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APL Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
65 Reviews
3.4
65 Reviews
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Kenneth (Ken) Glenn
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Co-workers and work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Interesting business, good people, good work life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Singapore HQ is desperately trying to plug the holes but things to continue to decline (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good company with financial issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support Representative in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Support Representative in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great location in North Scottsdale, good work environment

    Cons

    company is losing money due to ocean logistics market depression

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting business, good people, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Industry is changing very quickly, and APL struggling to find its way with new business model. Limited opportunity to move up because organization has become flat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great job if having a life is not important to you.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APL

    Pros

    Decent salary. Good benefits. Decent PTO.

    Cons

    Very long hours. No schedule. Only 5 paid holidays per year. You're basically on-call. Old school nepotism rampant. Relatives and friends get hired with no work or education experience. Very impersonal with no one caring about you. You're just a clock puncher and they squeeze everything out of you they can get. # of hours you work is irrelevant along with # of days you work. Sadly one of the best companies in the industry. I don't suggest this company at all. Salaried employees are exempt from labor laws so they can and will bulldoze you into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice because they don't give a damn.

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  5.  

    Great organization of people and services.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APL (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company values, leadership, customer experience, training advancement opportunities if willing to relocate.

    Cons

    company policies sometimes to strict to properly serve the customers needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I guess rating depends on where you work in APL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Kenosha, WI
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Kenosha, WI

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Valued my expertise and knowledge, so I was left alone and did my job. But flip side was managers didn't utilize my skills well - felt isolated as a result .

    Cons

    Pay (30% lower than my prior jobs) and benefits (vacation pay 'starts to accrue' only AFTER 1 full yr on job - so had to work 1.5 yrs before I could take any paid time off). More concerned about profits than people - especially managers who even made it hard to buy paperclips. Peers were caught up in CYA, so never shared information or offered to help. HR didn't know what they were doing and rarely followed up. IT took too long to solve access and problem issues. Poor morale among hourly workers. Lots of favoritism. Felt like corporate was overseas and not concerned about US ops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You reap what you sow. It would take days to give you all I would suggest, so only 1 item: Become 'servant leaders' with goal to make your people successful and satisfied. Tap all that wasted knowledge and talent, if any still remains employed there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Death Throes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company still retains a legacy of pride and success with many long-time employees who take enormous pride in their work. Was once a top company to work for and maybe the top company in the industry. Over 100 years old. Pay not bad and people were friendly and work hard. Decent benefits. Company has seemed to try to maintain its workforce and atmosphere in very difficult times.

    Cons

    North American side is in near total collapse. Operations, customer service, and commercial operate at very sub-par levels and customers are fleeing in droves. Awash in red ink. Dying a slow, agonizing death. Horrific management decisions have all but destroyed a once great company. Recently North American President left, and many managers have been fired. Singapore HQ is desperately trying to plug the holes but things to continue to decline. Talent looking elsewhere if they haven't left already. No opportunity unless you want to move to Singapore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want any hope and retaining the talent you have left, institute some type of leadership development program to give some semblance of growth opportunity or the end is near. May be too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work, but worried about the future of the industry

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

    I have been working at APL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have advanced through the years.

    Cons

    Few if any advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think through changes and the timing involved.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    cool academic pkace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at APL full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    tons to learn, academic, keeps you challenged

    Cons

    cola of area higher than wanterd

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at APL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management listens and has extensive knowledge of the shipping industry

    Cons

    Downsizing and relocation of offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best companies I have ever worked for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equipment in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Equipment in Englewood, CO

    I worked at APL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment and extensive knowledge of the shipping industry

    Cons

    Constant relocation and downsizing of company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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