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Our employees are the very heartbeat of our company.
Apollo recognizes that the hard work and dedication from its employees is the driving force behind our company. Apollo continuously is looking to engage, connect, and reward our hardworking team members.
We have a strong appreciation for individuals of various backgrounds and with unique characteristics. Our family is a big one, and a melting pot of individuals from all walks of life are welcome.
The Apollo business plan is built on growth with quality retailers like CVS, Walmart, Amazon, IKEA, Publix and more. Thanks to that continued growth plan, we offer countless opportunities to potential employees and to our existing ones.
Founded in 1992, the company focused its merchandising, fixturing and new store services on one major national retailer for 15 years. In 2007, it was purchased by Palm Beach Capital and Mike Sunderland, a top executive in the retail industry with 30 years of sales and marketing experience. As CEO, Mike’s strategic thinking and hands-on leadership resulted in dramatic growth among retailers nationally.
Over the years the parent organization, DDP Holdings, expanded service offerings and diversified its client base, growing both organically and through the targeted acquisition of regional retail service providers. In 2010, Mike and the management team consolidated acquisitions and re-branded the company Apollo.
Today, Apollo is one of the largest and most complete third party retail suppliers in North America, serving a variety of Fortune 100 companies across the U.S. with capabilities unmatched in the industry.
Private equity is a key element in growing a respected company, as evidenced by Mike’s previous experience. He quickly sought a private equity partner, and Palm Beach Capital has supported the organization ever since. In 2012 the company added Juggernaut Capital Partners, giving Apollo the support of two private equity partners and placing it in a unique position of strength. This partnership provides several significant advantages to our clients:
Do crooked pictures drive you crazy? If you're answer is yes, then you have a great eye for detail, my friend. This critical eye of yours may even land you a paid Merchandising position at Apollo.
Retail Merchandisers play a critical role for brands since the position ensures products are displayed prominently in the store. Merchandisers help attract and engage customers with visually stimulating displays and they also help build strong relationships with the store managers. They are "image consultants for the retail world" and they're responsible for ensuring that the right amount of goods are available and sold at the right price.
So what other skill sets will you need besides a great eye for detail? Being approachable and having good communication skills is always neccessary for this one. Plus, you should have the ability to work independently.
Want to hear what it's working as a Merchandiser with Apollo? Check out these comments from our Team Lead, Rebecca Spencer. Rebecca sat down with us to help give you some insight on her experience here.
Apollo: So, how long have you been with us at Apollo.
Rebecca: I've been with Apollo for 6 years. I think it will be 7 coming up in March.
Apollo: Do you get to travel a lot as a merchandiser?
Rebecca: Oh yes, I've been coast to coast. From Brooklyn to San Francisco. I've just been everywhere it seems like. My favorite place was upstate New York. You always think of the "Big Apple", the city part. You never really see how pretty the upper part is - the mountain part. So to me, that was probably one of my favorite places and I would have never have gotten to go to some of the places I've been if it wasn't for this job.
Apollo: What else do you like about your role here?
Rebecca: Well, for me, in my role as a team lead I get to meet so many new and different people- from all walks of life. For me it's just getting out there and meeting new people. I love the people I work with and making new firends. It's just really great.
Apollo: What is it that you do exactly?
Rebecca: We do lots of things, we build inside the store, we build gondolas, place products, build grills, anything that the store needs to make their store look good. From building to pegging to pricing to shelving work. We build displays, we do such a variety of things.
Apollo: What personality type would be a good merchandiser?
Rebecca: I straighten cans on the shelf at Walmart when I shop because I have such an eye for things. And I have to tell myself you're not in merchandising mode! You have to have a creative eye because sometimes you have to, you know, do things you don't neccessarily have a planogram for so you have to visualize things first to make it work. And it doesn't hurt to have like a very outgoing personality to be able to communicate well with people.
Apollo: What's the challenging part?
Rebecca: It's hard when an owner changes things in the middle of your project. A lot of times it's the changes and lack of communication that can happen, but you get through it. Other than that, I really enjoy my job -it's great, it's fun.
As a kid, you loved taking things apart so you could put it back together. Your tool box would make Tim "the toolman" Taylor proudly grunt, "UhhhhAhhAhhhAhhhh!" You're the person everyone calls when they need some sort of help around the house. If only you didn't have that confident look that says, "I can fix anaything."
If this sounds like you consider joining us at Apollo as an Assembly Tech! We need techs all over the nation with handyman skills and reliable transportation.
Our Marketing Manager, Heather, interviewed a veteran tech to give you feedback about what it's like working in this division for Apollo!
Heather -- Tell me about how you started and why you like the work and what you don’t like.
Glenn -- “Well, I’ve been with the company since 2002. I guess the main reason I do this is I get a lot of freedom. I can take a lunch when I want, I don’t have a boss, I’m not stuck behind a desk all day, I meet new people, I’m always at a different place- homes, business, apartments, schools, facilities. One thing that can be a drag is a one-off assembly I’ll drive 30-40 miles. I put 20-25,000 miles on my car on average so I do a lot of driving but you do get mileage. Sometimes I work all day close together and other days I drive all over. I’ve been doing it so long, the works actually pretty easy. The worst for me is the driving when it’s a small little job but it all averages out. Sometimes the work is pretty slow like today I have one job but other days I’m like how am I going to finish? As long as you get along with people and you clean up your mess and are polite to people it’s fine.”
Heather -- What about getting paid by the unit? How long did it take you to make decent money?
Glenn- “Well, you do build up speed the longer you do it. I started in 1990 assembling with a company and the hardest thing was bikes. For Apollo we mostly do furniture. There’s so many different types of furniture but once you do a certain piece two or three times you learn shortcuts and tricks. It will take a few weeks to get used to it and build up speed. I used to go through the directions and separate everything, now I have so much experience I just separate as I pull out and I don’t use instructions. People in home like seeing me work because I do go fast. Like I said, I’ve always been mechanically inclined.”
Heather --What are some other things you like about the work?
Glenn-- Some of the good stuff is I can make 30-70 bucks an hour at a job depending on what it is. I prefer if I’m in one place working on a lot than driving all around. In those situations, it’s when there’s a lot of stuff to assemble. Usually a new business that needs to get up and running with multiples chairs, desks, etc. The very first Amazon one I did they had like 5 or 6 pieces of furniture, but a lot of them are also one-offs.
Heather -- Let’s talk about Amazon. Is it a lot of extra work you think? I know you have to use an app to complete the job.
Glenn -- Amazon isn’t really much extra work but you do have to use your app, you have to take a picture of the furniture if something is damaged or upload a photo of the damaged unit and call to notify the company. There’s a little more work there but it’s not really that much. You have the customer sign your phone when you’re done. It was very simple for me you just start your time in the app and complete it out. The only issue would be If there’s no internet service or data is slow you have to finish the job through a manual form.
I heard you just won a $50 Amazon Gift card too because of your 5-star reviews on the site. That’s a nice little perk as well.
Glenn—"Yeah, that was great. I really appreciate that.”
Heather- Sweet, keep up the great work!
I have been working at Apollo Retail Specialists part-time
I started working regularly for CPM two years ago doing resets, audits and various other projects on a regular basis primarily in Staples and CVS stores. At the end of 2016 I get an email that CPM had been bought out by Apollo Retail Specialists. I was hired by Apollo and received a pay raise and within one or two months offered insurance.
So far with Apollo I have only worked in the CPM division doing the same type of projects I did with CPM so I can't speak for how things are on the project team side but in my division the bosses I have had so far have been former CPM District Managers (one of which was my DM for most of my time with CPM).
My current boss is absolutely phenomenal! She asks me if I can cover a certain area or store before assigning it to me and makes sure I'm compensated. Because she is so good to me I try to help her out as much as my schedule for my primary job permits.
Other than the CPM Division my experience with Apollo has been logistics (pay roll company, website to get projects, etc.). I loved my time with CPM but the website to get projects/report time was hard to remember because it wasn't just a simple .com it had all these funky things before the .com part and the login took time to remember. I had an email saved with the website for that and payroll with my usernames included. Apollo is an easy website, easy login info and you even get a company email.
Finally here are my pros:
-For a part time they pay pretty well. I got a raise from CPM and my wage with Apollo is almost $5 more than minimum wage is in the state I live in.
-Time Reporting/site to get paperwork from is easy to remember and an easy login. Once you get used to how to use it it's a breeze.
-When you report your time it's a matter of when you started and when you stopped. No having to translate number of hours to minutes!
-Apollo has mileage figured out for you! No separate pay request required to get paid for mileage.
-If you meet the minimum distance (or your boss can put it in for you) you get paid mileage and your state's minimum wage for drive time. Because of this I have picked up stores that haven't had a rep (went from 3 Staples stores to 7) and have even covered a project in two others that aren't within my territory as well as one other Staples that I used to have.
-If you have a concern (I sorta did) and you contact the company (I did by reviewing them on Facebook) they reach out to you and address your concern.
-Relaxed dress code (they allow jeans)
-I have felt appreciated and valued by each of the DM's I've had so far.
-Insurance which is hard to find a company that offers it to part time employees.
If you are looking for a flexible part time job I recommend Apollo. The CPM Division is great to work for and I imagine the other divisions are too. Based on the email I saw when I was hired Apollo has A LOT to offer a retailer and since they bought CPM that has only grown!
-No app for the website you use to report time/get paperwork from.
-No app for email. Luckily my boss emails reps on their personal email but the company communicates through the company email.
Advice to Management
Bridge the gap between the CPM Division and the rest of the company. Let the CPM Reps now if they can work in other divisions and that they aren't forgotten about.
See about developing apps for at least the email and paperwork.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Apollo Retail Specialists (Baltimore, MD) in January 2017.
Hardly any, it seem like this company will hire anyone regardless of skills. I didnt personally get a interview due to apollo buying out my former employer bds marketing. This company does not care at all about the type of workers they hire, there is no competative pay whatsoever so what your beginning wages is, expect to have it during the whole duration of your time at apollo. I would advise to not even give them a chance to interview you because all they will do is waste you time and the future career you are tying to pursue
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