Aptara Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance and fun filled work atmosphere (in 8 reviews)

  • Good company for E learning domain (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance and no values for employees (in 5 reviews)

  • no work life balance, top management not aware of ground realities, freedom, (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Project Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Aptara (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Started job, got good exposure in project area.

    Cons

    Low pay since the cost at which work is delivered is also very low, this is generic for Elearning industry and not only for Aptara

    Advice to Management

    Improve Program managment


  2. Editorial Assistant

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aptara full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and very varied work

    Cons

    Many people worked out of the office and sometimes it was difficult to coordinate with people working from home.


  3. No vision and lack of strategy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aptara full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule Interesting variety of projects Solid salary Standard benefits Wonderful, intelligent, capable colleagues Access to valuable connections to the industry

    Cons

    No communication from leadership No strategy or vision for company service offerings Little collaboration with other departments (very silo'd) Low morale among employees (on shore and offshore)

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees know what's going on, or you'll see many resignations within the next few months. Don't keep us in the dark


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  5. Company led by people with no vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - if you're a fresher, there's something to learn. Else, you're just wasting your time and talent. - If you are based on Pune/Trivandrum, then there are not many companies that you can apply for. So are most people who work here. They're here not because the company's good, but because there is no really good option in these cities.

    Cons

    - Managed by people who have no vision - Lots of petty office politics with senior management - Unprofessional approach by HR. The do not give you the full picture of the job and remuneration until you've relocated. Then they add several clauses to it. - Employability of people who have had a stint at this company is very low - because the market knows the type of work done by this company - Distrusts its employees and even snoops into their personal activities

    Advice to Management

    Treat people just as how you'd want people to treat you


  6. Helpful (2)

    Aptara is a great place to learn if you tap into right opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aptara is a great place to learn if you tap into right opportunities.

    Cons

    Canteen and food arrangements for employees.


  7. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Sales in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aptara full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top Notch management. Professional Environment. Good people. Good growth opportunities. Good HR policy. Good benefits. Good brand equity. Fun place to work

    Cons

    Average salary. Small size company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Used, abused and discarded

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aptara full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, a wide variety of projects, interesting challenges

    Cons

    No professional development available, continually declining wages and greater demands on personal time, no job security, no respect for expertise.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Aptara is all money and no heart.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Los Angeles office is located right across the street from a public library that you can visit during lunch to look for a job somewhere else, or if you feel like taking a walk there is a park across the street too.

    Cons

    Unprofessional and immature conduct from some people in middle management. Many talented individuals in the U.S. and India have left the company for work elsewhere. Incredibly high turnover rate in India, yet management is moving more and more jobs out of the United States to India. The Los Angeles office is located in a really lousy location in Commerce, CA.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate more on caring for employees and keeping jobs in the U.S. offices.


  10. Copy Editor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues and managers. Good relaxed working atmosphere.

    Cons

    Long hours especially for the females. I heard about many back problems.

    Advice to Management

    Removing tea and coffee machines so that employees wont waste too much time will be counter productive as it will create resentment and employees will find other ways to goof off. Better to have targets and ensure that employees are meeting these. Chai is an Indian tradition....


  11. Need to concentrate on employee welfare

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    Former Employee - Deputy Manager in Thiruvananthapuram (India)
    Former Employee - Deputy Manager in Thiruvananthapuram (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    you will be get to know the in and outs of the process quickly because they want to get the work done for less salary itself

    Cons

    Almost everything, less pay, less incentives, no job security, no emploee welfare activities

    Advice to Management

    concentrate on the employees first, they are the proper assets for any organization



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