Building Manager (Former Employee) – Kingston, ON – 13 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 chainedmore... 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
Superintendent (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 11 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.
Rssp, Health Benefits, and you don’t need to travel
They said apartment is free but it’s not they gonna add up in your annual income, overwork less pay or less help
In house Painter (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 12 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.
Superintendent team (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 6 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.
RESIDENT MANAGER (Former Employee) – Brantford, ON – 14 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.
Superintendent (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 17 June 2017
It was a nice building with nice tenants. There has been a bug issue ongoing for 6 months that isn't being dealt with and I cannot force anyone to call in a company to correct the issue, So I have to leave.
1 hour lunch, nice tenants
They allow bugs to stay, safety repairs ignored until forced.
Building Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 3 May 2017
Will have to check the building if everything was operational. Follow with tenants request. Follow with staff to make sure everyone done there job. Follow and coordinate with contractor for any emergency or any project that was undergoing. I have learned maintenance handyman job The hardest part of the job was to deal with both tenants and management Didn't have to drive or stuck in the traffic
BUILDING SUPERINTENDENT (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 2 May 2017
well first of all its a lot of work and like little help from the building managers by the end of your day u feel like doing anything so tired you feel for the amount of work and for example you dont like the job anymore and you want to move on to a better job its like almost impossible cuz u got to decide whether to have money to eat and pay bills or have enough money for the moving truck
the 2 bedroom they offer you
work overload, no help, little time to rest, pays is not that much
Superintendent (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 25 April 2017
I really thought it was going to be good.... but it's all about what the company can get out of you. They are so very short staffed but head office can't see why. Maybe if you guys took your head out of your bun you would see that you are killing the front line staff and you guys don't care. I have turned into a I didn't care about my job. 🙏 thanks for that
The worst culture and environment I have ever seen
Property Manager (Former Employee) – London, ON – 17 April 2017
I had the pleasure of working for Homestead as a property management trainee. This position. Has an extremely high turnover, especially in the London office. The management there purposely put it's worst employees under the management of management trainees and expect you to discipline them or write dozens of letters to HR and fire them.
I only got respect from the area manager after I fired a superintendent couple who had been working there for 5 years. The company culture is truly sick and twisted and I have nothing positive to share about my experience.
Mediocre pay, extremely ambiguous direction from management, demented work culture, completely broken work-life balance, terrible coworkers