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American Realty Advisors Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Stanley L. Iezman
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  1. "Great Access to Senior Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Realty Advisors full-time

    Pros

    ARA fosters great opportunities for new employees to network with Senior Management.

    Cons

    Some office areas lack natural light. However, the new office in downtown LA will have great natural light.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Job Seeker Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Realty Advisors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The pay is decent if not weighted against the culture, so if pay is more important than environment this may be the place for you.
    - Some good people who work there

    Cons

    - Narrow growth opportunities
    - Hyper micro-management with highly unprofessional chastisements
    - Tremendous turnover

    Advice to Management

    Would only fall on deaf ears. They've had plenty of spot-on negative reviews written on this site and the only thing that does is send them on a witch hunt for the perpetrators

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Horrific Work Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Realty Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Analyst positions have access to senior management and decision makers. The small, autocratic environment is good training ground for those with very thick skins and for a short term.

    Attention to detail and demand for high quality work product allows employees an opportunity to "up their game." Employees are generally highly educated and highly competent, although they are not treated as such.

    Cons

    Founder’s crippling micromanagement and irresponsible leadership style make this one of the worst work cultures I've experienced. I’ve seen the CEO express a level of contempt for his employees and staff that can only be described as heartbreaking and cruel. CEO leads by fear and intimidation, making the rounds on a weekly basis to swear at, demean and humiliate employees, both publicly in hallways, kitchens and conference rooms, and behind closed doors. Objectives and expectations are thus communicated vs. being outlined at the onset of a project, so employees are constantly scrambling to try to interpret objectives, and falling short of expectations.

    Many employees have been suffering under this oppression for years, making morale at an all time low. The majority of employees are generally wonderful, competent, and loyal people, who have the company’s and the CEO’s success first and foremost in their objectives. Long term employees who have learned to survive this constantly churning environment have paid a price, and it shows.

    Advice to Management

    Improve leadership by clearly communicating objectives, delegating responsibility and considering input from the expertise employees bring to the table.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Duplicitous Organization"

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

    I have been working at American Realty Advisors full-time

    Pros

    The company does have some great advantages for newly out-of-school employees. There is an opportunity for training if you can handle the awful behavior of the top managers. They scream, demean, and are otherwise dehumanize people.

    Cons

    The top managers, particularly the CEO, scream at people all the time. The CEO does not care about his people, unless they are in the top spot. His behaviour, at times, can be hostile, demeaning, and most disappointingly, disingenuous. It is as if he is too people; one is charismatic and charming, and the other is outright mean.

    Advice to Management

    Do not sell one story when you are interviewing and have another reality when people are working for the firm. Trust that people are there to do a good job.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Asset management"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Encino, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Encino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Realty Advisors (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Research tools and well known company

    Cons

    Ownership enjoys cursing out employees on a weekly basis


  6. "Good opportunity for the right person"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Realty Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Very intense work environment that challenges everyone to high standards. Very focused on collaborative process and results. Fast pace and you will be challenged to excel. If you know your stuff and produce -- effort and results are positively recognized.

    Cons

    Not a place for the meek or to come and hide and just do your job. Requires cultural buy-in and LOTS of communication. Long time employees tend to avoid the drama of short termers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fewer and more critical initiatives. Loosen up a bit and give more balanced positive/negative feedback.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Associate position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Realty Advisors full-time

    Pros

    A professional services environment that offers a challenging and rewarding environment. Great for people who are eager to develop and take ownership of their own career. Different management styles across each department but it's what makes the firm successful

    Cons

    The reviews give the firm a poor image of their leadership style. The environment isn't for everyone but really, very few firms have the right cultural fit. It's a firm worth considering.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Autocratic Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Most employees are friendly, intelligent, and watch out for each other's best interest.
    - The pay is fair.

    Cons

    - Leadership subscribes to "The E-Myth" style of management where every task is outlined in minute detail in employee manuals. Employees are prohibited from deviating from these manuals and must file monthly reports outlining the amount of time spent on each task. Should an employees fail to follow the process outlined in the manual, they can expect an antiquated form of disciplinary action (often on display for the rest of the company). These policies have led to severe micro-managing and disparaged employees.
    - Lack of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than taking efforts to address the symptoms of poor management (i.e.: hiring internal & 3rd parties to try and suppress negative reviews) the company should attempt to fix the underlying problem. This would also have the benefit of creating a sustainable company that can survive once the head of the firm inevitably retires.


  9. "Growing competent team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great folks to work with. Teammates are friendly and considerate. Company is continually growing at a consistent pace. Not a lot of bureaucracy like some of the other big companies. Stuff gets done.

    Cons

    Your work is visible, since it is a mid-sized company. So if you're looking for a place to hide, this is not the place for you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate CEO"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Realty Advisors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The CEO is passionate about real estate and expects employees to share in that passion. His love of real estate is well known throughout the company and the industry.

    Cons

    The hiring process can last longer than usual. Prospective employees are required to have multiple interviews.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to have open dialogue with employees and be willing to embrace new ideas. This is paramount to continue the success that the firm has achieved for nearly three decades.


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