A property manager discusses what actually constitutes an employee for a property management company. It’s easy to make a company seem much bigger than it actually is. If you have a landscaper, a plumber, an electrician, and a handyman doing work for you, are they all employees? They can be, but more than likely they work for another company. Some property management companies will count these people as employees to make the company see much larger and more established than it actually is.
The best thing to do when interviewing a property manager is to ask if you can contact current tenants and owners. Find out how they are running their company. Are the owners happy? Are the tenants happy? Ask to see a list of properties manage. Drive by some of the homes to see how they look. Doing any of these things will give you insight into how well the company is being run, rather than how many employees it has.
Keep in mind, if a company is both managing and selling homes, not all employees are going to be on the property management side. It’s common for employees to handle tasks in both sales and management.