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Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. It's an easy job. The pay is good for a college student. Money varies, site to site (11-15) Okay for short term job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Apollo International part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I've gotten the hours I've wanted for the most part. I'm at a good site, work is easy, a lot of down time.

    Cons

    Getting stuck when your relief doesn't show up.
    The union decided to agree to a yearly 30 cent raise, from a 25 cent raise every 6 months.
    Hard to get recognized and to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative to your employees. There's employees who are here that are willing to move up if you work with them. If employees were taken care of better, the turnover rate wouldn't be so crazy.

  2. I've been working as a security officer and as a supervisor for the company dealing with many clients.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Apollo International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working for the company is that you get to meet different people and a great job while going to school. You also get to network learning from others.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges working as a supervisor is dealing with people who are not punctual , not doing what they're suppose to do. Another disadvantage is that there are no incentives and room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    my advice to upper management is to get more involve in the environment to make sure thing are operating smooth and be able to correct things in a timely manner.

  3. Poorly managed company. Never work for them. You can be fired from this company on any given day. Never work for them.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Apollo International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pays more than similar companies for a job that does not require a degree. The job is easy but unbearably boring.

    Cons

    Employees are treated like a piece of trash. No respect from management. No flexibility with schedule. You must give a one month notice to take a day off or swap a shift with someone. Expect to be fired from the job on any given day.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well. Employee morale is too low at this company because management does not connect with them and make good relationships. Employees quit everyday because they have no loyalty to this company.

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  5. It was a start up job but do not spend to much time there or no ther businesses will hire you

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apollo International

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

    Pros

    not any expept a pay check steady work easy

    Cons

    long days lots off call offs same boring schedule every week

    Advice to Management

    stricter policies

  6. Helpful (1)

    The Great Recession (that never ended)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security in New York, NY

    I worked at Apollo International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - It's a job - that pays above minimum wage. Will you be able to move out of mom's basement? No.
    - Co-workers are hit/miss. Some are naturally motivated, while others you wonder how they function in society.
    - If you are placed at a "good" site, then it makes your life easier. On a "good" site, the employer is usually nice, maybe even happy on most days, and will actually speak to you.
    - You do get vacation time, and it's cumulative over the number of years you stay here. This is FAR better than most security companies who treat employees like chattel, at Apollo you can earn up 3 weeks in 5 years (4 at 10), try getting that at ANY other non-government contractor security company.
    - Schedules are set for full-timers, no mixing of days and hours (not so for "floaters").
    - If you're doing this kind of work, at least you're employed, many others are not. Either that, or your career derailed/outsourced, and you have no other options.
    - Easiest job you will ever be paid for (outside of connected government cronies). They do not do parking lots, mostly corporate accounts only - huge plus. Although there might be a detail to cover, and sometimes you may get paid extra.

    Cons

    - Again, it's a job, but it's a security job that even the funniest parody's are true for those you work with.
    - Benefits: Really bad outside of vacation. Health insurance is super expensive (thank Congress), and the 401k IS NOT matched at any level. There is no short/long term disability, no sick days, no personal days, typical of security companies.
    - If you are placed at a "bad" site, your life will be miserable. The people you work for may be mean (maybe their life sucks too), and will not hesitate to take their anger out on you, possibly remove you.
    - Your fellow employees that don't care may cost you your job. Sometimes your co-workers are REALLY bad, and it will show when contract negotiations come up, the company loses the site and you're out of a job. Nice.
    - For career opportunities, this is the end of the road, although most are in denial. There is simply no place else to go, as going to McDonald's is the only thing keeping you from contemplating suicide. There is simply no growth here, it is a career DEAD END.
    - Even though pay is higher than other companies, it's still keeps you destitute. Depending on your family size and work status, you may even qualify for government benefits. At some point, you need to realize you will NEVER get a raise if you meet the mythical salary cap here - and that bar is low. Dreams of making more here should be dashed if you're reading this review, this is the end of the line in terms of earnings potential. At least at a McDonald's you have a slight chance of owning your own franchise, not here.
    - The longer you stay here, the less chances of ever getting whatever career you had. Any HR rep will see this on a resume and immediately pigeon hole it (I would). Unless you do something way out of the norm in this job, for the client, which is extremely rare, once again, this is a DEAD END.

    Finally, remember this well: THERE IS NO JOB SECURITY, IN SECURITY. This job is completely reliant on Apollo's relationship with clients and the performance of its people, and of course, the balance sheet bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    For those that read this far, this is a private company, they can do whatever they want. Those that run it don't answer to you, heck, they probably wouldn't respond if you post/suggest something here anyways. While this is a career bottom of the barrel job, it's not the worst security company out there. The only suggestion I would make in regard to benefits would be to add something to the 401k pot to make it worthwhile. Otherwise, good luck finding another private, non-government contract security job like Apollo. All the rest are horrible, their benefits are worse, and their pay is even worse (which is hard to do). If you're employed here, short of being a college kid or retiree looking for extra income, you're life is a mess. If you have to work here to put food on the table then do it, but know management looks at you on a balance sheet, not as a person - Corporate America and Capitalism and all that. Chances are you will never even meet senior management, you might even not meet an area manager outside an interview - complete disconnect.

    So good luck to all of you, and hopefully you possess skills that help you avoid even coming into this field. If you have to come here, try and make the best of it and not ruin it for others that depend on this job (as bad as it is).

  7. Helpful (1)

    Steady Paycheck

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Apollo International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady Paycheck, good for extra hours, good people, good clients,

    Cons

    -Account managers play the favoritism game
    -ODD hours
    -No sick days (non union sites) No bonus ( Unless you recruit)
    -Some account managers make you come in even if you are sick, unless you are a favorite to them
    -Extremely Micromanaged
    -If you have a death in the family , you only get 3 days, then they expect to go back to work 40 plus hours

    Advice to Management

    Hire account managers that follow The same procedure and policies as their employee and other co workers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Do not Value Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Boston, MA

    I worked at Apollo International full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay can be great if you are hired at the right location. Promotions can occur often because of the amount of people who quit

    Cons

    Turnover is huge. Do not value you or your time, or respect you.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees don't push them out the door

  9. All things considered not so bad

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Apollo International full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The job is not that hard. The manager we have at this point and time is really a good guy. If you need a day off, give the manager advanced notice and you get it. If you compare to oter companies the pay may not be good but at least they are not tyring to pay you $8.25 an hr

    Cons

    You get no sick days. The health plan is to expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Management is to slow to replace a supervisor. It should not take months to fill the position.

  10. was very interesting !!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Yonkers, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Yonkers, NY

    I have been working at Apollo International (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Not to many to brag about!

    Cons

    don't use people they have to move them up !

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and advance with the people who have been there !

  11. Helpful (1)

    It's a very easy job. but management is very unorganized.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Apollo International part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's an very easy job.

    Cons

    Very Unorganized. They are terrible with scheduling when you first get hired.

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