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APR Energy Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Turning a Corner - Great Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - I love what we do. We turn on the lights for people who've never had electricity. That's pretty neat.
    - Our founders (now CEO and Chairman) are ex-roadies and regular guys, but really smart entrepreneurs. They are approachable and honest.
    - The people are great. It's a small company and most of us know and like each other. Halloween and the Christmas party are a lot of fun, as are our other company events and outings.
    - Because we are a small company, the opportunity to stand out and make an impact is there with almost everything you do.
    - It's a casual atmosphere, when it needs to be. You won't find many suits or buzzwords at APR, but when one of our plants needs to be put into operation quickly, we're the most serious and high performing bunch you'll ever find.

    Cons

    - There were a few bad eggs that hurt the culture of the company for a while, but most are gone now. There's still some recovery happening in some departments.
    - A focus on stock market fluctuation and our privatization transaction have taken a lot of management's time over the past year. With the deal done there is now more time to focus on culture and strategic vision, both of which are priorities for management. That's all great news, but we're at the beginning of that newfound focus, so it'll take some time to get to where we want to be.
    - Work/life balance has been an issue in the past, but something that management is very focused on changing. It's been significantly better over the past several months. There are absolutely "busy times" when everyone is working hard to get a deal done or a site started, but management is much better about making the times in between those busy events much more manageable with regular hours and time off early, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to have honest conversations and Q&A sessions with small groups of employees. Hearing from you and having our voices heard and questions answered goes a long way. Make sure that the focus on culture that is coming from the Chairman and CEO trickles down to management at all levels, and don't hesitate to show the door to those who aren't focused on making APR a great company *and* a great place to work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Liars!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Augustine, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Augustine, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good staff. Does good things for countries without power.

    Cons

    Management is a joke. They are ego driven and have no sense of reality for the tasks that have to be performed. They can't manage money to save their lives, as proven by the fact that they are losing money on contracts that they've just signed. Focus is on show and nothing else. There is no consistency to any decision and certainly no strategic plan for the company. Leadership does not have the capacity to understand how a company is to be operated. It is being dissected to be sold so that the "investors" make their money at the expense of the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a set! Bring in a team with a proven track record for turning companies into streamlined and viable money making machines. Stop waving the flag of look at me and do what you say you are going to do. Don't lie to the very people that got you there.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Just a glimpse inside the world of APR Energy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Accounting in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at APR Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - FREE beverages in big kitchen

    Cons

    Despite the bad reviews I read, I gave APR the benefit of the doubt. They are competitive in their market and have a solid vision, however their foundation is unstable. Here's a list of what I noticed at APR:

    - Just now trying to establish solid policies and procedure. What have they been doing all these years?)
    -Failed audit last year (I can see why!)
    - Recent financial and company restructure resulting in layoffs, hiring freezes and long term temp employees.
    - Low moral
    - Lack of communication

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    Advice to Management

    John Campion's motivational speeches were awesome. Either he was genuine or he is an amazing salesman, because I still believe his vision. However, it needs to be implemented from the top down otherwise you will get the same result. Hire and promote from within, literally. I am pretty sure he will lead the sales force to more contracts, but hopefully the company doesn't fold internally in the mean time.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Fear management otherwise you're terminated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not really any positive statements other than that the employees of the past were some of the hardest
    working people keeping a leaky ship afloat. It’s impressive how much has been accomplished. Even with the lack of solid leadership.

    - Direct Deposit of Your Paycheck
    - Life Insurance Policy Paid by the Company
    - Free Alcohol at Christmas Party
    - Free Food at Christmas Party
    - Free Flight to a 3rd World Country
    - Free Flight to a War Zone
    - A Cell Phone “In case you need help”
    - Great Health Insurance
    - Great Mental Health Insurance
    - Great 401K not tied to company stock
    - Short term business outlook and planning
    - Has a new CEO, the other founder
    - Office life is like a day care for adult children
    - Lies are entertaining, lack of clear thoughts are also
    - Meetings with food
    - Lots of extra time on Facebook, Instagram, & You Tube
    - Know everyone's business

    Cons

    This Company is orchestrated from the top down with a management style through intimidation and fear. Any sign of intelligence or the calculated ability to see a problem before it can occur is met with denial and arrogant thinking by executive staff. Speaking up or asking any questions that raise questions to the incorrect ability to the leadership process, or the questionable legal process is seen as not being a “Team Player” and will get you exiled quickly. Problems are usually not solved, just blamed on someone whom was fired the week before, or pushed along for the next meeting.

    If you make an executive decision to solve a problem before it becomes a problem you will get reprimanded. But your manager will take the positive credit. The businesses is mostly about solving problems on the fly or at the last moment because of the lack of good planning, proactive thinking, and investing correctly has left the business suffering.

    - No one has been at the company long
    - No one receive increase in salary
    - Professionalism of some falls short in the quality of work performed
    - Your work load doubles when employees quit or are fired
    - Accounting
    - Management does not understand what it means to be a public company
    - Parts of senior management thinks the stock is controlled by magic elves
    - Earnings are not correctly understood vs. the cost & risk of a project
    - Throwing good money at bad ideas
    - Leadership and project leads seem to not have a handle on the projects
    - Lack of planning and communication on anything that is critical
    - Last moment damage control is businesses as usual
    - It’s her fault, your fault, his fault, there fault. It’s not my fault.
    - Dangerous environments & places of work “People have died.”
    - Pictures of people who are no longer with the company
    - Bonus & Profit Sharing go to upper management
    - Shady Accounting, Auditing, & Spending of Lavish things
    - Deception & Lies is common practice
    - Huge Debts, Free Falling Stock Value
    - All former employees that built the company have moved on
    - No future or growth in current staff, 2nd or 3rd managers no inside growth in position
    - No Stock Opinions or profit sharing
    - Very poor work life balance
    - Vacation time is constantly interrupted “if you have a cell phone signal”
    - If they can figure out a way to pay you less, it will happen
    - HR department is a joke, like many departments that fall short of doing the job

    The “I’ll take that under advisement” and do nothing approach is a failure on everyone. The high risk
    projects to flip a dollar at investor expense is coming to a halt. Transparency on everything would be a huge improvement. Lots of money has gone missing. People talk about huge car collections, private jet planes, lavish things, and an abundance of money that has dissipated into the frame work of the businesses. All of those things are more important than the work, don’t believe the lie. The lie that you are doing a world service providing electricity to poor people to improve their lives. It’s about making money off the backs of this poor improvised people whom stay in debt over the electricity that is provided.

    From what I can tell lots of money has gone from important parts of the business to someone else’s
    pocket. High Debt, Uncharted spending, Toxic Work Environment, and departure of leaders in the
    company have shown the success of the company to be short lived. If you can’t retain your best
    employees when you turn on them.

    Advice use loose statements less, example: “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN” it creates issues when you say this statement in an address and you know for a fact that you are working out an under-the-table deal. Rumors of a sellout & loss of control of the company due to greed or arrogance have been rampant. Insider selling of stock and creating a loss for the minority shareholders creating a pump and dump scheme that protects the majority shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    No matter who gets fired it seems to only increase the level of rumors. Everyone at this company is
    looking for a pat on the head, so people will turn on you and state lies just to improve the standing they have with the boss. The sad part is the high level of paranoia that floats around. All of the illegal
    activities maybe to blame. The shady business practices and the acts to cover up problems and risk run very high.

    Again in a world where people want to know about executive compensation, most public companies
    disclose and are usually pretty forthcoming. The fact is you have the head of the board boasting clams in how he only accepts a Dollar for payment for his work of this company. The truth comes out its well
    over Six Hundred Thousand dollars a year. So no matter how hard it is attempted to copy Steve Jobs, the only thing that remains is the nasty attitude, and a greediness for revenge through profit gain.

    Many people speak as if they pay well, I can say that you will be paid under the national average. The
    impression is that you will receive a bump in pay, but that never comes. It’s impossible to know what
    your fair compensation would be. You’ll work so many hours you won’t have a clue what amount of
    time you will have invested. If you do the math you will see it’s not in your favor. Your family will suffer.

    Don’t think of this place as a career, it’s a job. Don’t think yourself as anything than other than an
    employee. Everyone is replaceable, expendable, and for the right amount you’ll sell your soul thinking
    rewords are within reach to find yourself standing in the cold rain with no shoes for your muddy feet.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Run, Run from this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Acccounting Personnel in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Acccounting Personnel in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing good can be said about this company.

    Cons

    No employee loyalty. Managers are forced to hire people and then if they feel threatened by the new hire, they make up reasons to terminate, Extremely cliquish, almost to the high school level. They could teach mean girls a lesson.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Imploding Company due to incompetent and crooked management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at APR Energy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays salary and below average benefits. As soon as I can find another job which I am actively seeking, I will leave.

    Cons

    Company is imploding. Everyone is worried about being laid off. Seems like every week we lose more people to layoffs or best talent is taking jobs with competitors or other companies instead of waiting to be cut. Company did not pay any bonuses, award stock options, etc.. Aware that on numerous occasions, APR will also not abide by any terms in employment agreements.. Shady and illegal accounting practices that will eventually catch up. Hypocrisy of founders and inner circle is amazing. i.e. claim under new cost cutting that everyone is to fly economy class, but then founder-CEO flies first class and founder-Chairman has company pay for private jet. This while company is in a serious financial mess and stock at all time low. Founders already cashed out and don't care about the company. In sum, stay far away from APR Energy.

    Advice to Management

    Honor your commitments. Stop being hypocrites. Don't bury your head in the sand on crooked and corrupt way you are running your business..


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Shady"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Traveling, Career Opportunities.. that's about it

    Cons

    Shady coworkers and management, that's about it

    Advice to Management

    Better Communications


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Needs Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance and Analytics in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Finance and Analytics in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    International travel
    Suite tickets to football games
    Amazing parties
    Interesting and challenging work, when there is work
    Abundance of corporate credit cards means there is usually food in the office and lack of oversight means that you can buy what you want, if you know how to work their system

    Cons

    - Minimal employee, task, or project recognition - there are always promises and the yearly bonus, but nothing substantial
    - Very few career paths or career growth potential
    - You will be expected to take on the job of anyone that is fired
    - Defining your goals and objectives is pointless, they will either change or become obsolete in a few months
    - There is no work/life balance; Short notice travel for extended periods of time will wreaks havoc on anyone with a personal or family life
    - Continuing education reimbursement program is designed for someone without a degree. When they mostly hire individuals who already have degrees, this shows a lack of understanding or support for any continuing education.
    - Do not be surprised when you find "Winn-Dixie" and "Wal-Mart" written on many company policies because that is where their newer company policies came from
    - You will never understand exactly what you're doing because it changes day to day
    - Most managers have very little experience leading, motivating or managing any employees in general, so don't expect any support or guidance
    - Employees who harmonize departments, or try to work cross-functionally, are seen as a threat
    - The little amount of PTO you do get, will expire at the end of the year, so don't expect to see many managers around in the month of December
    - There is no "open door" policy because too many people gossip
    - Upper management refuses to address poor performing managers while the company hemmorages their most important asset - talent

    Advice to Management

    Create your own corporate policies that are in line with other energy companies, not with local grocery chains.
    Hire sales people before you make your only sales people, manage an entire region of people.
    Be more realistic in your quarterly meetings.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Awful, awful experience! God please let 2015 be APR Energy ... FREE!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at APR Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    a number of my co-workers are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Constant revolving door of personnel. Before you know it, the desks next to you are empty. APR Energy seem to prefer to lay off employees wholesale. Afterwards, whoever is remaining has to pick up the slack. Constant fear of unemployment. Work at all hours of day and night, which is not disclosed in the interview stage, without additional compensation. Forget about new opportunities. Tension between departments is very high with everyone running around trying not to be blamed for the latest disaster. Senior Management is unable to lead, guide or manage employees. This results in very few long term employees with most tasks being outsourced. No training is provided. In this company you are on your own. No attempt is made to incorporate new hires into an existing team(s). Worst of all Senior Management will not back you up if avoiding to do so will result in receiving a brownie point or two from the Company Owners. Most Senior Managers are too afraid for their own jobs.

     A very toxic environment all around that leaches and leeks into you day by day by day…

    Run, RUN from this company!!

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is constantly looking for another job.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Lack of leadership and infighting result in a high tension and toxic culture... but they pay well."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at APR Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Huge margins on contracts and lucrative business
    - Salaries trend higher than other major employers in the region
    - Located in a state with no income taxes
    - If you don't like someone you work with it's likely they won't be working with you in the near future as personnel flows through the company like a sieve.

    Cons

    - Obscene corporate culture and a general lack of professionalism runs throughout company
    - Executive team lacks motivation
    - Corporate infrastructure lacks scalability
    - Managers & Directors lack experience managing employees, which results in work for work's sake instead of working smarter and more efficient
    - Continual strife and infighting among departments
    - Toxic culture that will permeate your personal life and slowly degrade your well being
    - CEO & President lack employee contact, which gives illusion that their is no leadership and no one's driving the company or giving direction

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the organization and nominate a clear leader who will provide a mission to motivate employees. CEO & President need to retire to the board. Elect current COO to run company as he has the experience necessary to make the organization successful. Regionalization and executive turnover has promoted infighting and constant bickering between departments, which needs to be fixed. Constant urgency in your work and putting out fires results in a culture of high tension and lack of reward since you're always working from behind. Management needs to focus on creating an environment where employees are motivated to contribute based on their own interests and career development. Constant threats over job security have rendered staff unable to focus on making the business more efficient. A simple thank you for doing the small things would go a long way from the executive team but I believe they are too scared about losing their jobs to acknowledge others and push themselves out of the spotlight.



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