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Council of Residential Specialists Reviews

Updated January 15, 2017
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  1. "Great organization"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Directorship in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Directorship in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people seem to really care and want to do a good job. Management has shared the overall goals so that everyone knows the importance of their individual piece of the puzzle. The benefits are second to none and getting out on Fridays at 1:00 is unheard of anywhere else. CRS makes it a point to have occasional fun outings such as bowling. The building has a health club complete with showers that is free for its tenants.

    Cons

    The commute to Michigan Avenue from Metra is far. I wish we were located nearer to the train stations.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep everyone informed at every level.


  2. "Awful"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Council of Residential Specialists full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Building is owned by National Association of Realtors therefore you can share their perks such as a gym.

    Cons

    High turnover and no room for growth. Staff is not properly onboarded and forced into unrealistic goals and doing the work of two or more employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to staff and understand that they are working as much as possible for very little salary and or bonus (if any).


  3. "Great Place to Grow Professionally"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Council of Residential Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diversity of responsibilities and support from upper management. Encouraging environment if you are goal oriented and driven.

    Cons

    A lot to do to keep up with the rapidly changing profession.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support staff and mentor them. Had a great time while I was there and miss all the creative and hardworking people.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Allowed casual clothes, able to take shorter days on Fridays if you put in extra time throughout the week

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't seem to be interested in addressing the incredibly high turnover; when employees leave their workload is simply added to another employee's (sometimes permanently)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Seek real estate association work at NAR instead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Council of Residential Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some really great staff at CRS; many coordinators who do a great job. Location of the office in convenient. Building is nice.

    Cons

    Very poor upper management. No structure in each department, with the exception of Finance. VERY high turnover because of the lack of leadership. Poor delegation and structure from VP's. Majority of workload is piled onto lowest level positions (coordinators). No opportunity for growth. Low morale in the office and VP's are known to openly speak negatively about other staff in the office, including contractors. Very hard to trust coworkers in such a turbulent environment.

    Advice to Management

    Considering the association is based on professional development within the real estate field, starting developing your own staff and spend money investing in them. Focus on staff first instead of members. If staff are happy, your members will be happy.


  7. "It was a great experience.Now I am ready for a new and next challenge and best chapter in my life"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It gave me the tools to step in the next job waiting for me

    Cons

    I had many lay offs in the last 5-6 years

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    At CRS the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be an issue.


  9. "it was not so bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Council of Residential Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    lses burden,no time limitation for a project

    Cons

    no co operations b/w co-workers
    no promotions