Apex Systems Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Culture - Apex embodies the work hard/play hard mentality (in 9 reviews)

  • Good energy in the offices, lots of team building events, etc (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • I was ok with basic salary and even more basic health insurance (in 11 reviews)

  • Low pay, no paid holidays, the health insurance was a joke (aetna) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start a recruiting career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, strong training programs, established company & clients.

    Cons

    I noticed a wide variety in office culture and standards from office to office. I worked in Bellevue and would highly recommend that office as a place to start your recruiting career, but there are others I would not. Also, inequality in commission structures between recruiters & account managers with less career growth opportunities as a recruiter.


  2. A decent experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Support Center Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Support Center Technician in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Apex Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Payed on time, good organization, people are attentive.

    Cons

    Compensation isn't competitive at all, mediocre at best. Most contracts offer nothing in the way of advancement.


  3. Good COntract Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - IT Support in Everett, WA
    Current Contractor - IT Support in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apex Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Direct Deposit Travel Reimbursements are Quick Tool Reimbursement Friendly Representatives and Support Staff Willing to fix conflicts when they arise Travel and Entertainment Discounts

    Cons

    E-Mail responses are most of the time sluggish or no response When calling their office, their employees WILL screen your calls if they don't like you Pay is non-negotiable and needs to be fixed No after-hours support if you are traveling - HUGE ISSUE Reimbursement policy and procedures are flaky

    Advice to Management

    Make your reps/staff be more responsive and allow employees to negotiate their wages. Provide an after-hours support method for traveling contractors.


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  5. Good company, friendly staff. (WA location)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Security Specialist IT in Bothell, WA
    Former Contractor - Security Specialist IT in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Pay was amazing for the job. [Job was essentially data entry. Sadly it doesn't look like these positions exist any more. (Contract was with AT&T Mobility, AMT Provisioning department)] - 4/10 shift available - Weekend shift available

    Cons

    It was Full-Time position, but was as a Contractor, so the usual: - Mediocre benefits (medical, no vacation time, etc) - No Overtime

    Advice to Management

    None or N/A.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Boiler room type atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Met some good people, developed some communication skills

    Cons

    Micromanaged like no other job I've ever dreamed of having. Poor morale in "the pit" but great money and opportunities for AM's.

    Advice to Management

    Too "cookie cutter" of an environment. Spread the wealth to recruiters. Not nearly a good enough commission structure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Avoid if you are the talent, go for it if you are the recruiter.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Apex Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paperwork and paychecks arrive on time. Recruiter occasionally visits with treats or takes you out to lunch. Aggressively push their clients to hire the talent. Intensely focused on their client relationships.

    Cons

    Apex is a headshop. They focus heavily on positioning people because the cut they take from the talent is their bloodline, end of story. Just look at the reviews. Recruiters love them, talent regards them as a quick setup followed by invisible presence. This is mediocre if you land at a place you are happy in. Not fine if they drop you into a disaster. There is no professional effort to keep talent loyal to Apex. Technical people might as well be cows as far as they are concerned. Just keep working and when the client is done with you, go collect unemployment. There are agencies who take team-based approaches, where talent takes top priority, and who invest heavily in keeping talent loyal and advancing in their practice. Agencies who relocate talent when the gig is not a good match for the laborer. I work for such an agency now, have advanced significantly in my role and salary across multiple clients, and we are hiring. Apex does none of this. That they skimmed a percentage of my paycheck for about a year is really all I have to acknowledge them by.

    Advice to Management

    Pat yourselves on the back if you are still earning profits from the people you have doing the heavy lifting for you, but keep in mind that the technical community becomes networked over time. I will never recommend Apex as a place to work for the talented people I know. Those who don't meet my standards may end up supplying your coffers, and I would be happy to send them your way even if all I get out of the deal is their work away from my projects.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Overall, good experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Content PM in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Content PM in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apex Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of contact from Apex at the start of my contract.

    Cons

    Toward the end of my contract, had a difficult time finding out about possible further contract extension.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between client/customer toward the end of contract.


  9. Great exposure to big companies, but that's all they care about (Big Companies)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to big companies

    Cons

    They only care about the client Once your contract ends, good luck getting anyone to respond if you are interested in another position They ask you to take a pay cut or leave in the middle of your contract

    Advice to Management

    Balance the needs of client and your employee


  10. Apex is an excellent company to help get you back work and back into the corporate environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Annalist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Help Desk Annalist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have an extensive resume you will be offered many opportunities. And, if if they help employ you, you also help them remain employed.

    Cons

    It is the nature of these temporary contract positions... these are temporary positions, neither allowing you to make any headway on building seniority at the company you are working for, nor receive the other benefits normally associated with that position.


  11. Not a bad first job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Apex recruits well - if you start with the company you are guaranteed to meet a few new friends; the environment is "work-hard, play-hard" You will learn some things about sales, deadlines, and working with others

    Cons

    The compensation is not fantastic while you are working up to management, although many jobs are that way when you start off. You are expected to stay as long as needed after hours to fill specific positions; this job can inhibit your work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to be more understanding to those who have other obligations outside of work and be more supportive of a work/life balance



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