Apollo Education Group

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Apollo Education Group Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
299 Reviews
2.8
299 Reviews
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Apollo Education Group Director, Chief Executive Officer Gregory W. Cappelli
Gregory W. Cappelli
99 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Premise: start-up within a large company. Reality: bloat, bureaucracy, lack of focus and leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Tackling an important market segment: higher ed, jobs, skills. Good people, great location (downtown SF). The product team members were smart and hardworking. There's a huge disconnect between this 'start-up' group and the main organization. And the acquisition and integration of a small (real) startup made the situation more complicated, confusing and disorganized.

    Cons

    Weak Senior management. Lots of wasted effort, time, money while they try to get their act together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people who haven't proven themselves as managers or leaders

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

    Business Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group

    Pros

    Good Work life balance, collaborative environment

    Cons

    monotonous work, not challenging work environment

  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great place to work, if you are not looking to work very hard.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great place to work, micro and macromangement

    Cons

    Common reorganizations, metrics are vague and often misunderstood (if understood at all) by low management, very few work horses carry full teams.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work a few years ago

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, nice coworkers, the mission of higher education for working adults is a good one

    Cons

    I agree with many of the other reviews that a few years ago, it was a great place to work. But then the outsourcing and layoffs started. I saw some smart, hard-working people being "let go", people with mortgages and families to support. Now it's an environment of self preservation and constantly being afraid of being the next to be laid off. Morale is low which tends to zap people's motivation.

    In addition, another con is the university's bad reputation. With hard work and motivation, the quality of education is actually pretty good and it is NOT a diploma mill as some say. But, the perception and reputation is bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Job security would be nice and it would improve morale, which would in turn motivate people to do a great job.

    Also, work on improving the university's reputation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great 5 years ago...

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    Current Employee - Student Mentor  in  Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Student Mentor in Ontario, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture in team is good. Good 401k, tuition assistance, vacation. For profit with a non profit mission. They really want to help students.

    Cons

    Used to be paid by performance but because of HLC now I get the same pay as the lazy guy next to me so no real incentive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure a way to go back to incentivizing good work or your top performers will leave.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not prepared for change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People were nice, friendly family like atmosphere before the changes. Pay was decent for the area. The cafe was really great, congrats to Aramark for that!

    Cons

    Business model is no longer effective. Everyone has an online school now, so no need to go to a third rate school with the cache of a community college, but a price of a brand name school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consultants did a horrible job with the right-sizing and communications. Instead of ripping off the band-aid, they made it a long, lingering process where everyone was unsure and scared all the time. Random cuts with the message "it's not over" hardly fostered the environment for innovation that they will need to survive the long term. They needed a large, deep cut, and then let everyone left know they are safe so they get back to work and feel more secure. The way they did it let all the best talent know that they need to get out asap...

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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