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API Technologies Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Design Engineer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design/Development Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Design/Development Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People at the location, not so good on top.

    Cons

    Stuck in a multi Location company where other companies are dragging down the good performing ones, hurting their future.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to appreciate the need for new products, as lack of them will hurt this location's ability to survive profitably.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Broken"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at API Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated workforce at the lower to middle ranges. These people had the job knowledge and desire to perform.

    Cons

    Top level management was a joke. CEO surrounded himself with "Yes" people that were incapable of executing. Lots of buzzwords thrown around, but no real ability to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Stop throwing the buzzwords around and focus on execution at all levels. Not just the ones that are convenient.

    You have lost and will continue to lose really good people until you realize that there are many examples of the Peter Principle at API.


  3. "STOP, Don't work here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wire Bonder in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Wire Bonder in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at API Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Made a lot of good friends there. Hardworking people on the floor earning the company its profits!

    Cons

    Poor Management! Don't know anything about successfully managing a business except pushing people to make the numbers! The floor support is left with archaic equipment, mickey mouse fixes to faulty equipment because they don't have the funds to get the issue fixed. Part shortages because they don't pay their vendors! Management tries to intimidate people on the floor and in one example they would literally stand behind a worker as they tried to do their job to ensure they don't speak to one another all the while making that poor older person nervous. What kind of a manager/Supervisor would do this! -API- It's like they have no experience working anywhere else and feel as though this is acceptable/ normal behavior. The manager walks down the hall and avoids eye contact with you, Never "Have a nice Holiday, thank you for your hard work and dedication. Lousiest benefits I've ever seen! .25 to your dollar for 401K "what an insult" once again that's how they show their appreciation .I think I've said enough.

    Advice to Management

    Quit! Your toxic to the success of the company. Realize those people on the floor is the heart of the company so reward them and treat them respectfully.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Quality Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers
    Freedom to complete my work in my personal way
    Opportunity to learn without any "help or training" from management.

    Cons

    Previous company was acquired by api, and provided very little in way of support from upper management. Now in final weeks before they are closing down our location.

    Advice to Management

    When problems or issues arise, deal with it immediately and don't wait for it to become an even greater problem.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Disorganized and Out of Touch"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good employees; unfortunately they end up leaving due to the culture the 'veterans' want to maintain.

    Cons

    Poor management not in touch with workers or what happens on the floor. Very disorganized planning functions & sales force. Poor communication with employees results in very low trust. Poor benefits package and HR is totally disconnected with needs of the employees. Inability of management team to take a hard look at the operational performance and make necessary changes. Culture is rancid - characterized by declining employee morale, back-biting and favoritism. You always had to be looking over your shoulder. Employees would intentionally sabotage work to 'prove their point' to management. Can't find qualified employees. No clear vision of the future for the company, vendors don't get paid resulting in delivery slippages and unhappy customers. Sales are low and no clear path to improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Need to clean house and get innovative and fresh perspectives. Bob seems to be on the right track to improving the company but he will need to take a hard look at how the management team treats people.


  7. "Shipping and receiving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shipping/Receiving Clerk in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Shipping/Receiving Clerk in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility on schedule and work.

    Cons

    Nothing much except compensations


  8. Helpful (1)

    "QC INSPECTOR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment with good salary. Employees are cross training what help on secure the job.

    Cons

    Health insurance is too expensive. Very poor management. Not bright future for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Make the rules for everybody without privilege.


  9. "Great while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Hudson, NH
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Hudson, NH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive wages, Good Benefits, Great Co-workers. Some very talented people.

    Cons

    Because of its size in Hudson NH and the lack of work at times management will make the tuff decisions and cut where it needs and not look back.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more sales people to bring in the work. There is an amazing work force there and really produce when put to the task.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting and challenging company , hard to follow the ever changing demands from upper management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchase Manager in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Purchase Manager in State College, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at API Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some very good people that work at API. People who try very hard to do a good job with their assigned tasks, sometimes with little to know guidance or assistance. These out-of-the-box thinkers and the "doers" keep this company running.

    Cons

    There is very little corporate involvement with each business entities' overall day-to-day process. Most areas are running a muck. Their is little to know planning to most tasks, but no matter what, it better not affect revenue! This mentality has lead to poor planning, poor production (poor workmanship) poor attitudes and overall poor output.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a plan for improvement, implement it by assigning someone who understands how to project manage and set goals to achieve milestones through the improvement process. Reward employees who are successful. Provide and atmosphere of appreciation, value and worth that make the employees never want to leave. Empower those in the appropriate positions to provide the type of leadership the the company needs to move forward. Not the existing bruit -orce that drives good employees seeking and finding other companies who will work for them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "No plan for growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at API Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn what not to do for profitability.

    Cons

    Declining buisness that is linked to poor customer service and a non devoted sales team.

    Advice to Management

    Focous on customer service and retiurning buisness not just the profit margins that look good on paper.


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