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aap3 Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Tremendous company with a lot of opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Cary, NC

    I have been working at aap3 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company with incredibly intuitive senior management. aap3 is growing pretty quickly and most of it is due to the initiatives that upper level management are taking. A lot of room to grow if you are willing to work hard.

    Cons

    None so far and I'm sure it will stay that way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great culture and care for your employees, continue to have an open mind on how/where to grow the business. Try to make smaller business decisions more quickly/efficiently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    US Team is wonderful to work with and cares for team members!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at aap3 full-time

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work & dynamic environment

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership from Global HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of old concepts and empower mid & Sr level Mgmt to effect change for growth

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Shambles - Regret Ever Working There

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at aap3 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cant think of any real pros part from the fact that a few colleagues were ok. Oh yes, they had a table tennis table but t was out outside and rotted.

    Cons

    Very hostile environment created by the so called leadership. They seem to to be about 20 years behind everything they do, and that includes attitudes and diversity. Te organisation was rotten the crew when i was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the board would be to replace the CEO who is living in the 1950's. Bk. culture could be stamped out but some basic changes in personnel. They have had the same SLRP for the past 5 years and never achieved any of it.....perhaps its tie to set the bar a bit lower

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrendous management style, a truly horrible experience and one that I’ll never forget, unimaginable treatment!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at aap3 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good offices and setting.
    There are, or were, some genuinely nice people working there, with good values and with the company's best intentions at heart, but all have been sold a dream that they know will never be a reality.

    Cons

    Reading the previous reviews I have to admit that I was chuckling, as all of this is true, the negative comments anyway.

    From the moment you walk in the door on your first day, unbeknown to you, your card is marked. This is the result of a legacy of infighting between egotistical department heads, meaning you are judged neither by individual results or your personality, but purely by the area of the business you work in.

    There are several people there who I never heard a peep out of; they are so far removed from the day to day operations, totally hands off, locked away in their offices all day. You would never know they were in the building (and there are only 20 or so people there). What do they actually do? Who knows? I doubt if even the CEO would have a clue if you asked him, but he keeps them on anyway as they’re all friends.

    As an organisation aap3 have made a drastic oversight of the market they operate in. They try too hard to mirror the attributes of their main client, a global networking organisation, and try to apply their structure, org chart, process and operations across to their own SMALL company. This doesn’t work, and will never work, especially if the current structure stays the same. An example job title is ‘Chief of Staff’… what are they, the US Army?

    What’s more frustrating is that they have no clear vision, trying to sell IT services that they just cannot deliver on. They don’t have the technical resource, technical knowhow, or strategy in house, so even the most basic requirements end in chaos, confusion and failure.

    They have recently underperformed in terms of sales figures. Why? Zero training (and I do mean zero), absolutely no investment whatsoever, budgets slashed, woeful treatment of staff. The result… large but empty offices, minimal team spirit, negative and fake atmosphere, and people leaving left right and centre. The commission structure is a joke, I’ve seen a copy and it is designed to take as much money away from the salesperson as humanly possible, just proves that they don’t know what they’re doing!

    The Saints sponsorship, what a waste of money, it's got them nowhere!

    There are too many horror stories to tell, but to sum it up, horrendous management style, a truly horrible experience and one that I’ll never forget, unimaginable treatment.

    I wouldn’t be doing this review any justice if I didn’t mention the HR department who can only be described as totally unprofessional, unqualified, unapproachable, and who fabricate untrue gossip and rumours throughout the organisation with no foundation, seemingly originating from their own twisted imagination; and this is HR, the one department people are supposed to trust, never seen such unprofessionalism in my life, and probably never will. They should be ashamed of themselves!

    You have to see it to believe it, although I would not recommend it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be the gleaming corporate machine you think you are, because you're not! Focus on making money rather than haemorrhaging it, if you care to open your eyes for long enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Don't do it - there are too many opportunities out there to choose this one

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at aap3

    Pros

    Nice head office
    The weather is sometimes nice in Chilworth

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Poor HR function and management
    Ridiculous culture - sell nothing yet celebrate with cakes
    Focus on 'Twit of the month' and CSR is farsical
    Shocking reputation in both markets
    Treatment of people
    Inability to deliver
    KPI driven
    If you have a personality and a mind of your own go elsewhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little point in providing any advice here. There is one way or the highway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not sure what everyone who works here actually does

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

    I have been working at aap3 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly recruitment process and the offices are clean and you can usually park nearby

    Cons

    From the outside this seems a professional company but once you're on the inside it really isn't all it claims to be!
    So many employees especially upstairs but no idea what they all do.
    Far too much money and time invested in the football club sponsorship
    Very little product training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clearer on what you actually do and how you do it.
    Communicate with your employees and not just the ones who work in Chilworth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Remember... it's called aap3... All About PEOPLE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at aap3 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The vast majority of the staff (note, staff - not management) are good, honest, hard working people and want to do nothing but good things for the good of their career and the business.

    Cons

    The processes within the business are a joke, and the Management level really don't have a clue about what life is like on the shop floor - they are more than happy to sit upstairs (or in their offices) - without much care for what is really happening.

    The CEO, although means well, has put in place a team of individuals who are slowly but surely crippling the business, pushing out good people, and sapping the life and good-will out of it's remaining employees.

    The COO, an ex employee of a large client of theirs, really doesn't have his finger on the pulse with regards to what it is like to run a small (and they ARE a small company, despite appearances) company, where everyone know's everyone elses name.. and are not just a number like in larger organisations. Bringing in titles like 'Chief of Staff' is plain ridiculous.

    There are a number of people within the company who are either selfish, blinkered or plain right lazy and more interested in building their own little cliques or empire, than supporting the rest of the business in achieving their joint goals.

    The sponsorship of Southampton Football Club, from the outside, was a really positive move - however the vast majority of staff didn't agree with it and actually resented it, as it took vital funds away from staff development, training, pay rises, or 'real' marketing and building the profile of the business.

    The sliding glass doors at the entrance of the building really should be a revolving door - the staff turnover is so high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look at yourself, the people you have put in charge of your business and ask yourself why so many people have come and gone in the last 5 years.

    The business is, in reality, 25 strong - if you take out the 'on-site' staff... there is absolutely no need for all of the pointless processes and hierarchy that is in place.

    Use the money from the SFC sponsorship and invest it in your best assets... your staff, and not the needlessly large layer of management.

    Decide on what you want to be... currently the message is blurred. If the staff dont know what they are selling, how on earth are the customers supposed to know.

    Don'task staff to sell something that you either haven't got the expertise or cant actually deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    False promises and broken dreams.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at aap3 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company taught me how not to run a business, how not to look after my staff, how not reward and recognize good work and finally how employing talent-less friends that use big words to show intelligence is a no go.

    Cons

    Everything that i mentioned in the pros! Plus a CEO who has no care for his staff that is more so interested in spending company money on toys like an Aston Martin, Land Rover with all the mod cons and speed boat. When in fact he could of used that money on this staff and business. Utterly ridiculous!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start from scratch, get rid of the CEO, reflect on yourselves and ask your staff what they think the next step is rather than making rash decisions with no thought process.

    In addition to the above stop trying to sell products that you don't have, own or exist it is bad business practice. Do what you are good at, which apparently is recruitment and stop trying to be something that you are not!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at aap3 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some OK people but the majority are just very dull and there isnt much ambition

    Cons

    Terrible leadership:
    Many of the leaders are just mates of the CEO with no real talent. Run like a 1980's boys club - all the leaders have offices and hide away. The CEO has a huge office full of tacky furniture and mascots.
    They have never hit a sales target in the time I have known them and I genuinely cant think of one person that enjoyed working there. Nothing wrong in having egos but you need to have talent with it. The senior leadership team have no idea about running a medium sized business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO and start to build some decent relationships with your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Wouldn't work here ever again! Terrible place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Chilworth, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Chilworth, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at aap3 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say about aap3!

    Cons

    Not a good place to work at; very bad vibes and it's run my the CEOs "mates"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort it out stop employing friends and employ real people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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