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Boston Properties Reviews

Updated November 14, 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. 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Prepare to be Mirco-Managed"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Property Accountant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  4. "Good place to start."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "an OK company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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"

    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
    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. "Assistant Property Manger"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Property Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Property Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in class benefits.
    Match 401k 6%

    Cons

    Difficult to move up within company. Tend to hire from the outside.
    Salary is not on par with peers in the industry. Many within company feel same way.

    Advice to Management

    Research what avg pay for each dept is vs peers in industry in each market.
    In addition, 2% raise is certainly not standard in CRE industry.

  8. "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. "Assistant Property Accountant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Great Company to work for!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture, coworkers are all friendly and vary in age. There are lots of corporate events and chances to intermingle between departments. Location is awesome in the Prudential Tower.

    Cons

    Boston Traffic is the worst


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