APR Energy Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Fluid Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are a great company

    Cons

    More companies should be like them


  2. Imploding Company due to incompetent and crooked management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at APR Energy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays salary and below average benefits. As soon as I can find another job which I am actively seeking, I will leave.

    Cons

    Company is imploding. Everyone is worried about being laid off. Seems like every week we lose more people to layoffs or best talent is taking jobs with competitors or other companies instead of waiting to be cut. Company did not pay any bonuses, award stock options, etc.. Aware that on numerous occasions, APR will also not abide by any terms in employment agreements.. Shady and illegal accounting practices that will eventually catch up. Hypocrisy of founders and inner circle is amazing. i.e. claim under new cost cutting that everyone is to fly economy class, but then founder-CEO flies first class and founder-Chairman has company pay for private jet. This while company is in a serious financial mess and stock at all time low. Founders already cashed out and don't care about the company. In sum, stay far away from APR Energy.

    Advice to Management

    Honor your commitments. Stop being hypocrites. Don't bury your head in the sand on crooked and corrupt way you are running your business..


  3. Shady

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Traveling, Career Opportunities.. that's about it

    Cons

    Shady coworkers and management, that's about it

    Advice to Management

    Better Communications


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Revolving door company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at APR Energy full-time

    Pros

    -high salaries and benefits (although that is slowly going away). -casual environment -International exposure

    Cons

    Check out their track record on changes to executive team. People have been let go after being promoted for exceptional work and asked to relocate 3 months prior. APR fires staff on a weekly basis. Management cannot be trusted. They treat employees like children. They will lie and will not honor your employment contract at their convenience. Policies and strategies are inconsistent, and in many cases plagiarized from Walmart (Don't be surprised to see Walmart or Winn Dixie letterhead on the power company's official documents!). There is no top down growth strategy, and if there is, it isn't shared with employees. Nepotism is alive and well at APR Energy. If you had a prior relation to the COO or CHRO then you will be promoted to Management role, regardless of having no prior technical experience.. If you weren't part of their "team" or if they feel you have loyalty to another manager, you will be pushed out. Cancerous battle between COO and CFO. Take a side, and hope you chose well. Your growth or even your permanency in the company depends on it. The leadership has very little energy and power experience. Majority of management is comprised of lawyers and accountants, most coming from retail and supermarkets. It is the worst case of a CYA environment you will ever find! From the top down, the philosophy is blame the other guy and chop the legs off of the guy blaming you.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit Power and Energy professionals who can help you understand the market and better manage the investment analyst.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Needs Direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance and Analytics in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Finance and Analytics in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers International travel Suite tickets to football games Amazing parties Interesting and challenging work, when there is work Abundance of corporate credit cards means there is usually food in the office and lack of oversight means that you can buy what you want, if you know how to work their system

    Cons

    - Minimal employee, task, or project recognition - there are always promises and the yearly bonus, but nothing substantial - Very few career paths or career growth potential - You will be expected to take on the job of anyone that is fired - Defining your goals and objectives is pointless, they will either change or become obsolete in a few months - There is no work/life balance; Short notice travel for extended periods of time will wreaks havoc on anyone with a personal or family life - Continuing education reimbursement program is designed for someone without a degree. When they mostly hire individuals who already have degrees, this shows a lack of understanding or support for any continuing education. - Do not be surprised when you find "Winn-Dixie" and "Wal-Mart" written on many company policies because that is where their newer company policies came from - You will never understand exactly what you're doing because it changes day to day - Most managers have very little experience leading, motivating or managing any employees in general, so don't expect any support or guidance - Employees who harmonize departments, or try to work cross-functionally, are seen as a threat - The little amount of PTO you do get, will expire at the end of the year, so don't expect to see many managers around in the month of December - There is no "open door" policy because too many people gossip - Upper management refuses to address poor performing managers while the company hemmorages their most important asset - talent

    Advice to Management

    Create your own corporate policies that are in line with other energy companies, not with local grocery chains. Hire sales people before you make your only sales people, manage an entire region of people. Be more realistic in your quarterly meetings.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Awful, awful experience! God please let 2015 be APR Energy ... FREE!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    a number of my co-workers are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Constant revolving door of personnel. Before you know it, the desks next to you are empty. APR Energy seem to prefer to lay off employees wholesale. Afterwards, whoever is remaining has to pick up the slack. Constant fear of unemployment. Work at all hours of day and night, which is not disclosed in the interview stage, without additional compensation. Forget about new opportunities. Tension between departments is very high with everyone running around trying not to be blamed for the latest disaster. Senior Management is unable to lead, guide or manage employees. This results in very few long term employees with most tasks being outsourced. No training is provided. In this company you are on your own. No attempt is made to incorporate new hires into an existing team(s). Worst of all Senior Management will not back you up if avoiding to do so will result in receiving a brownie point or two from the Company Owners. Most Senior Managers are too afraid for their own jobs. A very toxic environment all around that leaches and leeks into you day by day by day… Run, RUN from this company!!

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is constantly looking for another job.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Disorganized, poor morale, management dances around key issues

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of much, really. They throw good parties and there is usually food around.

    Cons

    Benefits are not so great, very little vacation - what am I gonna do with 2 weeks?? Not a ton of opportunity for a global company. Unless you want to work in a plant you're limited.

    Advice to Management

    Hold mangers accountable to their groups. It seems like support (operations, supply chain, etc) functions do whatever they need to get by and management doesn't have much of an influence.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Lack of leadership and infighting result in a high tension and toxic culture... but they pay well.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Huge margins on contracts and lucrative business - Salaries trend higher than other major employers in the region - Located in a state with no income taxes - If you don't like someone you work with it's likely they won't be working with you in the near future as personnel flows through the company like a sieve.

    Cons

    - Obscene corporate culture and a general lack of professionalism runs throughout company - Executive team lacks motivation - Corporate infrastructure lacks scalability - Managers & Directors lack experience managing employees, which results in work for work's sake instead of working smarter and more efficient - Continual strife and infighting among departments - Toxic culture that will permeate your personal life and slowly degrade your well being - CEO & President lack employee contact, which gives illusion that their is no leadership and no one's driving the company or giving direction

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the organization and nominate a clear leader who will provide a mission to motivate employees. CEO & President need to retire to the board. Elect current COO to run company as he has the experience necessary to make the organization successful. Regionalization and executive turnover has promoted infighting and constant bickering between departments, which needs to be fixed. Constant urgency in your work and putting out fires results in a culture of high tension and lack of reward since you're always working from behind. Management needs to focus on creating an environment where employees are motivated to contribute based on their own interests and career development. Constant threats over job security have rendered staff unable to focus on making the business more efficient. A simple thank you for doing the small things would go a long way from the executive team but I believe they are too scared about losing their jobs to acknowledge others and push themselves out of the spotlight.


  10. Helpful (7)

    1 Company and 2 Work Environments

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Based out of Jacksonville, close to the beach Florida is a income tax free state

    Cons

    APR Energy is really two work environments in one company, something common in Global project based companies : Jacksonville based employees who work a regular 40 hour week and employees who travel to sites outside of the US. If your are in the former category, than this is an average job, with more then average tension between departments, lack of senior accountability and ok pay. But you are in Jacksonville so you can hit the beach after, often leave early, and the company provides free lunches on Fridays. However, if you are in the latter category and travel abroad it is a different story. APR Energy has been having a hard time filling the roles that require overseas travel and has been putting pressure on existing employees to go out into the field. I volunteered thinking it would boost my value to the company, assist in fulfilling a needed role and help me make a difference. Huge mistake. The difference between what was stated as my new role and the reality is vast and not worth the time away from family and home for weeks/months on end. Forget about having a life if you travel abroad. In the field you will work 80+ hour week in very bad conditions, terrible food (if you can find it), lack of company funds, lack of appropriate accommodations, the company balking at having to pay local providers for services performed(!!!), little or no support from HR , logistics or procurement, constant harassment from Florida, etc… I know the last paragraph sounds unbelievable but, alas, it is true. The Senior Managements attitude, once you land in your new third world home, which was sold to you as an “entrepreneurial adventure”, can be summarized as “is it done yet?” APR Energy is trying to become project-based but it has no clear structure so as PM you have all the responsibilities but no authority. Other department have functional managers, typical matrix, and work on their own schedule. Since most people in the company have never traveled abroad this makes essentials like getting funds, renting vehicles, paying bills to local service providers or securing proper in-country visas in a developing country a moot point. Since APR brings online very profitable power plants for some very corrupt governments in hostile countries (ex. post-Gaddafi Libya, etc..), your own security is the least of anyone’s concern. Forget about emergency flights out of the country, in-country life-support, etc… be happy that you can book your own ticket back and get reimbursed later (another point of contention). The work is made more chaotic by the above mentioned lack of clear organization charts and roles. Many Senior Managers , and there are many, most scared for their own jobs, will call you with contradictor instructions due to infighting back in Florida at all hours of day and night. A suggestion from your end to improve a process or an idea brings reprimand. This is largely driven by the fact the Senior management in APR does not come from Engineering backgrounds and is not familiar with how to actually build a power plant, or anything else for that matter, in a third world country. This lack of experience among Senior Management, and supporting departments, results in wrong materials being sent to your site,(such as wrong generators… I am not making this up) different short-term goals being established which interfere with the completion of the project which leads to missed schedule milestone, etc, etc, etc… In conclusion, if you can stomach the infighting, management by punishment, are in the Jacksonville area and take a desk job, then it might work out for you. Unless you are laid off or quit like two or three dozen people per year. But avoid any roles where you are sent abroad. DO not get sweet talked into it about the difference you will make, how the company will appreciate it, the little extra pay, etc..etc… You will regret it. The time away from those important in your life or having a life and the needless stress, work for works sake, multiple number of inexperienced Senior Managers ....it is not worth it. But if you do decide to take a job with APR Energy, the economy is tough everywhere, either as a Jacksonville employee or one that travels abroad take this one grain of advice: Do not approach your new job with an open heart thinking that if you work hard, produce results, do whatever it takes to get your job done, you will be recognized and rewarded. You are barking up the wrong tree.

    Advice to Management

    Be Honest


  11. Helpful (2)

    Global Company- Jacksonville's Little Treasure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There needs to be a meeting of minds for any successful relationship. This is the case also when an employee is seeking the perfect employer. If you are an individual who is driven, motivated, has an entrepreneurial mind, someone who appreciates leaving a positive footprint on this world- then you have found the perfect company. Each day I come to work, I know I am doing something impactful- providing light to foster education and assist with recovering economies just to mention a few of the positives. In addition to creating jobs in the local communities, we also do a community development projects in the vicinity of each power plant that focuses on education or healthcare. What a great thing to be a part of! Now, to me, the great thing about working for a growing company is that I get to grow with the company and have a voice and impact on the future of the business. As I mentioned, it requires a special kind of person to "get it" and appreciate APR. We don't have an easy job and we do business in communities which are overtaken by corruption, countries that went through political changes, countries that are drained in conflict. Given all of this, we still get it done! We build power plant project faster that anyone in the industry, we have phenomenal talent supporting our global operation, and we do all this in the most compliant manner. Now, if that is not an accomplishment and something to be proud of, then I am not sure what is. If a desk job with repetitive tasks each day is something you thrive in, then APR is not the right place for you.

    Cons

    As with any growing company, there are growing pains.



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