Apollo Education Group

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Apollo Education Group Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
318 Reviews
2.7
318 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.  

    Excellent company, but leadership has changed. They are no longer doing what is best for the client.

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    Current Employee - Workforce Solutions
    Current Employee - Workforce Solutions

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

    Pros

    Lots of vacation, great managers, good VPs, but...

    Cons

    Awful Executive leadership. Just awful. They care only about money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off people and rehiring them. You lose a lot of good talent that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Going downhill fast

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    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Tempe Camp, AZ
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Tempe Camp, AZ

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

    Pros

    The pay-scale, benefits, vacation/sick time.

    Cons

    Lack of initiative, no room for growth, poor corporate policies, ever changing standards, inflexibility of schedules, lack of communication within the company. There used to be extreme room for advancement, income, flexibility, excellent benefits and leadership and since new corporate/company policies have been in place there is no employee moral, it is not enjoyable, there is no incentive, and people are trapped into a dissatisfying job because they cannot afford to lose their salary. In addition to that income discrepancy is absolutely absurd, there are people doing the same job as me (enrolling even less, performing worse) and they are more than doubling my salary because they were there hired at the right time and made the necessary moves to do so. There is no incentive to work when someone is making more than double, almost triple your salary, and performing worse, and you will never be able to reach that salary regardless of your work performance because of the "changes" that have taken place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Has potential but needs some changes. And it's not the strategy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Plenty or resources for professional growth and development
    Education / L&D industry will always be relevant to the economy
    International growth opportunities

    Cons

    Low morale, and culture tends to be bureaucratic
    Slow to changing market needs
    Health insurance costs are relatively high compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the culture. The strategy is solid, and once the culture is changed there is big upside with Apollo. But nothing will get done without great engagement from all levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Things used to be great, now going downhill.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group

    Pros

    The people (low-level management and below) are talented, hard-working people with a lot to offer.

    Some great friendships have materialized at the workplace. Actually they're the only reason many of us show up at work these days.

    Pay seems to be decent for the job roles.

    Cons

    Upper management (VPs and above) seem to have no clue what is going on or how to run a company. They also seem to think very highly of themselves.

    Morale is at its worst I've ever seen in the last five years.

    A lot of talented, hard-working people with a lot of industry and company knowledge have been let go for reasons that make no sense whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off people who have been with the company for a long time and may be making more money. You get what you pay for, remember? You have to pay for quality if you want to make an impact on enrollments, the bottom line and in the industry.

    Stop keeping people who are below the VP level in the dark about the company's direction and viability.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Too many chiefs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time

    Pros

    It is a paycheck, or a job not a career.

    Cons

    No true leadership and focus on the company strategic plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting unqualified people. This company believes in the halo effect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Stuck in the past at UOP, using the same formula and expecting different results.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apollo Education Group

    Pros

    The pay is very good. I can't say much more than that.

    Cons

    Innovation is never welcomed. Interdepartmental relations are often adversarial; individual egos trump teamwork and sharing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Advisor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Finance Advisor in Tempe, AZ

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

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