What it does: Empire East Land Holdings develops and markets mid-cost residential real estate projects in the Philippines.
Best known for: As a subsidiary of Megaworld Corporation, the company specializes in mid-end condominium towers, house-and-lot packages, and single-detached homes.
Staff stats: more than 1,000 employees
Financials: Php4.77 billion in gross revenue for the fiscal year 2020
The good bits: Empire East Land Holdings ranks 38th out of the Top 100 Graduate Employers in the Philippines. Fresh grads can expect lucrative perks from commissions to monthly allowances.
The not-so-good bits: New employees may struggle to achieve work-life balance at the company because of a six-day workweek.
Empire East Land emerged in 1994 after the spin-off of its predecessor, Megaworld Corporation’s Community Housing Division.
More than 25 years later, the subsidiary company experienced sustainable growth with 6 current projects and 10 completed developments. It pioneered ‘Transit-Oriented Developments’, which are mid-and high-rise condominium towers near Metro Manila’s rails stations.
Empire East Land’s portfolio also includes house-and-lot packages and single-detached homes in suburban areas such as Laguna and Rizal. As of 2020, the company recorded Php45.40 billion in total assets.
The biggest challenge for fresh grads who work at Empire East Land will involve long working hours. Most employees work from Monday to Saturday. For this reason, fresh grads may struggle with achieving a healthy work-life balance.
While the work environment demands a strong body and mind, the company has a decent employee retention rate. The median tenure of employees at Empire East Land is 5.3 years.
Insiders cited career growth, friendly colleagues, and interesting projects as some of the reasons for staying with the company. Others simply perform well and meet targets to gain financial incentives.
These factors contributed to Empire East Land’s ranking (#38) on the Top 100 Graduate Employers in the Philippines.
Empire East Land’s competitors in the mid-cost housing sector include Avida Land, DMCI Homes, and Sta. Lucia Land.
In 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dismissed the appeal of Atty. Aventino Claveria’s complaint against Empire East Land.
Claveria accused the company of misrepresenting statements in its annual report for 2004. The SEC rejected the appeal ‘for lack of merit’.
In 2019, Empire East Land celebrated its 25th anniversary by launching 25 corporate social responsibility projects.
Most initiatives focused on its Empire East Cares program. These included charitable donations, educational support, fundraisers and outreach activities, and school infrastructure projects.
Fresh grads will find it easy to explore a career path at Empire East Land with several opportunities. Despite challenging workloads, the company has strived for flexibility by allowing employees to work from home.
Best of all, the company rewards high-performing employees with incentives that are on par or even beyond industry rates.
Empire East Land claims that fresh grads may land a job in just one day. The actual application timeline, however, can take more than 14 days for certain reasons (eg COVID-19).
Previous applicants said that they had to go through up to five recruitment stages:
Applicants must invest in business clothes for their interview date—even if it’s a virtual appointment. They should also prepare for typical questions such as telling something about themselves. Interviewers will also want to know about a candidate’s five-year career plan.
Empire East Land pays a base salary between Php13,000 and Php21,000 per month to an entry-level employee. Fresh grads should look beyond the base pay because of the company’s competitive perks:
Insiders also said that the company provides free meals during training sessions. Some employees have also gotten annual bonuses and salary appraisals before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Empire East Land offers plenty of entry-level roles for fresh grads with a four-year degree in any course:
Other entry-level jobs at the company need fresh grads with specific degrees. These include accounting assistants, recruitment assistants, and sales management trainees.
Many accounting assistants at Empire East Land finished a Bachelor's in Accountancy, Accounting Management, or Accounting Technology. Some of them may also be financial accounting or management accounting graduates.
Accountancy graduates can join as auditors at Empire East Land if they pass the Certified Public Account (CPA) Board exam. Those who recently passed the CPA test are also qualified for the role.
Junior programmers at the company usually finished a degree in computer engineering, computer science, information systems, and information technology.
The company recruits business, commerce, economics, journalism, or marketing graduates for this role. The job involves travel assignments, so it’s the best role for someone who likes to work outside an office.
While fresh grads can apply for this role, Empire East Land prefers someone with at least one year of experience. Most of the company’s recruitment assistants completed a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science, Human Resources, or Psychology.
Empire East land requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Economics for this role. Commerce, marketing, property development, and real estate management graduates can also become sales management trainees.
The company may designate trainees to a certain location (eg Bonifacio Global City in Taguig). For this reason, they should be willing to do fieldwork at a specified site.