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Updated January 18, 2018
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Pros
  • Very good benefits and room for career growth (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits and fun company culture (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • The permanent employees don't seem to have much of a work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management does not always address internal complaints (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Irvine Company Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very stable, good company culture, room for promotions.

    Cons

    Can't think of a serious con to list.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Leasing Sales Specialist 5+ Years"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Medical, Discounted rent (live at an ICAC property), good coworkers and beautiful product (depending on new vs old properties)
    In leasing the first 2 years can be very fun and exciting as you make decent income

    Cons

    Poor Management, Huge disconnect between upper management and properties, Lack of growth unless you are a "favorite" and would "look the part" but completely incompetent or lack the skills to "lead" or "manage". Overtime and Meal Penalties are a big no no but you are expected to overwork and do tasks outside of your job description. Work weekends and all holidays. A military grade school dress code. You will soon learn that all you are capable to do is say, "Our Policies Say", "Unfortunately I am unable to do that" "I will look into that" and "my pleasure" but have zero empowerment to make ethical decision when assisting residents and or future residents. Yelp Reviews will be your best friend as to know how customers truly feel about the fake bubbly image of "Love Where You Live"
    No time off flexibility, (I left the company with over 75 hours of time off) not because I didn't want to use it, But because they never will allow for a vacation or else your "numbers" will go down and you will be in trouble for not performing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Hire competent individuals with the prerequisites for the title they will hold so they can properly manage. Have a clear career growth path for your staff so they will stick around.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Be weary"

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

    I worked at Irvine Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great enviornment, friendly but fake, great benefits, fun

    Cons

    company wont allow you to do the right thing!!, always wants to suck up peoples money

    Advice to Management

    listen to your customers and employees who voice a need for things or change.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Guest Services at Spectrum"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Irvine Company part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great starting pay, paid time off, and benefits of a big company even as a part-time employee. Overall great coworkers.

    Cons

    Management did not care for the well-being of employees. Lots of playing favorites and power tripping from supervisors


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Resident Relations Representatives"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and fun company culture

    Cons

    Training is not extensive enough


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not always fair"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Irvine Company full-time

    Pros

    co-workers were friendly and worked together.

    Cons

    Staff members are very replaceable and doesn't matter how long employee has been there.


  7. "Great Company Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Relations Representative in Tustin, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Relations Representative in Tustin, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers and good managers.

    Cons

    Policies can be too rigid and don't fit in every situation.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover tends to be pretty high - I think if you pay people more they would stay with the company longer because everything else is pretty great.

  8. "Top. Notch company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Relations Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Relations Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Irvine Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Training, Management, work environment, flexibility, great properties, good benefits

    Cons

    Long background checks wait time could be 3-4 weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire great managers. I had the experience of working under 2 of the best Community Managers during my employment at Franklin Street Apt, both have since been promoted within the company. If you continue to hire such knowledgeable and thoughtful managers you will have happy and productive employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The Irvine Company has resort like properties, and a ton of amenities!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Leasing Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Leasing Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usually brand new properties, either a lease up or a year or two old and absolutely beautiful communities. Very organized and set up very well which makes it easy to adjust to the new position.

    Cons

    Too much work for too little pay. They tend to load you up on so much work that you will most definitely have to work overtime.

    Advice to Management

    The amount of work expected out of your employees, warrants a better pay grade.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company... Depending on your position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Irvine Company full-time

    Pros

    One of the best companies to have on your resume
    Decent hours 9-6ish
    Commission is good but 100% depends if your at a large or small property
    (large = $70k-$90k) (Small = $50k if you're lucky)

    Cons

    Customer facing, you get yelled at by very rude residents all day, with no empowerment to solve their problems or stand up for yourself.
    You work weekends and most holidays no matter what.
    Often get hired as a "advanced hire" and you'll be on a 3 month waitlist before being permanently placed at a property ( which means no commission )
    You get in trouble for meal penalties but you are expected to help a customer even while clocked out on your break.
    Rent prices between new and old properties have become saturated and the only places to make good money are the newer properties and the lease ups.
    You are not allowed to do any outbound self prospecting or marketing, which means you're sales numbers are constrained 100% by the traffic that enters the leasing office.

    Advice to Management

    The work environment of Apartment Communities deeply needs improvement, threats from residents and clients, taking tours in the dark & late at night can be dangerous, job descriptions are misleading, sales rallies are now customer service rallies. Listen to your employees as "they" are the ones that make "your" lives flourish.


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