AvalonBay Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
84 Reviews
4.3
84 Reviews
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Timothy J. Naughton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I feel like you truly have a work-life balance with this company (in 5 reviews)

  • Fun, engaging company with room for growth for those willing to work for it (in 4 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Well Balanced Company

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

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

    Pros

    Growth Opportunities; Employee Appreciation; Forward Thinking company that creates an environment of success.

    Cons

    Micromanaging daily work activities; databases for daily work activities need to be streamlined

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Boring

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

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

    Pros

    Reliable place to work. Very easy work.

    Cons

    Very routine, day to day does not change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hours are a bit too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with Caring Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I worked at AvalonBay full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Room for growth
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Small staff makes it hard do an optimal job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink staffing level matrix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 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 for more than a 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
  10.  

    Leasing Professional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Associate  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Leasing Associate in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Fun, engaging work atmosphere with good breaks away from work.

    Cons

    Horrible, snobby management who do not help or assist customers or employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    total turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfactory

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

    I worked at AvalonBay

    Pros

    Work life balance was great...bonus systems were great as well

    Cons

    Some of the policies implemented, although being good for the company, were not always resident-friendly, and caused a more difficult time for on site employees. Lots of changes occurred in the time frame that I was employed there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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