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Apollo International Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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  1.  

    The Great Recession (that never ended)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Do not Value Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees don't push them out the door

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    All things considered not so bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    was very interesting !!!

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    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)

    Pros

    Not to many to brag about!

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Pros

    It's an very easy job.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Seen Promise but found out otherwise

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cornwall, NY
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cornwall, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Loved my co workers.

    Cons

    Management is something to be desired. Im not sure when coming to other contracts. But management does not take care of their employees.......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to care and know the people that work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    interesting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer/Receptionist in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Security Officer/Receptionist in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Apollo International part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot of good things, met great people

    Cons

    hard to work with the managers, ep. when scheduling is an issue

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    can't complain

    • 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 International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    location, co-workers are cool and hr are accessible when needed

    Cons

    clients demands are sometimes unreasonable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An okay company for students to work at, hire many part-time employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work if you're looking for part-time positions and somewhat flexible with school schedules

    Cons

    too much turn-overs and always trying to cut off over-time hours and frequently get calls to see if booked off shifts can be covered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee of the month has to be graded on the basis of various activities and performances such as how the employee is dressed up, late arrival or not, etc. and all these have to be graded carefully to select the best employee of the month

  11.  

    It was an experienced I never encounter with other security companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    I got the pleasure to work with the people at m site

    Cons

    the Manager did not know how to manage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Background check your manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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