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I worked at AvalonBay full-time (More than 3 years)
Great people and atmosphere. I really appreciated their efforts to recognize the opinions and needs of their employees through one on one meetings, surveys, town hall meetings, and a company culture refresher. There is much potential to become a great place to work but they need to get rid of the managers that kill the spirit of valuable employees and who do not align with the new core values. There is a 60 day waiting period for benefits but the benefits are decent. Flex time is a waste if you do not have children. There focus on innovation but so many processes are manually handled. Lotus notes is the worst! Technology is not important to AVB. Its more of lets have dedicated team of five people do it before we invest in the technology that can streamline the process and make it easier for everyone involved.
- I will say the experience at AVB varies directly on your department and management. - No work life balance. Getting time off is next to impossible. (AVB operates on very lean workforce) - lack of professional development and support from management - little to nothing raises once a year. I think its just the cost of living and no more or less. - the 401k match is once a year in January. - autonomous work environment; departments have overlapping initiatives and the same is true within the departments - the right doesn't know what the left is doing. - corporate has a huge disconnect from on-site employees.
Advice to Management
You are going in the right direction with your surveys, focus on company culture and the Be great program but you need leadership that aligns with those values and your new vision for the company. Also, value your current employees and stop thinking of employees as disposable. I barely left the company and position was posted. Sure, you can find someone to do the job but you cannot replace the character, rapport, and knowledge of the person leaving that quickly! That's where you lose and it costs you more to let that person walk out on you then to address the issues of why they are leaving.