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APC By Schneider Electric Reviews

Updated February 14, 2015
Updated February 14, 2015
95 Reviews
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APC By Schneider Electric President and CEO Laurent Vernerey
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28 Ratings

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Pros
  • gt;Work life balance-100% more than that I would say (in 12 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    CCC

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in West Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in West Hartford, CT

    I worked at APC By Schneider Electric

    Pros

    great working environment, great managers

    Cons

    call center environment, very strict

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    So, You Want to Work at APC?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APC By Schneider Electric

    Pros

    **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

    See above.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO

    I have been working at APC By Schneider Electric

    Pros

    Interesting products designed and developed at the Ofallon location but not built there
    Lack of factory production means schedules and hours are very flexible, depending on your manager
    Generally nice bunch of people in the office to work with
    Schneider has very competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Design staff is divided up by product line and can be very overloaded at times in the project
    No support staff for released products so changes or evolution cause delays in new products
    Management does not involve staff in developing product road maps or product requirements. Projects are then given unrealistic schedules and are always missed
    The building is very uncomfortable. Cold all winter and warm and humid in the summer. Very dusty due to location near the highway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align the staff with Schneider NPD procedures better
    Create realistic project schedules and product road maps
    Fix the damn Air Conditioner system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Service Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APC By Schneider Electric

    Pros

    Good People, work well as a team

    Cons

    Lack training for jobs other than Sales

  6.  

    Lots of room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at APC By Schneider Electric full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many areas to move about in the company, no dead ends

    Cons

    Changing direction and sales goals every year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in O'Fallon, MO

    I worked at APC By Schneider Electric

    Pros

    Great people and great structure. Large cubicles. Ping pong table available for play at lunch.

    Cons

    Cafeteria is not what it used to be. No local HR or technical assistance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Decent company with some potential for growth

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales
    Former Employee - Inside Sales

    I worked at APC By Schneider Electric

    Pros

    Schneider Electric is an innovative company with respectable leadership. Pay and benefits are industry average. Overall, good people to work with and a decent place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of career movement unless you are located in the corporate offices (RI, MO, CA) or willing to relocate (this may be due to geographical location and may not apply to all employees).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on career path for all employees and encourage career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Application Engineer

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    Former Employee - Associate Applications Engineer in Hopkins, SC
    Former Employee - Associate Applications Engineer in Hopkins, SC

    I worked at APC By Schneider Electric full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    had a total 3 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Poor sexist managment, vacation and sick time were combined

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You have to be cut throat

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APC By Schneider Electric

    Pros

    If you don't mind a highly competitive work environment, and are young this is the place for you

    Cons

    The North American Operations for sales lacks experience and knowledge of their customer base. They are overstaffed for sales personnel and factory representatives making for a very competitive and cut-throat sales environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more experienced sales management team in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work, lots of opportunity to advance from within.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Murfreesboro, TN

    I have been working at APC By Schneider Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, above average pay.

    Cons

    Must be willing to change locations to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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