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Creating a Better Way to Live

At AvalonBay, we're driven by a bold purpose: creating a better way to live.

We do this by providing distinctive apartment living experiences and contributing to the vitality of local communities. All AvalonBay associates, from community maintenance managers to development directors to accounts payable analysts, have a role to play in bringing our purpose to life.

Our culture is grounded in our three core values:


At the heart of AvalonBay is our unyielding commitment to integrity. Whether interacting with our business partners, associates, or residents, we conduct ourselves with uncompromising ethics and act with fairness in all our business dealings.


Genuine kindness and caring for others is a hallmark of AvalonBay associates. To show our respect and appreciation, we provide associates with flexibility in work/family arrangements, an enjoyable, fun environment, open communication, and a sincere interest in their well-being.


Always trying to get better is something we strive for every day. To support this pursuit of excellence, we offer associates, continual training, an environment that fosters success, and rewards for personal and professional growth.

Succeeding at AvalonBay is easy when we apply our six cultural norms to our actions and interactions:

We collaborate.

We solve problems together in the best interests of all AvalonBay stakeholders—our customers, associates, shareholders and communities. In making decisions, we consider other perspectives and listen to each other, our customers and the market. We share our time and knowledge with each other, and we actively seek ideas and support from others.

We excel.

We expect the best from ourselves and our colleagues. By being highly engaged in this way, we produce outstanding results. We are motivated self-starters who care and work intensely for AvalonBay’s success.

We innovate.

We challenge convention and recognize problems as the seeds for innovation. We generate new ideas, offer better solutions and embrace change at all levels. Knowing that not all ideas will work, we test new concepts before implementing them full-scale, and we discuss and learn from our failures.

We act like owners.

We use the company’s resources responsibly. We take smart risks by weighing the pros and cons of decisions, and we take ownership of and accountability for our choices and actions. We act in ways that focus on creating value for our customers, investors and associates.

We are thoughtful and thorough.

We use reliable data and sound judgment when making decisions and taking action. That means we do our homework and avoid jumping to conclusions. We plan well, think through the big picture and evaluate the consequences of our decisions in order to best manage risks.

We show appreciation.

We recognize and reward excellent performance, celebrating successes of all sizes in all areas. We provide open, honest feedback and we acknowledge the contributions of others.

Our approach:

Promotion from Within
Growth Based on Achievement
Cross Departmental Learning
Professional Development
High-Performance Culture
Associate Recognition