Last month, the Apogee finance team included a Charity Bike Build event as part of its annual conference. The group broke into teams to assemble 12 bikes, which were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Minneapolis.
Apogee safety culture scorecard teams visit plants and jobsites across the country to identify potential safety hazards and provide tips to improve employee safety awareness and behavior. This month one of the teams was at One Light Street, a Harmon jobsite in Baltimore.
Apogee transforms plain glass to create distinctive solutions for architects, building owners, contractors, picture framers and others. Our glass and aluminum window, storefront and curtainwall systems make commercial buildings look great, reduce energy consumption and protect against hurricanes and blasts. Apogee's glass also reduces fading and reflection for picture framing customers.
We combine the expertise of our people to engineer glass and metal building façades, complete massive orders for skyscrapers on time, and manage complex window, curtainwall and storefront installation projects. We also provide glass that makes framed art and pictures look better, while helping framers improve profitability.
Leaders in our markets, Apogee leverages the strengths of our products and people to deliver distinctive solutions.
Apogee's culture reflects our values. We conduct our business with the highest ethical practices, and show respect for the individual, a value embodied in our diversity initiative. Our employees work together to continually improve our businesses, often using Lean Six Sigma tools. We are focused on creating value for our customers, through distinctive glass solutions that frequently feature energy-efficient/green, and hurricane- and blast-resistant systems.
At Apogee, we are focused on the challenges of today's commercial construction markets, with an eye on a future that we feel will be stronger than ever. We have capacities and state-of-the-art equipment in place to profitably grow for several years when our markets improve.
We are building on the growing demand for energy-efficient building products, and also expanding sales of our products internationally. Apogee is committed to delivering distinctive solutions to our customers that increase opportunities for our employees.
We have several businesses across the United States and a recently acquired location in Brazil, all with a common set of values. Our ability to grow these businesses depends on our success in attracting, developing and retaining world-class people.
We offer employees challenging work that encourages learning and growth. In giving your best, you can expect a great deal in return - personal growth, career opportunities, personal satisfaction and on-the-job fun.
People development is a priority at Apogee, which is focused on developing and training employees for company-wide alignment on core values, strategies and leadership.
People development is also seen as a means of having the best people, and is one of the four legs of Apogee's Project Best initiative, aimed at helping Apogee be the Best Billion $ Company. The other three legs are the best use of information technology (ERP solution), identifying and using best practices (Shared Services), and best business processes (Lean Six Sigma).
Among programs and activities under way to ensure that we have the best people driving our business strategies are:
Leadership fundamentals training for managers and supervisors to help them better lead the business, lead others and lead by example.
Lean Six Sigma training ranging from introductory sessions to intense, four-week Black Belt training for employees responsible for improvement projects.
Two-year management trainee program that recruits proven leaders, provides them Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training and experience, and introduces them to Apogee's business units and best practices before they move into permanent leadership positions.
Glass installation intern program that recruits construction management program graduates who are trained to be the next generation of project managers.
Online business ethics and code of conduct training in support of our commitment to our corporate compliance program.
Diversity and inclusion training for all employees.
Specific skills needed at individual facilities, such as English as a second language, finance for non-financial employees, and computer applications.
Leadership development tools including 360-degree feedback, specialized training and coaching, as well as a formal performance-management program.
Education assistance for courses and programs that enhance employee contributions to Apogee's long-term success.
Distinctive Solutions by Apogee. . .
For Enclosing Commercial Buildings and Framing Art
Integrity. We conduct all business with the highest ethical practices.
Customer-Focused. We are customer-focused and seek to create value for our customers.
Employee Involvement and Ownership. We encourage employee ownership and involvement by teaching, training and instructing job and technical skills as deep in the company as possible.
One Team. We are all part of one team with an overall company focus, and we do what is best for the greater good of the organization.
Accountability. We give responsibility, authority, tools and resources to our employees, then demand performance.
Respect for the Individual. We respect each individual by giving fair and consistent treatment to all persons regardless of background, experience, education, race, religion, gender, national origin, capability, sexual orientation and age.
Safe Work Environment. We strive to create a safe work environment by encouraging employees to be proactive versus reactive on all safety issues.
Medical – HRA Plan and HSA Plan
Basic Life Insurance
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
Supplemental Life Insurance
Dependent Life Insurance
Business Travel Accident Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance
401(k) Retirement Plan with matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
Paid Time Off
Leave of Absence (including military leave)
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Virgin Pulse Wellness Program
Apogee believes that supporting employee health through wellness is a win-win that benefits employees and the company. By focusing on Apogee's core value of accountability, the wellness program provides tools that can contribute to improved employee health and productivity, while helping control health care costs for employees and the company.
I have been working at Apogee Enterprises full-time (Less than a year)
Great culture and values along with all sorts of perks and benefits. The ESPP and 401(K) are great, there is tuition reimbursement, decent PTO, great medical, dental, LTD/STD, etc. The benefits are some of the best in the region. There is good mobility within the company and its business units, and positions are advertised internally before they go external. Bonuses are quite good.
There are some communications and cooperation issue between departments and teams. It's not bad, but it's far from perfect. Salary increases within the same job title can be disappointing. Quality of managers does very between departments, so not everyone will wind up happy.
Advice to Management
Keep ensuring that teams and departments don't become silos.
The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Apogee Enterprises (Minneapolis, MN) in June 2012.
I initially applied online and did not hear anything for about three weeks. Then I received email and voice messages from HR. I did a brief phone interview with HR, and then was scheduled for an interview with the Enterprise Architect, who would be my direct manager. The phone interview lasted a little over half an hour, and was very focused on personality and career goals, rather than the usual focus on specific technical minutia. I was given time to ask plenty of questions, and was very impressed by the interviewer and was happy to progress to the face-to-face.
In one sitting, I met separately with HR, two team members, and the manager once again. Again, the focus was more on personality, soft skills, and career goals. I was again given ample opportunity to ask questions, and was even more impressed with the interviewers after the face-to-face.
I was then required to undergo time-consuming personality and aptitude testing. This included Myer-Briggs and a series of standard-looking intelligence and aptitude tests, and finally a 45-minute interview with a psychologist. This was definitely the most negative aspect of the interview, as it required extensive time away from work during business hours. The interviewers were also fairly inflexible, requiring even the phone interview to be during business hours. This is not necessarily atypical, but some more flexibility would have been appreciated considering the total time commitment was over eight hours.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with the interview techniques and the structure and vision of the organization and specifically the IT Shared Services Team. The company culture is centered around process, flexibility, and treating employees as mature adults. I was very excited to accept this position.
I was asked early on what my salary range was and what kind of offers I was seeing from other companies. I was frank in providing my current salary, what other companies were providing, and what I would like to be getting. While there was no direct negotiation, Apogee came back with a very appropriate number, and I did not feel underbid or nickled-and-dimed.