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Updated April 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Work from home, rare online teaching position with full benefits (in 16 reviews)

  • APUS has an incredible work life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, not competitive with market (in 8 reviews)

  • I wish they had more full time positions (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Charles Town, WV
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Charles Town, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Public University System (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company care about it's employees.

    Cons

    There are long hours several times a month.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Charles Town, WV
    Current Employee - Instructor in Charles Town, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at American Public University System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. That's it.

    Cons

    Increasing workload with no increase in pay. No promotions. Raises only based on publishing, not based on job performance. There is no time to publish with the enormous workload. Things get getting worse. Micro-management is out of control. It's like being an indentured servant.


  3. "Nice place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Public University System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work location in Charles Town, very nice facilities, good pay, great benefits, free education! Things can vary from department to department but the opportunities and support provided to me have been exceptional.

    Cons

    Sometimes limited opportunity for advancement due to limited turnover in management and thus limited openings


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Second Floor in Charles Town, WV
    Current Employee - Second Floor in Charles Town, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at American Public University System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Nice co-workers, new facility.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, Same policies do not apply to all departments. Senior staff do not listen to employee concerns. No sense of appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees equally; different departments get special favors and allowences.see what staff can bring to the table.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Adjunct"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Recommends

    I have been working at American Public University System part-time

    Pros

    Interesting to learn about the state of the military through knowing the students

    Cons

    Pay is little and non sensical. 60 per student who completes a course. 70 per student who starts it. Being paid by the student like this, you never really know how much you will be earning week to week or month to month. No benefits. Expectations change with each rotation at the top and no increase in pay although continual addition of tasks

    Advice to Management

    Fix the errors in the poured courses when instructors tell you about them, and be supportive rather than critical of the people working for very little. Increase pay to match increase cost of living. Benefits like health care for adjuncts. Easier to get travel money promised.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at American Public University System (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The position allows flexibility and the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    It appears that there lacks room for growth within the organization, and the pay is not that good.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Are you blind?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Charles Town, WV
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Charles Town, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Public University System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Besides a semi-flexible work schedule, the only other pro would be working with the team members that actually care about the organization. But even those are jumping ship quickly or being forced out because they speak up about bad ideas or wastes of money that are being trucked out the doors.

    Cons

    Poor management is the biggest con. There seems to be a major disconnect between executive management and the workforce. Employees are constituently being shut down for proposing ideas or changes that really could turn around the place. The best analogy would be the employees saying to plug the gaping hole in the ship, but management just wanting to install a new chandelier because investors see pretty lights and not a sinking ship. HR is in their own little world and look the other way when senior leadership abuses their employees. If you’re not “in” the group or travel around with management, you’re gone.

    Advice to Management

    Take your eyes away from your earnings statement and look at your employees. You won't get a disease by taking the time to talk with the "working folk". Maybe you should take a look at why long time employees are jumping ship.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Have all the info"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charles Town, WV
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charles Town, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Public University System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The location for those that live in the area provides opportunities without the commute.

    Cons

    Industry challenges have changed the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management training and ensure qualifications for promotions. Improve transparency.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not enough work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Public University System part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Low pay model and too many small classes

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Work-life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oak Hill, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Oak Hill, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Public University System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most employees have the ability to work from home at least a few times a week; some positions are 100% telecommute allowing for a good work-life balance. A lot of employees are have young children and this comes in handy when dealing with child care, illness, etc.

    Cons

    With 2 main offices and the majority of staff telecommuting, it can be difficult to work with other departments and schedule meetings on projects.



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