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American Public University System Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Depending on your manager, you may have the opportunity to work from home at times (in 18 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Low pay, not competitive with market (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not enough work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great if you're coming right out of college"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Office Specialist in Charles Town, WV
    Former Employee - Business Office Specialist in Charles Town, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Public University System (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great entry level position
    Great benefits
    decent location

    Cons

    management is terrible
    promotions based off likability
    lot of dead weight employees

    Advice to Management

    take the time to properly train


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Full-Time Faculty Member"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working remotely, Great benefits package, Supportive immediate supervisor, Interactions with both undergrad and grad students.

    Cons

    The number of "initiatives" being attempted by upper-level management all at one time are staggering. Full-time faculty are expected to grade all work in 5 days, interact throughout the week on the Course Forums, hold office hours, use the new application to reach out to non-participating students, write up to 4 courses' worth of Lecture Notes, and maintain an active research program (with what resources? I have no idea). The workload can be utterly overwhelming. And the pay certainly does not reflect the 7-day per week daily grind (often including 12-hour grading days). Upper-level administration seems to be running scared from accreditation agencies who are coming down hard on for-profit institutions. In the process, they are chasing away good faculty who want to teach, but can't keep up the sprint pace for a long-term marathon.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up a bit! One major initiative at a time! If you're going to require faculty to publish, provide help in doing so by means of a teaching load reduction/pay increase. You're killing us!


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Decent job, few true career opportunities to most"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Transfer Credit Evaluator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Transfer Credit Evaluator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment (telecommuting,remote,etc.), average pay, flexible hours, good benefits (free education at APUS,good insurance,vacation&sick time), no after hours work requirements to check email or keep in contact, a good number of excellent people who are very enjoyable to have as coworkers and who pull their own weight

    Cons

    Most at senior mgr level and above are complacent and blame team managers and regular employees for any problems instead of taking responsibility for flawed leadership, little opportunity to advance without kissing up to bosses and throwing coworkers under the bus for anything that isn't working (promotions are normally promised and then given to family and friends before jobs are even posted without regard to education, background or work performance), when times are slow the senior and team managers become terrible at micromanaging and finding things to yell at people over, pay is low to mediocre compared to dc area where most employees in my original office live

    Advice to Management

    Care about all employees- not just the favorites, limit micromanaging to a minimum and trust most people work as hard as possible when given the true opportunity to do so, limit meetings without any resolutions (stop having meetings of nothing to discuss or where everything is tabled to be resolved at a later date, give true consideration to qualifications and job aptitude for promotions rather than playing favorites, most of all- hold yourselves accountable and don't blame base level employees every time.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Solid Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Charles Town, WV
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Charles Town, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the students and I love teaching. There is a great amount of flexibility, and I have generally enjoyed working for APUS.

    Cons

    School consistently wants more out of you, but pay rates remain the same (130/undergraduate student; 150/graduate student). I don't mind working harder for the students, but this comes at a time cost that the school passes on to its adjuncts.

    Advice to Management

    Increase adjunct pay. Tuition has gone up, and adjuncts deserve a raise.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VA Representative in Berkeley Springs, WV
    Former Employee - VA Representative in Berkeley Springs, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work from hom

    Cons

    Upper echelon listens to Managers without searching for the truth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running the "The Good Old Boys" type management.


  10. "Good People, Good Benefits"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Charles Town, WV
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Charles Town, WV
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a good company with good benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    There are often times that feedback is solicited from employees, however more times than not the feedback goes unnoticed or no attempt is made to review feedback given.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting projects, good teams but very political environment"

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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
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Projects are not extraordinarily long which provides variety. Most projects are technically challenging and most people want to a good job.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape in trying to get your job done. The environment is very political and advancement is very much "who you know". Certain problem employees are allowed to remain and they have driven away many good and talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. You hired them because they were excellent workers. Allow them to be innovative and deal with problem employees. Stop allowing nepotism to permeate the organization.


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