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  1. Helpful (15)

    "Welcome to hell"

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

    I worked at Smartcentres full-time

    Pros

    There are some good people to work with who you can learn from
    Decent training is provided for most positions
    Financial educational assistance provided

    Cons

    Absolutely awful culture
    Long hours are expected every day
    Taking your vacation is frowned upon and a frustrating process
    Work life balance isn't possible if you want to have a future there
    They feel they own you
    Half hearted attempts at things like fitness programs fall short of useful
    Salary is not competitive
    No pension or long term incentives
    Benefits offered are the bare minimum and have been scaled back in recent years
    Very few opportunities to move up
    Management spends an absurd amount of time babysitting grown men and women
    Degrading attempts to blame others is the norm
    Favouritism and nepotism are rampant
    Be prepared to be scolded for what others are commended for - double standards are ridiculous
    Everyone is in a constant state of panic for what inevitably turns out to be nothing urgent at all
    No opportunities to actually make decisions or use common sense
    Essentially a sweat shop where you're expected to be quiet for as long as humanly possible and do mindless work

    Advice to Management

    Rethink everything. People, processes, policies, culture. Everything.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "VP Development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Vice President Development in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Vice President Development in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Part of a dynamic real estate development environment - pool of highly skilled individuals, large and complex projects.

    Cons

    Witnessed a low level of loyalty to employees other than to EVP level, regardless of level of performance and high company profitability.

  3. "The way they are"

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    Former Employee - Principal in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Principal in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Smartcentres (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good location, good environment, lots of good and friendly people, many opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Very fast paced and demanding work place, long work hours.


  4. "Team A"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    SmartCentres is the best within its field, their performance over the past decades clearly demonstrates that. There is a great mix of senior executives with fantastic experience and young professionals with talent, hunger, ability to grow and climb the ladder. There is a fine balance of grow from within and hiring from outside. The company has great vision and knows what's next and not afraid to go there, this is very unique in any industry and makes it a great place to work.

    Cons

    These are only minor just because you have to look for them, but I don't have any major Cons that the company have to fix to be a better workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work and focus on communicating the great things we are working on.


  5. "Typical Corp"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get to learn the real estate industry

    Cons

    No growth opportunities
    No work life balance (over time is expected all the time)

    Advice to Management

    Try and become more modernised


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Did not meet expectations"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good experience for a year

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth internally

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  7. Helpful (6)

    ""Opportunity to build your career and work with the best in real estate""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities are there for individuals who step up to the challenge
    - You get to work with exceptionally talented people
    - Smart University, Education Assistance Programs, Training Programs, Penguin Grill, Wellness Program, Competitive Benefits, Town Halls, Company Events,
    - Dynamic, fast paced, collaborative work environment

    Cons

    - Lack of RRSP program and company match

    Advice to Management

    Management should seriously consider an RRSP program with a company match

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Great Company If you like abusive environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Toronto (Tanzania)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Toronto (Tanzania)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collegues are great and everyone works very very hard.
    Nice Office
    Great place to learn and gain experience

    Cons

    Opprotunities too far and in between
    Management shows no appreciation
    Management can't make up their mind and don't take accountability
    Management doesn't stand up for employees
    No recognition
    Long hours are the norm and expected.

    Advice to Management

    Mitch is a mastermind and your lack of people skills and hiding behind your excuses,


  9. "Working hard, and taking ownership over tasks is highly rewarded."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Smartcentres full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is fair, people are friendly, industry is exciting.

    Cons

    Constantly seems like we're putting out fires.

    Training seems limited to internal existing methodologies vs out side the box solutions and new skills.

    Advice to Management

    More time and focus needs to be spent on how competitive advantages can be applied outside of the Walmart relationship to become a leader in other asset classes, or business models.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Smart company, Smart Associates, Smart Development... SmartCentres"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very competitive environment where ideas are shared to bring your best to the forefront

    Hard work brings value across multiple teams in a collabrative effort to develop retail shopping centres

    Cons

    It gets so busy at times we don't get a chance to evaluate how we can do things better on a corporate level

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on lessons learned to streamline processes and thus do things faster, better and with less effort