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AvalonBay Communities Reviews

Updated May 18, 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 28 reviews)

  • great benefits, great team nice company (in 24 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. "A very good company that takes care of its employees"

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

    I worked at AvalonBay Communities full-time

    Pros

    Good people and nice perks

    Cons

    Some in management try to be cheap and lose important people.

    Advice to Management

    See a employee you cannot lose, pay them well.


  3. "Great people, great environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Management in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Facilities Management in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is great at their job, and extremely motivated to produce the best possible product. It's easy to get to know people at every level of the company.

    Cons

    It's an older workforce. As a younger person, it's sometimes hard to relate to folks who have been working for 30 years already. On the other hand, they give great advice!

    Advice to Management

    Move into the Indianapolis market.


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  5. "Great"

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

    I worked at AvalonBay Communities full-time

    Pros

    Good tools and platform to control your own career

    Cons

    sometimes the pay can be a bit low.


  6. "HAPPY! Have worked for this company for 10+ years...for good reason!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Great group of people to work with!

    Cons

    on-site hours don't provide a good work/life balance.


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    "Great culture! Great growth opportunities!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AvalonBay has numerous growth opportunities and a positive support system. Coming from a company where my growth opportunities were very limited, I was thrilled to be a part of a company that has given me numerous opportunities to be promoted, learn new skills, and become a leader. Great team environment. This is a company that I would like to retire from. Not having to work on Sundays is a plus in this industry, not to mention having numerous paid holidays, and generous amount of vacation time and sick time.

    Cons

    Medical and dental benefits are a little more expensive than my last company for the actual employee, but family costs are lower.


  8. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Community Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been with AvalonBay for 4 years and am very satisfied with my career and the opportunities for growth. This company is growing immensely everyday and filled with associates (on all levels) who are passionate about their jobs. I personally started off as an entry level leasing consultant and was promoted twice within 3 years to become a community manager. Interactions with my peers and senior level management have been stellar and full of support. If you're motivated and willing to put in your time, you will be rewarded and succeed with this company. I have been approached by multiple competitors and I can never think of a good enough reason to leave Avalon. It's the best of the best.

    Cons

    Not everyone is cut out for it! This industry requires flexibility, patience and hard work. It may take some time to get to a "comfortable" pay, but for the motivated individual it's worth the wait and the effort.

    Advice to Management

    This is a very self aware company. Senior level mgmt knows the pros and cons and I assure you are working on the cons. Just keep rewarding your high performers so we stay on board.


  9. "Great Company With Great Structure"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Community Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Community Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AvalonBay gives its employees the opportunity and training to succeed and does a fantastic job of promoting from within!

    Cons

    Technology, but it is getting better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Amazing people that are always willing to help"

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

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

    Pros

    It all starts with the people I work with; they are like a 2nd family. Everyone is willing to help and works together to ensure the communities are successful. With the right work ethic and being flexible, you have plenty of opportunities to advance or even transfer to different departments. Great benefits, PTO, holiday schedules, and discounted stock in the company. Overall, I truly enjoy working for AvalonBay and with all my co-workers.

    Cons

    Fairly recent change in housing benefits for on-site associates that's subpar to our competitors.


  11. "Great Company!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career growth opportunites in the company. The environment is friendly and fun, while working hard to achieve company goals.

    Cons

    Training is lenghty for new associates. They woudl rather get hands on experience.


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