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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Can be a really great place to work if you are ok with the culture."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sunset Development full-time

    Pros

    Exciting company to be a part of. Sunset owns and operate Bishop Ranch, which is quite impressive and beautiful. The City Center project will be one for the books. Their history in the area is cool to be a part of. The Owners are present and involved in all business decisions. Their office is one of the most pristine and beautiful I've set foot in. Highly organized company. Memos about new personnel sent before they arrive with updated office seating chart map for all. Pretty neat.

    Cons

    Culture. This company is a very strict 8-5 job requiring business professional attire M-F. Yes, that's right, no casual Friday in the slightest. Their Construction team wears suit and tie. When I was there a Construction Foreman was criticized by the Owner for not wearing a tie often enough (he wore slacks and a button up shirt!). If you aren't dressed nice enough, you will feel like your co-workers are judging you. Everyone hushes up in the Kitchen when the Owners walk through (even though they are quite personable). You're expected to be very quite near Executive offices. PTO policy is lacking. Time off is frowned upon.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unorganized and manage by panic."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Family owned beautiful buildings. They have a lot of cool things coming down the pipeline with city center on the way. It will be cool to be a part of that.

    Cons

    Organizational structure is confusing. Not clearly defined job descriptions. People seem to keep secrets and focus only on their roll. Not much lateral thinking to be found here. They are a construction company and a property management company but have not found a harmonious balance between the two departments. Construction runs the show and property management follows along. There is a culture of manage by panic. The newest emergency is the most important emergency. I would advise staying clear for a while. There is a lot of cultural change that has to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and let them do their job. Set clear goals and don't micromanage the process.

  3. "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, family run business. Great holiday party

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement. Office politics, and not in par with many companies around the bay area


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Receptionist/Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Family run business.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement.


  5. "It's a mixed bag"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This privately owned company is also a family business. The owners are good people who try to act with integrity and do the right thing. The future also looks great for Bishop Ranch and their are many new and exciting developments around the corner, such as City Center. It's a small company, but there is a lot of camaraderie amongst the team.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth. Expect to be pigeonholed.

    Owners are not the best communicators and are often aloof and punitive. Office politics are horrible. No one wants to get into trouble or take a risk. It's unfortunately a blame culture and employees who are difficult and poor performers are ignored at cost of the morale of the people are loyal and care about the quality of their work. Benefits package not even close to competitive. Make sure you get all the information about health insurance before you sign on.

    Advice to Management

    Get your leadership in check. The behavior of some of your mid- and -senior officers is reprehensible. Employees that call in sick once in a while should not be constantly harassed through email as punishment for missing work. If you micromanage peoples' time and make them feel insecure about being out of the office, they will not put in extra effort at their jobs. It's demoralizing and undermines the great things BR is doing.