:30am -- didn't return until 10:45pm that same day - they didn't bother to set a lunch or dinner meeting or even pick me up at the airport. I was responsible for transfers and food, they would reimburse me -- still waiting for that. 2 hour interview at corporate plus an entire day of travel)
HOMEWORK A: present a 30-60-90 day onboarding / sales success plan and review with Regional Marketing & Regional Business Development Managers (at least 2-3 hours to prepare)
HOMEWORK B: prepare a Simon Brand Ventures pitch to a prospective client and present to Regional Marketing & Regional Business Development Managers (PowerPoint, no more than 10 slides) (at least 8 hours to prepare)
7-- "Since we're here" - invited me to meet a Vice President that oversaw the General Managers while in Indianapolis. She kept me waiting easily 20+ minutes with these other regional directors. Finally had a chance to spend about 10 minutes with her while a bunch of staffers were having some sort of happy hour on the patio. I thought this went well for the limited time we had. Thanked for my time and I asked when they would be making a decision, they said by next week some time.
Arrived home by 11:00pm - by 3:45pm the NEXT DAY I had a rejection letter in my email. (Not even a phone call). I honestly left feeling I aced this hoop jumping extravaganza interview marathon. I've held MUCH MORE PROMINENT positions than what I was interviewing for and didn't have to circus stunt like this.
After being shocked for about an hour - a stark realization hit me -- if they cannot or will not empower the local general manager to make a hire decision (the person who would be my immediate supervisor) a) what do they think of her? Are they looking to get rid of her? b) if I'm seeing THIS MUCH micromanaging in the interview process - what would it be like to work for these people? I spent WELL OVER 40 hours of my life researching and preparing presentations, flying to Indianapolis, taking their online assessment and meeting for a total of 6 1/2 hours of interviews - to not land this less then desirable paying job?!! I think this worked out for the best.
PLEASE BEWARE OF THE CULTURE - don't get excited until you get the job, tell them you "bleed Simon" even if it's not well branded in your community (like mine - it's a MALL not a "SIMON MALL" - nobody around here knows the parent company) because I truly feel after this experience that they'd rather believe a lie than admit that branding is not strong everywhere. GOOD LUCK - but be careful you DON'T WASTE TOO MUCH OF YOUR PRECIOUS JOB SEARCHING TIME!