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Irvine Company Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Irvine Company takes work-life balance to heart (in 23 reviews)

  • The company is trying to find ways to create a better work environment for their employees (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • The permanent employees don't seem to have much of a work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management does not always address internal complaints (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Irvine Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture, lots of empowerment, good leadership

    Cons

    You need to be ready to work hard. It's demanding, but rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are good benefits including healthcare and 401k matching. Mileage reimbursement is generous anytime you need to travel for work (which is very rare)

    Cons

    The company is not on your side. In one year, they eliminated occupancy bonuses (which for admin was essentially their only large worth while bonus), eliminated the Assist Manager positions (eliminating admin promotional opportunities), and removed the housing discount, which was 25% on a MTM lease. The only way to get ahead is if you're liked by the right people. Do that and it will be smooth sailing.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your teams. Listen to your teams. They're on site in the trenches and making very little money doing so. Remind them they're doing a good job.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "No recommended"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits offered
    Schedules are provided for the month( but don't come out until sometimes 4 days towards the end of the month for the following month)
    Good hourly pay

    Cons

    *Team leads that play favorites - and it's okay
    *HR is horrible to deal with, they are not there for the employees they are there for the company and covering for management
    * There is way too much office gossip
    *There are people in supervisory/lead positions that have no idea what they are doing- ask them a question and they don't even know- yet you are expected to know...
    * they offer a training tool that doesn't work and errors are found left and right- yet you are expected to know the correct information
    This list can go on and one but just really think hard before applying

    Advice to Management

    Loose the people with ego problems and respect ALL EMPLOYEES!


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  5. "Loyal in San Diego"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, professional environment, supportive culture, development opportunities.

    Cons

    Must adapt well to change


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Eh"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Services Representative in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Services Representative in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, good benefits, many locations for working. San Diego all the way up to San Jose. Lots of networking

    Cons

    Micro managing, scattered policies. Communication needs to improve & management needs to take a class on how to talk to people

    Advice to Management

    Empathy


  7. "Sales Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are good at sales, and work at a decent property, you will make good money. I make around $65,000/year and I am not at a decent property.

    Cons

    Career growth for a Sales Specialist is non-existent anymore. They will say there is room to grow your career but the options are very very limited, especially if you are a male in this business. It is about 90% female here.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based off experience, not based off gender or who can kiss the most butt.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Divisions, cut-throat Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Irvine Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Individual departments are great to be a part of.

    Cons

    One owner = he can do whatever he wants & is very cut-throat. You are just a number, and easily replaced.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Irvine Company offers an excellent base pay for a SS and amazing bonus structures. You really have potential to make a lot of money as long as you hit/exceed your goals. My income has increased YOY due to the bonus structure.
    I read on someones review that "you get written up for not hitting your goals". This is just simply not true. There have been many months in my career where I haven't hit my goal due to things that were out of my control. As long as you can prove to your manager that you did everything in your power to hit your goal, you will be fine.

    Cons

    Policies/procedures are constantly changing. Its hard to keep up with new changes in the company. Sometimes they roll new systems out without notice to the employees. If you are in sales, you are working weekends. But you are making great commissions!

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training in San Diego so we don't have to drive up to Irvine. Dress code - maybe allow us to wear shirts with prints on them. Think about onsite staff a little more and how they will be directly affected by any changes made in the corporate level. I also wish there were more career advancement opportunities for the sales teams.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Irvine Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Irvine Company (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a very professional company with a good quality product.

    Cons

    Stuffy corporate atmosphere may not appeal to some. In a company this size you are really just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Relax the stuffy atmosphere. Appreciate the good people that work there more.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Happy, but room for improvements."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Irvine Company full-time

    Pros

    Irvine Company is best in class for property management, and by that I mean the best service standards, the best pay, and top quality product. There are plenty of training programs for anyone to continue developing and direct management is generally supportive. Sales is the backbone of the company and goals are often realistic and achievable. The people within the company are no doubt the best aspect of Irvine Co. and you can tell from the many people with years of service that this is their passion and they are happy.

    Cons

    TOO MUCH CHANGE.
    The company rolls out so many new policies that is it confusing at the community level. In other words, all these changes make everyday work MUCH more difficult than it needs to be. Community and sales managers barely have the potential to "manage" their own properties and employees, while Senior leadership micromanages every detail. The Customer Resource Center is a complete disaster with new rollouts and what used to be simple processes now take days of approval between Sr. Leadership and management. The "chain of approvals" are ridiculously long. Employee discounts and comps for apartments were lowered with a large number of restrictions. The large focus on Culture needs to start with Sr. Leadership, as most of them are new to the company with no property level experience. Less politics when it comes to promotional opportunities. If you are not in OC, chances for promotion are scarce and you just have to deal with it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus all the changes you make to improving customer/employee experience. Many of the changes in the last two years have made it more difficult to come to work everyday.


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