APL Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
60 Reviews
3.5
60 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Kenneth (Ken) Glenn
14 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Co-workers and work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Good people that worked hard together as a team (in 4 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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great organization of people and services.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    I guess rating depends on where you work in APL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  3.  

    cool academic pkace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    tons to learn, academic, keeps you challenged

    Cons

    cola of area higher than wanterd

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    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
  6. 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 an 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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    One of the best companies I have ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

    Sinking Ship

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

    I worked at APL full-time

    Pros

    This was once a well-run company and some people from the old APL still remain. They can be valuable mentors for young professionals. Not a bad place to begin you career or to tide you over until something better comes along.

    Cons

    The company has been bleeding red ink. A combination of poor management decisions and bad luck has all but destroyed what was once a great place to work. Lots of employees have been laid off and others have been pressured to resign. Headquarters puts cost-cutting above all else. Management in Singapore often looks down at American employees, whom they tend to view as pampered, entitled and overpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost-cutting is necessary in the current market, but if you destroy your brand in the process, more harm than good will come from it. APL used to innovate. There are very few original, innovative ideas coming out of the company nowadays...focusing on costs above everything else tends to have that result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Learned about the world economies & how they impact the US

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Business Development in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Business Development in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting biz learn about Asia economics

    Cons

    Company moved to Arizona & it is too far removed from the operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the relocation most of top management left

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Intern in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at APL as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

APL Photos

Area of APL office
OWW

+ Add Photo

Work at APL? Share Your Experiences

APL

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.