AvalonBay Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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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)

  • They promote a more unified work environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • very poor work/life balance, poor training for mid to upper level employees (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. Flexibility helps create a work-life balance

    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a company that truly cares about their Associates and I would recommend AvalonBay to everyone. You cannot truly appreciate how well AvalonBay treats their Associates unless you have been at company that treats their employees like a disposable commodity and works them to death. AvalonBay is aware of work-life balance issues and they try to work with Associates whenever possible. I have seen schedules shifted so one Associate can make all their kid’s soccer games on Mondays in the spring. They intern help cover for other Associates other times during the year. AvalonBay has realized that some flexibility in the schedule when possible can go a long way helping the work-life balance. AvalonBay is not perfect and there are issues here just like any other company. One of the key differences I have seen at AvalonBay is Management (starting at the top) is aware of the issues and is actively trying to fix them. They really do listen to the Associates and they take their feedback very seriously. This was evident when Executive Management conducted a series of town hall meetings across the company to meet with and talk open with Associates at all levels.

    Cons

    The path for advancement is not always clear and is not always up. As you move up in the organization there are fewer opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    A career path does not always have to go up to be effective. Expanding roles and providing opportunities for growth can take the place of some of the advancement opportunities.


  2. Maintenance Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay. Great training. Good benefits. 13 holiday's off with pay (2 floating). Room for growth. Awesome Management. Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Sometimes work load can be pretty heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job.


  3. Great Employer!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Community Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very comfortable work environment. Positive and supportive directors and upper management. I have rarely considered leaving in my six years of employment.

    Cons

    High expectations. Full work load. This company is certainly for the quick learners and those who can adapt to a consistently changing company.


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  5. Great culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good culture, people and place to work

    Cons

    can't think of anything off the top of my head


  6. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing and the company culture is very appealing.

    Cons

    No cons experienced during temporary employment.


  7. Good company - needs improvement (mgt)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is too good to be true, but it is! There are a lot of great people and I have noted many new hires in seniors positions coming from outside the company many who come from much larger organizations and roles - this tells me AvalonBay is trying to bring in the right talent to get them to the next level. Nice offices and great discounts on rentals if you choose to live in one of our communities.

    Cons

    I agree with another comment, a lot of sub-par managers, directors, and executives, HOWEVER note my comment above at trying to higher more qualified and experiences leaders. I will say AvalonBay should not focus so much on "how long you have been with the company" and stronger managers, directors, and executives should "thin the herd" as there is a sense of accepting status-quo and mediocrity which allows people to "hide out" and not be performance managed.

    Advice to Management

    You are hiring for more skill, experience, and larger perspectives - USE these new hires to help transform this company from a good company to a great company. Senior executives seem competent, improvement needed in VP level areas where some areas and teams seem "unmanaged".


  8. AvalonBay Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AvalonBay full-time

    Pros

    A very good company to work for. Manager(s) were great people and showed a willingness to help associates. Always available to their employee's and very knowledgeable about services and products.

    Cons

    Very little family and work balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    AvalonBay Response

    Aug 20, 2015 – Hiring Manager

    Thank you for this review. I'm glad you had a good experience at AvalonBay, and I wish you all the best.


  9. Community Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benifits, excellent training programs.

    Cons

    Can think of any cons.

    AvalonBay Response

    Aug 20, 2015 – Hiring Manager

    Awesome. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.


  10. Low employee morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AvalonBay full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have a newly remodeled office building.

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid employees at the customer care center in Virginia Beach.

    Advice to Management

    Professionalism is very important in an work environment.


  11. Service Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AvalonBay full-time

    Pros

    Good company atmosphere (people) colleague

    Cons

    Working conditions poor in the field - some treated second class

    AvalonBay Response

    Aug 20, 2015 – Hiring Manager

    Thank you for your feedback! I'm really glad that you're having such a great experience with your colleagues, and disappointed to hear the con. Please reach your to the management team or HR for some ... More



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