Homestead Land Holdings Limited Employee Reviews

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Great people to work with
SUPERINTENDENT (Former Employee) –  London, ON27 September 2019
It was a great overall experience with them. The people were awesome and even some of the tenants were fantastic.

Just couldn't stand working in pest infested units anymore!
Pros
Free lunches, excellent profit sharing
Cons
Long hours, no life/work balance, infested units
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They are bad companies to work with
Cleaner/Maintenance/ (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON14 September 2019
One kiss bum ! If not they treat you like nothing. Second of all they will bake your contact + they pay out your doctors + they also pay out WSIB so then you lose your claim they are very good at hiding their tracks by dontae money to make them look good. Just be very careful watch out.
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Don't challenge anything
Site manager (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON23 June 2019
Not secure. Disconnected from reality. Claims to be heavily family oriented but offers no work life balance whatsoever. Overworks site staff. Underpays management.
Pros
Good site level staff. Good benefits.
Cons
Management is disconnected
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Okay
Office Administrator (Current Employee) –  London, ON9 May 2019
Okay place to work. The management is sometimes not supportive or present. Can be very stressful at times if the right support is not available. Upper management is approachable.
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Good environment, Great people
Sales (Current Employee) –  Kingston, ON15 March 2019
Secure company, fair policies and great people all around. Good benefits package and excellent training programs, allowing for further skill development and chances at promotion.
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Not fun at all
Former employee (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON21 February 2019
I used to work for this company and let me tell you one of my worst experience.As inhouse painter you need to have mini van or a station wagon to carry all the materials from Hamilton to Burlington oakville and Brantford.Pay very low , management young and. unprofessionals .Some or i'd say most of pm are very rude and racists .No one cares about quality just to get the job done fast.Year end bonuses would be ok if they dont take 40% off your check.Big shots in kingston only care about collecting money , you' re only a number nobody cares about you.Superintendents who live in homestead buildings are paying rent which is deducted from their paycheck.They tell you its free but its not.Some buildings are so bad and smell that you would not want to pay to live in.The rent is very high, on top of it most buildings have pay parking for visitors.There were so many complaints about paying parking to visit relatives or friends.City would go and cover the meters only for a month or so .Homestead is run by lawyers and liars.Whoever goes or takes homestead to court "Good Luck" no one has ever won.Think again before applying at Homestead for any position.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything.
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Great place to work
Superintendent (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON22 January 2019
Respond to all emergencies long days ensure the upkeep and mainterance and helping with tenant requests and learned alot most enjoyable is work with new people
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Work life and leisure balance
Building Manager, A/R & A/P (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON25 September 2018
Benefits are good.
Trainings are provided regularly.
Safety is a priority.
Management is fair in treating the employees.
Employees are being rewarded for exemplary accomplishments.
Grant of benefit for parent employee for children in the university.
Pros
Holiday get together
Cons
On call duty
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Slave labour
Building Manager (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON13 August 2018
Homestead gives you an apartment to live in, then deducts the rent from your pay. If you live in a nice building your unit is nice. If you live in a not so nice building guess what? They don’t pay you enough money to save enough to pay first and last anywhere else so it is hard to leave the job. You are on duty 24/7. Dealing with stupid requests at 3am is not fun. I had a tenant I didn’t know come and knock on my door at 10 o’clock at night to open a jar of pickles for them. We covered other buildings every other weekend as part of our regular schedule. If the staff at those other buildings were stupid and lazy, your job got infinitely harder. At the end of the month, depending on the building or time of year, you may have as many as six apartments change hands. That means you have to clean up to 6 filthy dirty disgusting units, on top of your regular duties. They claim that they will send you extra staff to help, but they don’t. If you have a problem tenant, (there were meth heads at our building), be prepared for lots of late night shenanigans and dealing with the police constantly. Be prepared to be woken between midnight and dawn every night. Be prepared for miles of red tape and no help from head office. It took over seven months to remove these losers from our building, all the while getting death threats that no one else took seriously. You will be treated like dirt by tenants. You will be treated as a slave by the company. Many other reviews mention the staff Christmas party and summer picnic. If those things compensate you for the fact that you are literally chained  more... to your work even on your days off, then you have low standards. I worked three of my “off” weekends in a row, and when I mentioned it to my property manager I was told that I knew what I signed up for. I did not sign up to work two months with zero time off. They expect building managers to deal with move ins on their days off. If month end falls on your weekend off you will probably be working cleaning units that turn over. Some tenants just don’t move out until the last minute, but the company is too money hungry to not rent each unit the second it comes empty,( they are usually rented before they become empty), so you have no time at all to turn over a dirty unit. Month end is often very high pressure time. Your spouse may end up working in a rental office on the weekends you work, leaving one person to clean two buildings by themselves. Your reward for working your guts out for greedy people, with lazy people, to provide a nice clean place to live for some very nice people and a few bad apples, is extremely low pay and an apartment that you are taxed on as though they paid you your rent in cash. If you like working 24 hours a day for months on end for $500 or less take home every TWO WEEKS, then this job is for you. I worked hard every day for over a year, then my partner became injured and we were forced to quit. This job has incredibly high turnover and is tough on relationships. They dress it up to make it look good but it will crush your soul, and wreck your body.  less
Pros
This is slavery
Cons
You will be bled dry and discarded
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Good, Better and Worst
Superintendent (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON11 June 2018
Im a previous employee of Homestead and the company it self is not bad the only problem is if you have bad Area Manager or PM that cuts off your supplies and they gonna expect you to do all the things with out any help and also one thing they don’t care of their staff if you get hurt and can’t work for a month they gonna for a way to force you to quit the job. Also the company outing sucks and if it’s understaff or some quit they gonna make you cover the job with no extra pay also Property Manager and staff come and go they don’t stay longer in the company if you can survive for a year its good for you but overall Homestead is not a place to be if you looking for career growth specially if you’re surrounded by this people. Im hoping the owner of homstead will see this and take action specially in Toronto area.
Pros
Rssp, Health Benefits, and you don’t need to travel
Cons
They said apartment is free but it’s not they gonna add up in your annual income, overwork less pay or less help
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Fun filled day with lots of work and cleaning
Building Manager (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON28 May 2018
Helped keep buildings cleaned and free of debris inside and out. I also did work orders such as fixing taps to replace tubs and toilet and other small maintenances.
Pros
You get your own apartment
Cons
24 hour job
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Overworked underpaid
Building Manager (Former Employee) –  London, ON8 May 2018
Working for homestead is where dreams go to die.

Superintendent and building manger positions will not advance, they like to get you settled at a site and never let you move.

Not as family friendly as they seem, pay half your rent while on maternity leave and the following year denied your contractual raise because you were off work having a baby.

Constantly asking for more work and more hours without support, month end turn over is endless with late nights spent in units that are trashed by previous tenants.

Do not get into this career path unless you are retiring and looking for the free apartment. Which by the way is a taxable benefit and you get nailed at tax time every year.

As building manager you hope your supers don't quit or be prepared to work 6+ months with no days or nights off while they attempt to find replacements.
Pros
Free apartment company events bonuses free cable
Cons
Long hours heavy work load late night calls
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Terrible management
Cleaner/Maintenance (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON6 May 2018
All they care about is money money money. Supertenants are ok, people get fired left right and center. A lot of management are trainees with no experience and act like big shots Homestead is a joke
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Used to be a good company
BUILDING MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON2 March 2018
The company has changed a lot over the last 3-4 years.

I learned a lot while working for the company. Management at Head Office is a joke. There is not any support from them when it comes to Health and Safety issues brought to their attention.

I used to like working for the company, but am now very glad I do not.
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Poor management
In house Painter (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON12 February 2018
I worked for this company for 2 years as a painter.As a painter you need to have a minivan or similar size .You are responsible to carry all the supplies to and from buildings Hamilton,Burlington,Oakville and surrounding area.Very low pay,one bonus at the end of year which is 40% tax on it.I've got $1000 bonus on check and i took home $600.very poor management .No one can advance or in other words they wont let anybody to step up the ladder.some building managers are very rude and mostly racists.
Pros
8h /day
Cons
Everything else.
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Avoid at all costs.
Building Manager (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON20 January 2018
This company only cares about their wallet.

If they can cut cost by demoting you and cutting your salary, they will do it. They will tell you how much you mean to the company, but they don't mean it.

You're on call for 24/hr, you almost never get time off.

Head office only cares about head office and not the buildings they run.

They ignore staff requests.

They see everyone as expendable.

I have seen building managers demoted because they were "too tenant friendly"

I have seen some really good workers screwed over by this company. If you don't want a headache, skip this company.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Homestead Land Holdings Limited
Superintendent & Installer (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON17 December 2017
Great team on the management and building staff environment. The salary was always comparable with other companies in the field. The benefits were of a high caliber and better than expected.
Pros
Apartment Provided
Cons
Long hours
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corporate play on words
Superintendent team (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON6 November 2017
regular employees are great. no question there. room for advancement: NON EXISTANT. if you have great quality of workmanship and ask for the proper fair wage, they will route you out.

working for this profession and company is not as rewarding as what they play it out to be.

training: trained but a jack of all trades that has no professional history other than being a trainer.

wage: you work, they automatically play down your wage because they "provide" the apartment benefit. hardly a liveable wage!!! if you have debt, finance car agreement or any financial obligations - do not take this job - you will drown your self.

Job security: if you are a simpleton... great security... if you are a level minded forward thinker: no security.

work life balance - - work every other weekend... you get three days off and the following Wednesday.. then on for 2 weeks straight then get cussed out for getting groceries when one person needed to leave to get milk.

this job is not for families.
Pros
great for new comers to canada
Cons
everything about it.
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Fun work environment
Cleaner (Current Employee) –  Kingston, ON4 October 2017
The most enjoyable part of the job is comments from the Tenants expressing how clean everything looks. Workplace culture is Team work and the difference that shows when everyone stays a team player
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Excellent and family oriented place to work
RESIDENT MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Brantford, ON14 July 2017
At Homestead land holdings you are treated like family and everyone cares about you. Your not just a employee but a team member of a great company. They go above and beyond to assist you with any concerns or problems that you may have.
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