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Boston Properties Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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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)

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  1. "Prepare to be Mirco-Managed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Accountant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Property Accountant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly atmosphere, exposure to high end assets. 3PM fridays during the summer is great. The company offers other perks to get to know one another.

    Cons

    Training is non-existent, management's ways of reviewing things is by micromanaging their staff. My team was once called into a room to point out to the rest of the team what a person did wrong/right. That is no way of providing constructive criticism. These processes needs to be revamped with more of a thought process.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your employees more, and adapt to change. The company is ran very well but stuck in the mindset of the 50's.


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    "Property Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Properties full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people were amazing, the benefits were the best I've ever had, and the buildings are awesome.

    Cons

    Little to no room for growth after property accountant. Want to be a senior? Just wait 10 years. The current senior has been here for 15 years and just got promoted less than a year ago. They keep your title low even though you are really a senior so they can pay you less. They clock watch by checking your IMs and you have to use your time for everything. There's no making it up like every other place I worked. Plus I was exempt. Come on people. The manager can be pretty rude, and really needs to work on her people skills. She uses fear to manage and it's a terrible tactic. Plus they all micromanage you like crazy. It's like a daycare. Just don't act up. I'm the 6th person to leave the accounting team in the last year and a half if that gives you an indication of what it's like.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Offer them opportunities to learn and grow their careers. Your turnover will always be bad if you don't. Especially for people under 40. They will only deal with this for so long before they get fed up and leave.


  3. "Good place to start."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Comfortable Job.

    Cons

    Very strict environment. Low mobility. Small raises.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. They know what they are worth.


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  5. "an OK company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Level Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mid Level Management in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Boston Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The environment is pretty laid back

    Cons

    The company does not promote from within. They are hesitant to promote women. Many upper level management are retired cops who just want to collect a second income, and don't really want to do work.

    Advice to Management

    Take fewer than 7 months to hire new employees, and promote your current employees.


  6. "Treats you like family"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, team collaboration

    Cons

    No growth for Administrative staff

    Advice to Management

    Develop a plan for administrative staff to have other growth opportunities


  7. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, opportunity to promote within the company.

    Cons

    Seems to be a minimum of 2.5 years on average before you are able to promote. When I first interviewed I was told that BP really likes to hire from within but quickly learned that many assistant property manager and property manager positions end up being filled from outside the company. Another con is that I feel it is a very hierarchal company where you feel like you are expected to walk on eggshells and act/dress a certain way in front of certain higher-ups. I guess I am not used to that from other companies I have worked for in the past.


  8. "Assistant Property Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Property Accountant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Property Accountant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Properties full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with.
    Exciting properties in portfolio.
    Benefits are OK.

    Cons

    Very corporate and strict culture
    Pay is poor relative to other companies


  9. "Desktop Support Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Company is enthusiastic about the work. There is a lot of room to grow at the company learning may different skills beyond what you expected to learn

    Cons

    The ability to move up in the company can be difficult. The company is growing but the space in which they occupy is not.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Life is what you make it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    They have very good benefits

    Cons

    There is not that much room for growth


  11. "Various"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I think the best reason to work here is the exposure to large scale projects and investments. The people are bright and the history of the company's leadership had been good.

    Cons

    There can be a little complacency driven by the tenure of senior employees and the relatively static nature of the business. Those seeking an entrepreneurial environment will find themselves frustrated by the rigid nature of a a large public real estate company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and be more transparent about the cyclical nature of the business and it's potential impact on long term employment up front within the recruiting process


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