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Beacon Communities Overview

Boston, MA
501 to 1000 employees
1946
Company - Private
Real Estate
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Beacon is a privately owned real estate firm that develops, acquires, invests in, and manages a wide range of multi-family housing. Our portfolio includes affordable housing, market rate housing and mixed income-housing. Our developments range from new construction, to historic ... Read more

Mission: Beacon is known for successfully managing challenging properties and finding new and creative ways to stand out in today’s demanding rental housing marketplace. Our property management practices set the industry standard for attention to detail, physical plant ... Read more


Glassdoor Awards

Top CEOs: 2017 (#18), 2016 (#13)

Company Updates

  • Ground Broken On Apartment Project

    Town, state, and federal officials broke ground Feb. 9 on the $62 million Montgomery Mills project, which will convert the long-shuttered J.R. Montgomery Co. factory into 160 mixed-income apartments. Beacon Communities, a Boston-based firm, secured $14 million in public money, and $34 million in state and federal grants, loans, and tax credits, to fund the project.

  • Top 10 Boston Apartment Owners

    Despite rising multifamily property prices, the city has been attracting attention from major investors due to its growing economy and population, as well as its relative affordability.

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Beacon Communities – Why Work For Us?


At Beacon, we believe in Living Well by Design.  

Living Well by Design means focusing on how the decisions we make and the work we do affect the people we serve, the neighborhoods we are a part of, and the environment.  This approach applies to everything we do, from designing new buildings and spaces to hiring and training new Beacon team members.  Through architectural design, sustainability initiatives, resident services programs, and workplace culture, we create communities – and a company – that thrive.

Welcome to Beacon. We create neighborhoods.

Beacon is a privately owned real estate firm that develops, acquires, invests in, and manages a wide range of multi-family housing. Our portfolio includes affordable housing, market rate housing and mixed income-housing. Our developments range from new construction, to historic adaptive reuse, to the renovation of existing housing. We take on challenging developments and make them succeed. Our driving passion is to create well-designed, healthy homes that improve the quality of life of our residents and enhance the neighborhoods in which they are located.


Being Beacon

If you have a sense of purpose, we have a job for you.

At Beacon, we make a positive difference every day. We care passionately about creating vibrant communities – and we can only do this by engaging the best and brightest employees from a variety of professional backgrounds.

We provide extensive training through our in-house Beacon University program, we support your professional development through tuition reimbursement, and we promote from within. From our interns to our new hires to our multi-decade veterans, we value each member of our team and strive to give each the tools and opportunity to excel at Beacon.

BEACON PROMOTES WITHIN: 

Featuring Marc Greenhalgh - Assistant Regional Vice President

Back in 2012, Marc Greenhalgh was spending time with his longtime friend Craig Phillips and considering his next career move. After a successful career as a Managing Partner in the restaurant industry, Marc was ready for a change - the long hours and weekend work weren’t providing him the work life balance he wanted with three growing kids in his family – while he liked aspects of the work, he knew he didn’t want to retire in the industry. At the time, Craig was property manager of Sacred Heart and he showed Marc how skills from the restaurant industry translated to the work of a property manager – skills like people management, generating and reading financials, and creating budgets. Craig told Marc that Beacon was hiring for an assistant manager role at the Haverhill properties and although an assistant manager role was a ‘step back’ for Marc’s career at the time, he thought it would be worth it to change industries and begin working in housing.  As he was taking a chance in a new industry, Beacon also took a chance on hiring Marc, with no property management experience but great skills working with teams and dealing with financials. In that first year with Beacon, Marc relied heavily on his team for support while he put his head down and learned the skills specific to property management. In his first two years with Beacon, Marc received his COS, TCS, and CP3 certifications. He knew he needed this knowledge to understand different affordable programs and to fully succeed in the property management industry. Beacon supported Marc’s education for these certificates and now Marc is utilizing Beacon’s tuition reimbursement program. He is attending Southern New Hampshire University’s MBA program where he has begun his studies in Finance.

Marc has made a big impact at Beacon, receiving the Area Manager of the Year award in 2014 and now serving as Assistant RVP for eleven properties including the north shore, 495 area, and our latest addition in Maine, Loring House. He has proved himself a great representative of high quality customer service, a dedicated mentor to his teams, and an impressive calculator of budgets.
When Marc began his career here, he was mostly looking for a better quality of life – and he seems to have found it. He says that this is main difference between working at Beacon and in his former career. Now he is able to spend more time with his children, ages 12, 13, and 18. Marc is an involved father and now attends all his children’s sporting events, plays, and other school sponsored activities. Every weekend he takes his daughter to her horseback riding lessons and he shoots competitive target archery with his son each week. Before he was at Beacon, he had to work many weekends, but now those days are spent skiing with the kids in the winter. Last April, Marc and his children were able to go on an epic vacation, together with his sister’s family, to Disneyland. During this vacation Marc and his wife Lynn were engaged and were married in August. Many of these things weren’t possible before Marc started working at Beacon. Marc feels that Beacon is truly a company where if you put in the hard work, you will be recognized and promoted for it. This is not true in all companies and this one area where Beacon really stands apart. With over 50 internal promotions last year, we are proud to say . . . Beacon Promotes Within . . . and mean it. Congratulations to Marc on his many successes with Beacon! We are looking forward to many more years working with him and thank him for sharing with us for this article.

Beacon Internships

Beacon has always tailored our internships for the student.  A Beacon internship is not a three month leasing job, it is an immersive educational process.

The three types of internships we frequently offer are: resident services, asset management, and property management.  We also offer hybrids of these as well as creating custom internships based on students areas of learning: such as accounting and marketing specific internship programs, as well as focusing on affordable property compliance and design/development.  An internship is great time to get hands on experience with any facet of property management that you are interested in exploring.  

Beacon interns have great success stories!   Over the past six years, we have had 18 permanent hires from our intern teams.   Many of these interns have been promoted since they were hired full time and one now serves as north shore Regional Vice President!

Each summer we plan activities for all of our interns - from Duck Tours, Red Sox games, whale watches, museum outings, shopping extravaganzas and more!  It's part of the fun and part of being Beacon.   

Every summer our internship experience ends with a Capstone Day -- interns present to their sponsors and Beacon's executives to share their summer experiences.  Awards are given and we host a luncheon to celebrate all of our interns hard work over the summer.  One sample presentation is below.

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    Pros

    Beacon is an extraordinary company that inspires one to want to “do well by doing good”. We have industry leaders managing each department and their knowledge is shared throughout the organization. Growing my career with Beacon has been an amazing experience in which I am grateful for. Our leadership team is phenomenal and their passion for affordable housing is infectious!

    Cons

    Company growth is certainly not a con, however the take over of an entire portfolio seems to have stretched every department a little thin. From the field it appears that department heads need more resources to support them and their efforts. From a site level perspective our teams are already challenged with keeping up with property maintenance needs in which some have limited funding. If physical resources are needed in other areas consideration for roving maintenance teams should be had. As REAC inspections become more challenging these roving team members could assist in the preparation for inspections.

    Advice to Management

    Beacon is a very special place to work with a unique family like culture. I am hopeful that with our growth and change in leadership this family will continue to support one another and continue to strive to be the Best in Class company that it is today!

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Beacon Communities Photos

Beacon Communities photo of: 2017 Beacon Annual Meeting Award Winner, Dave Howard
Beacon Communities photo of: 2017 Beacon Annual Meeting Award Winner - Station Pointe Apartments, Beacon Legacy Award
Beacon Communities photo of: President Jeff Baker delivering remarks at the 2017 Beacon Annual Meeting
Beacon Communities photo of: 2017 Beacon Annual Meeting Award Winner - Fatima Oliveira, Area Manager of the Year
Beacon Communities photo of: 2017 Beacon's Got Talent Judges
Beacon Communities photo of: John Elliot keeps the crowd entertained during the 2017 Beacon's Got Talent
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Beacon Communities Interviews

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Beacon Communities (Amherst, MA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I had a phone screening interview process with a regional manager. Throughout this process the hirerer asked me numerous questions about my education, as well as my knowledge about the conmpany and why I was interested in the position.

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Beacon Communities Awards & Accolades

  • NAA Paragon Award - Specialty Housing - Best Affordable Community, National Apartment Association, 2013
  • NAA Paragon Award - Specialty Housing, Affordable (Wilber School Apartments), National Apartment Association, 2012

Pledges & Certifications

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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