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APL Reviews

Updated Feb 25, 2014
APL – US – “Area of APL office”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 51 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

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Kenneth (Ken) Glenn

(7 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Co-workers and work/life balance(in 3 reviews)

  • Good people that worked hard together as a team(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Singapore officials come in, or are about to come into town everything tightens up(in 7 reviews)

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

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    Operational Clerk (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsWhen 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager (Current Employee) Scottsdale, AZ

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

    ConsNot run like an american company, more like what it is a Singapore based company. Job security directly tied to what have you done today.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Oakland, CA

    ProsGood pay. Good people around you.

    ConsOverworked - no life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    IT (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementOpportunities should be opened to all employees not just for Singaporeans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT jobs going overseas

    Director In IT (Former Employee) Oakland, CA

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

    Consi.) 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 Senior ManagementAPL 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unexciting and traditional

    (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsKnock 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.

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engaged employees burn out fast.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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