Apollo Education Group Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
293 Reviews

2.7
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Apollo Education Group Director, Chief Executive Officer Gregory W. Cappelli
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97 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. 1 person 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
  2. 1 person 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company peaked years ago, now it's all downhill

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    Former Employee - Campus/Division Systems Technician
    Former Employee - Campus/Division Systems Technician

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible environment, not much micro-managing going on.

    Great co-workers and IT management staff (until they were all let go or outsourced)

    Was a fun and upbeat place to work until 2009-2010. Now it's all doom and gloom.

    Cons

    The last few years the company has been losing money and stick prices have plummeted. This has led to severe cost cutting measures.

    Every IT role that isn't working on the student online platform is at risk of being outsourced.

    Company does not value it's employees, considers them replaceable parts.

    Business model is failing badly and the same people that got the company into this mess are still running the show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The actions you have taken to outsource IT, centralize enrollment and abandon ground University of Phoenix campuses is ultimately going to be your downfall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7. 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    There may be no one left before it gets better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time

    Pros

    The varierty of work used to be great, new technologies.

    Cons

    Hell lot of internal polictics, doesn't matter how hard you work , you will go higher only if you are pet of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 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
  10. 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 for 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
  11.  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Oracle Applications Developer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Oracle Applications Developer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Close to freeway, lots of work to do.

    Cons

    Pay was a little lower than average for industry, not growing anymore.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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