Apollo Education Group
2.8 of 5 280 reviews
www.apollo.edu Phoenix, AZ 5000+ Employees

Apollo Education Group Reviews in Phoenix, AZ

Updated Jul 6, 2014
Apollo Education Group – US – “Corporate”

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2.8 142 reviews

                             

41% Approve of the CEO

Apollo Education Group Director, Chief Executive Officer Gregory W. Cappelli

Gregory W. Cappelli

(46 ratings)

37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Operations Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsGood work life balance, Not much pressure

    ConsDifficult to change the mind set of higher management

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen to new ideas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A company looking to reinvent itself...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsOpportunities still exist in the company that can still be great for a career. Compensation is average. Work-life balance is dependent on position in the company.

    ConsThe company is going through lean times. Looking to be more efficient and really willing to take on more risk for cost savings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great vision

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsStrong vision. Focus on long term strategy. Very student focused.

    ConsProcess heavy. Lack of direction. Challenges with retaining top talent

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the the talent pool and finding ways to attract top talent in the valley.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stuck out for the long-haul...

    Systems Administrator (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsBenefits are really great, especially the longer you work there. The people are awesome. They provide training and tuition benefits so you will learn a lot from working here.

    ConsThe opportunity for promotions rarely come up, the leadership either does not communicate or looks out for his or her own interests.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet your people fix current processes before trying to move into the "future"!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rewarding career with new challenges to keep it interesting

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsNew ideas are allowed to be developed.
    Hard work is rewarded and recognized
    The mission is clear and has a positive impact on society
    Great co-workers

    ConsIt is easy to get absorbed in the work and lose sight of your work-life balance.
    Corporate politics are strong and can slow down promotion opportunities
    Government regulations make normal business rule hard to use.
    Too much compliance oversight for non-student activities and they do not under business practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out for your top talent. Many are leaving and more are looking at new competitor opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking ship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThe company had a lot of talented people, interesting work and overall a great learning experience. Nice colleagues and team members.

    ConsLayoffs every month to quarter, with a big bang annual layoff for the past couple of years. Rif's occur with a set headcount reduction goal, a lot of talent is purged out and what remains is mostly dead-weight. Toxic environment. Politics thrives due to insecurities. If anyone wants to con themselves in thinking they are there because they are valued, wake up! and move out before they drain the life out of you. Leadership would openly say during company-wide meetings, that their plan is to let attrition work itself, even with high-performers. Lot of great talent has left the company without any effort put in to retain them. And the rest are laid off. I am sure there are talented people still out there, but the company is bent on losing them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make the same mistakes over and over again. Mistakes that have cost the company millions, are repeated. If you are planning on making the company lean to the bone and making it look good for a sale, may be you are on the right track. Good luck.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    From Alpha to Omega

    Network Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    Pros*Education benefits
    *Flexible work schedule
    *Casual attire
    *Good benefits
    *Central location

    Cons*OUTSOURCING JOBS to HCL
    *No opportunities for growth
    *No appreciation for IT Staff
    *Too many layoffs
    *Terrible severance package
    *CIO is doing what his past track record has shown

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes to the self destruction that is taking place and ask yourself WWJSD (What would John Sperling Do!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a good experience

    Lead Consultant (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsVery Focused and high productivity

    ConsLack of socialization and management is not transparent to employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementRight resource to do the right job

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    No loyalty to employees

    Desktop Support (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThey offer a good vacation policy (up to 24 days/year)
    Decent pay
    Good history (although times are changing)
    Good holiday policy (10 holidays, plus 1 floating holiday)

    ConsEmployees are considered expendable.
    They work hard to outsource as many departments as possible (HR, IT, etc).
    Very few career advancement opportunities.
    The last few years have seen multiple layoffs (thousands of employees).

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees as humans, not assets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT is terrible, always in flux, never appreciated by top management. The current CIO is incompetent, so are executives.

    IT Professional (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsClose to freeway.
    Good benefits
    Free education if you want to earn a bachelor or masters degree in their curriculum--even PHD you pay only 20%. Your spouse can be hugely discounted also.
    Covered parking (except spaces are too small and your car gets dinged up)
    Great state of the art data center.

    ConsHUGE turnover. Don't kid yourself on making a difference or being successful here ("Oh, I can do any job and work for anybody and be successful"--heard it a hundred times). You'll be collecting a paycheck--and maybe that is your sole purpose. Apollo revenue is down a third--you are the flotsam they clean up. Keep dumping and pumping their IT organization. Absolutely do not care about security. IT is frozen in place. Nothing is going to happen to save this company because the executives at the top dump IT periodically because they feel like it, so the remaining staff just want to save their jobs. The remaining security team --give me a break. Compliance? Interfacing with the auditors to IT? Let the auditors interface themselves. The Internal Audit Director has a horrible reputation--zero people skills and cannot keep staff--or attract them. Innovation? Huh! You have the wrong company. Stupid office cubes--tiny and so low walls you can look right into the eyes of your neighbor. The "Directors" get offices--they have real work to do. (not director level like at real companies). IT is micromanaged (yes, that darn CIO again). No, no innovation is happening here. Compliance culture and not in a good way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally try to innovate. Your company problems start at the top--look at root cause and look at yourselves 1st.
    IT has root rot in it, and this changing of the guards in your CIOs isn't fixing it.
    You are just a big employer in Phoenix--and people need jobs--otherwise, you are not attracting the best, and surely are not keeping them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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