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Updated January 2, 2018
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Owen D. Thomas
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Pros
  • Decent pay, good benefits, opportunity to promote within the company (in 6 reviews)

  • Buildings are the best in class and the company is fair and honest in all it's dealings (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no room for growth for the administrative staff, unless you moved into Property Management (in 5 reviews)

  • The company does not promote from within (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good run"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are okay for the here and now but not for the future

    Cons

    No retirement concerns if you work out in the field. Only VP's get a pension

    Advice to Management

    Remember team members that give you 5/10/15/20 years and aren't VPs should be cared about by the company PENSIONS for EVERYBODY!


  2. "Eh take it or leave it - Good Resume Addition"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Properties full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big bonus in February, never had layoffs. Large company recognition when seeking employment elsewhere - not hard to find a better job with BP on your resume.

    Cons

    Extremely cliquey. If you’re not in the clique your probably being talked about. No communication between supervisor and employee. Everyone works in a silo no structure in place for collaboration or self improvement. Large turn around of employees for certain departments which slows down work because you have to train new employees on procedures or process. Management fails to address employee complaints about work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Build teams that collaborate instead of pitting people against each other. Address employee work environment concerns.

  3. "Property Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Property Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Team, structure, upper management are supportive. benefits are top notch. If you're not happy with your current boss/company you will like this company/culture.

    Cons

    Pay not at their peers. Going to lose some good people if they don't change their ways.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to your important PMs


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company...few opportunities"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You will never find better people to work with than at Boston Properties. Leaving the people is the hardest part about leaving the company.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth for the administrative staff, unless you moved into Property Management. There is little flexibility with hours.


  5. "BP"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time

    Pros

    BP is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Wish parking was paid for.


  6. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Boston Properties full-time

    Pros

    - Involved in interesting properties and deals
    - Industry leader with strong management

    Cons

    - Upward mobility
    - Old school work environment


  7. "Property Accountant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Property Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, individual office for each property accountant, summer Fridays at 3 pm, BXP lunch for employees to get together once a month, free snacks & hot beverages. Managers have been working with the company more than 15 years; they know every detail of work and hands-on for the team.

    Cons

    Need to re-structure for training.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to hire candidates with good work ethics. This will reduce the need for micro-managing. I heard stories of former employee sleeping during working hours and another one coming to work with a hang-over.

    Adjust position titles to match job description: Assistant Property Accountant can be Property Accountant. Property Accountant can be Senior Property Accountant. Senior Property Accountant can be Accounting Manager. And Accounting Manager can be Assistant Controller.

    Speed up the hiring process for new employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Micro-Managed Beyond Belief"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent medical/dental
    Free lunch once a month
    Snacks and free good coffee/espresso
    Monthly commuter contribution to employee

    Cons

    Below market salaries
    Micro managed by managers to microscopic levels
    Very 1960's office environment
    Stingy vacation amount of only two weeks that must be used for any amount of time away from office
    Employees seem to watch each other way too closely -
    So many restrictions that it seems to be less about how well you do the job and more about other things
    Sad office culture with negative attitudes
    Very cliquey office environment - feels like high school again but worse

    Advice to Management

    Provide complete training along with online career development for all employees including your support staff. Invest in your employees and they will be motivated to stay and work hard. Providing negative feedback and harping on an employee when they make a mistake doesn't motivate anyone to stay and try to do better. Stop with the monitoring and reporting of others and just worry about doing your own job. Allow flexibility with schedules. Update your systems to online approval system. Provide PTO of three weeks not including sick time. Upgrade your benefits to offer more to employees then just the minimum benefits of medical and dental.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Chief Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    401k, bonus, high exposure to industry professionals.

    Cons

    Very Little growth opportunity unless you come in on the ground floor. Management expectations are high yet offer no real training. You will be expected to do not only your job but other people's job as well. Compensation does not always match the work load


  10. Helpful (1)

    "PMC"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator
    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time

    Pros

    great experience and exposure to some of the best properties in Boston

    Cons

    easy to get stuck in your role; very few opportunities for advancement, unless employees leave the company.


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