Douglas Emmett
2.6 of 5 18 reviews
www.douglasemmett.com Santa Monica, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Feb 23, 2014

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Jordan L. Kaplan

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great Company I love my job!

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time for less than a year

ProsRoom for growth, solid management and building team a lot of patience with training.

Consso far I have none!

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue caring and wanting to see your staff succeed we see and appreciate it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A safe and friendly work environment, with good benefits and lots of room for growth for committed employees.

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I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time

ProsDouglas Emmett is a very fair, equal opportunity company. I feel very comfortable working here, and managers are always open to answer any questions.

ConsEmployee training can use some improvement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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my home

Accounting Manager (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFreedom! I love the freedom I have working in DE. It makes me feel like I am working at home. It makes me wanting to go to work, I have a huge smile on Monday morning, what else can we ask for? No one tells me how to do my work, I schedule and plan my projects, as long as I meet deadlines, it is that simple. I am with DE for 14 years and plan to retire at DE.

ConsI do not have any cons.

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of the most micro-managed real estate companies

Assistant Property Manager (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time for less than a year

ProsI cannot think of any.

ConsUnhealthy culture, very outdated systems, very rigid in operating procedures, no career advancement opportunities

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do not look down on your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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If you hard work you will succeed for the company.

Cash Accountant (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNice and friendly people makes the day go by faster.

ConsLow pay and too much work is a common thing.

Advice to Senior ManagementReally listen to your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Been here too long....

Property Management (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNice coworkers. Pretty Stable company.

ConsLack of training, obsession with leasing but won't put money into their properties, low pay, couldn't care less about their hardworking, loyal employees, very low moral, no one is happy, too old fashioned. Employees are treated as if they are disposable. Company was much better before going public.

Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that your employees are smart, hardworking, and loyal. The company has a very high turnover and you really need to figure out why.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Time to leave

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFriendly co-workers and off-site staff.

ConsEmployee advancement is not encouraged. Promotions rarely come from within. There is an air of secrecy about personnel changes. We don't find out about it until it has happened

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees as if they are your most valuable asset and not as if everyone is expendable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Rotten at the top

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Douglas Emmett full-time for more than a year

ProsRelatively stable and successful company.

ConsRuled by fear. Officer level staffed by veterans who have long since lost touch with their employees and are bereft of compassion. They no longer recognize that their employees are what make the company successful. Below average pay, ethical and even moral lapses by CEO and COO.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's time to move on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Training

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Douglas Emmett

ProsIt is a good breeding ground for training. It is an established firm with years of experience in the industry.

ConsIt is an established firm which is great although it can lead to over management.

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Look For Something Else

Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

I have been working at Douglas Emmett full-time for more than a year

ProsThere are good people here, however what they all share in common is the frustration for the low pay. Santa Monica is nice in the summer. That is really the only perk.

Cons- very very very low pay in the accounting department.
- fear based culture
- top down culture, 5 execs and 2 VP's make all the money, the rest of the staff is paid with peanuts and m&m's

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you pay your people as if they are desperate for a job, you will be left with people who are desperate for a job.. Update your computers, your technology is seriously outdated.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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