At Transwestern, 90 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 559 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.97. It was published on Mar 22, 2018. 23410 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.

What They Do

We asked Transwestern to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Transwestern is a real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets and Research, our global enterprise adds value for investors, property owners and occupiers.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Real Estate
US Headquarters: Houston, Texas, 77027 US Sites: 325
Major Locations: Houston, Texas, 77027; Dallas, Texas, 75244; Chicago, Illinois, 60606; Atlanta, Georgia, 30326 US Employees: 2,046
US Revenues: $238 million Worldwide Revenues: $238 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1978

Female Leaders Attend Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Convention

Perks and Programs

We asked Transwestern to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Hurricane Heros: Transwestern team members responded overwhelmingly to assist their coworkers, clients and community during and after the devastating floods associated with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In addition to holding back storm waters from client properties, many team members risked their safety to rescue others, opened their homes to house the displaced, or joined cleanup and reconstruction crews. Team members nationwide contributed to a Hurricane Relief Fund that raised more than $82,000 to help Transwestern team members who suffered damage or the loss of their homes or vehicles. As reports of good deeds poured in, our Houston headquarters put together a brief video providing a glimpse of our team’s efforts and distributed it through the company’s internal newsletter, thanking volunteers for their service and contributions. Check it out here:
  • We Make a Difference: Each month, the “We Make a Difference” column in our internal company newsletter highlights team members’ participation in community service events. Transwestern provides each team member with eight paid hours of community service time annually to support a cause important to the individual. These service hours aided more than 350 organizations as Transwesterners rolled up their sleeves to host benefit concerts, support a boxing program for high-risk teens, serve at area soup kitchens, collect and distribute winter clothing, building drinking-water filters and a basketball court for children in Honduras, creating affordable housing opportunities in New Orleans, and participate in a host of other activities. Additionally, 2017 marked the second year Transwestern partnered with Make-A-Wish® on a national scale. We raised more than $166,000 for the organization over a 12-month period, which granted wishes for 15 children with life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Transwestern Young Professionals (TYP: TYP groups provide opportunities throughout the year for education and mentoring. Recent examples include seminars on business communication skills, one presented by improvisationist comedians and another by a renowned executive coach. TYP chapters frequently enter teams in distance runs, cycle races and other athletic events for charity. The Mid-Atlantic chapter helped the Honor Flight Network by welcoming 110 combat veterans visiting the national World War II memorial. The program also hosts quarterly functions that give team members the chance to socialize outside of the office.
  • Women’s Leadership Council: The women of our firm advise one another in the advancement of their careers through the group. Human resources veteran Colleen Dolan leads the council with the help of New York Principal Lindsay Ornstein and Kim Croley, our national marketing and communications leader.
  • Wreaths Across America: In 2017, Transwestern and its client KBS once again partnered to support Wreaths Across America, an organization that honors fallen U.S. veterans by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. Transwestern collected donations at 31 KBS properties nationally where Transwestern provides property management services, and for every wreath purchased the companies made a matching donation, honoring thousands of veterans through this partnership effort.
  • Sustainability Initiatives: We promote conservation, energy efficiency and healthy workspaces in our own and clients’ properties, generating cost savings, greater employee productivity, increased team member wellness and organizational pride. Already a recognized leader in this regard, in 2017 we restructured our business to further integrate sustainability and hired a Director of Sustainability to ensure we continue to incorporate groundbreaking best practices into our operations. For 14 years, the EPA has recognized Transwestern as an ENERGY STAR Partner: Using ENERGY STAR®, we have benchmarked 397 office buildings totaling 77.38 million square feet, reduced annual electricity use by more than 181 million kBtu. As a Gold member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we’ve certified 114 buildings or 37.44 million square feet under LEED® rating systems. Since 2008, we’ve saved 62 million gallons of water annually, recycled 4,855 tons of waste and reduced CO2 emissions by 339,521 tons.
  • Wellness Events: In 2017, Transwestern partnered with FitLyfe and used its web-based platform to conduct a national step challenge, with the goal to boosting team member participation in healthy activities. Regions completed against each other for cash donations to Make-A-Wish®. In addition, Transwestern provides every team member a free subscription to the My Happy Plates online meal planning service to aid in healthy meal planning and preparation. With the support of our volunteer Wellness Ambassadors, Transwestern promotes a healthy lifestyle through these and other fun and educational events at both the local and national level. Team members have also joined in our recipe contests, lunch and learns, cooking demonstrations and on-site yoga.
  • Bravo Cards: Transwestern's Asset Services team members collect Bravo cards from teammates for going above and beyond to deliver extraordinary service. The cards are redeemed quarterly for prizes.
  • Mentorship: Transwestern pairs team members designated as high-value talent with a senior mentor to support their skills and career development. The program runs for one year and includes an agreed-upon mentorship agreement that details goals and an action plan.
  • Summer Associates: We share the exciting opportunities that exist within our industry and develop young talent through local Summer Associates programs in Transwestern markets across the country. Participants undergo extensive training, receive mentorship from our industry experts, participate in actual real estate projects and enjoy social events. The program has resulted in the hiring of several college graduates each year.


$57,629 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Engineer $98,700 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Vice President
50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary70% Company-paid health coverage for employees
70% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 70% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $70 Average Tuition Reimbursement
Mid-Atlantic Team Members Compete in the JDRF Real Estate Games


22 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 11 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
6 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 3 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
12 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 5 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (1% use it)
  • Telecommute option (1% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Deli, dedicated fitness facility, mail and overnight package services, building conference facilities)


90 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 35 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
90 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take90 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
90 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $305,161 Philanthropic donations in last year
Director of Sustainability Leads environmental impact team Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit
Yes Recycling program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

TYP Minneapolis 2nd Annual Strike Against Homelessness


TYP Chicago Office Olympics

How to Get Hired

We asked Transwestern for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We seek talented, good people whose passion is customer service, who enjoy camaraderie in pursuit of common objectives, and who value giving back to their communities. They must be passionate problem solvers willing to work across competencies in collaborative teams, as well as with clients, vendors and partners of the firm, to crate extraordinary experiences for our clients.  Communication skills and a keen ability to build interpersonal relationships are vital, as we take pride in our ability to put ourselves in our clients’ shoes when facing a new challenge. They must be able to think like the client, be proactive and act in a consultative manner to meet their needs. Going the extra mile is what has earned Transwestern a reputation of providing legendary service. These personal values are vital to being successful at Transwestern.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Intern with our firm. Attend our events. Join our email communications list and visit our Facebook page. Request meetings with representatives of different services and functions to get a better understand of how our businesses work together. We love to share our successes and opportunities.  Transwestern has strong brand recognition in the communities in which we live and serve through our client engagements and volunteer programs, so our best recruiting resource is team member referrals. Reach out to Transwestern team members at community organizations and volunteer alongside them, learning about our company as they get to know you and your abilities.  

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Transwestern’s goals are to attract, develop and retain high value talent, with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to help drive the success of the organization. We are always looking for exceptional, experienced property accountants, building engineers and real estate brokers.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

To learn more about Transwestern and Experience Extraordinary firsthand, interested candidates should connect with us on social media and visit

hiring Outlook

-1% Job Growth 24 Average applicants per opening
12,188 Total job applicants 29% New hires by employee referrals
31% Openings filled by current employees 12% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
45% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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