API Technologies Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. interesting job...boring boring boring place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Erie, PA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Erie, PA

    I worked at API Technologies (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    projects are for interesting tihings

    Cons

    people and environment is very boring


  2. Helpful (1)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Diversified staff. Certain people/positions are given large responsibilities, which can be a good thing. Opportunity to travel to other sites. Advancement/growth opportunities for those that are willing to consider other locations and/or business units within API.

    Cons

    The overall benefits package could be better, especially for a company their size. Communication from top-down needs improvement - doesn't reach all employees or there isn't any communcation.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to all levels of employees and not just the executives and/or board.


  3. Did not make Employee satisfaction or retention a priority

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at API Technologies

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

    Pros

    For the most part co-workers were great hardworking people

    Cons

    The company did not offer job security

    Advice to Management

    Build employee morale, yields more productivity


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  5. Process Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at API Technologies

    Pros

    The pros of this job are that is in a great area and you get to have decision making freedom

    Cons

    The cons of this job is that there is little guidance in the projects and the employees are over worked


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Coworkers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tester
    Former Employee - Tester

    I worked at API Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are generally happy and not depressing. The jobs are simple with a little demonstration, and right off the highway.

    Cons

    Benefits aren't so great. Management is not so great, and overtime is scarce.


  7. Originally it wasnt so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Administrator
    Current Employee - Network Administrator

    I have been working at API Technologies part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very cool and smart people I work with. Managers are very approachable (at least in the upper management ranks)

    Cons

    Benefits arent all that good. Health Insurance is expensive and it's not very good coverage (even on their BEST plan). Trying to get a raise is like pulling teeth


  8. I am the liason between the factories who make our products and the customers who buy them.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Relationship Coordinator in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Relationship Coordinator in State College, PA

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work with customers on a daily basis, creating new relationships and fostering old ones. It's an exciting opportunity to help people have the best customer experience I can offer.

    Cons

    During my time here, I have went above and beyond my manager's expectations and those of our position in the customer service department. I feel there are no opportunities for upward mobility within the company in terms of a professional and monetary standpoint.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for advancement well before the year review. Also, a higher salary is required for the work that we do.


  9. No plan for growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA

    I worked at API Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to learn what not to do for profitability.

    Cons

    Declining buisness that is linked to poor customer service and a non devoted sales team.

    Advice to Management

    Focous on customer service and retiurning buisness not just the profit margins that look good on paper.


  10. Interesting and challenging company , hard to follow the ever changing demands from upper management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchase Manager in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Purchase Manager in State College, PA

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are some very good people that work at API. People who try very hard to do a good job with their assigned tasks, sometimes with little to know guidance or assistance. These out-of-the-box thinkers and the "doers" keep this company running.

    Cons

    There is very little corporate involvement with each business entities' overall day-to-day process. Most areas are running a muck. Their is little to know planning to most tasks, but no matter what, it better not affect revenue! This mentality has lead to poor planning, poor production (poor workmanship) poor attitudes and overall poor output.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a plan for improvement, implement it by assigning someone who understands how to project manage and set goals to achieve milestones through the improvement process. Reward employees who are successful. Provide and atmosphere of appreciation, value and worth that make the employees never want to leave. Empower those in the appropriate positions to provide the type of leadership the the company needs to move forward. Not the existing bruit -orce that drives good employees seeking and finding other companies who will work for them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Working at API Technologies is a whirlwind of responsibilities and demands.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in State College, PA

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I have come to grow very close to my division's office team. We are all close and get along, and I would consider the office my second family. As the company has been growing and expanding, human resources policies and procedures are being formalized. The continued structure and reorganization of administration has been important in creating consistency across the board.

    Cons

    Upper management, red tape, extremely rigged budgets, and a black and white work environment hold employees back from being there best. There is an extremely high turnover. Upper management does not communicate with employees and employees always find out important information from the company's investor website rather than management. (Example: business units being sold off) Quarterly meetings are only likely to happen per year. Raises are less than average. No bonuses. No sick time (it's wrapped up in PTO). No flex time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people and let them do their jobs. Don't hire an experienced employee and then micro manage them. Allow employees to have continued education and keep growing within the company. Reward great behavior and innovation. Recognize employees for their efforts.



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