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Review averages

  • 7 employees say

    Excellent (3)
    42.857142857143%
    Good (1)
    14.285714285714%
    Satisfactory (3)
    42.857142857143%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.56
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for Boston Properties

Reviews - What employees say

3.56 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 25.May 2018
  • Employee
Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00
  • Company
    Boston Properties, Inc.
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Temporary
  • Department
    Administration
  • 14.Apr 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Boston Properties does not allow work from home even on inclement weather conditions. Also they pay is not good. No paternity leaves and maternity leave is just outdated. The company is very much old school. Its very much a 60’s environment and was felt in the dark from a project and social perspective.

Support from management

It is very difficult to grow and people are promoted maybe after staying more than 10 years in the company. The leadership in network services are actually engineers promoted as managers. In fact they shouldn’t have been promoted as managers as they are not very people oriented. They lack managerial qualities. All the important technical work would be actually done by them and only irrelevant and not much visible projects would be given to the Engineers. They travel around and spent time in conferences like RSA, EMCWorld and VMworld and do not give the engineers the opportunity to go either of these events.

Freedom to work independently

There are a lot of issues with IS Management. The IT department has a top/down mentality and more like a parent/child relationship and this mentality comes from the very top management in IS. The two people that drives this kind of culture is the CIO and the Director of Infrastructure Services. This mentality of the management prohibits growth and it is not collaborative but rather prescriptive. If someone offer an alternative, that idea will not be welcomed. The IS environment is infectious and is driven by IS leadership. In my view the network services and technical services (which manages end users) do not work well together. The head of these two teams do not work well together and it has a trickle down effect that negatively impacts the department.

Internal Communication

The IS leadership has major trust issues and would not give work to anyone they do not trust. Also the lack of communication from senior IS leadership was frustrating. There is no training provided by the company and they expect you to complete projects with technology that no one has any idea.

Career Development

It is very difficult to grow and people are promoted maybe after staying more than 10 years in the company. The leadership in network services are actually engineers promoted as managers. In fact they shouldn’t have been promoted as managers as they are not very people oriented. They lack managerial qualities. All the important technical work would be actually done by them and only irrelevant and not much visible projects would be given to the Engineers.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Please see the above

What I like about the company

- Buildings are the best in class
- Office closes at 3 pm on Summer Fridays
- Decent medical/dental insurance although wageworks FSA is the worst part.
- Monthly commuter contribution to employee
- Good 401k

What I dislike about the company

The IS management. HR department is not there to support employees rather they support the executives.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Boston Properties, Inc.
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2017
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered

Company Culture

No paternity leaves and maternity leave is just outdated. The company is very much old school. Its very much a 60’s environment and was felt in the dark from a project and social perspective.

Support from management

It is very difficult to grow and people are promoted maybe after staying more than 10 years in the company. The leadership in network services are actually engineers promoted as managers. In fact they shouldn’t have been promoted as managers as they are not very people oriented. They lack managerial qualities. All the important technical work would be actually done by them and only irrelevant and not much visible projects would be given to the Engineers. They travel around and spent time in conferences like RSA, EMCWorld and VMworld and do not give the engineers the opportunity to go either of these events.

Freedom to work independently

The IT department has a top/down mentality and more like a parent/child relationship and this mentality comes from the very top management in IS. The two people that drives this kind of culture is the CIO and the Director of Infrastructure Services. This mentality of the management prohibits growth and it is not collaborative but rather prescriptive. If someone offer an alternative, that idea will not be welcomed. The IS environment is infectious and is driven by IS leadership. In my view the network services and technical services (which manages end users) do not work well together. The head of these two teams do not work well together and it has a trickle down effect that negatively impacts the department.

Internal Communication

The IS leadership has major trust issues and would not give work to anyone they do not trust. Also the lack of communication from senior IS leadership was frustrating. There is no training provided by the company and they expect you to complete projects with technology that no one has any idea.

Suggestions for improvement

  • It is very difficult to grow and people are promoted maybe after staying more than 10 years in the company. The leadership in network services are actually engineers promoted as managers. They lack managerial qualities. All the important technical work would be actually done by them and only irrelevant and not much visible projects would be given to the Engineers.

What I like about the company

- Buildings are the best in class
- Office closes at 3 pm on Summer Fridays
- Decent medical/dental insurance although wageworks FSA is the worst part.
- Monthly commuter contribution to employee
- Good 401k

What I dislike about the company

IT Department is very toxic environment. There are a lot of issues with IS Management. The IT department has a top/down mentality and more like a parent/child relationship and this mentality comes from the very top management in IS. The two people that drives this kind of culture is the CIO and the Director of Infrastructure Services. This mentality of the management prohibits growth and it is not collaborative but rather prescriptive.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Boston Properties Limited Partnership
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered

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Review averages

  • 7 employees say

    Excellent (3)
    42.857142857143%
    Good (1)
    14.285714285714%
    Satisfactory (3)
    42.857142857143%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.56
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

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Boston Properties
3.56
7 reviews

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23,803 reviews

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