AvalonBay Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
95 Reviews
4.3
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Timothy J. Naughton
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Pros
  • I feel like you truly have a work-life balance with this company (in 8 reviews)

  • There are many challenges when it comes to customer service but that keeps the job fresh (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging--requires weekends (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Strong respectable honest company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Superintendent in Glendora, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Superintendent in Glendora, CA

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benifits, aewsome employees, great working enviorment

    Cons

    They expect the best out of all employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It’s not a job, it’s a career

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AvalonBay is the type of company you should join if you’re looking for a career and not just a paycheck. This company is growing and there are a lot of opportunities available for anyone willing to put in the effort. I work with a great group of people that really pull together as a team. It’s a good feeling to know if you need help on a project someone has your back and if someone else needs help you have theirs. I’ve been at too many companies that push a cut throat culture in the name of performance. When my team had to work late to make a deadlines during the Archstone Acquisition, my boss was working right beside us. He recognized that the team went above and beyond what was expected of us to get the job done and remembered it during our performance reviews and in our bonuses. I think the best comment I can give is, I can see myself still working for this company in 10 years or more.

    Cons

    The company often seems too big for the amount of people we have working here. The feeling of being overwhelmed gets be compounded by the amount of continual growth. Our team always seems to be trying to play catch up with the amount of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a great group of people working for you that are always willing to step up when you need them. You need to recognize when to take the reins and hold them back some so they don’t burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I have worked for AvalonBay for over 18 years because they let me know that I matter.

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    AvalonBay provides great training and growth oppportunites. The people are very knowledgable and respected in the industry. Associates at every level are accessible and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge in order to enrich your career. They are also equally willing to request feedback, good or bad in order to continuosly improve.

    Cons

    The company has expanded recently and is in the process of catching up with using updated technology to be more efficient in managing processes and communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Unmatchable!!!

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive structure with Sr management who truly care about the people who work here. Room for advancement if you work hard...Avalon loves to promote from within! Great benefits. Good work/life balance. Just an amazing place to work. I have been here almost 15 years, and nothing is the same (except Lotus Notes..lol). Very forward thinking company who solicited associate feedback to improve operations. Love, love, love this company!

    Cons

    The pay and bonuses are not up to par with the industry. It is not completely far off, but all of the other benefits you get while working here far outweigh the difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look at a more well balanced pay structure to ensure you are keeping the high potential talent in place. Also, more benefits for longer tenure. An extra week of vacation is great, but 5 weeks a year is pretty difficult to actually use.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Best Decision I Have Ever Made: Signing My Offer Letter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Community Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Community Consultant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AvalonBay is a strong believer in integrity, which is a difficult quality to come by in almost anything today. The company provides each and every single associate with the training tools necessary to succeed in his or her job. AvalonBay also offers a relocation program for its associates that need a little more flexibility if they travel/move often. With over 250 communities in the country, any associate is bound to find a place that best fits his or her needs.

    Cons

    Although AvalonBay will never be the highest-paying property management company, it definitely takes care of its associates in ways that other companies could never provide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each community tends to have its own unique atmosphere and I think this is excellent. This is such a diverse company and I strongly believe that our upper management recognizes that and embraces it. I love the different brands and having the opportunity to pick what works best for ME.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with Caring Leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Studio City, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Studio City, CA

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The support that you receive as Manager with Avalonbay is fantastic. The off-site teams that support the revenue management processes, human resource and operational support are both intelligent and caring. Many companies preach work-life balance however this company practices what they preach by putting trust in their onsite team and are consistantly looking for ways to steamline processes that would inhibit customer service. I feel honored to work for this Avalonbay and encourage others that are looking for a hospitable culture and pro-associate enviroment join this team.

    Cons

    I wish there were locations in Hawaii

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and great company

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are fantastic. Very smart, dedicated and friendly. The work is interesting and engaging. The company and senior management cares about its associates - more than just lip service. Senior management is top notch. I have full faith in the direction of the company.

    Cons

    We use Lotus Notes instead of Microsoft Office! We'll likely move off Notes within the next 3-4 years but that will be a painful process. Information can be heavily siloed here and good information exchange can be lacking sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company.

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay

    Pros

    I work out of the South Orange County region. I have been with the company for a little over 3 years and I am proud to say that Avalon Bay is a great company to work for. Based on experience:
    -Staff: AvalonBay is staffed with some of the most dedicated, driven, hardworking associates I have ever had the pleasure of working with and/or meeting. Company Events: AvalonBay hosts quarterly events to show their appreciation towards their associates. The corporate team puts a lot of time and effort in planning these events to ensure they are not only a great success, but fun & unforgettable as well. Growth: AvalonBay is perpetually looking to expand and has done so in recent months which means, the opportunity for growth is always there.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love working for this company, work with lots of great people!

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I feel like you truly have a work-life balance with this company. It makes me enjoy coming to work. I feel it is a collaborative environment where team building plays a big role. I have met lots of employees that have left but have come back because the grass was not greener. I think that says a lot about the company.

    Cons

    Really can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Your day is never the same. It is so fun and exciting working here. Pay is great! I love the people. I actually enjoy going to work every day. There are many challenges when it comes to customer service but that keeps the job fresh. Its not easy. There are many things that go into property management and so much to learn. This is a great experience and can potentially be a long term career.

    Cons

    Working Saturdays. Managers will take saturdays off no problem so if you can get into the managment side after working your butt off you don't always have to work saturdays forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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