Aptean
2.2 of 5 97 reviews
www.aptean.com Atlanta, GA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Aptean Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014

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Aptean CEO Paul J. Ilse

Paul J. Ilse

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance, Open culture"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Product based company with good products in the portfolio"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "With over 30 products (12 of them ERP) No direction or focus"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Seems like everything is decided by holding company Vista Equity Partners"
    in 5 reviews
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    The dust is almost settled...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe plan has unfolded and clear direction is in place about where the company is going and it's place in the market. There are still challenges ahaed; however, there is far more certainty now than there was in the past if you choose a career at Aptean.

    ConsCareer planning and upward mobility is still not figured out. You can move around in the organization but upward mobility within your funcational area is not something that management wants to discuss at this time; primarily because most of those people are new.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeliver on your promises, hold true to your commitments to our customers, and share the long term plan.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive Work Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsAptean is a great mix of new and established, making it a fun and interesting place to work. Aptean was founded by the merger of two stellar companies by a top-notch investment firm. This means that while the Aptean name is slightly newer, the success was proven decades ago. Working at Aptean is a challenging environment, where your superiors expect you to jump in with hard work and encourage new ideas.

    ConsIf you're looking to "lay low" and just put in the hours and leave, you'll absolutely not make it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue doing a great job with company transparency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive experience, the work culture is great, the people are genuine.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe culture here is laid back and enjoyable. Management tends to care more about the work getting done than the nit picky things many companies care about. Hiring the recent grad crowd gives the office a lively atmosphere. The management is flexible with time so the work-life balance is great.

    ConsSmaller and newer company still trying to find it's footing. That said it seems to be on the up-swing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't expect any career growth here, but great stepping stone to more money anywhere else

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThis is a good place to go if your looking to get into the corporate world for the first time. Don't expect to stay long. Take what you can, then get out of Dodge.

    ConsAbsolutely no upward mobility. Don't expect to get anywhere in this company without a personal recommendation from one of the SVPs or higher, regardless of your skills and experience. The nepotism in this company is out of control. You better be part of the "good ol' boy club" if you want management to even give you the time of day.

    They'll try to lure you in with a lower salary, but the promise of a bonus. Well, don't expect that bonus. The company adjusted their EBITDA targets after the year closed to insure no one got their bonus this year.

     Do you like good healthcare? Too bad. That's gone too. I expect that next year's health plan will be even worse. Retirement plan? A total joke. You have to work for the company for 5 years before you are fully vested. The funds are all high cost and poorly put together. There is a Roth option, but that's the only good thing the company 401k plan has going for it.

    Seriously don't waste your time here unless you go in knowing this is a stepping stone job. All the good people are leaving this company and what's left are the people looking for something else or waiting on a better opportunity.

    To round it out, there are no cost of living increases here so don't expect to ever get a raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice if you took time to notice and promote people from within. You've lost so many good people by proving over and over again that you can't go anywhere within this company without being best friends with a VP or higher. Reward people for the hard work they do or your going to lose the few that are still left.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you need a place to work for a while it's fine.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsPeople always make it nice to work here. Except for some departments that clearly have no vibe (i.e. Finance, HR). If you know how to play your cards you can get into some pretty interesting and fun things, but you have to be likeable to do it.

    ConsSalary is Below market.

    Don't get fooled with Bonus (IT DOES NOT EXIST!) no matter what they promise.

    You are expected to work more than 40 hours and not have a life, so they hire young kids out of college.

    There is a Stupid Test you need to pass or you will not be interviewed at all. They expect you to be smart (or at least know how to take tests, I guess that is why college kids end up here a lot).

    If you are a manager you are the one that knows and does everything so you need to train your employees or else you will be overloaded with work.

    Health Benefits are the worse I have seen in 16 Years of working full time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement you are doing good, but Tell Vista Equity to stop lying to themselves and us. Companies are not run like Cows to a slaughterhouse we are not just meat. People need to feel like it is worth working here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not bother

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIll get back to you

    ConsNo Direction or culture as they go with whatever direction they fancy that day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a path and stick to it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Engineering Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAptean hires 90% straight out of school graduates so it is a good place to start your career with very little experience. It has nice benefits.

    ConsThey hire experienced staff to train the new college graduates and then fire, lay off, or run off the experienced people. The experienced people are so busy dealing with tactical issues that no one is focusing on the strategic issues. Staff are expected to follow orders and work long hours for low pay. The culture does not allow asking questions or making suggestions. They want blind obedience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to hire more mid level and experienced staff and listen to their suggestions. Need to plan more and follow through with actions before changing direction again and again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad place if you are experienced software sales person

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsIt's a job to pay the bills

    ConsBurn and churn for experienced sales folks. They hire right out of college to get cheapest sales folks possible and lay off any experienced sales folks. They have too many sales processes and make it hard for customers to do business with us! Bad work-life balance. Expensive medical benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out if you can!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away from this place ...

    Implementation Consultant (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsTalented and hard working people, great to work with.

    ConsBad management, lack of vision

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire managers that know how to run the business

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A holding company backed by Venture Captial. What would you expect?

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsMight be a good place for a coder to get a start.

    ConsWhat you have here is a holding company that buys up small software companies. They then try to keep the service contracts active as long as possible by using strong arm tactics on existing customers. There is no software development going on here. Just band-aids and antibiotic to keep the infection to a minimum. It's really a sad story. There is no leadership and no direction. But why would you need that in this model? It's all dollars and cents to Vista Equity Partners. No more. No less.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would cut my losses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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