Mission: In 2013, The Connor Group formalized its core values, but really they’re nothing new. They’ve been associates’ guiding principles since the company was founded. The list served as both a roadmap and reminder, bulleted items that describe who we are ...
Best Places to Work: 2014 (#48)
Members of The Connor Group team are not of the apartment industry. They’re talented, driven people who just happen to work in the apartment industry.
Our associates come from an array of backgrounds. We employ former coaches and entrepreneurs, former editors and retail managers — just to name a few. Though their backgrounds vary greatly, they all share a few common traits.
They are high achievers with strong track records of success. They are dynamic leaders and come-hell-or-highwater producers. They are accountable for themselves and others. What they are not, are industry insiders. And that is by design.
We do not hire people who have worked in the industry before. Our associates don’t know the industry standards. They have no knowledge about what has been deemed impossible by others in the business. We like that. Because we don’t deal in industry standards, or impossibilities for that matter. What we do — as recruiters, trainers and leaders — is find the best and brightest individuals and teach them The Connor Group way of doing things.
We take proven people and place them into our proven systems.
We believe people are the No. 1 key to success and we treat our people accordingly.
Connor Group associates, no matter their starting position, have a real opportunity for advancement and a chance to become an equity partner in the firm. We offer our world-class training programs aimed at acclimating new hires and advancing proven performers. We believe reward and recognition are keys to job satisfaction and enjoyment. That’s why we host two awards ceremonies every year in every market and reward associates in other creative ways throughout the year. We have outstanding compensation and bonus plans, as well as tremendous health benefits and 401(k) options.
As a company, we invest in our future by investing in our associates.Profit Center Managers
Our managers aren’t “property managers,” they're “profit center managers” which means you are in charge of running your own business. If you’re a self-starter, love to exceed goals, and motivate a team of associates, then we have the perfect job for you.
Maintenance is the backbone of great customer service, from getting apartments ready for move-in or making repairs in a resident's home.
Our sales associates make the biggest difference when potential residents or customers decide where to live. If you love working with people and are a high-achiever, then you’ll love working with us.
At The Connor Group, we’ve developed a distinctively strong culture rooted in training, innovation, hard work and accountability.
People — and how they fit into our culture — always have been the key to our success. No person is irreplaceable, but every person is important. Everyone holds the rope; those who pull hardest are rewarded handsomely. The Connor Group started with three partners. It has grown to 49. That group includes service technicians, administrative assistants and top executives alike. We’ve never had a glass ceiling, so our associates have a sky’s-the-limit attitude.
Our people pride themselves on constant evaluation and improvement, but certain concepts are non-negotiable — accountability, integrity and an uncompromising commitment to excellence. Those aren’t just catchphrases or words on a page. They are, more accurately, who we are.
Associates Healthcare premiums are paid 100% after 3 years with the company. We offer medical, dental and vision insurance for associates and their families in a self-funded model - to keep associates' cost low through Anthem. We also pay for life insurance for associates through Mutual of Omaha.
We offer one of the best retirement packages in the industry. The Connor Group matches $.50 of every dollar for the first 5% associates contribute to their 401(k) retirement plan.
Each associate gets sick, personal, and vacation days that increase the longer you're with the company. You can also cash in unused time every year! Associates get six "Connor Group Days" to use within the first year.
We never have, and we never will sacrifice our world-class training program. Why? We believe excellent training is the foundation for long-term success and a key component to being the best in the business.
Here's a snapshot of our training courses:
The Connor Group has been honored by the Best Employers in Ohio program. It recently was named one of the Miami Valley’s Top Workplaces by the Dayton Daily News. The Dayton Business Journal has named it Dayton Business of the Year – and award the group has been a finalist for numerous times.
Forty under 40, Dayton Business Journal - Kids and Community Partners Director, Ryan Ernst
Best Places to Work, Dayton Business Journal
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee - Larry Connor
Best Places to Work in Ohio, Ohio Business Magazine
Business of the Year, Dayton Business Journal
Aflac Duckprint Awards
Employee's Choice - Best 50 Medium-Sized Companies to Work For, Glassdoor
Community Service, Multi-Family Executives Awards
Business of the Year, Dayton Business Journal
The Connor Group is a real estate investment firm that owns and operates apartment communities. In addition to our basic business, we’ve also been involved with a number of different causes throughout the years. But, frankly, for a long time we struggled to give our efforts a name.
Was what we were doing “philanthropy?” No, that’s too pretentious. “Charity?” Too condescending. A “trust?” Too hands-off. For a number of years we operated as a “foundation,” until we decided that was too generic.
We wanted to develop our own disciplined philosophy. Then we wanted to use that philosophy to find a select number of really good causes and help develop them into really great programs. How would we accomplish that? Certainly not just by writing checks, although that’s a big part of the equation. More importantly, we wanted to utilize the knowledge, skills and relationships we’ve developed in more than 25 years as a high-performance business.
In the end, we decided the best description for our approach was "non-profit activist investing." And we landed on the name ‘Connor Group Kids & Community Partners.’
The organizations with whom we partner serve our community in a number of ways – from employment programs for homeless teens, to after-school and summer programming for at-risk youth, to groundbreaking studies on how childhood poverty impacts resilience and what can be done about it.
Over the next 10 years, Kids & Community Partners strategically plans to invest $150 million in its non-profit endeavors. We’re also in the midst of creating two unique programs of our own that will benefit poverty-impacted students and young adults with special needs.
I have been working at The Connor Group full-time (More than a year)
Working with elite people that are relentless on improving constantly, makes The Connor Group amazing! The culture is great with high accountability for all and a high reward and recognition program. We constantly improve today what we built yesterday! I've been pushed harder the last 2 years than ever before and I've accomplished more in the last 2 years than I accomplished in the last decade at my previous employer! The culture pushes you to always be your best and keep expecting more!
We always provide honest and direct feedback. You will always know what you are doing great and what you need to work on. This is not a con for me, but this can be a con for those that do not like direct feedback so they can always get better.
Advice to Management
Keep being relentless on improving our systems and company! Continue to always invest in our people as we are our number one asset! Keep pushing us to always grow and accomplish more!
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at The Connor Group (Dayton, OH) in February 2016.
Like everyone else, I received a call from a recruiter and that went well, she then set up a time for me to do another phone screen which was more like a personality test. That also went well. I was then set up for an in person interview with the VP of Talent Acquisition. While I wouldn't say it that was a bad experience, it was a very rushed feeling and due to being rushed I don't think I was at my best. They are known for their very fast paced environment so maybe that was all planned but I think for an interview to be successful and also for the candidate to truly be able to show their true self, it shouldn't feel like such a rushed process. I truly don't harbor any negativity for it, I just wish I wouldn't have felt so rushed. I truly think I may have gone further in the process. One never knows!
I'm sure they will find someone to fill the position as it's a highly sought after position in my field here in Dayton but they missed out on one heck of a candiate and I have the recommendations to back that statement up!
I should note a few things that I thought were truly unique in an interview and that I really liked; 1. The first question I was asked was more personal in nature and that really impressed me. 2. I did get the impression that although they expect a lot out of their associates, they give a lot back in return, which is rare.
I only rated the overall experience negative due to the actual in person interview. If there were somewhat negative, or somewhat positive, I would have gone with one of those because it truly wasn't all negative.
Career Advancement Program
Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions