Apollo Education Group

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Apollo Education Group Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
332 Reviews
2.8
332 Reviews
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Apollo Education Group Director, Chief Executive Officer Gregory W. Cappelli
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 8 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.  

    Very rewarding career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great, you have paid vacation up to 4 weeks, sick, company holidays and if you like working with people this is the best experience you can ever have.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities, pay structure needs to be improved. When positions close instead of giving the employees an opportunity to work in different departments or locations they are just let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More promotion or career opportunities to current employees. When restructuring departments provide those employees the opportunity to work in other departments or areas instead of letting them go

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Upper management is clueless, except with respect to the bottom line

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

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

    Pros

    Benefits and holidays are standard or better. Pay in our office is good, though I don't know about other campuses. . Office culture depends entirely on which office you work in, and on your immediate supervisor, as does general flexibility of hours worked and ability to work at home. In many cases it's quite flexible. Many teams are supportive of each other, in a we're-all-in-this-together sort of way.

    Cons

    The members of the executive management team seem not to understand the meaning of "strategy" and do not seem to value consistency. They spent 4 months putting together the next year's budget, working through (or having managers and directors work through) a wide variety of scenarios and possible priorities. Once the decisions were made they immediately began changing them, rethinking priorities and adding money to some just-approved annual project budgets while reducing the just-approved budgets of others. Their main technique for dealing with the resignation of someone at the Director level or above seems to be to re-arrange the org chart, and then to re-arrange again in 6 months before the first re-org has had a chance to demonstrate whether it's working. Decisions seem to be made based on little evidence and on the whims of C-level executives rather than on commitment to a set of coherent objectives.

    Work/life balance is good for me, but I see Program Managers on call day and night to respond to endless requests for status reports that no one seems to read and for recommendations about how to accelerate projects or outsource more responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apollo Tech: Make decisions based on data and evidence. Trust the recommendations of your senior managers and directors, who understand the products and their teams much better than you do. Give decisions time to play out. Develop a true strategy and stick with it for a year or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Haphazard Organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Holiday time, sick leave, work week were all given at a reasonable level.
    Starting pay was decent, but you pretty much had to leave the organization and come back to get a good raise.

    Cons

    The organization just couldn't tell where it was going. Direction was constantly changing.
    Regular moves of offices made it difficult to plan life around the job.
    Situation deteriorated over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I enjoyed working for Apollo Group.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Flexiblity, Compensation, transparent middle management, always moving forward.

    Cons

    Change in leadership, didn't learn enough about the new leadership to say yay or nay but I was not immediately impressed as I was previously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work to maintain transparency.

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    changes

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people, good management some place

    Cons

    industry outlook, senior leadership, constant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more transparent with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    IT Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Some great leadership, family feeling with some leadership

    Cons

    No balance, uncertainty, no direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to people first

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience has been rewarding and very positive and has allowed me to really cultivate my skillset.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Account Executive in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - National Account Executive in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for continual training and development are endless, and the flexibility and automony in the day to day operations are great!

    Cons

    Sometimes there is uncertainty with the direction the company is looking to go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growth and change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group

    Pros

    work-life balance, education focused, employees have passion for education

    Cons

    change, undefined goals, the right people for the right positions has become challenging

  10.  

    Innovative global education company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Director in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    The people and thought leadership at Apollo are the biggest assets to the company.

    Cons

    Goals can sometimes be misaligned with corporate objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coach teams effectively and monitor progress to company results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Cool mission but a lot of politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Industry is fascinating and has great social importance. They're stingy on vacation in the first year (9 days vacation) but things get better afterwards. Not a sweatshop but performance-oriented management and educational mission makes you want to work hard.

    Cons

    Lots of politics due to conflicts/overlap between University of Phoenix and Apollo Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to diffuse the tension between Apollo and University of Phoenix. UOPX employees assume Apollo executives are not being genuine.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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