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APR Energy Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
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    Global Company- Jacksonville's Little Treasure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized, poor morale, management dances around key issues

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    1 Company and 2 Work Environments

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be Honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Multicultural Gem in Jacksonville Powered by Ambition and Knowledge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company has an energetic vibe when you first walk through the doors. Each employee is a contributor and all are passionate about the positive impact they can have on the business. I have yet to come across a slacker in this organization, and the benefits are like none other I have ever had, from 401K matching per paycheck, to company sponsored events, a dozen paid holidays PLUS minimally two weeks vacation - that's unheard of in my experience. Not to mention that fact that APR Energy's location in a port city on the coast of Florida is ideal. So, you get a beach town/ relaxed vibe, from hardcore workers, with a level of work-life balance. There are so many positives.

    Cons

    I have yet to come across any cons, but will update if I do. Personally, I think a workplace is what you make it - this is a fun, challenging and very productive working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, because it's exciting to be a part of the company's growth. It's clear you've built a dedicated staff and a sustainable business. More business, more business!! Let's go get us some more business!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A day in the life of Energy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Young Company and even younger Employees

    Cons

    Not enough PTO
    No hardline SOP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know that the world does not revolve around the company. Everyone has a home life to tend to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Corporate culture and vibe is energetic. Sense of team and entrepreneurship are electric. You really feel a part of something big and great at APR Energy. Despite its size, it is also still very much a 'family' feel there. CEO and COO are genuine, appreciative, and approachable.

    Cons

    CFO was checked out. Under-experienced and under-staffed finance team left holding the bag. Forecasting was a joke. Reporting was late. Financial Guidance for company growth was absent. As a result, company hired, then laid-off, several (~30) people in 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your finance team. Get a CFO who is involved and accountable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    vry excellent experience and a good working environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delhi (India)

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good HR strategy and a personal assessment of employers is very high

    Cons

    to be more concentrate on customer interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be deal with the staff highly compassionate and sensitive approach

  10.  

    My experience is very challenging and worth sharing to new employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Muscat (Oman)
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Muscat (Oman)

    I have been working at APR Energy as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good working relationship ,they have trust with their employees, timely delivery of monthly pay and other benefits. The opportunity to be develop ,to grow and to be assigned in other countries/sites.

    Cons

    As of now i found no downside about APR Energy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen and widen its market share.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting

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

    I have been working at APR Energy (more than an year)

    Pros

    The overall company environment gives opportunity to anyone who wants to expand their experiences to do so in fields outside of their primary area of expertise. Generally there are opportunities are varied to allow for international travel.

    Cons

    The company has transitioned from a small very efficient operation to a top heavy inefficient company within a 12 month period. This unorganized growth with the creation of multiple layers of mid-management positions that provide very little value to the overall operation has created a sterile environment where people who sit next to one another use email for talking to one another. The lack of human communication can be difficult to adjust to for those who prefer a more robust and pro-active environment.

    A overall disorganization prevails throughout so that it is very difficult to accomplish any specific goal, such that a day's activity is simply based upon the completion of a task which may or may not be relevant to the overall success of the company. Think of Dilbert. People going through the motions of 'work' which has very little to do with the company.

    There pervade throughout the organization a fear to discuss any issue that is detrimental to the company as it may cause retribution, termination, of that employee. The Human Resource Manager has quite clearly stated that no discussion of issues of the company are to be discussed by employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 'open door' policy is only words, as the current layoff situation has clearly shown that everyone is in fear of speaking or asking questions. This sort of working environment does not promote a active workforce that is focused on the goals of the company. It is one that causes people to withdraw into cocoons and stifles the energy required to elevate a company. Think about being inclusive, versus exclusive to be competitive.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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