Compare MAA vs CWS Apartment Homes BETASee how CWS Apartment Homes vs. MAA compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.
What Employees Say
I have been working at MAA full-time for less than a year
The help and training is abundant. Every single person you reach out to for help is welcoming and wants to help you. I never feel like I am bothering someone or feel belittled for asking questions.... The training is second to none - and their online portals make everything streamlined for easy access to policies and procedures. MAA doesn’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. My favorite thing about working for MAA is our core values. I can always trust that I am making the right decisions using the four core values. MAA is an inclusive company that really makes you feel like you are a part of a family. I started with MAA 6 years ago as a leasing manager and our community was sold. The MAA team was so supportive during the sale - which is rare to see in our industry. I eventually returned “home” as a property manager and I am looking forward to the rest of my career with the MAA family.
I have experienced no cons working at MAA.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you’re doing - we are the best of the best!
I have been working at CWS Apartment Homes full-time for more than 10 years
**Great benefits and pay! Sure, you can find places that pay a little more if you really want to, but CWS has competitive pay and are always comparing to other companies to make sure they are... providing the best pay possible for all positions. **LOTS of training! The training and education at CWS is ongoing and actually worth it! CWS does not weigh you down with cookie cutter classes from a 3rd party source. They have an education department that rolls out new policies when needed and do a great job of making sure each team member is on board! Not too many surprises, which is nice. **CWS has a high focus on culture! We have monthly sales meetings with Marketing where we get together as an entire region. This includes Leasing, Asst. Managers, and Managers. We are able to get to know each other and depend on each other as resources and mentors within our own company! **High Level of Appreciation & Recognition! I am constantly praised and told how I am improving my community and CWS as a company. Even when there are areas that require more focus or something didn't work out as planned, CWS views these situations as learning opportunities not as disciplinary moments. **Lots of growth! I started out in the industry with CWS 10 years ago and have grown within this company. Others have left and, more times than not, come back! Or try to at least. The company, it's self, is growing as well!
Just like with any company, there are times where I wish the reins were a little looser. However, I do understand that consistency within the company is important for it's success. You do have to get... approval from a Regional or higher up for any sort of rent edit, even if it is due to a technical error. They also have semi-annual audits that happen remotely, without notice. Of course, this helps everyone be consistent at all times since you never know when it's going to happen, but it can be frustrating if you had a crazy or unique day. Sometimes resident issues or other items become more important than completing a renewal packet in OneSite and if it happens to be that one day you're being audited, well you're out of luck! If we got a 24 hour notice, at least we could have a short period of time to make sure those small items were addressed. 99% of upper management is great! But there are a few people who are very "reactionary." If an owner or partner has a question, it seems that instead of providing them with a simple answer we go out of our way to provide them with a solution they didn't ask for or a spreadsheet that provides them with extensive/additional information that wasn't asked for. Trust me, I get it! Owners & partners are special and to be respected on a whole different level, but if they ask us to jump, let's ask "how high?" and not create a spreadsheet to show how high, far, and long each person jumped. Our time is valuable!
Advice to Management
There is SO much more good than there is bad! No company is perfect. And from what I've heard from those that left, CWS is one of the best!! Even with the micro-managing from time to time, it's still... a place I love coming to work each day and am proud to tell people about. I hope CWS is always looking for areas to better it's self, but at the end of the day know you are doing a lot of things right!