Apollo Education Group

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Apollo Education Group Reviews in Phoenix, AZ

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
317 Reviews
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Apollo Education Group Director, Chief Executive Officer Gregory W. Cappelli
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance was always good, kind of depends on which manager you have (in 23 reviews)

  • Nice work environment, great colleagues pretty good benefits (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Recently, the company's flagship, the University of Phoenix, was put on Notice by the Higher Learning Commission (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management (VPs and above) seem to have no clue what is going on or how to run a company (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Senior IT was chaotic but overall good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was able to develop skills by defining my own work and taking on projects from others. Pay was decent. I enjoyed working with most of my colleagues, and under normal circumstances had a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Poor managers tend to rise to the top too easily. Difficult to change the culture. Benefit grab by company stripped out lots of my stock when I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good people, and lose the ones who just look like they are working but really aren't

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad!

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    Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is good. Salary is OK for phoenix and HR is very good.

    Cons

    No accountability and some projects are following standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unqualified Managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and environment

    Cons

    The managers do not appreciate other managers who are experienced and well educated. There are a lot of employees with no experience and little formal education. Unfortunately they are all threatened by the educated and experienced employees. Most qualified employees get frustrated and leave. Management promotions at all levels are based on relationships only, and not results. It is sad the organization is run by folks that have not earned their role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting unqualified people that are your friends. Look at your own credentials and be honest with yourself. Experience and education still do matter and your lack of it will end up hurting your careers, titles don't last.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    I walked new students to class on line including speaking to them by telephone while they opened up their new laptop.

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor, College Or University in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor, College Or University in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The paychecks every week were great.

    Cons

    It was a long drive through rush hour traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe UOP graduates should be hired immediately, otherwise what does that indicate to you, if you do not even desire your own graduates?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were decent and time off was very good.

    Cons

    IT senior technical management is incompetent. Recipe for cost savings is to outsource or eliminate without regard to risk exposure. The managed services cocktail will ensure that you cannot respond quickly to issues when they arise and the so-called cost savings will be exposed as a mirage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When it hits the fan - and it's only a matter of time - this once proud education market leader will close their doors. You're an audit finding away from losing access to student loan funding. Reducing development staff to subsistence levels mean you will not and cannot compete in the future. Elimination of QA and reliance upon remaining developers to validate existing systems will ensure a more rapid decline. And the guy driving it will get his bonus until he gets his parachute upon exit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Run if you can

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    Former Employee - Multimedia in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Multimedia in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People where nice, though nobody had any drive. Decent benefits and a lot of time off. Great place if you want to talk and not work.

    Cons

    Bad upper management, never seemed to hire the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified, passionate people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always in transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, co-workers were pleasant, was able to work a flexible schedule at times.

    Cons

    There are constant changes in leadership with no true leader at the helm. The constant changes creates a atmosphere of fear and morale is low among employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more open communication between upper-level management and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Could be but isn't, the ship needs work

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice work environment, great colleagues pretty good benefits. Culture, at least in my department is good. Immeidate managers and directors are really nice people, but there are a lot of prima donnas around.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership at the top, constant talk of layoffs, disconnect between top management and what actually gets done. No vision for the future, it seems like they're just trying to manage the stock price and not the company. People who are good are leaving, causing quite a brain drain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the money and leave, bring some new blood to revitalize this listing ship.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Focus, Focus, Focus ... there is none

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent compensation package - salary, vacation, health benefits, 401k.

    Cons

    Lack of sustained focus. Too many changes in leadership that have occurred too quickly. This has lead to numerous changes in corporate direction, multiple re-orgs (just for the sake of re-orgs).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the outsourcing ... do you realize the knowledge you are losing? do you realize the control you are losing? do you realize the quality of work you are losing? See the "Cons" listed above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started out good, then things fell apart; they shut down our entire division and outsourced it to India.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Contractor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can telecommute, given lots of autonomy, good pay for contractors. But no job security, and they seem to drive out their top talent and retain the worst people. No room for advancement, and they often keep people as "temps" for literally years and years.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, toxic culture, rewarded only the nastiest people. Poor ethical standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be so money-grubbing and return to focus on education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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