APC By Schneider Electric
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**The 5 star reviews on this site cannot be considered reliable. The score appears to have been doctored. I've never met a person who gave the impression that they were working in a 5-star company. 4 stars, sure.**
There is a clear career path laid out for Inside Sales, if you show up day after day, grit your teeth and bear it, it's an almost certainty that you'll have a career after a few years. The inside sales organization is like college plus. They may as well have dorms on site. Like minded people who from similar backgrounds who are almost all at the same place in their life lends itself to a very easy transition after graduation. Most new CCC employees end up living in houses together, dating each other, it becomes a kind of community.
You can conceivably be making $120,000+ per year (in outside sales) after 5+ years in Inside Sales. Once off the call center you will be able to earn a middle class living wage. You will be living partially on credit card while on the CCC unless you're still living at home.
Schneider is a huge company that is top tier in the industries it serves. APC is arguably the top brand in the datacenter industry. You'll be getting solid work experience that will mean something to other hiring managers in the datacenter/electronic equipment industry if you don't feel like you're a good fit for the company. Many MANY people have left APC and then decided to come back though. This is a really common theme among mid to upper level employees.
If you show up, listen, work hard, and are patient you're almost guaranteed to keep promoting to progressively less grueling/more rewarding roles over the course of a few years. You will absolutely WORK for every penny you earn here. I know of quite of few people in their 20s that have been with the company for 4+ years that are buying houses. That can't be said of all companies.
APC is a large global corporation, but there is very little cutthroat corporate politics that you might expect. It really seems to be a meritocracy. Work hard, be rewarded. I've never seen for instance, a friend of a hiring manager be fast tracked into position that they didn't deserve. It's extremely difficult to be fired if you show up and work.Cons
This is a stodgy company in a stodgy industry. The products are dry and boring, and you need to go through 5 weeks of new hire training, and complete 12 hands-on tests/trainings before you'll be eligible to promote off of the call center. You'll likely be working in a call center for full year before promoting into a role that's slightly better, but with an hour lunch and no micro management, It can be grueling.
The data systems that you rely on on a daily basis are antiquated (slowly moving in the right direction). You will be tasked with providing excellent customer service, and held to a high standard, but the systems that you enable you to do that will crash regularly and without warning. Virtually every action of yours (including bathroom breaks) while on the call center will be tracked and evaluated.
You may be sold on Schneider Electric in a career fair (Global Leader in Energy Management, We Build Smart Cities etc.) but what you will be getting is a career with a company that is a little backward, a little behind the times, that makes surge protectors and UPSs. It is EXTREMELY unlikely that you will be able to transition from Inside Sales at APC to working for the Buildings Business Unit working to build a better/faster/more sustainable tomorrow, for instance.
The commodification of the products we sell means everyone has to work harder and smarter. In the past we were the innovators, and had an offer that was unique and distinct that would WOW a customer. Today most of the products we sell are akin to a bag of flour, the customer could really care less what brand it is.
APC is around an $8 Billion company, and our world headquarters is a converted old manufacturing plant. It appears to have been constructed mainly of sheet metal, and the roof leaks in several places in the building when it rains. It's straight out of 1992.
APC is setting the bar really high for the people it's recruiting out of college (Upper Middle Class people in their early 20s who grew up with everything, and achieved a 3.5GPA+ from a moderately well respected University with a few internships and study abroad experience), and it can't retain those people. That sort of person is out of step with the sort of company that APC is. If APC wants to be on par with an IBM or even an EMC for who it recruits out of college, it needs to offer more. A watertight building, a higher salary, something.Advice to ManagementAdvice
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I applied through college or university – interviewed at APC By Schneider Electric.Interview Details
Meet them at a college career fair and had a brief interview on campus. Got a call back to to to their office in RI. That interview was a half of day and got a great tour of the facility.Interview Questions
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