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Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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Christopher G Kennedy
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  1. "overall good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diversifying tenant base to more tech based companies.

    Cons

    Moving away for the traditional home furnishing & design based companies that made the building great.


  2. "Controller"

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    Former Employee - Controller in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Controller in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great company to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    Would like to see a higher level of staff accountability.


  3. "Do Not Work Here"

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    Current Employee - Union Steward/Tradeshow Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Union Steward/Tradeshow Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee and snacks with fresh fruit

    Cons

    There are to many negatives that may be listed for this Company. When the Kennedy family was in control it was a great company, great culture and a positive working environment. Once Vornado took the Mart's the day to day activities the company quickly changed into a greedy profit seeking Corporation. The disconnected between the Management staff and it's employees has created a miserable cultural within the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    I wish that the any advice would reach the management staff and change some of the unfair labor practices within this Company. Unfortunately, any advice will not change what this Company, and if you want to get an idea of the moral of this company just talk to a current employee.


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  5. "The good old days"

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    Current Employee - Credit & Collection Analyst Senior in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Credit & Collection Analyst Senior in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You don't see companies offering the vacation, personal, sick day or health benefits like this company does.

    Cons

    The company was experiencing constant downsizing.


  6. "Independent thinkers at low salaries"

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to think big and implement strong plans.

    Cons

    Moving more into trade show business priority.


  7. "It was ok"

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    Former Employee - Strategy and Communications Database Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Strategy and Communications Database Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people who work there are fun

    Cons

    They seem to be in decline

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Work is largely spent sorting through the bureaucracy and menial office tasks."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low-threshold for doing well allows individuals to progress and receive positive reviews. This makes for a good job with someone pursuing something outside of work such as a music or acting career in which they need a continual paycheck. MMPI has short hours.

    Cons

    The firms is largely guided by the upper level management who control the intellectual and then export the rest of it to the lower level management. Overall a very polarized atmosphere that, I believe, bred animosity between the two parties.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise cutting down on staff to become more efficient. The corporate structure is bloated and lackluster in talent pools.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to high end customers in many industries
    MMPI held in high esteem among peers
    Chris Kennedy takes great care of his people with outstanding benefits package

    Cons

    If you live in the burbs, the commute is brutal.
    No working from home at all.
    Chris Kennedy is brilliant, his senior staff is not the A team.

    Advice to Management

    Chris, get rid of the dead wood on your Sr Staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Merchandise Mart properties"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Matching 401k, good health insurance and decent vacation. Merchandise Mart Properties is widely recognized as a name brand which helps when looking for a new job.

    Cons

    Management is not competent in many cases. Politics play a huge role in who is hired and promoted. Promotions are not based on merit and salaries are generally very low if not an executive.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be competent and lead by example instead of relying on their subordinates to do their work for them.


  11. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ability to work independently and for an important building

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement


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