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Essex Property Trust Reviews

Updated October 28, 2018
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  • "Upper Management (Regionals & Area Managers" (in 21 reviews)

  • "There is absolutely no work/life balance" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Happy Camper"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SMS in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - SMS in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (More than 3 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 going to find that again. I hope to be with Essex until I am ready to retire.

    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

    Apr 6, 2018 – Account 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... More


  2. "Busy work but not stressful"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (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 Trust Response

    Oct 22, 2018 – Account 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... More

  3. "Amazing job but I’m relocating"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leasing Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Leasing Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Takes care of employees, benefits, work growth

    Cons

    Not many locations outside of California or Washington

    Essex Property Trust Response

    Oct 2, 2018 – HR Director

    Thank you for your feedback. We strive for operational excellence and we are happy to hear your time at Essex was valuable. Should you relocate to any of our locations and are looking to rejoin our... More


  4. "Leasing Consultant"

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

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is NOTHING good about Essex, truly TERRIBLE company to it's core.

    Cons

    Poor Management, Discriminatory and Unethical business practices,Over worked and under paid, NO MEAL BREAKS given and because they've been sued for millions due to not providing adequate breaks , they continue to break the law due to statue of limitations and they cannot be sued again within a certain frame, "Slum Lord", Company doesn't care about employees or Residents.The list literally goes on.. DO NOT APPLY OR LIVE IN ANY ESSEX COMMUNITIES,RUNNNNN!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Bow out gracefully before ALL of your stock holder leave (being that they are your only concerns) STOP discriminating to the minority employees and promoting only Caucasians and those who know upper management. Invest in your properties instead of letting them rot away like the landfill. Treat your residents fair and stop increasing their rent 10% annually! Sell your company and reap all the horrible seeds you've planted!

    Essex Property Trust Response

    Nov 2, 2018 – HR Director

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. From the CEO down, Essex is committed not only to providing wonderful homes to over one-hundred thousand residents we serve, but also a positive... More


  5. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance despite a public company

    Cons

    There are no real cons to report

    Essex Property Trust Response

    Sep 17, 2018 – Account Director

    Thank you for sharing your appreciation of the work-life balance for associates at Essex. We work hard to help our associates create balance in their lives. — Essex Human Resources.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Portfolio Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Portfolio Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time (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 Trust Response

    Sep 17, 2018 – Account 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... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Areas of improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time

    Pros

    The company is a growing company. They are very flexible when it comes to needing time off. They really care for the residents. The company does try to do things for employees like events.

    Cons

    The company does not train their employees at all. Essex has leasing agents go through one course at the start of their time with them. Essex for some reason thinks this is sufficient training for employees. Which is unacceptable. Maintenance is never trained on how to manage their time, admin, customer service, team work and so much more. But yet Essex wonders why they can't find or keep maintenance. They don't train assistant managers properly. Yeah it is great that they train them on process but they don't ever train them on time management, leadership, customer service, conflict resolution and so much more. I hear a lot in this company that they don't favor people or gossip and then those same people turn around and do that exact thing. They say they have standards but what I see is it is a free for all. Employees are promoted when they are not ready. They are promoted based off who they know not what value they bring the company. I have seen managers live on property and do things that we wouldn't allow residents to do but for some reason we don't hold employees to a hire standard. The company integrity is not were it should be. I have seen them roll out challenges but in the end didn't full fill on giving out the prize due to their lack of preparations. Managers need to be trained on what it means to be leader. I have only saw a few managers in the company that I would consider leaders.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the company one be a company of integrity. Start caring and training employees on things that will help them succeed in the company, like closing, conflict resolution, time management, training others, how to move up in the company. Have some kind of standard when it comes to your employees and promotions.

    Essex Property Trust Response

    Oct 2, 2018 – Account Director

    Thank you for your candid feedback regarding our culture. 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... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Property Trust full-time

    Pros

    Good company, and the “Company is a company.”

    Cons

    Poor management that makes work negative.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the classes on leadership and to apply what they learn.

    Essex Property Trust Response

    Oct 2, 2018 – Account Director

    We’re disappointed to hear you’ve had a negative experience. We believe that a strong culture is the key to our success and we’d like to know more about your concerns regarding poor management and... More


  9. "Corp Office"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Office in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essex Property Trust full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great co-workers, fun environment

    Cons

    Need to listen more to co-workers problems, better customer service, stop the favoritism, need better supervisors at the corporate office, give bonuses back to hourly employees, co-workers have to stop crying and get back to work, some just go to complaint and be nosy instead if working. Some of us work hard and feel like we are not appreciated

    Advice to Management

    For once listen to the complaints, speak only English during work hours, stop all that favoritism it's very rude

    Essex Property Trust Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Account Director

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about our company. We appreciate the kind words on our benefits, the people we hire and the fun culture we nurture. We believe that our success... More


  10. "Great corporate environment"

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, for the most part fair and honest, holds people accountable appropriately, didnt feel there was favoritism, discount offered on an apartment

    Cons

    Salary is a bit low for the bay area

    Essex Property Trust Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Account Director

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our people, processes and benefits. We believe our associates are the most important part of our success as an organization and are committed to hiring and... More


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