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Updated Oct 21, 2016

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2.8
41%
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Cummings Properties President & CEO Dennis A. Clarke
Dennis A. Clarke
36 Ratings
Pros
  • "They offer a 401K, a holiday bonus, you get a free turkey at Thanksgiving and there are bonuses for attendance and safety(in 4 reviews)

  • "(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "I worked grounds crew and the team leader was a great guy but his right hand guy not so much(in 6 reviews)

  • "Most of the mid-level and grounds staff seemed honest and able to tell what's right and wrong(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good but very iratating"

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    Former Employee - Grounds Crew in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cummings Properties full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you busy and lots of room to improve.. Good people to work with

    Cons

    One complaint I have about this company is who the choose to be incharge.. I worked grounds crew and the team leader was a great guy but his right hand guy not so much.. He would disappear for a good 45 minutes atleast every two hours and then yell when he got back and it wasn't done to his standards.. When a boss would show up he would grab a tool out of someone else's hands to make it look like he was working.. And honestly half the time I was at work I didn't feel appreciated all I ever felt like was a number.. I think you guys should personalty look into who your team leaders have running crews

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    Advice to Management

    Just look into who your team leaders choose to run there crews

    Cummings Properties2015-02-14
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Beverly shop"

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    Former Employee - Shop in Beverly, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cummings Properties full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    there are no pros what so ever

    Cons

    It"s literally embarrassing to say I wasted 6 months of my time involved with this company, This company has so much waste and is so inefficient it would blow your mind, The Beverly shop10,000 sq. ft. of complete waste and mismanagement,Twenty something year old building products just sitting there year after year rotting away that will never be used because its to out dated.The first day other employees told me that the dumpster is my best friend,and don't let anyone see you throwing things out,you literally cant move due to the crap and waste unorganized and laying around in a leaky waste filled un cared for warehouse.Other employees are scared to death of the bosses and talk about him but the second he comes around they hang on his coat tail its actually so embarrassing.They reward employees with 25$ gift cards for hopping in dumpsters to get out recycling material,there is a point when waste equals ineffiency and Cummings has reached that point.For grounds workers and shop workers if you can support your family on crappy pay and are content with going to work with absolutely no chance of a promotion then apply, and as long as you get along with there weird philosophy that somehow if you save everything and don't make waste then you will save money then this is the spot for you.

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    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't need advice they need integrity

    Cummings Properties2016-10-21
  3. Helpful (11)

    "Some ethical dilemmas"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cummings Properties full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fair compensation, focus on good writing skills, decent benefits package (though often changed annually so the company could minimize its share of cost in providing health care plan for employees), work location was convenient and had lots of stores/restaurants/services on-site or nearby.

    Cons

    Most of the mid-level and grounds staff seemed honest and able to tell what's right and wrong. It's the leadership that seems to have challenges at times. One year, senior leadership distributed an "anonymous management survey" to about 40 managers. A lot of emphasis was placed on asking for very candid, honest, and detailed feedback, as well as specifically noting that names should NOT be included on returned surveys, as this was all "anonymous." Once the survey went out, within a couple hours some of my colleagues noticed that their survey sheets had tiny pin holes punched in various locations on the sheets. We began comparing with other staff, and learned that most of the other sheets had been coded, too. Huge letdown, and the senior leadership was forced to address it (though weakly done and conceding that the surveys had, indeed, been coded). Left a really sour taste with a lot of us, and then had two other similar disappointing experiences during my time there, always seeming to start at the top and trickling down. Those also ended with the president explaining them away. Not sure why they feel the need to mistrust employees and occasionally do things on the sly. Not the mark of a professional firm when your employees lose trust in the leaders. A few years ago several of the very top managers left the company within an eight month period, "for different reasons" that also seemed to be explained away by leadership. In reality, most of us had heard of grievances expressed by those people, and in the end they each decided to resign. Was also familiar with the company often encouraging staff to "like" company postings on Facebook and submit positive reviews about the company on various sites. It's also a very stereotypical "tall white male" management environment- not much diversity represented.

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    Advice to Management

    Be more honest. Seriously. And please don't try to explain away this review like has been done for so many of the other reviews here- it's factual and candid. If you want to improve the company and its reputation, start at the top.

    Cummings Properties2016-01-02
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Not a great place to work but with a few changes, it could be."

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

    I have been working at Cummings Properties full-time

    Pros

    I've been with this company for a few years now. This is a very steady job. There are no lay offs and you get 40-50 hours a week year round. They offer a 401K, a holiday bonus, you get a free turkey at Thanksgiving and there are bonuses for attendance and safety. Health insurance is expensive here, I think close to $200 a month for a single and close to $500 for a family plan but if you opt out and have your own insurance you get a stipend which is nice. 

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    Cons

    With the good comes the bad, Cumming's is no exception. The pay scale here is bad. The field staff (Grounds and trades crews) all get at least $2/hr less than they're worth with some of the trades guys further off than that. The company tells us that is the trade off for the guaranteed hours and O/T but is it really fair to work 45-50 hrs for a 40 hr paycheck?  Another big problem with this company is that they do not like to give raises. Many of the field employees have gone years without a raise. The company likes to use the "It's a tough economy, we're lucky to have jobs" excuse (Quoted from Greg Ahearn, Field Staff Manager).  Management. The management here more closely resembles prison wardens. They are constantly watching you and even at some points trying to set you up for failure. I understand that it is the responsibility of management to make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing, that's fine. The things to which I am referring are a whole different matter. Things like taking an extra minute or two at break time or going to break or lunch late because you are working on something. Additionally, There is NO communication between management. You can be doing exactly what you've been told to by your team leader and then get in trouble for it because a division manager didn't want that thing done. These incidents happen regularly at Cumming's properties.  Safety. The company has been on a rampage of late. This sounds like a good thing right? Wrong. It's only when it suits them (i.e. when they can write a safety violation and dock an employee some money). When it suits their needs it's called being "on the bus". They require employees to harness in when working within 6 ft of anything you can fall 4 ft from or when roping equipment onto a roof but yet the entire company has only 6 or 7 harnesses. This wouldn't be such a bad thing but everything here is a rush so there is never time to go and get what you need to be up to code on a job that requires things like harnesses or a bigger ladder. Your team leader will simply tell you to do it really quickly (as if that's safer) so you don't get caught and you'd best comply or you'll be labeled slow or a trouble maker. Work quality. The quality of the work done at Cumming's is a joke. The company skimps at every single opportunity. If there is any possible way to avoid spending money, they will seek it out. I know this is common in our current economic environment but not to this extent. I'm talking about reusing things like studs, carpet, electrical outlet boxes, electrical breaker panels, and junk hvac equipment.  As a tradesman, you always want to turn out quality work you can take pride in but it's impossible to do that when you're forced to piece together scrap materials and used junk to get the job done.

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    Advice to Management

     Cumming's Properties has the potential to become one of those companies people wait in line to become a part of. All you need to do is get behind your guys,. It would work wonders for moral if the field employees didn't feel like you were out gunning for them. Also, the company is making money hand over fist, try spreading it out a little bit

    Cummings Properties2014-01-08
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