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The UIP Companies Reviews

Updated 6 August 2018
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Steve Schwat and Peter Bonnell
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Broken Process/Procedures and Volatile/Hostile Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company. Since the departure of a VP a few years ago there is zero training and concern for those who work on site and do our best. It is chaotic, disorganized and demanding without clear direction from the leaders. Leadership is hostile and volatile which creates a hostile and uncomfortable working environment. People work hard and want to do a good job but the constant demoralization takes a toll. No one can perform to levels of greatness while getting beat down all the time. I joined the company with the hopes of being here for a long time. It is just too much. I have stayed too long. I cannot handle the constant negative emails, the screaming, the yelling and the demoralization that comes from the top. Steve Shwatt is the main person and he sends emails with no regard for how hard the team is working. I may not get them directly but they are sent to me and the team. I am embarassed to work for this company. Our team works so hard and every day we feel punished. There is another person.I think he reports to and/or is the puppet to Steve, Pete who will not help us. I have seen so many people come and go during my time. We had a great VP. She left. We lost a great VP and regional managers and many managers quit because of the toxic and abusive environment. This could be a great company if someone would sit back, relax and just listen to people. When I move on, I will focus on being collaborative and listen to people-even if we don't agree. That makes for a strong team.
    Pro--I have learned what NOT to do as a business leader. Thank you Steve and all the others like you. I learned alot. I have also learned what it takes to have a positive culture. A party does not create culture.

    Cons

    Hostile and volatile owners. No direction. Pay structure (which is not legal). No communication--except yelling and screaming and harsh, demoralizing emails from everyone. No moral compass. No appreciation for people who give up family time for the company. No regard for people who work hard and give up everything to help the company to be successful--it is thankless! I cannot wait to move on from this company. When the HR person leaves due to issues with the company, that is a clear sign to find another job.

    Advice to Management

    I did all I can do to help. No one listens/cares. My advice--you have two ears and one mouth, by design--use them in proportion--listen to what everyone has said over the last 5+ years. Nothing changes if nothing changes. The leaders want to blame those around them.
    Hint: hold up a mirror--look closely--you will see why the company has high turnover and people who are unhappy and disengaged.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Absolutely Horrible Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are great people. Projects are interesting.

    Cons

    Principals are out of touch with any sort of reality. Primary owner acts like a child where he has temper tantrums and outbursts against people, often in front of colleagues. Company owes a lot of vendors a lot of money. They don’t pay vendors on time. They treat residents in their buildings very unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    Start acting as an ethical company. Pay your vendors. Stop trying to be a bully company. Steve Schwat, stop being a cheapskate and slumlord.

  3. "Great Place To Call Home"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great site teams
    Great management
    Great principles
    Team atmosphere

    Cons

    Sorry no cons as a great place to work and call home

    Advice to Management

    Looking forward to many years working with UIP


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Nope..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at UIP for a year + and my coworkers were great and the projects I was on were interesting redevelopment and infill.

    Cons

    The founder of the company, who happens to handle the development side has no clue. His leadership style is non existent and dictator-like. The other two principals are good people but are handcuffed by the founder.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a real leader that knows how to manage architects and treat people respectfully.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Property Management Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to manage multiple properties and a chance to have some control of how your portfolio is handled.

    Cons

    Management style was punitive and completely disorganized. Policies changed on a whim and the expectations to perform were unrealistic. The amount of turnover that occurred also created a very negative environment. There were also random outbursts in the office that showed another side to upper management that did not bode well to employees. Work hours were amended after employment began and my 5 day work schedule turned in to a 7 day work schedule which was not what I'd signed up for. When we needed to spend money to make changes to and update the properties especially when it came to pest control, there was always push back. The expectation to do more with less to nothing was unrealistic.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "High Turnover Rate"

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

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time

    Pros

    Good Work and Life Balance
    Nice Co-Workers
    Some company events

    Cons

    Paid once a month
    Company pays little to nothing into Benefits
    Company expects more than they are willing to invest
    Hires friends with no experience


  7. "Growing Company!"

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    Current Employee - Property Management
    Current Employee - Property Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun culture. Employee appreciation events. Opportunity for growth for top performers. Great performance bonuses and commission eligibility. Owners really care about the company and it’s people. We are called UIPeople :)

    Cons

    We are fast paced which can be overwhelming to some while others thrive. The days go by fast! That’s really the only thing I can think of- I am truly happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not a place to stay long"

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    Former Employee - Community Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexibility, work independently

    Cons

    No support, no training. Very high employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    Train and support your employees as opposed to throwing them to the wolves.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized"

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

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time

    Pros

    They have a lot of buildings in the DC area and are very effiencnt when it comes to acquiring, renovating and leasing buildings. They have a very laid back Corporate office where you are able to rub shoulders with company owners, the VP etc

    Cons

    My position was poorly managed. I had 3 different people telling me what to do which caused a lot of conflict. I was moved around and didn’t really have a set schedule. They put a high expectation for you to be able to lease apartments that weren’t always visually appealing. It’s hard to sell someone on a building with cracked paint and dingy carpet when they can easily do down the street for something better. You will constantly be bombarded with emails even on your day off.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline property management and maintainance of buildings so that residents don’t have to complain multiple times.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The negatives outweigh the positives"

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

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a shame. There a plenty of positives but as you see below the negatives just completely outweigh them. For starters the salary is decent, there is a bonus structure for some positions and has a really good portfolio of properties. When I started at UIP, I truly respected the knowledge I received from the principals and coworkers. There is a lot to learn and not one day is a dull day. UIP is a fast and growing company. Their acquisition team is very active and they acquire new and interesting properties (most go into development) aggressively. Due to the size of the company, you are forced to work with each other and for each other. This encourages collaboration and new ideas and approaches. Most of the people I worked with I liked and enjoyed working with them.

    Cons

    Although there's a bonus "structure" it is not consistent. Your bonus structure is based upon the work you do (which is fair) and sometimes those tasks are based upon work of others. This was supposed to create less subjectivity and fairness. It did not. Many times I completed said tasks and not receive a full bonus for those tasks because the principals felt that it was not deserved for their own reasons. There were times that I did not receive full bonus due to the fact another department did not complete their task fully and yet their bonus was not affected by their poor work habits.

    There are people that you will need who are never available because they are on a property and sometimes your day could be spent waiting for them. This only makes the day longer and will affect your work/life balance.

    Although, your pay is decent, the insurance is quite high for a family with very limited choices.

    UIP is split up by three major companies; property management, asset management and general contracting. All are led by a different principal. The property management principal is probably the most even keel of the three. Very approachable and knowledgeable. The principal of the GC is a good guy, treats his people well, but seems to be very disorganized. The head of asset management is also the founder. Even though he is a knowledgeable individual, he is prone to temper tantrums, yelling and cursing at employees and just plain abusive. He has his favorites and he does not hide it. As I said above, the company encourages collaboration, but I found most of the collaboration I had was trying to figure out ways to explain something to this principal so he would not get upset or too agitated. This is just a waste of time. I would not doubt that his attitude correlates to the high turnover.

    Other cons; there is a severe lack of structure (it's something that is dependent on the employees to make), clear guidance, training, high turnover and no 401K match. As mentioned above, they are very active and aggressive in their acquisitions; but this also promotes a severe lack of planning, poor communication to necessary parties and poor budgeting. It feels that all parties involved have conflicting information or no information at all. There are also times where there are too many chefs or inflated egos. They do not respect other people's time and sometimes it feels that you work for them and not with them and they are not your manager. You are also paid monthly, which was not mentioned to me in acceptance or interview.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and trust your employees. You hired them to bring structure to a very unstructured environment. They are trying their best with the tools you are providing. Instead of yelling and screaming have calm and calculated conversations. Communicate to them what is necessary from them and listen to their feedback. You might actually learn something. Hold yourself accountable as well. Figure out the why's something happened and not the who's. There comes a time where your temper tantrums are not taken seriously and you become a joke.


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