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Essex Property Trust CEO Michael Schall
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Happy Camper"

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    Current Employee - SMS in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I have been in the multi family industry for approx. 17 years. Worked for ASN and AVB in the past. Essex is on par with those other two and excels in some areas over both. I am valued, respected, well compensated and I am able to do my job with minimal red tape. I work with some very talented people and value these relationships. I feel as if I have found my home. When ASN was bought out I did not know if I was...

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    Cons

    I have do not have any negative comments.

    Advice to Management

    I trust in the Sr. Leadership and would not be so arrogant as to give them advice. I am quite sure that their jobs are harder than anyone can imagine. Certainly harder than mine.

    Essex Property Trust Response

    April 6, 2018Account Director

    Thank you for your very kind words about the culture we have built here at Essex. We are very proud of what has been accomplished, but know that we’re not perfect. While our leaders do have very difficult jobs, please know that they honor and respect all feedback and advice from associates ...

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  2. "Busy work but not stressful"

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      Current Employee - Maintenance Technician 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great 9-5, hands on training, easy going (depending on manager),

      Cons

      You're on call for 1-2 weeks depending on where you're placed but it's not often.

      Essex Property Trust Response

      October 22, 2018Account Director

      We’re pleased to hear that you’ve enjoyed the work-life balance, training and culture of Essex. We strive to ensure our associates love where they work and providing our associates with the tools and resources they need to be successful is key. Thank you for your feedback. — Essex ...

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    • Helpful (3)

      "LIP-SERVICE ONLY FOR HARASSMENT!!!!"

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      Former Employee - Assistant Property Manager and Leasing Consultant in Bellevue, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      A Real Estate Investment Trust must give back 80-90% of all profits, they own the properties they manage unlike 'fee only' management companies with little/no stake in the physical property. (You treat something better when you own it!)

      Cons

      Corporate practices the 'Peter Principle' of promoting idiots from within, not addressing core problems by simply transferring them around. They seemingly parallel the Catholic church practices of moving 'problem priests' rather than addressing, and FIRING, the problems!

      Advice to Management

      HIre an outside consulting firm to conduct a full, sweeping audit. It's WELL overdue time to clean house!

      Essex Property Trust Response

      March 18, 2019Account Director

      Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Operating an ethical business is extremely important to us. We take the concerns you’ve expressed seriously, as the Company will not tolerate unethical practices. Our human resources department works closely with management to ...

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    • "Good motto but falls short of meeting their motto"

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      Current Employee - Assistant Manager 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Team building, Company events, Good benefits

      Cons

      Fails to follow their own mission statement. Pushing making money over supporting communities

      Advice to Management

      Stick to your integrity. No more back handed business practices

      Essex Property Trust Response

      March 8, 2019Account Director

      Thank you for your candid feedback. We are disappointed to hear as a current associate, your experience is not up to par with the many others we have heard from. Integrity is an important part of our value system and we want to ensure that our culture holds to our high expectations ...

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    • "Good place to start in property management career"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Pretty good pay for a starting position. Good benefits, including discounted rent.

      Cons

      Training is not very thorough. You learn your job the hard way.

      Essex Property Trust Response

      March 8, 2019Account Director

      Thank you for your kind words about the pay, benefits and rent discount we offer to our associates. We also strive to provide thorough training and set our associates up for success. You’ve noted concerns regarding training. Our Core Values promote who we are and our investment is ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "No work/life balance"

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

      I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time

      Pros

      Great properties , amazing people

      Cons

      Busy work, overworked teams, no balance

      Advice to Management

      Upper management should go out to the properties more often and get to know your teams...

      Essex Property Trust Response

      January 29, 2019Account Director

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Ensuring our team members have meaningful work-life balance is very important to us. We’re disappointed that wasn’t your experience. Work-life balance is an important aspect of a healthy work environment. We’d like to hear more about ...

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      "Dinosaur clinging to old way of life"

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      Former Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Portfolio is strong in supply-constrained markets so occupancy is high

      Cons

      Risk averse, old systems, broken technology, people hanging on until retirement

      Essex Property Trust Response

      January 17, 2019Account Director

      We understand your concerns when technology fails and when associates don’t perform as expected. It’s our goal to stay in line and often ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. We have implemented new technology this last year to enhance our processes and are currently working ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      "Leasing Specialist"

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      Current Employee - Leasing Specialist in Seattle, WA
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I’ve earned great commission working in the city. There are a few growth opportunities if you put the work in to get promoted. Benefits are comprehensive. My team is fairly cohesive. And the 20% housing discount is extremely helpful.

      Cons

      If you are a Leasing Specialist, you will most likely work every Saturday and Sunday. That’s just how it goes. My corporate training was unhelpful and made me look unprepared when I arrived on-site as well as affected my performance until I learned everything myself. The package processing systems are insufficient especially for large communities receiving a high volumes of parcels daily. Dress code is unnecessarily restricting.

      Advice to Management

      Comprehensive training can be difficult to deliver as every community is different, but I think substantial improvements are needed regardless. The Open Enrollment seminars are unnecessary as all of that information can be emailed (especially if the company isn’t going to provide sufficient food for a 4 hour event). Please please please provide options for package lockers for larger communities in cities. So much of...

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      Essex Property Trust Response

      January 2, 2019Account Director

      Thank you for sharing your feedback on your experience working for Essex. We appreciate the kudos on benefits, growth opportunities and commissions, as well as your suggestions regarding training. We want to ensure that new associates are prepared adequately and would like to know ...

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    • "Great Place to enter the work life"

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      Current Employee - Leasing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Essex Property Trust for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Housing discount, employee satisfaction points to change for Gift Cards, fast growing inside the company.

      Cons

      Different Managers, different books; no annual salary review.

      Advice to Management

      N/a

      Essex Property Trust Response

      January 2, 2019Account Director

      Thank you for your kind words about our housing discount and the pace of our growth. We believe these are critical aspects to the success of our company and growth opportunities for our associates. With regard to your concerns about management changes, books and reviews, we’d like ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "A “Ok”"

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      Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Oxnard, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      401K, Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Abundance of Essex Communities

      Cons

      Minimal Housing Discount, Growth Opportunity, “Competitive” Pay, Employee Training

      Advice to Management

      Skip the internal politics (that unfortunately still exist) and focus on promoting within to qualified candidates, even if they are not your friends.

      Essex Property Trust Response

      December 8, 2018Account Director

      Thank you for your candid feedback about our company. We strive to provide the best benefits possible and offer promotion opportunities to high performing associates. We’d like to learn more about your concerns regarding the impact of internal politics, as it’s important that great ...

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