Dream Unlimited Reviews

Updated Apr 30, 2021

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Dream Unlimited President and CRO Michael J. Cooper
Michael J. Cooper
86 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learning experience, great work environment and culture(in 7 reviews)

  • "Great opportunities and good people(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Bureaucracy, favoritism, lack of work-life balance(in 5 reviews)

  • "Long hours, no strategy from top down, massive layoffs and constant change in strategy(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great team,

      Apr 27, 2021 - Commercial Real Estate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Awesome team, interesting work, fun events

      Cons

      Some management rode on a high horse.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work

      Apr 30, 2021 - Assistant Property Manager in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work, always busy , excellent culture and work-life balance . Company keeps improving processes and offers great benefits.

      Cons

      Like any other company, they are some cons, you will find it difficult if you are not used to a fast paced working environment and if you can't work with minimum supervision.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Nice

      Apr 14, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice corporate culture, great people

      Cons

      Not really transparent about work sometimes a bit misleading

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great people

      Mar 5, 2021 - Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Dynamic and engaged teams to work with.

      Cons

      No downsides to name. Great place.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good company for development

      Feb 27, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company to advance your career development with younge people.

      Cons

      Fast paced, overtime is necessary during busy seasons.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      It was like going to the army to pay for college

      Jan 16, 2021 - Manager in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Dream is a wonderful company to work at, full of congenial, hard-working, smart, friendly and fun people. They work very hard to maintain their culture and go above and beyond to engage employees and promote health, wellness and learning. Professionally, you’ll get a chance to run with things independently that might be above the level you would otherwise be at in a larger company, and you’ll learn quickly and develop to advance in your career faster as a result. These will also be towards some very interesting, landmark projects and deals. I would go to Dream all over again.

      Cons

      Dream is not a developer, it’s a hedge fund/PE firm that develops, and financial management is Dream’s primary value-add to any development partnership it enters. It’s not a bad thing at all, but one should know that going in because it drives everything at the firm, and the experience accordingly. It’s the classic pitfall of investment banking still hanging around from Dundee. People get promoted into people-management positions because they’re very gifted at finance and deal making (or not, but somehow get there anyways and leave you scratching your head). These people form the long-term core of Dream’s management. While many are fantastic managers and great mentors, others are not, nor do they have any interest in anything other than their own visibility and advancement whatsoever. The latter would be a small minority, but it’s definitely there unfortunately. I suppose it’s everywhere; maybe I’m just bitter. If your manager is the latter, your life will suck. It’s not a reason not to go to Dream, You’ll thank yourself later, and you will develop tremendously by virtue of what’s being dumped on you, but it will be painful. A lot of people can’t handle it, or plain don’t meet the expectations placed on them, which may very well be completely unrealistic depending on your supervisor’s managerial ability (or lack thereof). Hence the churn. Ohhhhh the churn. Everyone but the inner management circle churns like you’ve NEVER seen. It’s almost Orwellian, like 1984. One minute you’re talking to someone over coffee and the next....Poof. They gawn. Email address no longer valid. Like they were never there. No announcement of course, it happens too often, from resignations as well as terminations, to be fair, but it makes it very difficult to get up to speed as a new employee because you’ll be inheriting someone’s mess and/or busted excel model and there’s zero training coming in. Your manager is likely barely keeping their head above water with their workload (and yours, pre-transition) the day you sit down at your desk, and they can’t wait to hand off all the unsexy crap they just plain don’t want to deal with, especially if they’re in the management inner circle. If, like most employees, you’re outside of this circle, you’re dispensable, plain and simple. management assumes (quite rightfully so) that there are 100 people out on the street ready to take your place when you hit the glass ceiling. You won’t get through that ceiling, because your boss’ job is on the other side, and that’s when you disappear, voluntarily or not. Don’t worry, you’ll land on your feet in greener pastures because of the gauntlet you’ve just experienced.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Dream

      Jan 25, 2021 - Vice Chair, Development in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Progressive Company, transition to impact development with a focus on affordable housing, equity and sustainability

      Cons

      High expectations to perform and collaborate

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work

      Mar 11, 2021 - Analyst in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Young, fund, lots of exposure and development.

      Cons

      Nothing bad to say about it

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company

      Jan 12, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Diversity, sustainability initiatives, community feel

      Cons

      Scaled back on snacks recently

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Employer of Choice - Having an Impact

      Jun 15, 2020 - Manager in Calgary, AB
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Dream is a company that isn't afraid to do things differently and as a result your ability to have an impact within the organization and community. You get to work on projects you have to struggle to be part of at other organizations. If you are looking for a job where you are just looking to show up and punch the clock, then likely not going to be a match for you. If you are looking to be excited, challenged and grow and aren't afraid to work hard to make it happen, then this is the place for you. The team dynamic and culture is the best I have been a part of in all my career.

      Cons

      A few longer days here and there but that comes with working on cool projects to meet deliverables/deadlines. There is flexibility and recognition that comes along with that, so not really a Con.

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