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AvalonBay Communities Reviews

Updated May 16, 2018
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AvalonBay Communities President and CEO Timothy J. Naughton
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Pros
  • The company offers good benefits and is pretty flexible with your work/life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • great benefits, great team nice company (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the best work-life balance, but that's standard in the industry (in 13 reviews)

  • Not a lot of communication from upper management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "AvalonBay ROCKS"

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay Communities full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Your opinion is heard
    Your contributions are valued
    Flexibility where workload/type permits
    Spirit of Caring is lived not just a tag line
    Well-rounded benefits package

    Cons

    Compensation at some levels is low
    Stress levels can be high especially in the micro-managed job functions


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Maintenance Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Somers, NY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Somers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AvalonBay Communities full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been an proud Avalonbay employee for the last 8 years. I am amazed of how many friends and new contacts a have made over these years and more importantly Avalonbay provided me with the opportunity of growing not only in my career but as an individual.
    The company has a great culture and shows appreciation for its people and their effort.
    I witness promotions with in the company very often and the work environment is GREAT (internal joke :)
    I am very happy where I am at now and excited to see the grown of company along with mine and my co worker's.

    Cons

    Being that this is the nature of the businesses, we can experience a lot of movement between properties due to property dispositions, new developments etc.
    That can be tough for some individuals, but it comes along with a lot of opportunities for advancement to those that are open to change and have some flexibility.

  3. "Avalon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AvalonBay Communities full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, professional, great benefits, growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Resident complaints, Maintenance, Older property, 9 hour days


  4. "Good Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AvalonBay Communities full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advancement based entirely on merit

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted from the communities to the corporate office

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    May 4, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback and tenure with AVB! I'm glad to hear that you've observed advancement based on merit during your time here. If you are interested in moving to corporate, I recommend that... More


  5. "Time there was good but could always improve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AvalonBay Communities part-time

    Pros

    Always learning while at this job

    Cons

    Lots of turnover at avalon


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Growth Company with Strong Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AvalonBay Communities full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    AvalonBay is a growth company focused on consistently building new communities and redeveloping existing companies. The fact that we are growing and not just focused on getting more out of a current operating business makes it an exciting place to work. Additionally, the company places great importance on how it will grow in the future, painting a picture for all of us associates where we'll be in the next 5-10 years. That, too, provides everyone with clear direction and how you can contribute as an individual. I appreciate that. All of the growth is supported by a great culture that places value on collaboration, excellence, innovation and a true sense of caring and giving back to each others and the communities where we do business. Our focus on giving back makes AvalonBay different than many other companies I know.

    Cons

    There's certainly room to improve our technology infrastructure to make us all more productive and to serve our customers better.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Apr 27, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding AVB. We're grateful for your feedback as well as your 8+ years with the company. It's exciting to be part of organization that is continuously growing... More


  7. "Slow and Steady"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Community Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company. Lots of events and encourages learning. Can work at any of their properties across the country. People stay long term with the company.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to move up. Lots of lateral movement. When new positions open then generally already know who they want for the job no matter who applies.

    Advice to Management

    Saturday hours are long and no tours for the morning hours, I could see this going from a 11 or 12- 5 instead of 8-5.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    May 4, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your review and 3+ years at AVB! I'm sorry to hear that you feel that opportunities for advancement are limited. We pride ourselves in providing development and growth for our... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad but could have been better."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Leasing Agent in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Leasing Agent in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AvalonBay Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to transfer to different locations; plenty of opportunities to network with other co-workers; very structured once you start doing the job; they give back to the community through volunteering. It's a good place to get your feet wet in this industry.

    Cons

    Promotions based on who you know not what you know or how hard you work. Not enough training or guidance in the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent regarding expectations of promotions. There should be a clear path on how to get promoted and make sure that managers adhere to them and promote people who work hard and perform well, not just your friends.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Apr 27, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at AvalonBay. Providing professional development and growth opportunities for our associates is a crucial factor in our employee satisfaction... More


  9. "Front Desk"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Front Desk in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun team to work with. Pay structure very clear. Advancement available. Team Spirit.

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Apr 27, 2018 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for the review! I agree that AVB is a fun place to work and am glad that you are enjoying your experience here.


  10. "Meaningful Work"

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

    I have been working at AvalonBay Communities full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A group of talented, dedicated professionals. The best in the industry.
    The opportunity to work on meaningful projects that make an impact.
    A company that cares about its people and makes decision with them in mind.
    A long-tenured management team that leads in the ship in the right direction.

    Cons

    The company has high expectations for growth, new initiatives and innovation, but staffing levels can make it challenging to do your day job and innovate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, but also staff appropriately. We're not in a recession yet.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Apr 5, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thanks so much for sharing and for your 10+ years with the AVB team! We're grateful for your feedback as well and it will be shared with leadership. Cheers!


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