Apollo Education Group

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Apollo Education Group Reviews in Tempe, AZ

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
313 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.  

    Pretty good, Pretty bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office, nice people, Lots of changes

    Cons

    Political, Infrastructure, Internal growth opportunity

    Recommends
    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 (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
  3.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oracle Applications Developer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Oracle Applications Developer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time (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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  5.  

    Let's get to work!

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Helping students make a difference in their life.

    Cons

    Leadership, commute, limited visibility, culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and allow them to do what they are hired to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - SQA II in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - SQA II in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Small groups working together to do big things

    Cons

    Clueless management, too much instability, too much middle-management political infighting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back to basics. Start with flatter org.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work, until they started firing everybody...

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Fantastic learning environment, was supportive, great people to work with. I was really happy there for a very long time - until about the last 6 months.

    Cons

    Terrible pay (probably $20k less than at other companies), not much room for advancement, and crazy hours. Once Mike Sajor came on as head of Apollo Tech, things fell spectacularly apart. He is clueless to SDLC - coming from apparel industry had no idea of how software development works. Then they fired a lot of great people. Morale took a major nosedive after that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Sajor - get someone who knows how development works.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    In the short time I have been with the company I have nothing but Kudos for the experience.

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    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    You are in a team atmosphere where everyone is helpful whether they are on your team or not.

    Cons

    It is so cold inside that you actually have to go outside to thaw out to resume work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can we go back to incentives such as money raises versus spending millions of dollars on things that we don't need or care for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great for entry-level, but too much attention-grabbing and posturing by low level management.

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    Former Employee - Student Financial Services - Operation in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Student Financial Services - Operation in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, competitive benefits (particularly at entry and mid-level positions), tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams and between management and staff, limited room for growth within company, difficult to get in front door if not a prior employee. Strained relations between QA/Training/Processing staff make it difficult to ensure processes are followed across the board, and that all parties are on the same page. Production and quality assurance standards are also difficult to meet from month-to-month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time harping on production and more time worrying about the quality of people's work and the compliance problems it causes when it's done incorrectly. Make sure the training staff is up to date and in the loop on process changes, so that they can train staff appropriately. Identify those individuals who require subject matter refreshers and ensure that they are getting them, and more importantly, if someone is consistently underpreforming, stop allowing those individuals to linger in a position where more qualified individuals may do far better in their place. Follow through with expectations, and ensure that staff are meeting them, but make sure they are given opportunities to learn from mistakes and improve upon them.

    Also, to upper management, I highly suggest the following - start paying attention to the needs of your staff. A happy, well-trained, and eager workforce makes fewer mistakes, is more productive, and has a lot smaller turnover. It's far easier to retain an employee than to train a new one, and it's more productive to not have to train someone new to do their job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice company to work with

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    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Apollo Education Group as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great multi-cultural work environment, supportive higher management, exposure to and use of latest technologes, very supportive colleagues and peers, good benefits for full time employees, overall many happy employees

    Cons

    Seldom working with many teams becomes challenging to meet the deadlines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enlightening

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Apollo Education Group

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to use many different technologies, This is really all I can think of right now. word number 20

    Cons

    A lot of managers (project and other types) most of the PM's aren't technical. I can't remember how many I've explained to them that there's a ticket with the developers for a memory leak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat. and listen to the engineers when they're telling what the situation is. word word word word word.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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