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Douglas Emmett Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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Pros
  • They seem to have fine tuned the business of property management and have a positive work environment as well as amazing employee benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Douglas Emmett is a great company to work for (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • No cons yet noted working with DE (in 10 reviews)

  • Inconsistency of Management; very low pay for the job that's being done (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "The worst place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If someone wants to gain more experience in Real Estate , Douglas Emmett is a good source of learning; otherwise there is no future.

    Cons

    Very low compensation, they pay how much they want, even it is not comparable to other companies. Everyone complain about their salaries every day.

    Advice to Management

    Pay decent salaries to employees not just pay for your houses in Malibu. And be professional to all level of employees.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Low pay."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are nice and have been very helpful. Company does not overwork you but they monitor every minute you are late.

    Cons

    Pay is way under market...way under market.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Hard work does not pay off!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager & Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager & Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with a never ending flow of work. There will always be work for you to do, so you will never really feel that your job is in jeopardy because of the lack of work. There are some good, honest, hardworking people here. The ideal candidate would be an interior designer, because it is a lot about selecting finishes and preparing signage.

    Cons

    It is very corporate and you have to be extra cautious in everything you do. Too many meetings, emails and miscellaneous items that prevent you from doing actual work. The position is extremely demanding and the pay is very minimal (unless negotiated aggressively upfront). They want to quantify your results, such as, did you complete your project on time and within budget. These are the two most important aspects. The numbers never tell the story of all the associated problems with a certain project, but they are quick to blame for not producing a project under budget (w/ 10% savings) and on schedule. If you are an exempt employee, this position will demand a lot of your personal time. The director and the other project manager have a prior work relationship, so if you do crack their clique you may feel like an outcast. It is difficult to make design decisions because it needs to be approved first by the director and on bigger decisions it needs to be approved by the Upper Management Group. This obviously adds to delays on getting things done on time.

    Advice to Management

    Give proper training or guidance to candidates on projects with little or no familiarity. Positive reinforcement and support during the span of employment. Limit the micro management. And show that you actually care for the well being of your employees.


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Look For Something Else"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are good people here, however what they all share in common is the frustration for the low pay. Santa Monica is nice in the summer. That is really the only perk.

    Cons

    - very very very low pay in the accounting department.
    - fear based culture
    - top down culture, 5 execs and 2 VP's make all the money, the rest of the staff is paid with peanuts and m&m's

    Advice to Management

    If you pay your people as if they are desperate for a job, you will be left with people who are desperate for a job.. Update your computers, your technology is seriously outdated.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Rotten at the top"

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

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively stable and successful company.

    Cons

    Ruled by fear. Officer level staffed by veterans who have long since lost touch with their employees and are bereft of compassion. They no longer recognize that their employees are what make the company successful. Below average pay, ethical and even moral lapses by CEO and COO.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to move on.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Been here too long...."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Management in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Property Management in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. Pretty Stable company.

    Cons

    Lack of training, obsession with leasing but won't put money into their properties, low pay, couldn't care less about their hardworking, loyal employees, very low moral, no one is happy, too old fashioned. Employees are treated as if they are disposable. Company was much better before going public.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your employees are smart, hardworking, and loyal. The company has a very high turnover and you really need to figure out why.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "One of the most micro-managed real estate companies"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Unhealthy culture, very outdated systems, very rigid in operating procedures, no career advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Please do not look down on your employees


  9. Helpful (11)

    ""Recent positive reviews are most likely fake, beware!""

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you need a first job, you can start here and get some experience, but there is high turnover for a reason - they don't pay market rates and any position. In fact, you are grossly underpaid and what's worse is they know it too.

    Cons

    Pay is way under market - way way under market. It's always about the bottom line, company will not spend money to invest in aging buildings or there own office equipment. "Fear" is a tactic used in a variety of different ways to spur job performance. Definitely steer clear of this place. Best of luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    none - you wont consider it anyway.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Do not trust this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers and.....let me think some more....

    Cons

    An untrustworthy management that is not in touch with reality. Pay that is worthy of the early 80's and if you have to fill out your own review to get a holiday bonus, think about that. Upper management is disconnected and middle management are yes men. No educational benefit other than TPC training. Low end, high co payment health insurance...consider Obama care before applying . I wonder why there is not a revolving door in HR as there is high turn over when people finally get what this company is all about. If you are a corporate yes man...apply here.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of some where and stop ruling by fear and intimidation. Stop taking kickbacks from outside contractors. Do not plead poverty while dumping money into purchase of buildings in Los Angeles and Hawaii. Class A buildings extent pass the elevator lobby


  11. Helpful (10)

    "unhealthy culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time

    Pros

    They'll hire just about anyone, regardless of what company they come from or if they have a criminal history. You can always expect to meet new people every month because the turnover is pretty high.

    Cons

    Ethically questionable behaviors by management and unfair treatment of low ranking employees, along with inconsistency in policies and procedures make it difficult if not impossible to work and be productive at this company. Additionally, backstabbing and gossiping are rampant. All in all, a text book example of how an organization should not operate in terms of treating employees. Pay rate is below, way below, industry's standard. Appropriate training is not provided to new employees. There is no such a thing as coaching and mentoring. No one cares about career development plans for staff. Mid level managers are incompetent and treat their staff in such a horrible condescending manner. However, from day one they constantly mention to new hires "how lucky" they must feel and "how grateful" they should be for having been hired by the company. Favoritism by managers is so obvious and sickening. If you dare to report any of mistreatment or misconduct of your manager to HR you will have to look for another job right away. Employees are not appreciated and or acknowledged for their hard work and loyalty. There are several class action law suits against the company. They offered $250 check to those who decided not to join the class action. If you want to be miserable day in and day out and be humiliated for any questions you ask then this is the right place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Stop encouraging bad behavior and lead by example. If you're going to tell people to "suck it up" and learn to live frugally, you probably shouldn't roll to work every day in a high-end Mercedes.



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