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Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
63 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Co-workers and work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Interesting business, good people, good work life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Singapore HQ is desperately trying to plug the holes but things to continue to decline (in 9 reviews)

  • Some department heads (esp those from NOL days ) have TOO MUCH discrectionary power (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Death Throes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company still retains a legacy of pride and success with many long-time employees who take enormous pride in their work. Was once a top company to work for and maybe the top company in the industry. Over 100 years old. Pay not bad and people were friendly and work hard. Decent benefits. Company has seemed to try to maintain its workforce and atmosphere in very difficult times.

    Cons

    North American side is in near total collapse. Operations, customer service, and commercial operate at very sub-par levels and customers are fleeing in droves. Awash in red ink. Dying a slow, agonizing death. Horrific management decisions have all but destroyed a once great company. Recently North American President left, and many managers have been fired. Singapore HQ is desperately trying to plug the holes but things to continue to decline. Talent looking elsewhere if they haven't left already. No opportunity unless you want to move to Singapore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want any hope and retaining the talent you have left, institute some type of leadership development program to give some semblance of growth opportunity or the end is near. May be too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stay Away Applicants!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operational Clerk in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Operational Clerk in Denver, CO

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I stared, the pay was much higher than average and benefits were top notch. Lots of support from supervisors, and a modicum of protection from a union.

    Cons

    However, in the four years I've been employed here, we've gone through two restructurings, laid off thousands in staff and have now relocated all operational and support jobs out-of-state, at half the Denver-based salary with no relocation package provided. The bureaucratic processes involved in shipment and division of duties in departments leave customers and staff frustrated, and the presence of a union created tension between departments. What was once a dream job has become dead-end and depressing, with apathy, laziness and backstabbing running rampant among employees and staff, and very little regard for customer need or company bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merge with another company, sell, do whatever you have to do- just put this failing company and angry customers out of their misery.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    ambiguity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at APL

    Pros

    Great people. challenging operating enviornment and constant change (if you consider that good). Multinational locations if you get a chance to move.

    Cons

    Not run like an american company, more like what it is a Singapore based company. Job security directly tied to what have you done today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at APL

    Pros

    Good pay. Good people around you.

    Cons

    Overworked - no life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    No career growth opportunities in US anymore. All good opportunities and promotions are in Singapore, not in US.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT
    Former Employee - IT

    I worked at APL

    Pros

    It still have some decent benefit. I am sure this will change now they have relocated to Phoenix.

    Cons

    This was a very good company to work for. Excellent pay, benefits, and training oppotunites. But this is no longer the case since NOL bought APL..

    All good opportunities, projects, training,and promotion happens only in Singapore, not in US. US employees' key roll is to keep day to day business running. We rarely have any more opportunity to participate in any new initiatives which only take place in Singapore.

    We also see gradual erosion of benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opportunities should be opened to all employees not just for Singaporeans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT jobs going overseas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director In IT in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Director In IT in Oakland, CA

    I worked at APL

    Pros

    great pay and some good people trying to do the best with what they have

    Cons

    i.) Owned by the Singapore Government
    ii.) Very political environment
    iii.) Jobs going out of the US
    iv.) just good enough to get the job done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    APL ships goods and products into the US. Their customers sell directly to US consumers or to US companies that sell to US consumers. By depleting the US work force you are cutting off the hand that feeds you. Henry Ford's model was to employ his customers and they will have pride in their product and buy the product. It is a self-perpetuating model where the company, the employees, and the country all benefit from goods, services, and stimulating the economy. The less jobs there are in the US, the less goods that the US will consume and the less will need to be shipped into the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    You have to be on the right place at the rogt time!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hard to say... Losses when competitors make profits.. Org structure is in limbo and Managment is lackluster

    Cons

    See above. Cut throat competition. APL came late in key decisions on bigger ships and shifting focus to trades that do make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont only listen to Boston Consulting Group but get expertise yourself and consult key talent INSIDE the org

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Unexciting and traditional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at APL

    Pros

    Knock off on the dot. Just drop everything and go. Generous leave entitlement. Idyllic resort feel at HQ. Flexible working hours. Carpark rate is fair, but Manager grade gets free parking.

    Cons

    Too specialized functions and many colleagues clamouring for 1-2 jobs. NOL traditional culture. Retirement village. Some department heads (esp those from NOL days ) have TOO MUCH discrectionary power. Laptops are from 2004 when you have to/demanded by boss to be fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on implementing a culture of positive competitiveness. Remove the old NOL top down thinking. Have a singaporean flavour. Don't keep going for cheap FT and overlook your locals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Engaged employees burn out fast.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APL

    Pros

    You can learn a lot because the organization is always changing.

    Cons

    No work/life, no transparency, and no leadership that helps take your career to the next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve in the area of work/life, improve transparency, and develop management in the area of soft skills. Once the economy improves I'm not sure who will want to work there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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