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Updated Feb 25, 2014

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3.2 6 reviews

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Alexander Lostetter

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Exciting and challenging

    (Current Employee) Fayetteville, AR

    ProsI've worked at a number of companies since the late 1980's. By a long shot, APEI has been the most fun, exciting, and challenging of them all. In general, we hire very talented employees that are intelligent and highly skilled. I feel the company really cares about me, my future, my daily work life, and offering me a path to continue my professional growth. The company has good direction in a good field, and has had great yearly growth every year I've worked here. APEI seems to work hard to get smart and creative people.

    ConsThere are some cons. APEI is a small business, so you need to wear different hats sometimes, or do things outside your immediate job role. I like this, but some peope don't. Things are pretty fast, and so you need to like fast pace. The management expects you to be self directed and self motivated most of the time, so I've noticed the newer Gen Y sometimes have a hard time adjusting to that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more older and experienced people. We have good young talent, but a large portion of our workforce is under 40. Try to broaden recruitment geographically. Provide more "soft skills" training to the engineering staff.

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

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    Challenging, fun, engaging, and important research in power electronics.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fayetteville, AR

    ProsDynamic, creative, and highly intelligent technical staff.
    Interesting technology with the potential to have a major impact in industry.
    Flexible hours and excellent benefits.
    Opportunity to grow into many job roles based on your own interest and merit.

    ConsSmall businesses have their joys and challenges. It can be a difficult job with all staff required to handle multiple roles. People who excel at wearing many "hats", however, thrive in these environments.

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

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    A nice place to visit, wouldn't want to live there

    Design Engineer (Former Employee) Fayetteville, AR

    ProsAllows a young engineer to hone their technical skillset using state-of-the-art design software and techniques.

    Coworkers were some of the brightest and most talented engineers I've had the pleasure of working with.

     Free candybars and redbull.

    ConsWeak ineffectual leaders. Some of the "hats" you can expect to wear as an engineer here are "business development", "marketing", "purchasing", "manager", "technician" and "personal assistant." Compensating for a weak management team leaves very little time to engineer. Be prepared to learn and do everything on your own. The Business Plan here is centered on hiring talented young engineers and workng them into the ground. One of the favorite quotes of a Senior Manager used to be "I don't know, you're the engineer." That pretty well sums up the attitude of the management team.

    Job security is the other big negative here. During my tenure, there were meetings regarding the number of months of employment to be had. I do commend the CEO for never having any layoffs, but without a marketable product line there will continue to be tough times.

    Low morale and a constantly negative work enviornment stifles creativity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the entire Board of Directors and the CEO, hire Steve Jobs. But seriously, Get some experienced folks who can help you run a business. Academics are smart people, but this does not mean they know the first thing about running a business. During my tenure, no one with a "C" in their title had ever held a position outside of academics.

    Respect is a two way door, give some to your employees if you want them to reciprocate.

    Like a football coach, the CEO is responsible for Leading, Guiding, and Motivating. It starts and ends there.

    Do not treat this as a "lifestyle company." Do not drive a Lotus to work after skimping on raises - or really ever for that matter.

    A serious evaluation of Business Plan, Leaders, and Core Values is needed.

    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 company with creative technical people but terrible upper management. Only work here if you absolutely need a job.

    Design Engineer (Former Employee) Fayetteville, AR

    ProsThe pay is decent for the area. Flexible time is convenient.

    ConsThis place does not know how to manage their technical staff! The culture is chaotic at best and toxic at worst. The management style is despotic and hardheaded. Upper management doesn't know how to best use their technical staff and refuse to listen to people with more experience in industry.
    As a company, their business model forces them to go after grant money and dilute their people resources. There is no clear vision.
    If you are considering this company, ask hard questions regarding their main sources of funding, "product" line, their product readiness, sales forecasts, sustainability. If they are honest, you'll realize this is a bad deal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe whole upper management layer needs to be replaced.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting state of the art R&D in the new SiC power field

    Lead Engineer (Current Employee) Fayetteville, AR

    Pros(1) Exciting and challenging projects and research (get to do some cool stuff)
    (2) Interesting and fulfilling work on spacecraft (NASA), military, energy, and next gen automotive systems
    (3) Goood benefits, flex time, salary, bonuses, tuition reimbursement, etc.
    (4) Stock options
    (5) Great colleagues, peers (intelligent, fun, really positive work atmosphere), and management
    (6) Our company seems to work hard to get the right people "on the bus"

    Cons(1) Requires multi-tasking several projects at once (not my favorite thing to do)
    (2) Work load sometimes requires 45-50 hour work week
    (3) Small business, so sometimes have to tackle engineering or other tasks outside my immediate expertise (but this also gives me opportunities to learn new things)
    (4) Fast paced (sometimes, really fast paced)
    (5) The technology we work on is pretty far out, so it takes a while before we get to see it in end products

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet's get MORE people. But let's keep them being "the right people" too. Let's keep the cool projects coming in. I'd like to see more technology get out of the "research" phase. I'm excited to see the manufacturing facilities ramping up- more of us might like the opportunity to be involved that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmall company. Flexible time. Plenty of parking space.

    ConsManagement is inexperienced. Medical benefits are not competitive. Financial limitations of a small business. The company does not have a clear direction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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