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Boston Properties Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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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. "maint"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    40 hours a week pay

    Cons

    micro manage from top to bottom


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Micro-Managed Beyond Belief"

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    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.

  3. 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.


  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. 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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. 401k matched 200%. Opportunity to get up to 4 weeks vacation. Fun group to work with.

    Cons

    Upper Management doesn't seem to care about employees' work/personal life balance. Still seems like an old mans club- maternity leave bare minimum, senior executives all male, etc. Not a ton of room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Flex-time would be nice.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manage your expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    The compensation is competitve with the general market. The location is spectacular with many amenities and restaurants nearby. Workload is very reasonable for financial-type firm

    Cons

    Can be overly analytical and slow with regards to personnel promotions/hiring. There tends to be a lot of energy spent for CYA instead of just resolving problems.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize how much of a solid staff is in place as compared to other firms. Take some time to make the workplace a little more fun.


  9. "Overall experience was OK. Hard to move up quickly."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Class A downtown property exposure

    Cons

    hard to move up because serious management not focused on capabilities of admins

    Advice to Management

    focus on your employee improvement


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Ok, but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great 401K, holidays, time off. Health insurance used to be better but that is pretty much everywhere now.
    Employee perks are great. Some of the managers are really great to work with.
    It is a great company, but some things need to change.

    Cons

    - People that do great are rarely recognized, the recognition always goes to the manager that didn't do anything.
    - Won't promote from within to people that deserve it, think that you are nothing without a bachelors degree even though you have more on the job experience than someone who has a bachelors off the street.
    - Pile a lot of extra work on without getting paid for what you truly do.
    - Pay isn't all that great.
    - Micromanagement, higher management treat lower level employees like they don't know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the lower level people that help your properties run and create a good name for your company. Promote people that truly deserve it, don't hold them back just because of education, on the job experience goes a long way and is valuable as well.


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