Apparatus

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  1.  

    Passion for Technology and Employee Satisfaction

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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 Apparatus full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros of working for Apparatus far outweigh the cons. The people at Apparatus are passionate about technology - and the focus is definitely on "what's next" in the IT space. Leadership is employee-focused with perks like free lunches and onsite workout classes. On multiple occasions I've heard leadership mention how much the company genuinely cares about technology and our clients. I think this caring characteristic is apparent throughout the company.

    Cons

    Apparatus is a growing company and feeling those growing pains. There is a lot of change and employees are often asked to go-with-the-flow. Some people do really well in that kind of environment, while others might struggle with constant change. You need to be flexible to enjoy working at Apparatus. For me, I find the growth exciting to be a part of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work and grow professionally

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

    I have been working at Apparatus

    Pros

    Great work culture, surrounded by brilliant people, opportunity to be a part of another great tech story in Indianapolis. The people that work here are very passionate about technology and provide a friendly environment that encourages self study and growth.

    Cons

    Not many, growing rapidly so there are the occasional growing pains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A fast growing, exciting organization that values their employees and clients.

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

    I have been working at Apparatus full-time

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the long term career growth, the flexibility, and most importantly job satisfaction.

    Cons

    We are in high growth mode and will continue to be! This simply equates to "growing pains" that must be addressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay actively engaged with your employees--the wins, the struggles, and listen to the new ideas--it'll help retain and attract top talent as we continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, Trying, Better than Many

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Apparatus full-time

    Pros

    Good people, generally skilled and dedicated to their work. Many have interesting lives outside of work which is refreshing.

    Generally there is a positive, can-do atmosphere where people strive to do good work.

    Generally a "feel-good" culture where employees are encouraged to give back to the community and live healthy lifestyles.

    The ownership is generally very involved in the community and seems to give back as well.

    Certifications are encouraged through a bonus program and tests are paid for.

    Management is generally approachable and will listen.

    If motivated, organized, and have the energy individuals can influence how the business is run at certain levels. Change is possible and encouraged to a larger degree than most companies.

    Employees often join each other to go out or eat in for lunch.

    Some employees socialize outside of work.

    Working through lunch is expected when needed, but not the norm.

    Lunch and learn sessions provided for employees to tout their accomplishments and teach others about current trends. Sessions also sometimes include external vendors providing updates.

    Sink or swim approach to most efforts - employees generally are relied upon to be self learners, seek out help, identify problems, and find solutions without oversight or input from managers. Reactive management is another way to put it. This has positive and negatives. People who survive are typically capable, but it creates churn and inefficiencies. Could be a con.

    The company prides itself on employing highly capable and flexible generalists. Most employees work on many different things. Could be a con for specialists.

    The company pays for some lunches and gives out appreciation gift cards for a job well done.

    Holiday parties are generally laid back and involve some form of open bar.

    Company is broken into groups of 10-20 people which leads to a cliquish or fraternity feel. This can be a negative for some.

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    Organic fruits are provided to employees via weekly deliveries.

    A gym is in the office with free boot camp sessions 3 times a week.

    A local food truck delivers meals on Mondays and food for meetings is over-bought and left for employees to gobble-up.

    Free coffee and sodas provided

    Office space is open and newly constructed with a modern feel

    Little extras like courtesy umbrellas and electric bikes for lunch excursions are available.

    Cons

    Growing company working to transition from small to medium and struggling to keep/establish a culture.

    Interactions with management can feel like competitions with upper management trying to get the upper hand for the sake of winning, similar to larger if-you-don't-like-it-leave or we-do-it-because-we-can companies. The difference: this isn't a large company and loosing key employees hurts the business and fellow employees who have to pick up the slack of loosing someone awesome.

    Hiring, firing, raises, development plans, training, expectations, HR norms, on-boarding, and career paths are all heavily dependent on group managers or individual's efforts to self promote. This is probably similar to some other places. Definitely not a structured environment with proscribed paths and expectations.

    Wage increases are seemingly inconsistently distributed.

    No transparency in the business, only general revenue data after the fact and when it's good.

    Little transparency in company decision making.

    Sink or swim approach to most efforts - employees generally are relied upon to be self learners, seek out help, identify problems, and find solutions without oversight or input from managers. Reactive management is another way to put it. This has positive and negatives. People who survive are typically capable, but it creates churn and inefficiencies. Could be a pro if you like lean and low structure.

    Every pro below the "---" is difficult to take advantage of for employees assigned work 40 hours/week on client's sites.

    Work is consulting so employees placed at client locations are generally expected to behave and perform at a higher level than client employees and home office employees.

    No "bench" exists so employees at client locations don't get to have a break.

    Work-life balance can become a problem for certain positions. Middle managers and technical leads seem to be most stretched trying to keep the machine running.
    Middle managers are IT technicians expected to be both technical and managers. Few (any?) are good at both.

    Career paths are in the process of being established so career growth internally isn't always straightforward.

    The company prides itself on employing highly capable and flexible generalists. Most employees work on many different things. Could be a pro.

    No end of year/end of quarter company performance bonuses.

    Some cronyism plays a role.

    Health plan could be the example news anchors use when they talk about the rising burden of health care for employees. Not good.

    Internal re-organizations at the home office happen fairly often and can be distracting and disruptive, often with no obvious business objective or profit.

    Company is broken into groups of 10-20 people which leads to a cliquish or fraternity feel. This can be a positive for some and overcome with some effort for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build support mechanisms for key roles and individuals to allow them to focus on the work.

    Continue to fill boutique industry needs without becoming another commodity service provider.

    Upper management should engage often with middle management and employees to remind themselves that the product being sold is the consultants and their capabilities.

    Decide what the company does best, and focus on that for more than a month. Get someone else to do the rest or let it wait. We're not awesome at everything, and we can't do everything now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Apparatus is an agile, growing company with lots of opportunity for employees to stand out.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Apparatus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots flexibility for your role and great leadership opportunities
    I've always felt like leadership had a personal interest in my perspective and career aspirations
    Small size gives it a start-up feel
    Exposure to a lot of different technologies with support for continuing education
    High employment standards, you're definitely bright if you're there and you'll have the opportunity with great people
    Leadership is very accessible if you're outgoing

    Cons

    Below-average salaries
    Work/life balance sometimes suffers due to high growth
    Leadership keeps cards close to the chest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about growth, changes, and how the it affects everyone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Forward-thinking, dynamic technology firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apparatus

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Cares about employees
    Fast growth
    Progressive use of technology
    Employee education

    Cons

    Some growing pains due to fast growth

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