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Arbor Realty Trust Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Arbor Realty Trust Chairman, President, and CEO Ivan Kaufman
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  1. "Great place to get your foot into the working world"

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

    Pros

    -Open environment where you can feel free to ask as many questions as you'd like
    -A lot of independent hands on work
    -You can tell management actually cares

    Cons

    -Training was set up awfully
    -Not the best pay


  2. "Very Divisive Executive Leadership Structure"

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

    I worked at Arbor Realty Trust full-time

    Pros

    The pay was good. I really enjoyed working with most of the other employees within Arbor.

    Cons

    Arbor's lending platforms function in separate silos within the company. The communication is poor and incentives aren't shared properly to encourage good teamwork across these silos.

    Advice to Management

    Everybody is on the same team.

  3. "good place to work out of school"

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

    I have been working at Arbor Realty Trust full-time

    Pros

    great learning environment. lots of deals.

    Cons

    Lots of class C assets in rural parts of the country


  4. "Arbor"

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    Current Employee - Asset Manager in Depew, NY
    Current Employee - Asset Manager in Depew, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arbor Realty Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for career development and promotion. Work varies daily with new challenges and little opportunity for any monotony.

    Cons

    Health insurance is not a preferred provider for the area due to limited options. Other than that, is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Would appreciate more options for health insurance. Current health care provider gives limited options for where to receive care in the area.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior"

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    • Culture & Values
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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 Arbor Realty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial; flexible; NY based HdQtrs; Focuses on driving a new strong culture; Cares about its most precious resources, employees...especially the revenue generators. The opportunities presented are great for the Originators from open geographies, to many lines of products and services available to fulfill their clients' needs, as well as great benefits.

    Cons

    Old/past reputation still lingers in the marketplace, which is unfortunate because Arbor is a company that is renewing it's culture and engaging its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people and transparently communicating


  6. "Great Corp Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    managers always willing to help

    Cons

    I dont really have any


  7. Helpful (1)

    "good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good atmosphere. great people. great flexiblility

    Cons

    We need greater brand awareness

    Advice to Management

    invest more in marketing and management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A job"

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

    I have been working at Arbor Realty Trust (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Has a good work/life balance besides senior management the work culture is nice

    Cons

    Unless you are in senior management your work and views don't matter. In addition pay is poor and there are few opportunities for advancement.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Arbor -- Not the Place for Professional Growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Uniondale, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in Uniondale, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When the market was thriving, Arbor did see significant deal flow. In other words, Arbor was in the game. If you are fortunate to hook up with a manager who will support and promote you internally, you can go places.

    Cons

    Most senior management is in it for themselves. Many of these managers may be good salespeople, etc. but they are lousy managers. Some simply don't care how their staff members are treated--unless it will somehow benefit them. Promotion/advancement can be very slow in coming and compensation is less than what you could get at a comparable firm.

    Advice to Management

    Manage down! Keep your people informed and treat them as members of the team instead of worker bees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Expect to Advance to the Top"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Uniondale, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in Uniondale, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient location if you live in Nassau County. You will see business, since Arbor is known in the market. Arbor is in the business of making money so when the market is strong, deals do get done. If you are straight out of college, it's a decent place to hang for 18-24 months as you will get a decent amount of experience under your belt. If you are more seasoned --i.e., 10+ years of experience--then it's more a roll of the dice. Benefits are OK, but don't expect 2-for-1 401-k matching--or even 1-for-1. If you like bagels then you're all set: Free bagels on Wed morning.

    Cons

    Small company mentality. Senior management does what it wants, doesn't deem it necessary to communicate with the rank and file. Keeps pay low and advancement is difficult unless you are a favored son/daughter. If your group head doesn't strongly push for recognition for his people don't expect to see raises or promotions coming your way. You will feel that while senior management gets richer, you are stuck in a rut. There's a large sense of people looking out for themselves. No true team spirit. Also, if you have ever worked in NYC you will note the big downside to being out of it by working in the 'burbs.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of managing down, incentivize your employees.


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