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AvalonBay Communities Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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AvalonBay Communities President and CEO Timothy J. Naughton
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Pros
  • AVB is a great collaborative environment where everyone is respectful and honestly concerned with work / life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • great benefits, great team nice company (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the best work-life balance, but that's standard in the industry (in 12 reviews)

  • I have also seen great employees be pushed out of the company by upper management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Growth company where you can make a difference"

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The size of the company offers the opportunity for everyone to really make a difference, unlike other very large companies where you can get lost among other employees. AvalonBay is a growth company which in and of itself creates excitement and momentum. You feel you are part of something bigger than your job

    Cons

    Sometimes decision making can be overly analytical, but the quality of decision making is proof that it might be worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in formal leadership development - there are great people that have the raw material to lead the company in the future

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful review and feedback. I couldn't agree more about AVB being a place where you can really make a difference and feel like you're contributing to the company's... More


  2. "Amazing company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Development in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AvalonBay’s greatest strength is its culture and work environment. Rather than feeling lost in such a large company, I felt a sense of belonging, and that my efforts had purpose and were appreciated. The executives set the tone of no ego, which creates a culture that is both collaborative and supportive. Combining this with the resources of such a large company, AVB offers an exceptional environment to learn and grow.

    Cons

    There are no downsides of working for AVB.

  3. "Well-rounded Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Spirit of Caring is real. Partners with American Red Cross to hold on site blood drives and offers a company match during times of disaster. Pays associates their full salary to volunteer at company-sponsored events (Habitat for Humanity builds, ForKids builds, regattas, food packing, etc.)

    Cons

    Compensation a little low in some cases compared to market

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in formal leadership development - there are great people that have the raw material to lead the company in the future.


  4. "promotions"

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    Current Employee - Lead Tech in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Tech in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great for promoting within the company

    Cons

    no complaints at all at this time


  5. "Leasing agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AvalonBay Communities full-time

    Pros

    Excellent incentive plan great people to work with

    Cons

    A lot of turn over


  6. "Maintenance Supervisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at, would recommend.

    Cons

    Position workload doesn't fit pay,short staffed.


  7. "Great Company But Residents Can Be Difficult"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AvalonBay Communities full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, good benefits, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Commission for leasing agents can be tough, lots of metrics to hit, residents can be really terrible to office and maintenance staff,

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within more. Seems like managers will hire from the outside in order to keep good employees at certain properties rather than letting them advance.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Aug 31, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We appreciate your hard work and the commitment of all our amazing on-site associates to providing first-class service every day. As such, you deserve the full... More

  8. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Community Consultant in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Community Consultant in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is great! The manager are the best I have ever worked with. They really promote from within. Training was awesome I felt ready and confident to start leasing. The management turn over rate is low. The managers are very knowledgeable and very open to positive training moments. I'm very proud to work for this company they are always doing things for the employees. i can not say enough great things about Avalon bay.
    I have worked at two communities in my almost year and a half and both my managers and team were awesome!

    Cons

    Hourly rate and housing discount.
    I have worked for other properties that paid more and a larger housing discount, but was treated like another number. Avalon is worth looking past the cons.

    Advice to Management

    Have housing discount and hourly rate a little more competitive.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Aug 31, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thanks so much for sharing! We're thrilled to hear that the training you received had you feeling prepared and confident moving into your role, and how much you've enjoyed the excellent teams and... More


  9. "Growing Compnay"

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    • 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

    Good people, good growth, very professional and good work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing at the moment I can think of.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Aug 31, 2017 – Human Resources

    Hello and thanks very much for your review. We're so glad you're enjoying being part of the team and wish you great success as you continue to grow your career at AVB.


  10. "Great place in some ways but company is top heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AvalonBay Communities full-time

    Pros

    Awesome onsite management and team atmosphere. Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Inefficient business practices and corporate greed

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Aug 31, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and had the pleasure of working with such a great on-site team. We wish you the best and hope your experience at... More


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