Apex Learning

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Apex Learning Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Amazing company to work for. However, always watch your back.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Apex Learning as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Apex Learning is a great company to work for. Lots of opportunities for advancement. It's also smack dab in the center of fifth ave in downtown Seattle. So you will definitely feel like you're in the "mix". You will start off as a tech support rep for quite some time, until you feel it's time to move up in the company. There are many different departments to choose from, based off of your career interests and qualifications of course. The starting pay is $14/hr with medical, dental, and all that jazz. You also get a pretty big work space, one computer-two monitors, own cubicle with your name on it, and a great view of downtown Seattle. You're also off on weekends and holidays.

    Cons

    The hiring manager will seem like the nicest guy in the world, until you mention to him that you are interested in moving up in the company. In a two-faced/conniving way, he will refer you to the hiring manager for whatever department you are looking to apply at AND even set you up with an interview. Then BOOM! you're a** is out the door. Also, don't expect too much sympathy for ANY absences. Life's unpredictable, agree? but God forbid if you ever HAVE to call-in. Your manager will pretty much make it his business to kick you out of the door, cold turkey. Expect for shift changes every 3 weeks as well. This company could really do without the hiring/tech support manager. Good luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the tech support manager and ACTUALLY start reading these glassdoor company reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great if you don't need to earn a living...

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    Current Employee - Special Educator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Special Educator in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Apex Learning part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I like my campus, my director and my students. One to one instruction is great. I have a flexible schedule, I am treated like a professional and my teaching style is not micromanaged. The special needs children have a safe atmosphere to enjoy learning.

    Cons

    Low pay, no benefits, no PTO, little paid prep, no paid holidays and we follow a corporate schedule rather than a traditional school schedule. One cannot possibly earn a substantial living working here and would need a second source of income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees fairly, provide PTO, benefits and paid holidays. We work with children, we get sick, we need PTO. It would appear as all the money goes to top management...if you want a good program, you must keep good people, which means providing fair pay and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Product, no name recognition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Apex Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company leadership is solid and there seems to be a line of sight towards future goals. Great people to work with, everyone there was very passionate and the overall company goals.

    Cons

    Some of the actions taken by management don't necessarily align with the goals that have been previously expressed. Not enough support from the top down, resulting in more turn over that I had expected, especially within the sales organization. Good product, but somewhat behind the competition in terms of national CTE initiatives and Middle School offerings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow though with future goals and dedicate more resources in to catching up with the competition. They've made some strides to really improve the product, user interface, etc. But product offerings overall are still lacking compared to other larger players in this space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poorly managed company with lot's of potential

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Apex Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company has great curriculum, unfortunately it is a commodity. The pay is good and you will be surrounded with many smart professionals.

    Cons

    Management is where this company is failing right now. There is no leadership here, management manages by data and not by coaching. Directors give advice that isn't rational in relation to the market place. Communication is lacking in this place and managers sit behind their desk telling you how things should be done rather than getting in front of customers and learning about the current market place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to see success, hire sales managers that coach their employees and help instill a solution sale philosophy. There are many competitors in this space and low pricing makes Apex look like a commodity. The two managers I had at Apex were not qualified to be in the positions they were in. Hire managers that have a good strategy and you will own the market place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Review

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    Former Employee - Artist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Artist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Very friendly coworkers, nice location in downtown. Product helps students, so that was great to contribute to. Nice company/holiday parties to bring employees together.

    Cons

    Very minimal. Some department areas were a bit too quiet sometimes, maybe due to the arrangement of the seating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great product, Leadership has challenges

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apex Learning part-time

    Pros

    Product is well designed, and customers like it

    Cons

    To be successful, you need to work 7days/week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Apex moving along slowly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apex Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great product, passionate management, dedicated development team

    Cons

    tough market, high turnover, tough work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Solution hands down for digital curriculum

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The best development team and solution. Everything is designed around what is best for the student! They never cut corners when it comes to their products.

    Cons

    Only two weeks PTO for both vacation and sick for all employees under 5 years tenor. Education is a tough market in general and very hard to predict sales. Not a good balance between praise and criticism. Management very good at pointing out weaknesses, but rarely let you know what you have done well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are your greatest asset, Please work a little harder to show you appreciate them. Sales Managers should come from education and sales backgrounds. You cannot manage only to numbers. Managers need skills and knowledge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products.....poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive

    I worked at Apex Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great products, Educational Consultants are awesome. Company believes in internal R&D to develop best digital curriculum.

    Cons

    If you're a true sales professional....run - don't walk away. Unrealistic quotas and training is inadequate. They manage to "activity" v. "results." CEO is a former project manager, and she is intimately involved in every detail. Managers (except for one) manage from a position of fear and patronize their staff.....commissions once earned and paid will be taken away from future pay checks if schools don't pay invoices. Aging account reports sent out monthly show tens of thousands of dollars not received, and it is the AE's responsibility to call accounts and threaten to cancel course access if payment is not received. Managers don't trust reps, so micromanage and otherwise have nothing to do except monitor SalesForce activities. Turnover is horrible (my territory had 4 reps in 2 years) and no one can figure out why people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Right-size management levels in sales - reorganize and allow all reps who have established relationships the chance to grow accounts, versus turn it over to account management. Managers should be the people to follow-up with accounts for non-payment of invoices. Limit contact with your reps and let them do their job. Initiate training with new hires and have a strategy to continue training throughout employment - certify reps in proficiencies of demo/presentations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Miserable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Great product and the people who actually do the work in the field are amazing

    Cons

    Micromanaged from Seattle, Hostile work environment; Product priced too high and all new development is behind competition; Poor customer service; Ethics in question

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have MJ Capital revamp senior leadership; require all senior leadership and development team to spend time with users in low performing settings to see how products really used; listen to field team... They are smart and talented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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