has anyone heard of crow holdings?

they were at my university career fair and I'd love to know what they're known for and what their reputation is.  Thanks!

edit: I'm new to cre, so I'm not super familiar w all the names yet 

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  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Sep 23, 2020 - 10:05pm

As good of a reputation as a real estate company can have. Access to the largest institutional capital sources, robust development pipelines, and by all accounts - amazing company culture that encourages entrepreneurship. most people would consider it an exit opp 

Sep 24, 2020 - 9:54am


What kind of exit ops are attainable from their pe group?

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Sep 24, 2020 - 12:07am

Excellent place to start a career. You will learn the ropes and get reps in modeling which is exactly what you need as a first job. Very recognizable in the industry too when you decide to exit after a few years assuming you do.

Sep 24, 2020 - 10:23am

I know as a prospect it is easy to see the allure of firms like Blackstone, but in reality, there is not much reason to actually worship these firms over other serious institutional shops. Even worse, to think that one somehow "failed" by not getting employed at one.... 

Trust me, you will laugh at this thought after a few years in the industry. Crow Holdings is a top flight place to work... as in more analyst/associates at the BX's of the world apply for jobs at the Crow Holdings of the world than vice versa, think about that!  

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Sep 24, 2020 - 10:32am

@redever why do you say more analyst associates at BX of the world apply to Crow versus the other way around ?

Sep 24, 2020 - 7:25am

No, Blackstone is the best. Has been for several years straight. Starwood is like top 3-4. Crow is further down the pecking order. They're respected but I wouldn't place them in the top 10. 

Sep 24, 2020 - 9:55am

They're going to be crushed that they aren't included in a prospect's top 10. 

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Sep 24, 2020 - 12:00pm

LOL - Trammell Crow rolling in his grave rn.

"Who am I? I'm the guy that does his job. You must be the other guy."
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Oct 5, 2020 - 12:09pm

Thanks for the insight prospective monkey.  I am sure that your professional experience working with both of these groups has led you to this conclusion.  I for one have purchased deals from both Blackstone and Crow Holdings, and personally know people at both firms.  Both groups have world class people/professionals. 

With that said, I haven't been in Blackstone's HQ, but I have a hard time imagining that it is cooler than Crow Holdings' office.  The art in that place would rival any major art museum in the World.  I counted 3 Rembrandts hanging on the walls during my tour.  Also, no way that Blackstone has a Pig Room.


Sep 24, 2020 - 4:30pm

Worth distinguishing..

Trammell Crow .... Development firm now owed by CBRE

Crow Holdings .... remainder of old Trammell Crow not sold to CBRE (my understanding is that the Crow family money resides here, but I don't think it is structured nor should be classed as a 'family office').

They are two separate firms as a result of the transaction back in the 00's

Sep 25, 2020 - 12:32pm

You're 100% right.  The Crow family is still heavily invested (Harlan Crow gets copied on all development and IC packages), but they're focused on their fund business and have been raising large pools of discretionary, outside capital for years now.

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Sep 24, 2020 - 2:05pm

I find it to be a great place as well, but I can't get over the fact that I still am not able to land something at a top 10 shop. As redever said, I'll probably realize once I get into the workplace.

Sep 24, 2020 - 2:30pm

a top 10 shop. 

What does this even refer to? 

Where is the universally accepted and agreed upon "real estate top 10" outside of individual 19 year olds on WSO? 

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  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Sep 24, 2020 - 2:36pm

Being fair, I'd say real estate top 5-10 is relatively understood and standard. Hines, blackstone, Starwood, Tishman, related. There's 5 already. Is crow Holdings among one of the standard top 5-10 that comes to your mind? For me, yes and no.

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Sep 24, 2020 - 2:38pm

I'm in college like yourself, so do take what i say with a grain of salt. 

Working at smaller, hell even unknown firm can have its benefits. Like a shop that's still in the early stages, if you get in early and the shop is successful it can pay big dividends down the line. Don't discount the fact that you'll be a big fish in small pond, much easier to stand out and move up. Also you might not get siloed and be exposed to the whole deal process across multiple deals. Plenty of other reasons as well. Like others said don't be so fixated on top 10, there is so much opportunity out there and firms doing really cool stuff and  you've never heard of them. Yes there are downsides, no brand name, less 'prestigious' and may be less efficient. But don't discount the above.

Sep 24, 2020 - 4:44pm

Whoever threw monkey shit at this doesn't know what they're talking about 

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Sep 24, 2020 - 2:15pm

At least you won't have to worry about finding a place to live in NYC.  Mass exodus from the city from chatter from my friends in the boroughs.

"Who am I? I'm the guy that does his job. You must be the other guy."
Sep 29, 2020 - 9:55am


At least you won't have to worry about finding a place to live in NYC.  Mass exodus from the city from chatter from my friends in the boroughs.

It's been pretty overstated.  I think a lot of folks who were probably on the way out in the next 2-5 years have moved up their timetables.  Other than that, you're already seeing people coming back into the city.  It's not like the city doesn't see an exodus every July/August of people heading out to the beach or upstate.

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Sep 24, 2020 - 3:24pm

can anyone comment on the culture at crow holdings, the growth opportunities, what they look for, etc? 

Sep 24, 2020 - 5:34pm

I was lucky enough to tour their headquarters in Dallas. 

Dear god they put some money into that. 

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Sep 24, 2020 - 6:30pm

There are a ton of responses already, but incase you haven't quite gotten the gist of it:

Top-tier firm, savvy investors at the property level. Have transacted with them and met several members of the acq team in various property types/strategies, the depth of knowledge is immediately apparent and reputation well earned. Great combo of capital and investment prowess

Sep 24, 2020 - 9:51pm

"HaS aNyOnE hEaRd Of CrOw HoLdInGs?" that's what you sound like OP

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Sep 25, 2020 - 2:15am

Have done a few deals w/ them.

Very bright. They "get it". Have high conviction ideas which they operate within. If the deal is within that box and there is trust then it is smooth. No so easy in other cases.

There are two types of LPS - those that do their HW and know exactly what they want and those that do some HW and wait to dig in until the deal is on the desk. No issue with either... but Crow is the former. I'd imagine it to be a pretty intellectually stimulating environment.

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PS - did not read most of the thread.. seems trolly 

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Sep 25, 2020 - 2:45pm

have an upcoming interview with them. anyone know where I can learn more about their funds? can't find too much info on their website.

  • Prospect in RE - Comm
Oct 30, 2020 - 8:08pm

any suggestions on this vs. heitman. For full time analyst? Not too interested in either one of these markets long term, but its what I have in hand. 

Oct 30, 2020 - 10:07pm

Clearly, a placement at either is great. That said, Heitman is a very well regarded top brand name in the real estate investment management business, global presence, and would be a great place to start a career. A place like Crow could be the exit vector, especially with a promotion attached. That said, if you did like Crow's operation/location, etc. I would seriously consider it. If you are really thinking from a pure "exit ops" stand point, Heitman is a winner by a mile. 

Sep 13, 2021 - 6:06pm

Really good firm out of undergrad in terms of value and experience. And sure crow is the "exit op" in the sense they are investors and always have people who join from advisory roles. I'm sure one could argue SNL developers are exit ops too. But IMO there are way more people parlaying crow experience (especially analyst level) and leaving for other opportunities than vice versa.

Sep 14, 2021 - 10:26am

Nobody who is actually in the midst of a successful career thinks in terms of "Exit Ops"... that's for interns and undergrads. 

Once you are in your career... you think in terms of promotions and progress and results. If someone actually gets a job at "Crow Holdings" to "leverage" it, they are sorta missing the point. 

In fairness... I don't think you meant something so far off.. just how you framed it. I say this because pretty much EVERY "analyst" program no matter where it is may require or lead to better outcomes via a jump. Clearly, some firms want you to stay, but a lot expressly don't (no clue where Crow fits, I have zero idea about its "analyst program" in particular). 

Sep 14, 2021 - 11:02am

Redever, it was really more of a testament to how good their analyst program is. I still think doing 2 years there will provide better opportunities through vertical channels than progressing within. I know kids I work with who have been hit up for associate level roles there….lets just say you better really love their office space. But I have no doubt it can be a one-stop shop and lead to solid money at more senior levels.

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