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Updated February 8, 2017
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Equity Residential President, CEO, and Trustee David J. Neithercut
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Pros
  • Have taken recent steps to ensure more of a work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, 401K match after a year, team mentality, morally fit, helpful upper management & customer service oriented (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • There can often be more work than can be accomplished in a day but that is the challenge in any job to maintain work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Most of upper management does not have an open door policy (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "I miss Equity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equity Residential full-time

    Pros

    I really miss working for Equity . They were a wonderful company . The upper management was great , good benefits .

    Cons

    Sold properties in Denver metro area

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Pretty good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Equity Residential full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The properties were getting ready to sell and it was very unsettling. However, it appeared that the new owners would keep most staff at most properties. Enjoyed all the residents.

    Cons

    Not very good pay and very little room for advancement.

    Equity Residential Response

    Feb 8, 2017 – Operations Specialist

    Hello, and thank you for taking the time to share your past experience. As you noted, we sold out of the Ohio market about 10 years ago, and we recognize that a property or portfolio sale is a very ... More


  3. "Construction Services"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Services Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Construction Services Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equity Residential full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good support team. Large company

    Cons

    Work load is overwhelming and hours are long.

    Equity Residential Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – Operations Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your experience with Equity. We are glad to see that there are things you enjoy about the company, particularly the team collaboration and ... More


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  5. "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant

    I worked at Equity Residential (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good commission potential on a tier system.

    Cons

    No assistant manager positions to advance to.

    Equity Residential Response

    Jan 3, 2017 – Operations Specialist

    Thank you for your review, and for starting your career with Equity Residential. You will be pleased to know that earlier this year, we brought back the Assistant Manager position to many of our ... More


  6. "Nine years@EQR"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Property Manager in East Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Property Manager in East Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equity Residential full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome software and training tools, Great Regional Managers and support staff.
    Firsttime in Property Management environment. Grateful.

    Cons

    Unfortunate, EQR did not commit to transfer opportunites for seasoned, commited, employees, during the Sept. 2008 National Economic Upheaval.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty up-front, to hard working-dedicated team members. More productive than firing entire team, and selling off multiple properties.

    Equity Residential Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Operations Specialist

    Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on working at Equity. We are glad to see that you look back at your nine years here in a positive way, that you felt supported by your local ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Service Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Service Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equity Residential full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management team who takes the time to explain processes and procedures. Have taken recent steps to ensure more of a work life balance.

    Cons

    Staffing numbers sometimes doesn't represent what is really needed to run a bldg without adding additional stress to staff and management. The market is becoming more competitive which means we have to continue to hold ourselves to a high standard. Judiciously adding staff can help us to accomplish this objective.

    Advice to Management

    Keep to the current course, thank you for recent efforts to hear what onsite staff is saying about their engagement levels. The "metrics" we use tell a story,but not the full story. Continue to listen to your employees and Equity will be sure to thrive

    Equity Residential Response

    Nov 23, 2016 – Operations Specialist

    Thank you very much for your thoughtful and balanced review. We are so glad to hear that you noticed recent efforts from leadership to address areas of opportunity and that your outlook as a result ... More


  8. "Property Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Equity Residential (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits, size of company allows for relocation

    Cons

    Corporate politics are difficult to navigate

    Equity Residential Response

    Nov 9, 2016 – Operations Specialist

    Hello, and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts; we are glad to hear that your time with us was positive. We hope that you found that leadership was accessible and open to suggestions ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Company I'm Proud to Work For!"

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

    Pros

    The company culture is fantastic! You have so many resources in the field who are available for help and you are encouraged to voice your opinion and receive a why behind an answer/policy/etc. My co-workers have become my family, and I think this exists at every EQR market.

    Cons

    While you are encouraged to think like an owner, a lot of business decisions have to get approval from the corporate level.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to get to know all of your employees on site, they will appreciate it!

    Equity Residential Response

    Oct 24, 2016 – Operations Specialist

    Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! It's wonderful to hear that you have found a sense of family here at Equity; as you said, we hear this sentiment echoed across the company. We ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stable, employee-advocate, competitive with high expectations."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Equity Residential has a very strong benefits package outside of the tech industry. They are mindful of the work/life balance of their employees. At the same time, there are reachable high expectations. They expect the best of best from the property management industry.

    The company provides opportunity for growth within the company. Employees are provided accessible information (data-driven company & industry) and tools to do their jobs well.

    Cons

    Some teams can fall short-staffed and therefore have a lean staff for the work when it gets busy. The industry is always going through its cycle of peak & valleys.

    Equity Residential Response

    Oct 13, 2016 – Operations Specialist

    Thank you very much for your thoughtful review! We think the phrase you used, “reachable high expectations,” is a perfect summary of what we strive for. We expect commitment and dedication to ... More


  11. "Great company but very coporate-y"

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

    I have been working at Equity Residential full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, fantastic staff, good benefits. Equity provides you with a lot of tools for you to continue learning. Company is very tight knit, even though its a big corporate you still see the faces of VP's and RM's they are interested in knowing how your property is doing and etc not like a lot of place previously work at.

    Cons

    Since company is very corporate-y, a lot is expected from you. You are reviewed on everything and everything has a report based based on your performance, down from how many times you answer the phone, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Look more closely and at your CM's and make sure they are performing the way they should be. RM's are not always at the properties since they only drop in once in a while.

    Equity Residential Response

    Aug 30, 2016 – Operations Specialist

    We appreciate you taking the time to review your first year of experience with us, and are happy to hear that it has been largely positive so far. We agree wholeheartedly with the items you mentioned ... More



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