Realtor (Former Employee), Snohomish, WA – April 30, 2014
Pros: working with the public
Cons: working evenings, weekends
In starting with Century 21 I found that no real estate office trains agents, not even Century 21. You are given a desk if you are lucky I was because the office was very large and had a lot of space. So took as much floor time as I was able to get, floor time is sitting behind a desk at the front door hoping someone walks in wonting to purchase a home – more... or wonts to list a home. Second you get to answers the phone and get any leads that call in when you are on floor I found this to be very good as a new agent my first year just off the floor I made $ 57,000.00 gross I did not have a very large circle of friends or family. The reason I says gross is because you get paid gross less any thing you might have charge on you house account advertising, copies and a couple other things, you have to pay you own taxes etc. Also I found that during floor time it was a great time to do your cold calling which every agent will do anything but cold call but it works. As well you can make flyers and other busy work, mailing like farming I can go on and on. As the years go on my schedule did not change much I stopped doing 5pm to close shift not very many calls or walkins. I also ask the Broker if I could train the new agents because as I stated no traiing and so many agent do not make it that is because no training only 2% of all agent make it. I stayed with Century 21 for the 14 years that I was in real estate I had looked at other offices but the floor was not as good, 50% of my business was floor time even after my first years crazy.
Century 21 also had relocation department that I was appart of and it was nice getting clients with this serve but not really worth the time we had to put in, we had to pay over 50% of are commission to get the client. Putting up with the paper work and sellers and the sellers relocation department when the home is not selling was at time just not worth the time. They so many times would not let us do what was requied to get the listing sold we would lose the listing not from what we did but because what they would not let us do. And then later give us back the listing and alow us to do what we asked for six months before costing the client thousand.
Having said all that I have said Century 21 is a great company and if and whan I would go back real estate I would consider working with one of the companies they own. Coldwell Banker, ERA.
During my time with Century 21 my Commissions very from my first year as I said $ 57,000.00 to my best year of $ 350,000.00 from the start my commission just continued to increased year after year even my last year during the crash $ 95,000.00.
It can be busy and hectic but, it was a good experience.
SALES ASSOCIATE/CASHIER (Former Employee), New York, NY – March 12, 2014
I was a sales associate/cashier. The job mostly required assisting customers with any problems that they had. Also, making sure the stock was properly displayed. I learned how to work with a cash register and became more of a peoples' person on the job. The management was very strict but, it was good because they kept everything in order. Most of my – more... co-workers were great people who I enjoyed working with. I don't think anything that I had to do here was exceptionally hard. The most enjoyable part of the job was interacting with the customers and my co-workers. – less
Sales Cashier (Former Employee), manhattan ny – March 7, 2014
Pros: helping guest, set schedule
Cons: short breaks, poor management
A typical day for me was doing an 8 hour shift behind the register dealing with many different types of people. I learned many different ways to tell a fake bill from a real bill without using a money pen. The management was ok. I felt like they didn't really care about what the smaller positions ( cashiers, floor workers etc) had to say. If we felt – more... like a supervisor was being rude or unfair to us it didn't matter. Being promoted was also hard. Although I was only there for 6 months, I wanted to do more. I wanted to become a Register Complex Supervisor (RCS). Every time I brought it up i was told I wasn't fit for the job by my Current RCS. The hardest part of the day was trying to communicate with the many tourist that came from a different country and didn't speak English. The most enjoyable part of the day was being able to help the different guest and see them leave with a smile knowing that you helped them have a great experience at the store. – less
Handyman and trash out of vacant properties (Former Employee), Tri-cities (Fremont, Newark, Union City & others) – March 4, 2014
Pros: enjoyed being part of a team effort and working for my grandparents.
Cons: often there could be too much time between jobs, especially as the boom market declined..
This job started while still in school. After graduation the real estate boom of foreclosures was at its peak. Was very busy for a couple of years, with some downtime between jobs as new listings became available.
A typical day was receiving a job order for "trash out" of a new listing or bank owned property. Each property was different in what was – more... needed to prepare it for the real estate market. Duties included yard work, tree trimming, removing personal belongings and objects (furniture) left behind, window, bathroom, kitchen appliances, floors....basic house cleaning and removal of interior/exterior debris, hauling to dump or charity.
Co-workers were customarily my brother and Mom as the jobs were provided by my grandparents who are real estate brokers/owners. So it was a family endeavor.
Jobs were labor intensive requiring strength and endurance, some more than others. Because it was my grandparents business reputation, I enjoyed their approval in knowing they were satisfied and I helped them to sell a clean property. I learned alot about small job repairs that will be useful throughout my life and someday, home ownership. – less
Assistant (Former Employee), Moorestown, NJ – March 3, 2014
Pros: partners and team players
Cons: not being a licensed broker
Mass mailings, created mailing lists, research on properties and real estate culture in US. Management was amazing, we were a team, everybody pulled to help everybody succeed. The hardest part of my job was not having real estate license so unable to do certain things that would have helped further the goals of the company. The most enjoyable part of – more... the job was helping others. I was appreciated and respected, you don't find that everywhere. – less
Strict, Not flexible with schedules, Disrespectful to employees
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Morristown, NJ – February 27, 2014
Pros: wonderful customers
A typical day at Century 21 would start at the security office, once cleared I would go to the third floor to punch in and start my shift. I work the display floor then the fitting rooms, by the middle of my shift I work the stock room handling shipments and receiving new supplies. I've learned to handle shipments going out and in to the store. I can – more... only speak for the manager I worked with. I must say she was very disrespectful and inconsiderate. My co-workers were very nice and we all worked as a team to get everything done. The hardest part of the job was trying to do everything my boss wanted exactly how she wanted it to be. The most enjoyable part of my job would be that I have very friendly co-workers that kept me going through out the day and helping customers pick out the best clothing for them according to their size, style, favorite color, and what season they were shopping for. – less
Sales associate/cashier (Current Employee), New York, NY – January 29, 2014
Cons: short lunch breaks and low wage
A typical day working at century 21 would be very busy especially on holiday's.There are a lot of tourists that shop there due to the fact that it is located in Manhattan right near the world trade center so its all different kinds of races I deal with on a everyday basics so it can be challenging at times. I've learned how to be professional while – more... working in a retail that has so many mixed races my co workers are very work dedicated and friendly I don't find this to be a hard job at all The most enjoyable part of working here is being able to show my good customer service skills and seeing all different types of people from all over the world shop there – less
Sales/ Cashier Associate (Former Employee), Brooklyn, NY – January 23, 2014
Working in Century 21 department store is not an easy job. It is very stressful with the demands of customers and management. A typical day would be restocking and organizing merchandise. Dressing window displays and repacking merchandise. Customers weren't really nice to workers and many times belittled them or got in to conflicts with them. They do – more... not pay well and there is rarely any job advancement. – less
Document Control Processor (Former Employee), San Jose – January 22, 2014
Assist a team of 5 Realtors top producers. Managed all inventory, controlled all active or open files in escrow, affiliated with title companies, customer follow up on a timely matter, short sale negotiator specialist, document preparation, document review, followed up with file until the date of closure. worked with many referrals. I was able to learn – more... much about the business that I was able to get a great opportunity with a large bank. This line of business if my passion, not only do I enjoy what I do but I am the best. – less