HR Generalist

  • Human Resources
  • New York, United States

HR Generalist

Job description

Bisnow is the largest producer of news and events within the commercial real estate industry across North America, Canada, the UK and Ireland. Like any other industry, executives within CRE need to be informed and connected to do their jobs well. And in CRE, doing your job well means doing smarter deals and more of them. 

Our mission is to inform, connect and advance the commercial real estate community to do more business. We 

aspire to be the most data-driven and humanizing digital media, live events and intelligence platform in the galaxy — and through this effort, drive the industry to do smarter business. From events and news to branded content and video, our singular voice, attitude and perspective reaches 18 million all-digital readers and more than 100,000 industry insiders who attend our 300+ Bisnow events each year. Operating in more than 50 cities across North America and Europe, we tend to think globally, but strive to connect people hyper-locally.

At Bisnow, we believe the interview process is a two way street. We ask that you interview us during this process as much as we plan to interview you. At Bisnow, we expect people to believe in our mission, our vision and our values. We don’t simply put these words on a wall. We hire, we fire, we promote, we demote, we bonus or don’t bonus, based on our mission, vision and values. So please, take them as seriously as we promise to take your application. Thank you.


  • Work with a positive, cross-functional team on an everyday basis to provide day to day HR support to our management team: HR administrative paperwork, on-boarding, off-boarding, preparation and delivery of updated compensation plans, compensation analysis, performance management, and reporting/analytics.

  • Partner with the Director of People Operations to support Bisnow’s leadership and their teams on employee relations issues, ensuring consistent application of policies and practices.

  • Identify and provide creative solutions to employee engagement challenges, compensation/title analysis and organizational structure.

  • Become an expert in all employment laws and practices across all US and UK markets which Bisnow functions in. 

  • Assist, train on and maintain employee-related databases (currently utilizing Justworks for payroll & benefits). 

    • Prepare and analyze reports that are necessary to carry out the functions of each department and the company as a whole. 

    • Prepare reports for management, as necessary.

    • Prepare bi-weekly and/or monthly reports for external parties such as Bisnow’s 401k provider. 

  • Partner with management team on communications to new and current employees regarding compensation, benefits, leave of absence, policy or talent-related issues.

  • Meet with multiple HR professionals within similar organizations to gain a deep understanding of HR best practices. Consistently implement new systems and processes to improve our company’s HR function. 

  • Assist managers in developing performance improvement plans and ensure that managers are performing reviews 

  • Manage off-boarding process: 

    • Prepare necessary termination paperwork, ensuring each individual off-boarding process is handled properly in regards to state-by-state regulations. 

    • Conducting exit interviews and analyzing findings to make recommendations to reduce turnover.

  • Support organizational change in an agile and flexible manner keeping the current needs and overall goals of the organization in mind.

  • Ensure accuracy and own the approval process for bi-weekly time cards (utilized for hourly, W-2 employees.) 

  • Ensure accuracy and own the approval process for our monthly independent contractor invoices. 

  • Perform other ad hoc duties, as assigned.

  • Oversee the employee experience to maximize retention and employee performance

Human Resources Requirements:

  • General knowledge of employment laws and practices.

  • Experience in the administration of benefits, compensation, talent, and other HR programs.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Good relationship-building, issue resolution, organizational and time management skills.

  • Ability to maintain confidences and handle sensitive conversations and topics with discretion and tact

  • Demonstrated ability to drive HR processes and to deliver high-quality HR services in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in Human Resources, Business, or Organization Development.

  • 3-5+ years of progressive experience in Human Resources.

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred, not required.

  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Word.

  • Able to manage a fast-paced environment; meet strict deadlines and handle multiple ongoing projects concurrently

  • Ability to professionally and effectively interact with all levels of staff and management

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently

  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills

  • Effective oral and written communication.

  • Highly resourceful and detail-oriented

What Are The Benefits?

  • We have a competitive compensation structure that rewards those who win, well

  • Vacation is important and we want you to take it. We’re also not into bureaucracy so tracking vacation sounds insane and that’s why we decided to offer unlimited vacation

  • Health, dental, vision, commuter, short term disability and 401k benefits are included for all our employees

  • You’ll get to work with smart, passionate, driven, ambitious, kind, caring and mindful people and will rarely experience an overload of policies, bureaucracy or toxicity (the latter, we do not tolerate. Period)

What Are the Drawbacks?

Most companies wouldn’t dream to include drawbacks on a job description - but we know we’re not perfect and don’t pretend to be. So here are the most common drawbacks voiced by people who did not find Bisnow to be a good fit.

  • “Lack of structure.” – we’ve gone from a handful of entrepreneurs to a company with 100 employees relatively quickly and our management team are mostly in their thirties which means we don’t have decades of experience. We’re figuring things out as we go, so if you’re someone who needs structure in place, we’re probably not the place for you but if you consider yourself an entrepreneur and want to help figure things out with a smart team of like-minded go getters, this could be your dream career.

  • “Chaotic at times, Bisnow should put proper policies in place.” – Mario Andretti once said that if things seem under control, you’re probably not going fast enough. We don’t encourage chaos but we do see a healthy amount of it as a result of exciting growth and we’re also not big fans of bureaucracy and find the more policies we implement the more bureaucratic things become.

  • “Long hours, not a lot of time off, unlimited vacation means no vacation.” – We encourage taking long vacations and time off and we truly believe that those sorts of trips can lead to more productivity when people come back and feel more inspired by new ideas. We do work long hours and for some people that’s not ideal. As entrepreneurs, we have to love what we do or else we wouldn’t be particularly good at it and when you love what you do, you don’t really separate work and play but rather integrate the two.


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