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Pros
  • Decent pay, good benefits, opportunity to promote within the company (in 6 reviews)

  • Great company with great benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no room for growth for the administrative staff, unless you moved into Property Management (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Property Accountant"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Eh"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and properties but that's about it. Premier locations but the salary lacks significantly

    Cons

    Impossible to move up. Positions are filled based on relationships of higher management and their friends. No recognition of work or basis for salary increases.

    Advice to Management

    It will continue to be a revolving door until you recognize your employees and their skills. Hiring unqualified people may make you look good with your friends but is making good employees leave

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Formal, old school ways company"

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    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Property Management Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, interesting properties.

    Cons

    Upper management treats lower level employees very poorly. Not a lot of confidence is given to employees they are doing good job. The annual review process is painful, long, and drawn out. Everything in this company is very formal. Not a lot of what is preached is practiced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees happy. Work on changing titles especially for Admins and treating them like secretaries.


  4. "People have nothing better to do than to complain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Properties full-time

    Pros

    401K match, Getting out at 3Pm on Fridays, 4 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Workloads are unmanageable and managers know it and do not care. Old and stuffy atmosphere. Other departments have nothing better to do than to complain about others work/conduct.

    Advice to Management

    Work on pleasing employees instead of aggravating them so much they want to leave to escape stuffy boys club mentality.


  5. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Property Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Property Management in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall friendly staff. Most managers competent,

    Cons

    Very conservative, some middle management poor

    Advice to Management

    lighten up


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible managers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - nice office space
    - successful company who prides themselves at being the best at what they do
    - supportive of development and promote within

    Cons

    micromanagers running certain departments. looking at what time you get to your desk, what time you leave for lunch, when you leave for the day, etc. not a laid back envirnoment at all. very stuffy mens club.

    Advice to Management

    get some good managers in there and make sure people are excited about coming in to work everyday. it would help with the turnover.


  7. "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building to work in. Nice offices.

    Cons

    24/7 work mentality. TERRIBLE management. They treat their employees like dogs.

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to your employees.

  8. "Corporate company with little opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well known in real estate industry, exposure to many departments

    Cons

    Do not promote from within, no opportunity for advancement, annual review process is very time consuming to only have the same result of a very small raise and no title change, office management treats employees like children.

    Advice to Management

    You are losing great employees left and right because they feel under appreciated.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Company structure skewed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Day to day contacts within company are very nice and professional. Smaller managers are reasonable but can be very different between portfolios. Great amount of time off as well as summer hours. Great place to start out in the property management field.

    Cons

    Red tape is everywhere. Much more focus on policies and procedures than going out and improving assets and retaining tenants. Very clear that it is WHO you know and not WHAT you know that will get you noticed in such a big company. If you don't toot your own horn once in awhile then no one else will. Majority of the employees have the mindset of using the company to get ahead in the field but do not plan on staying with the company for the long haul.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the great talent that you already have working for you. Give props where props are due. Maybe internal audit should start looking at the managers involved with hiring and I'm not talking about HR.


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