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AvalonBay Communities Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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AvalonBay Communities President and CEO Timothy J. Naughton
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Pros
  • The company promotes work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • great benefits, great team nice company (in 26 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 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. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Training, Opportunity for advancement, work life balance.

    Cons

    Some say pay is not competitive, company politics

  3. "Community Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    It's been rewarding working for Avalon Bay. There's been a lot of effort from the corporate level for the the well being of the associates. I have enjoyed the culture, people that I have worked with over the years and the emphasis on associate development.

    Cons

    There are cons at every work place, as long as you enjoy what you do it's hard to focus on the negative.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the positive changes.


  4. "Great place to build your career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Why roll the dice, hoping you are working for a good organization? Avalon Bay provides the stability and growth potential that stands alone. With excellent training, talented colleagues, great benefits and growth potential that is second to none, with Avalon Bay you don't have to take chance! Strengthen your existing skills or build a new career. Avalon Bay is the right choice!

    Cons

    There can be reservations in working for a large company. I worried that I would get lost and would just be a number, waiting years to advance. Avalon Bay provides the camaraderie and growth potential that is not typical in a large organization. However, Avalon Bay is not your typical organization it is exceptional.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace the exceptional talent that you have


  5. "Community Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, Benefits, People, Support and amazing communities

    Cons

    nothing bad to say at this time


  6. "Fantastic Company With Top Notch Training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Consultant in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Community Consultant in Agoura Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AvalonBay is a fantastic company that truly cares about its employees. From my first day up until my 90th day, my team has been overly supportive with my training process and are always following up to ensure I am striving to be my best self. The companies goals and vision are clear and you really feel that you are contributing to the success of the company everyday. Coming from retail management, it is refreshing to be able to able to spend the time with your residents and really provide top-notch customer service to them and AvalonBay will provide you with the proper tools and resources all along the way!

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment!


  7. "Great Company For Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On the Job training, Friendly Environment, Great Teamwork, Innovative, Endless room for Growth.

    Cons

    Staffing is sometimes lower than work flow but managed accordingly.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    Jun 20, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thanks very much for your review. There's no question that we keep busy. I think that's part of why we so value the team dynamic. Thank you for rising to the challenge and helping to make AVB amazing! ... More

  8. "Amazing Organization"

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

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, growth, culture, opportunity, collaboration, ethical, intergrity

    Cons

    I've been here for 13 years; the con list is short

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture!

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    May 31, 2017 – Human Resources

    What an excellent summation! Thank you for your dedication to AVB!


  9. "Best job I've ever had!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Support Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Support Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing! It feels like we are all equal because even when an SVP talks to you, you get the sensation that they are just as normal as you. They don't think of themselves as better than others because of their position and they encourage you to do your best! The benefits are amazing (although dental could be a bit better) but they have amazing benefits!

    Cons

    The rents are way to high to afford living at one of the locations. I understand that it is what makes AvalonBay's money but it would be nice if we as associates could afford it a bit more.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage every single thing. It really makes associates feel like they're every move can be wrong.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    May 31, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm so glad to hear how much you're enjoying working at AVB. And that's good advice about micromanaging, especially in a company that so embraces the 'Act Like an ... More


  10. "Executive Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    AVB is a great collaborative environment where everyone is respectful and honestly concerned with work / life balance. I believe we have the support we need to do a great job. I have worked at AVB for the past three years. I have welcomed and enjoyed new challenges. I love driving by an AvalonBay community. With great pride I can tell others "That's my company!"

    Cons

    Only in about eight markets.

    Advice to Management

    The executive management are dedicated and always looking for what will keep the company's product quality and the company changing with the times. This month we are celebrating our "Spirit of Caring" month. Everyone is able to take time to help organizations and share our time, resources, and contributions to help others. This is one example of management looking out for others while running a successful business. THANK YOU for the privilege to support the company and be a part of AvalonBay Communities.

    AvalonBay Communities Response

    May 18, 2017 – Human Resources

    I couldn't agree more. Not many companies do so much to give back. Happy Spirit of Caring Month and thanks for the review!


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