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CBL & Associates Properties Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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Charles B. Lebovitz
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lease Ops Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Lease Operation Analyst in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Lease Operation Analyst in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CBL & Associates Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    worked with some great friends

    Cons

    too many friends and not supervisors

    Advice to Management

    get your facts before accusing


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fundamentally "ok"...but needs so much help."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CBL & Associates Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Out of touch upper managment. Severe nepitism. A multi-billion dollar company that is run like a mom & pop developer. Outdated business model and unwilling (or unable) to adapt to a very competitive environment. Low salaries, ridiculous PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take advantage of low Chattanooga, TN wages...probably one of the only reasons they have kept the headquarters in TN. Pay your people what they're worth. Improve work/life balance. 10 days of PTO for senior level employees is ridiculous, while founding family takes 4-5 months off a year, flying around on the corporate jet. Regain your competitive advantage! Invest in your properties!


  3. "Retail industry tough"

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

    I have been working at CBL & Associates Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn the aspects of retail leasing and be a part of a temp leasing program expert

    Cons

    Unfrotunately they spend money on the wrong things to make what they think is a profitable change when in reality they create more work for the staff and end up hiring more people after leaving valuable people go due to downsizing. Constant downsizing in this company. Huge layoffs constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the malls. Focus on what is right for each mall and cloning marketing attempts at every mall is a bust.


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  5. "Love the people, culture could improve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBL & Associates Properties full-time

    Pros

    Good insurance, good location. Most of the people who work there are great people.

    Cons

    IT staff is underpaid and underappreciated. Little room for professional growth. CBL prefers to hire outside the company rather than promote from within. Those who do get ahead are those who don't mind stepping on others. It can be difficult knowing who to trust. Many workers are unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    You have some amazing people who work for you. Take the time to learn their complete skillset instead of boxing them into their current role. Promote from within-- oftentimes you already have the talent you're looking for. And pay market rates!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    You have to be a suck up in order to get anywhere

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the hard workers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Could Be Better"

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

    I worked at CBL & Associates Properties (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Management needs to modernize; still operates like it's 80's and has little to no insight how to treat good employees. Everyone really wants to do their best, but management only knows how the find and focus on things [it] finds wrong. There is no appreciation for going above and beyond . There is little to zero training in anything, it's sink or swim. The first 8 months was the most miserable time of my life. Direct managers seemed to enjoy tearing you down instead of building you up and never had anything encourage to say...EVER!

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate what employees you have and MEAN IT, not just say it.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Many good people, management at the top is exceptionally disconnected."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBL & Associates Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some fabulous people that work at this company. If you're lucky to have a strong boss, you'll be shielded from much of the nonsense that goes on and actually be able to be productive and have individual growth.

    Cons

    Corporate is clueless and quite disorganized. There are distinct cliques and "favorites" and a resistance to inclusion on many levels. I was actually at meetings where there was not a single female speaker featured and there was an exceptional celebration of sports coaches from Utah and of sports in general (I don't mind sports, but when that is ALL that is featured, it gets old). They will tout how important family is, however, they have no compunction about forcing work/travel on weekends without giving any comp time in exchange, which is just silly. I truly feel that the only reason one of the larger developers haven't done a take over of this company is that it would be too much work to sell the 50 ugly properties in order to secure the 15 solid ones and the 25 so-so ones. The IT department has a stranglehold and will actually actively discourage or tell VP level managers no to simple requests because they are quite convinced that they'll be hacked. And if you'd like to have a career path there - good luck. There is minimal opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. There are some absolute gems working there, but at the rate this company is going with the new CEO, they won't be there long unless they are close to retirement.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "When it's good, it's all good, but when it's bad-look out!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CBL & Associates Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are a very family oriented company. They have great relationships within the company. I feel like I have been compensated very generously.

    Cons

    They focus too much on ROI! They need to extinguish the realtionship with ERMC that is slowly sucking the life out of our properties. Everyone rushes to make everything look pretty when we have a property review when in reality the property has their hands locked and not able to do what it takes to make the property look nice and run smoothly through out the year. Some regionals seldom visit properties and dont offer the help that we need. U feel like you are own your own! They promote people to higher positions that people in the field know of significant wrongs they have made yet go unnoticed. It's like if you click with them, your automatically in! There has been times, us in the field has sat begging for help and would get no emails, no nothing back-we would start working with each other because of no responses, yet this person got promoted?? I've seen too many times, regionals start with a project only for it to get dropped by the waist side!

    Advice to Management

    Review top management and make a change! Their needs to be more input from outsiders instead of the same key ones that does not bring in a freshness or new prospective to what management should be.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No more for growth and you are their slaves."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional environment only in dress code, great health benefits, reasonable pay

    Cons

    Gossip environment, working OT with no compensation, highly stressful, no room for growth, not a friendly environment, Lebovitz arrogant

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking that you're God and be part of the working environment with your employees instead of dividing them with a wall. Arrogance and gossip, high school. No room for growth.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Children at the helm. Literally."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CBL & Associates Properties full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Company appears to be financially sound.

    Cons

    Top down culture. Input from the field is not solicited. Bullies abound. Company is strictly driven by Return on Investment. Work environment stessful.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bad eggs at Corporate and in the field. CBL knows who they are! Life is too short to work with a-holes. A complete culture change is needed. Currently, the top three priorities at CBL are: 1. ROI ; 2. ROI ; 3. ROI. Employees, ethics, and customers are a bit further down on the list. Can you say acquisition?


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