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Essex Property Trust Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2019

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Essex Property Trust CEO Michael Schall
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  • "Upper Management (Regionals & Area Managers(in 21 reviews)

  • "Lots of turnover and the size of the company (it grew quickly) has posed some communication challenges between the corporate office and the properties(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Regional Portfolio Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Plenty of support and they care about work life balance.

    Cons

    Big company that is always changing. In most cases it is for the good of the team and their residents.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    Essex Property Trust2018-09-06

    Essex Property Trust Response

    September 17, 2018Account Director

    We know our associates are the most important part of our success and try to provide the best support and work-life balance possible for them. Thank you for your kind words about our efforts in this arena. — Essex Human Resources.

  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 a year

      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 Trust2018-10-11

      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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      "Meh"

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      Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Mateo, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Good pay for accountants, perks for your steps, independent work

      Cons

      People are fearful of execs, no mentorship program, lack of diversity at the top, it’s about who you know not your talents, very cheap with events, super high turn over, and very traditional (not Bay Area culture at all hence very quiet office).

      Advice to Management

      Care about your employees, have cross department team building

      Essex Property Trust2019-06-28

      Essex Property Trust Response

      July 1, 2019Account Director

      Thank you for sharing your candid feedback and for the compliment regarding pay, perks and independence. However, we’d like to learn more about your concerns regarding the perception of executive leadership, diversity and the general culture. We’re striving to create and maintain ...

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      "good"

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        Former Employee - Assembler 

        I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Good steady hours but not enough work to keep busy.

        Cons

        Management not so great.

        Essex Property Trust2019-06-24

        Essex Property Trust Response

        July 1, 2019Account Director

        Great leadership and management throughout our organization are critical and we’d like to know more about your experience so we can get better. Please contact us as soon as you are able, so we can discuss the challenges you faced and see if there’s anything we can do to improve. — ...

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      • Helpful (2)

        "It was all smoke and mirrors....."

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        Former Employee - Leasing Specialist 
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Paid holidays, great residents and an OK compensation plan

        Cons

        Lack of training, inconsistencies galore, not really comparable pay. Sterile, impersonal environment.

        Advice to Management

        My advice would be be consistent across-the-board and keep the residents first. It’s about relationships from my perspective. Without the residents we don’t have a job. Train your new leasing consultants. Not just about relationships and sales but about the computer programs as well.

        Essex Property Trust2019-06-08

        Essex Property Trust Response

        June 10, 2019Account Director

        Thank you for sharing your feedback. We want every associate to feel fully equipped to do their jobs well, which means strong training, consistency and competitive pay. We also want them to have fun while placing residents first. We’re sorry you had a negative experience that didn’t ...

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        "Good benefits overall"

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        Current Employee - Leasing Specialist in Anaheim, CA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        20% off for housing, job is commissionable, room to grow

        Cons

        Managers play favorites, mini high school cliques everywhere

        Advice to Management

        Be grey. Nothing in life is black and white.

        Essex Property Trust2019-05-11

        Essex Property Trust Response

        May 14, 2019Account Director

        Thank you for your kind words about our housing discount for associates, commissions and career growth opportunities. Providing great benefits is a continual focus of ours. As is offering a world-class culture, which is why we’d like to learn more about your concerns about managers ...

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      • Helpful (1)

        "Good people but old school financial culture."

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 10 years

          Pros

          One of the leaders in Multi-Family industry

          Cons

          Old school/financial culture. Lacking in technical innovation which is largely due to the Real Estate Vertical.

          Essex Property Trust2019-05-13

          Essex Property Trust Response

          May 14, 2019Account Director

          Thank you for recognizing our amazing people. But we also want to ensure that we equip them with the best technology possible so they can work efficiently. Technological innovation is always top of mind and a focus of ours as an organization. We would like to get your thoughts on ...

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        • Helpful (1)

          "Decent Company"

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          Former Employee - Assistant Community Manager in San Diego, CA
          Doesn't Recommend
          Negative Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 5 years

          Pros

          They promote from within. Decent benefits. Most managers don't micromanage.

          Cons

          Pay is low compared to other companies. They're very tight on giving annual bonuses. And the bonus structure is not great, the only people that make good bonuses are Community Managers. If you fall under that it will literally be pennies on the dollar! No sick time given, it comes out of your PTO.

          Advice to Management

          Pay your people more. Give sick pay back in addition to more PTO. Tenure bonuses should start from 1st year!

          Essex Property Trust2019-03-28

          Essex Property Trust Response

          April 5, 2019Account Director

          Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We believe highly in promoting from within and providing competitive benefits and salary. There is a misconception that when a company offers one PTO plan versus having both sick and vacation accruals, the associate is at a disadvantage. ...

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        • Helpful (6)

          "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
          No opinion of CEO

          I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time for more than 5 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 Trust2019-03-10

          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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        • Helpful (1)

          "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 a year

          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 Trust2019-03-07

          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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