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Updated January 25, 2017
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  1. "Asset Management Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GGP devotes thousands of dollars for team culture events, team collaboration, and strictly team building programs, which is really cool. - As a mechanic I can purchase anything and everything (within reason) I need to conduct my day-to-day business and maintenance, this might be site dependent though. I can work without the headaches and stresses from my boss because he trusts my professional judgment and ability, create my own maintenance schedule, and really make this place a good retail property to shop at - again, site dependent.

    Cons

    Well, within the last 10 years I think, GGP did away with large maintenance teams and went strictly to a contracting network leaving just a couple guys to look after the day-to-day maintenance. The operations manager sets site projects out for bidding, and then they get approved for a capitalization project, then it may be a couple months to a year before a particular project can get completed. Though spreading the work load to contractors may be a good thing, it’s hard to maintain a site without that knowledge of the project being completed by contractors (i.e. labor man-hours, parts specs, vendors, etc.) So, 3-10 years down the road where a key component may break/fail, you wouldn't necessarily be able to fix it immediately, you would have to try to contact the contractor to either provide part numbers, or replace the component. Since it is an unplanned expense, the cost for the contract team may go through the roof, and then there is system down time, etc. With all that being said, the full-time maintenance/operations team for the property is relatively small. I say the word “team” loosely though. Having a military background – this “team” doesn’t compare. I find it difficult because I am stuck with two faces: my boss, and my co-worker. This leaves a lot to be desired because my co-worker and I don’t necessarily see eye to eye all the time. So when there are those days (most days) where you may not agree with one another, there is an unpleasing tension and buildup of frustration or anger. As I try to maintain my military bearing, I don’t say the things I should because I have to deal with that same person each day. I’ve gone to the boss and shared my gripes, however, there is little to nothing he can do or little he wants to do about the situation because he thinks it has yet to reach a point where he needs to take greater action necessary. Meanwhile, over the last several months, my patience has dwindled, and frustration grew, just due to the constant conflict and differences which compels me to leave my position sooner rather than later. I can’t seem to catch any relief. Anyway, if you work well with a team like I do (military side), great, this might not be the team you are looking for though. Some days your boss and co-worker might not show up and you won’t receive a call or text stating so. There’s a lack of communication in that regard, let alone day-to-day ops. I’m just the little man, the mechanic; I’m to blame according to my co-worker. There is nothing further I can do but to leave. If GGP still had a large maintenance team, at least there would be varying interaction with other individuals and a problem or conflict would get resolved rather than sat on for the duration of your career. HADTO quit. Rangers lead the way.

    Advice to Management

    Its the way of the world now. No one wants to pay for someone's retirement, so hire contractors instead, even though those guys will make millions off your company, but it's a really good idea over the long run. -ughhh


  2. "A/R Department-Cash"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cash Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cash Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GGP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, onsite gym

    Cons

    Not promoted if you are not a favorite,,, unreasonable expectations and processes change every few months.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should talk to the staff instead of the department managers to get feed back to what's going on. Promote from within based on the employee's work not relationship with department managers.


  3. "Good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at GGP full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people work there.

    Cons

    Open door policy does not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to your mission and values.


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  5. "Value Your Employees More"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GGP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great portfolio of shopping centers
    Leader in the industry
    Growth opportunities if you are flexible

    Cons

    Executive Team is arrogant. The culture they try to force is not demonstrated by the C-Suite.
    So many reorgs you can't keep up with who is still with the company
    Opportunities look great but you will be reorged in 12 months or less.

    Advice to Management

    Give programs and plans a chance to produce results before you cut them.


  6. "Would not recommend"

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

    Pros

    Some very talented people work at GGP. Very nice paid time off. corporate office has great location in the loop

    Cons

    Most Executive leadership does not listen to or value employees. Lots of employee turnover. There are so many reorgs, it's impossible to keep up with whats what at the company. The environment is toxic and stressful. Too many promises for advancement only to be told time and time again that the hiring process is "frozen" due to budget yet many people are laid off to free up budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee retention. The great and amazing people that once worked there leave for other companies with a great culture, sense of purpose and feeling of importance. Work on company morale and communications.


  7. "Typical mediocre corporate america."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays their employees on time and has great benefits. Most of the employees left are good people but the executive team cuts its way to Wall Street win

    Cons

    Very unfulfilling company to work for and the industry as a whole. There is very little autonomy, creativity and growth. Work people to death over things that wont matter. Micromanage to the end result of nothing but boring malls with boring retail

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about the people who make your buildings stay open.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Needs Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty decent, $3 lunch every day, and a nice office location in Downtown

    Cons

    Poor upper management, catty coworkers who mock and ridicule each other behind each others' back (from observation, not even personal experience), unprofessional and poorly educated people in management positions, lack of professional development, high turnover, no sense of belonging or culture, whole firings of departments, pervasive negativity and low morale

    Advice to Management

    invest in your people or you're going to go bankrupt again


  9. "Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GGP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced retail and shopping market.

    Cons

    Exec Team does not walk the talk.


  10. "Marketing Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair, corporate creative and media departments are supportive. Mid-level management is great.

    Cons

    Top level management is fickle about marketing managers. No path for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    See cons section above.


  11. "General Growth Properties"

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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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people.

    Cons

    Very volatile work environment, layoffs for economic reasons with no notice makes for a very uncomfortable atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Treat layoffs of employees in the same manner in which you would want to be treated.



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