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American Appraisal Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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American Appraisal Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Zvesper
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Pros
  • Great Team, Great Work Life Balance, Great Work (in 9 reviews)

  • Co-workers in the field are good people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for the amount of work and sacrifice made to ones own life (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Ok, but could be better"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Appraisal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A bit unorganized. but good people. Overall a possitive experience.

    Cons

    The pay is not good.


  2. "American Appraisal is now Duff & Phelps"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Appraisal part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Thankfully, Duff & Phelps acquired this company.

    Cons

    Low pay/Benefits are cheap
    Poisonous company culture
    Management does not manage

    Overall, just a very poorly managed company.

    Advice to Management

    The acquisition is the best thing that could have ever happened to this company besides shutting it down all together.

  3. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of travel, small office with good work-life balance. Interview was easy. Ability to develop and move up there if you push.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. Not for everyone. Pay low compared to competition. Travel policies tight and hard to stay within during contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Duff and Phelps has purchased this company and I am sure some things have changed. Management should be more available to lower level staff.


  4. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has good foreign operations.

    Cons

    The company's bonus payments are arbitrary


  5. "Overall Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Technician
    Former Employee - Technician
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel benefits such as hotel points and airline miles. You get to see the whole country (and world in some instances). The daily per diem is nice when you are out in the field. Some projects are better than others.

    Cons

    Unpredictable work schedule. One week you will be working and the next you will not (without pay). Not for someone who cannot be away from home life for weeks on end.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is important. Problems arise in the field when everyone isn't on the same page.


  6. "Solid job if just starting out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent hours, not too much stress.

    Cons

    100% travel can be tough


  7. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Appraisal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent work life balance during tenure

    Cons

    stuck in the past with certain things

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly Managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Appraisal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are usually on par with fair market. Work/Life balance is usually fair. Acquisition by Duff & Phelps may help remedy the poor management of the company. The people you work with are great.

    Cons

    Too many "leaders" and little, to no accountability. There are no incentives for non-management employees (other than not being fired), so many employees tend to fly under the radar and do just enough work to ensure their job security.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making decisions based solely on what you think. Get input from your employees about how well you are managing and what tools and training they feel they need. Manage to grow the company/service lines, not just to get a good performance review from your superior.


  9. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Appraisal (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, focused deleivery teams and sales professionals with limited direction and motivation to perform or out perform the marketplace.

    Cons

    Litlle or no business planning. Lack of motivation, expense reporting is to funny to describe, sales force is still on a draw, thank goodness for D@P or this ship would have sank. Joe V is a solid leader.

    Advice to Management

    Provide strategic planning to motivate employees. Where do you see the company in 3-5 years, how are you going to achieve those goals, what have or will put in place to achieve these goals. The ABC's of strategic management would go along way..


  10. "Good Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Although employees are really busy in season for a few month, they usually enjoy their work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salary is not bad, but not competitive neither.


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