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Apex Learning Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great product and great company support in communicating the value proposition (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people with good intentions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apex Learning part-time

    Pros

    Very nice people and a cohesive team interested in helping each other and their customers

    Cons

    Need more resources devoted to improving existing products


  2. "Ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Learning full-time

    Pros

    Love the product and people who work at the company

    Cons

    No autonomy. Everything is driven from the top down.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Apex Learning full-time

    Pros

    -Employees care about the work and help one another

    Cons

    -No prevailing company culture or set of values. The person with the loudest voice sets the tone whether or not they are fit to lead. As a result, local cultures within teams and departments vary considerably and the company can seem fragmented.
    -Compensation is not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Invest resources in hiring and creating leaders who lead by example. The company lacks people at all levels with the action, vision, and courage it takes to create a modern and inclusive workplace that keeps up with others in the industry.


  4. "Quality depends a lot on department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Learning full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of good people there. Company takes 1 paid week off over winter holidays.

    Cons

    Some of this, I heard, has changed for the better since I left so take this with a grain of salt. There has been lacking leadership in the teams responsible for the content creation - which is essentially the core part of the business.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Friendly, But Challenging to Grow."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apex Learning full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nicest people in Seattle. Direct opposite of Seattle Freeze.
    Easy commute via Light Rail or Busses.
    Newer emphasis on team outings (bowling, Mariners games, lunch, etc.)
    Great mission - helping alternative students get educated at their pace.

    Cons

    Murky identity halfway between startup and corporate cultures.
    Distrust between teams. Lots of turf wars.
    Position into which one is hired is stable; difficult to grow and expand. Very few cross-training opportunities.
    No internal mentorship for growth in education and career expansion.
    Little to no diversity recognition and embrace (LGBT, racial, neurological, language).

    Advice to Management

    Limit micromanagement. Delegate more.
    Create Diversity Advisory Board to make company more welcoming to diverse would-be hires.
    Put in place a career path/mentor program for lower-level hires.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Starting To Feel Like A Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Apex Learning full-time

    Pros

    Free fruit and amazing people.

    Cons

    Poor management. Not invested in their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees happy. No one can feel happy or secure when they haven't had a raise in years or when they are afraid of being a casualty of the next cut-back. Apex has some pretty incredible employees and, by and large, they are not given the appreciation they deserve.


  7. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apex Learning (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader, passionate team of professionals

    Cons

    Needs to adapt to client needs more quickly

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Amazingly Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Apex Learning full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Middle management (at least in my department) are awesome and care about people's success
    - Co-workers are pretty friendly (most of them anyway)
    -Benefits are solid
    -A paid week off for X-Mas is certainly nice
    -Location is pretty nice
    -Not a bad place to start gaining experience for a career
    -Casual business attire

    Cons

    - Absent C-level employees
    - Low pay
    -The tech is consistently a generation or two behind
    -Due to the fragile nature of the leadership, the tech will not advance much
    -Due to the low pay, top talent does not stick around much
    -Very little communication between teams or departments
    -Change is slow and implemented poorly
    -Hardly any "company culture"
    -Office is so bland! I didn't realize there so many shade of beige!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap and invest in your resources! You can't be stagnate if you want to remain an industry leader.


  9. "Sr. Account Exec"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Apex Learning full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have excellent AP solutions. For schools looking for advanced curriculum, this is your company. If you have connections in gifted and talented programs you will do well!

    Cons

    Upper Management: the people at the top make decisions based on protecting their "chosen" few. Rarely are those made with the customer in mind. One of the managers spent more time talking about shoes and clothes than customers or product.
    The quarterly sales meeting can be brutal. I don't think I ever went to one where at least one person didn't cry or threaten to quit. You have to get up in front of the room with 5-7 managers/directors and HR and have them ask questions for 30-45 minutes. My numbers were always good, so it was not as bad. But, still not something that made you love your job!

    Advice to Management

    Specialize the company into an online courseware company for Advanced Placement. This is what you do best. Lose the managers that have never been a teacher and focus on teacher to teacher relationships. There are few competitors in the AP market. You could do great!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Apex Learning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apex Learning full-time

    Pros

    Small company with exceptionally talented coworkers

    Cons

    Too bad I was laid off


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