Academic Partnerships Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Nov 12, 2019

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  • "Great work culture and great people(in 11 reviews)

  • "get to work in higher education(in 9 reviews)

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  • "Very high upper management turnover(in 10 reviews)

  • "High turnover ratio for call center(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Not really going anywhere

      Nov 12, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      There are a view exceptional people who are working there.

      Cons

      The good people are usually pushed out by the bad. And the exceptional are blocked from being exceptional. Pay is not market. You can do a lot for the company but then get constantly blocked by your own manager and department heads who are either just watching out for their own jobs or completely inept. Very high upper management turnover. Most upper management have only been there 1 year or less. And, like most of the employees, the good ones are pushed out by the bad. Most tech/software is old or out of date.

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Deceitful upper management that does not value employees' well-being

      Oct 10, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      For some time, the company seemed to be thriving, and working at AP was fun and exciting (thanks to 2-3 managers who worked hard to stave off the any negative and harmful situations). A handful of quality people. Acquired new skill sets. Pay is ok; however, not worth the stress and frustration.

      Cons

      Company reorganizes frequently with minimal reasoning. Upper management lacks transparency and professionalism. They pretend to be your advocate but turn on you if doing so works in their favor. They hire new upper management at crazy salaries--even if that management demonstrates over and over again they have no idea what they're doing. Quality employees with demonstrated talent and success let go during budget cuts, while less successful employees with poor character and work ethic remain. Upper management is unable to lead through change. Teams were told layoffs were over, but a month later more cuts were made with no explanation. Worked with employees who are out for themselves and will betray you to get ahead. Rampant gossip and lying. Company culture is devastating. Other reviewer was right--the cons listed for Academic Partnerships on Glassdoor are modest. And they're 100% accurate, not just comments from emotional and angry former employees.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good ideas, poor direction/leadership

      Sep 2, 2016 -  in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      I worked at this company for approximately 6 months and it wasn't that bad - I've seen some pretty awful reviews on this site and I can't speak for others, but I didn't have such a horrible experience. I worked for a supervisor who was fairly new (you'll find that most supervisors at AP are fairly new) and full of ideas. This was great because I'm all about thinking outside the box and I appreciated having the opportunity to work with other like-minded people and be directed by someone who is willing to embrace change - something you don't find often in leaders who have been with the same company for a long time. Other than that, and the fact that you will struggle to get paid adequately (they prefer to offer you incentives such as free parking or transit passes and free lunches once a month than to give you a decent salary or benefits package), this is a pretty good company to work for. I'd definitely recommend it to young people looking for their first full-time job and I have no regrets for the time I spent there as I learned a lot and got to interact with some very smart and talented people.

      Cons

      The problem - well, the main problem - at AP is that the upper management turnover rate is incredibly high. In fact, the overall turnover rate is very high. Most people who work there haven't been there for more than a year. The chairman of the company seems to try to be too involved in the day-to-day business. Also, he has a small circle of people who are willing to bend over backwards and do anything he says, even if they have to work nights and weekends to get it done. You would think such a wealthy, supposedly business-savvy guy wouldn't bother himself with such direct interaction with the business and trust his employees to make the best decisions, but he obviously doesn't think like that.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Faster, cheaper, left, right and more, more, more profits

      Apr 7, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      Salary compensation is higher than normal, but beware, expectations are super high and turnover rate is outrageous. Chance to meet exceptional type-A people.

      Cons

      Goals and expectations change at whims. Upper management turnover is high. Systems are underfunded and antiquated.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Revolving Door - Don't Do It!

      Jul 29, 2013 - Management in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      I wish I could think of any pros but nope - not a one

      Cons

      Horrible management from the top down. No idea of what to do from a long term perspective and no thought given to employee morale at any point. Classic issues the come from egotistical upper management - hire friends from former companies at crazy high salaries and fire people to make your budgets. No structures in place, people fired left and right at all levels. I have never seen anything like it. Only work here if you are desperate for a job like I was.

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      18 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      “Don't believe the change hype. Deception, mistrust and lack of integrity.”

      Sep 1, 2015 - Professional Full-time in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      Some good people, just can't trust upper management.

      Cons

      Lack of consistent direction from anywhere in the organization. They present themselves as caring about higher education, but they care more about the paintings on the walls and the furniture in the lobby than the people who work for them. Upper management lacks integrity and will fire people to make their bottom line look better. For the hourly employees, free food and a phone job, although like glorified telemarketers, it's better than "do you want fries with that?" If you are a professional, it is a career pit.

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      25 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      How are you still in business?

      Feb 25, 2016 -  in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      Negative experience at Academic Partnerships.

      Cons

      Revolving door for those who are trying to do the right thing. Horrible mismanagement and disorganization, almost exclusively at the top. Higher level individuals are focused and obsessed with titles like "Senior Vice President", "Executive Director", or "Manager of this/that" without any care for those working under them. A very power-hungry culture is ingrained in the people at AP and it all starts at the top. No policies or procedures are put into place for doing things. This is alarming not only for the company, but also for employees who are signing up to be treated unfairly. Fear is instilled in the people due to changes happening constantly and abruptly. There is no say in any of these changes -you must accept them or be forced to leave. If you speak up you will be looked down upon by upper management. This is a poorly run business with corrupt individuals running the show. The higher-ups waltz around the 8th and 9th floors with their business suits on, making sure everyone notices and realizes that they are in power. It seems the only way AP is still around is because the founder is a very wealthy individual who can fire SVPs and pay them severance to stay away and not make a peep (aka - pay them to stay quiet). The number of people who have had jobs with AP is surreal - just look on LinkedIn at the number of people who have held a position with AP for less than a year. Each position has had an insurmountable amount of people in the roles - again, a revolving door. People come and work for a few months and leave once they see how poorly mismanaged and corrupt this company truly is. I don't ever post reviews on these websites but this is one worth warning others about. My position that I left at AP 3 years ago has now seen two others in it and as of recently, the latest person just left. This place was a nightmare and I am really relieved to have gotten out when I did.

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      35 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Do not waste your time!

      Dec 18, 2014 - Management in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      Base salary is pretty decent. The office is centrally located downtown with a lot of amenities.

      Cons

      There is a serious lack of diversity with leadership. Minorities do not feel they have a chance at growing with the company because the only internal promotions employees see are those that fit a specific demographic. Over 60% of call center employees are minority which sends a bad message when the top of the organization is the complete opposite. Everyone sees the lack of diversity and knows it is an issue but upper management is unwilling to address. Not only is the lack of diversity an issue, inclusion is as well. At times, important key players are not brought to the table who should be involved when decisions are being made which creates serious a disconnect. There is a lack of value placed in non-sales roles. Do not expect to have a strategic voice here. You are told to execute what upper manager expects and work as administrators no matter how experienced or educated your background. There are inconsistencies with compensation when it comes to bonus pay and stock options. Again, those in certain roles and demographics mainly reap the benefit of additional compensation and stock options. Female employees, no matter the role or level in the company are often treated with great disrespect from male counterparts with no consequences. A lot of employees would agree that the company operates in the "good 'ol boy" system.

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      20 people found this review helpful

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      Academic Partnerships is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer deeply committed to hiring and retaining talent based on skills, potential, successful track record and cultural fit, irrespective of one's gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We take matters of equal opportunity very seriously and welcome a conversation about your concerns at your earliest convenience.

    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Marketing Professional

      Dec 3, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some employees are nice and helpful. Monthly free lunch.

      Cons

      Upper management is awful. They will do anything, if it means getting rid of an employee, to make sure their friends have a job. Management sits at their desk all day and go through their employee email to found mistakes. They dictate instead of manage people.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Disheartening

      Aug 4, 2014 - Enrollment Specialist in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      Great colleagues, some of the best in the industry.

      Cons

      Irresponsible and incompetent upper management.

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      16 people found this review helpful
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