Apollo Education Group

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Apollo Education Group Reviews in Phoenix, AZ

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
295 Reviews
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Apollo Education Group Director, Chief Executive Officer Gregory W. Cappelli
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98 Ratings

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Pros
  • work/life balance was always good, kind of depends on which manager you have (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits especially tuition but you can't do anything with the degree after (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a lack of communication when informing impacted personnel of business strategy changes (in 5 reviews)

  • Degrees from the University of Phoenix (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    From the perspective of IT, a midsize enterprise that thinks its a lot bigger than it really is.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    A fair amount of autonomy, decent benefits & salary.

    Cons

    Leadership, especially on the executive levels of the IT portions of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a vision, take action.

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

    Friendly and family oriented. Great pay and benefits - free tuition!!

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    Former Employee - Finance Advisor  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Finance Advisor in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great and you can attend University of Phoenix for free! The training is awesome and they really go the extra mile with making sure employees have the tools they need to be successful.

    Cons

    University of Phoenix is a for-profit school, so you are constantly trying secure student retention. They have mandatory "volunteer days" that you are paid for but are forced to go to. They also make you go on employee outings to movies, etc. to promote better camaraderie, whether you want to go or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more of a balance with disabled employees. Newer management needs to be better trained to empathize with employees' situations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    THE BEST company in Phoenix valley if you like Open Source stack like Java/J2EE and Cloud, Hadoop, MongoDB.

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    Current Employee - Staff Solutions Architect  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff Solutions Architect in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    They let you choose the technology and tools and give you full freedom to implement your ideas
    Best work life balance
    Awesome salary

    Cons

    The leadership - couldnt manage student enrollment downfall
    Primary issue is because of high rate of leadership refresh at the top of the organization
    Every new leader has his own view and leaves the company prematurely without realizing the efforts, and the next one comes and starts afresh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE trust your long-term employees and promote them as leaders instead of relying on some outsiders. We have seen several rounds of leadership from several other companies. They still couldnt control the student enrollment issue.
    There are still lot of great leaders who have been with the company for years. Identify and promote them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company is ready for change, but is letting HLC regulation impact all business decisions

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Workforce Solutions is a high growth team with a lot of opportunities. Position works directly with senior and c-level executives of global accounts. Good culture and vision.

    Cons

    Too much process involved in developing a relationship. Corporate services are not designed to support B2B sales. Highly regulated business. The company has a lot of politics at middle and senior levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the jockeying for power and position and focus on the business. Stop letting regulators and corporate staff from allowing the company from changing business model. The company is allowed to sale its services without higher ed regulations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 3 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 for less than a 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
  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 for 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  

    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 for 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

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