AvalonBay Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
82 Reviews
4.4
82 Reviews
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Timothy J. Naughton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Challenging work environment with a lot of room for growth (in 6 reviews)

  • This is a top notch company to work for with great benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Dealing with disgruntled residents everyday can be taxing, but that is the nature of customer service (in 6 reviews)

  • It is hard to advance unless you work for the right manager that can get you noticed for the hard work you do (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic Company With Below Average Bonuses

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at AvalonBay full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This Company is one of the best companies I have worked for on many fronts they emphasize or have...

    Employee Development
    A balanced approach to work and life
    Good Benefits Package including stock options
    They hire good people to work with and for.

    (Not a pro or con, pay is about average for the industry.)

    Cons

    The only con I experienced would be the worst bonus structure of any company I have worked for in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the bonus program, if there was opportunity to make 10-20% of your annual pay in bonuses it would have enticed me to stay over moving my family out of state for a differing opportunity for my wife.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant  in  Cohasset, MA
    Current Employee - Leasing Consultant in Cohasset, MA

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff and employees--work well to promote success of each other.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging--requires weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well Managed Company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AvalonBay

    Pros

    loved the way upper management treated employees

    Cons

    not enough room for growth

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    AvalonBay: Great people & a great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -The people & culture here are awesome. Its great to work in an environment where you genuinely like the people you work with. Everyone is extremely hardworking and always willing to lend a helping hand. The supervisors are very focused on job growth and getting you where you need to be to move up in your position.
    -There are lots of opportunities to try new things and explore different facets of the company which always keeps things interesting.
    -There is a lot of promoting from within which is encouraging to see.
    -My supervisors aren't super strict when it comes to an exact time to be in every day as long as I'm getting my work done and not missing meetings. Our office is pretty relaxed but still gets things done. Everyone is very flexible with taking time off, taking off for a bit during the day for personal reasons, etc.
    -I always look forward to coming to work. My job here challenges me and is always making me push forward which I find very valuable.
    -The vacation time policy is pretty good. 2 weeks starting out and then after 4 years it goes to 3 weeks and then there are more days as your tenure increases from there.
    -The corporate offices have all been pretty dated and they have recently been moving and upgrading all of the offices. It may not seem like much - but its nice to come in to a shiny new office instead of one stuck in the 90s.
    -The rent discount is pretty good (20% off market) if you want to live at a community. And most of our community are pretty awesome (new or recently renovated) so that is a huge bonus.

    Cons

    -Technology - people still use Lotus Notes? But after a week you are used to it. They have released new tools like Chatter (almost like a Twitter just for the company) which is new and exciting and our virtual magazine is cool.
    -Avalon doesn't pay super well - and its something they don't seem afraid to tell people. When you have your review and they tell you they don't give raises (base raise) based on the cost of living and if you live at a community they are most likely raising your rent more than you are getting in a raise - something doesn't add up there...Its really about finding the right balance between enjoying where you work, having a flexible schedule and opportunity for growth. Another company may pay more, but you may not find the same culture there that you have here. Hourly corporate associates are pretty much the only people in the company that aren't eligible for bonuses which is frustrating for many people. However, the fact that they tend to promote from within and really value their associates offsets some of these frustrations and makes you work harder towards getting to that next level.
    -The maternity leave policy isn't awesome - 6 weeks and they force you to use all of your vacation days...but if you can afford to take more time off, it seems they are very open to that and will work with you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding personnel, benefits and oppportunities for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    AvalonBay has one of the beat "team" mentalities of any company I have worked for. Everyone truly works for the benefit of our customers, company, and co-workers. With the amount of company growth and expansion, there are always avenues and opportunities for advancement and exploring new positions if so desired. My co-workers are some of the most knowledgable minds and fun people to work with. The work load, challenges and demands on your skills are high, which keeps things exciting and interesting.

    Cons

    Pay rates are lower than comparitive jobs in other companies. Communication between different facets of the company could be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Real Life Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get some real hands on sales and customer service experience. Great internship for a junior in college looking for a resume booster.

    Cons

    Started out as a management/marketing internship, but lacks structure eventually you become just a community consultant. Instead of receiving the commission that you earn from signing leases, you're hardwork goes to the other employees... which is very disheartening at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more structured internship program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Supportive culture, endless room for professional growth.

    Current Employee - Community Consultant
    Current Employee - Community Consultant

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The work life balance is fantastic. Avalonbay puts on events for their associates every quarter of the year. They want their employees to be successful at their jobs and reward them for performance.

    Cons

    The company values their employees. management does provide recognitition for outstanding associates who demonstrate they are meeting goals and helping the company grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology and software is outdated, could use more efficient and user friendly programs.

  9.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AvalonBay

    Pros

    AvalonBay is an industry leader and I truly believe it's because of the amazing associates. From Senior Management to on-site teams, everyone goes above and beyond make connections and do the best job possible. The Company values (continuous improvement, spirit of caring and commitment to integrity) are very important to associates and it shows in both overall strategy and day-to-day operations.

    Cons

    At times, the workload and lack of resources is overwhelming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great environment!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Pay rates are relatively low for the area.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Internship Experience but wish there were open positions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant  in  West Long Branch, NJ
    Former Employee - Leasing Consultant in West Long Branch, NJ

    I worked at AvalonBay as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Extensive training, Reasonable hours, Great Work Environment

    Cons

    No locations in Southern Jersey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More available positions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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