Alexandra Baldwin: I Wouldn’t Hire Donald Trump, and I Won’t “Wait and See” Either
I’ll start with the positive. He is clearly a pretty good developer. I think you can chalk much of his success up to “right place, right time,” but it would be disingenuous to dismiss all of his successes as being a function of just inherited wealth or his accidental location in a market that has generated outsized returns for three decades. Simply noting that he’s not as good at it as Stephen Ross or Richard LaFrek is hardly a damning criticism. He builds beautiful buildings, and he tackles projects that feature incredibly complex approval processes requiring navigation through local, city and state boards in abundance.
Further, with incomplete information, it appears as if people genuinely like working for him. Sure, there are stray anecdotes of disgruntled employees and poor working conditions, but generally speaking, for someone with his profile and that many ex-employees, there is not an overwhelming amount of criticism of him. Again, that is a judgment based only on what I can observe – I haven’t stalked Indeed for reviews, for example – but it appears that he takes care of his people and that they enjoy working for him (Trump Model Management seems to be an outlier on this…)
In other words, his resume is fine. He is not an abjectly incompetent executive. I understand why the recruiter forwarded his name to us…it is an interesting background. But we don’t hire resumes, and we don’t even hire strategic plans or interesting visions of the future. We hire people.