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APC By Schneider Electric Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
75 Reviews

2.9
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APC By Schneider Electric President and CEO Laurent Vernerey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • gt;Work life balance-100% more than that I would say (in 11 reviews)

  • The people who have worked in West Kingston for years are generally great people (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • These promotions turn out to be unpaid promotions where you accept more responsibility for the same low pay (in 4 reviews)

  • If you are not Rhody friendly or uncomfortable with nano management this might not be your career path (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Self-motivated hard workers will promote quickly. Earn your stripes!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  West Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in West Kingston, RI

    Pros

    you can move up quickly and promotions seem to be based more on your past performance and how well u will perform vs politics, work life balance is pretty good if you're working hard at work you can be done with your shift and not worry about work outside of work. also a younger fun atmosphere with various events always going on such as yoga, chinese speaking, abs/core conditioning classes even though i havent gone to any due to figuring out scheduling. solid cafe to eat if you're not an every day lunch packer. plenty of fridges and microwaves if u r.

    Cons

    rely on other people for information while customer is waiting on phone can be a hassle especially if you yourself isn't someone who is good with people skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monitor the reps more closely so reps that are being rude, lazy, etc. won't affect other reps or even worse, the customer calling in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    My expectations, goals and desires to start a great career with a company were completely lead on by this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The social atmosphere of SE was great. The people that you interacted with on a daily basis kept work enjoyable and fulling. The culture is very laid back, while the working environment is full of different people ranging from old and young individuals.

    Cons

    Where do I start?! They completely lead you on in the interview process about three levels of continued sales learning, (Bronze, Silver, Gold), and these levels are suppose to gear you in the path of direction towards a District Manager in about 6 months. After I completely flew through the three levels of hands on trainings in only about 4 months, I noticed barriers to the once proclaimed great upward mobility and it soon became apparent that there was no great plan to reach management. After the completion of your second level (Silver), the state that you can venture into any sector of the company you want. However, they forget to mention that it sometimes takes at least two years of internal migration before you are even considered for a position within the field of your choice that you desire. Even then, they prefer you to start at an entry level position, despite having recent success, higher learning education, and a proven track record. If it was not for my peer group, the professional individuals that I meet through my occupation tenure with Schneider, and the consumers of whom I interacted with daily, the job would of been for an absolute waste of professional time and experience. It turned to be a blessing in disguise because they relocated me to the west coast, where jobs were plentiful and i used the relocation to venture into many sales economies on the west coast. However, even with a great work culture in SE, people wont stay and work for a company that cuts corners to fill dead positions by marketing on false pretenses. Good salesmen wont work in an environment that rewards individuals with whom the system deems worthy of advancement, but yet has no statistical results for validity and merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit leading on individuals about the sales path through the CCC either for tech or sales! It leads to nowhere and true hard working engineers and sales consultants who have diligently earned their credentials through academia are wasting their talents on inferior sales strategies, unwarranted micromanagement, and under-appreciated financial incentives. In addition, the iTB sector of APC is steadily declining at a faster than normal rate so make sure to hire great sales professional who are loyal and willing to stick around and not the ones who undeservingly soak up great titled positions then bolt instantly taking their new credentials with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    New product development team leader

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  West Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Product Manager in West Kingston, RI

    Pros

    When available, is was good to work with the development teams

    Cons

    Very slow engineering teams, very little innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focused investment on core products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work - overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits in a world where this is becoming rare. Lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Somewhat disorganized and they chase things over and over again. There's a flavor of the month mentality and they cut positions when they should be looking at other sources of leakage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great place to work, awesome people, good mentors.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

    Pros

    very relaxed environment, very diverse.

    Cons

    IT departement, tight on business travel.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Starting Point

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    APC can open up a lot of opportunities within Schneider Electric. Great atmosphere and everyone hired is usually pretty nice to work with since they usually base hiring people with how well then can interact with customers.

    Cons

    The career center they offer does not give any development for your career other then making you an expert in APC products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee respectfully and thoughtfully offers review

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    Pros

    Good people, good products, good benefits, mobility, excellent overall training structure, Good vision to future trends, cutting edge technology, good marketing.

    Cons

    Has lost the personal touch and humanity of it's days prior to - SE - purchase. - SE- is a good company too and did a good job integrating APC yet, it seemed a "colder" place to work. Worse, several current and past associates have said there is an ( of course) unstated prejudice toward mature employees in front line positions. Current end users and partners advise that APC is "giving away" large areas of business. - This is good business sense when a sector is unprofitable however, in this sense, the individuals mean that there is too much churn and customers become frustrated by the confusion and lack of attention. One former employee ( who I always thought to have a negative attitude) said very unflattering things about APC management. This insulted me at the time as I was very loyal to APC and wanted to be distanced from negativity. I still would not like to admit that I worked for and was loyal to a company which advocates contribution to the global family yet, has cold and calculating management methods; but that person's statement keeps surfacing in my thoughts. There is no perfect employee or employer. APC can be a good place for you if you are considering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Churn has been a customer complaint for quite a few years. Slow the attention to growth. Foster continuity for customers sake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Java Developer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Java Developer Intern  in  North Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Java Developer Intern in North Billerica, MA

    Pros

    Amazing team members. You get exposed to a lot of work responsibilities since you are one of the few IT resources.

    Cons

    No SDLC followed. Need a proper IT team structure. The company not being an IT engineering company, doesn't have a proper team structure in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need an IT Manager in some teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Entry level sales position which is really just a call center.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  North Kingstown, RI
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in North Kingstown, RI

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere. Tuition reimbursement available.

    Cons

    Bonuses are very small and rarely get paid out. All actions are timed and monitored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little more for team outings and activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, good people. Some chages since the acquisition by Scneider, but that's to be expected.

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  North Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in North Billerica, MA

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, family-oriented, good culture. Good mid-size company with some room to grow and move around. You get the benefits of a large company, but the individual sites feel like a small company.

    Cons

    Being acquired by Schneider Electric has undoubtedly changed some aspects of the company. Legacy products don't have a lot of room for innovation and change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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