I have been working at Apogee Enterprises full-time (Less than a year)
Great culture and values along with all sorts of perks and benefits. The ESPP and 401(K) are great, there is tuition reimbursement, decent PTO, great medical, dental, LTD/STD, etc. The benefits are some of the best in the region. There is good mobility within the company and its business units, and positions are advertised internally before they go external. Bonuses are quite good.
There are some communications and cooperation issue between departments and teams. It's not bad, but it's far from perfect. Salary increases within the same job title can be disappointing. Quality of managers does very between departments, so not everyone will wind up happy.
Advice to Management
Keep ensuring that teams and departments don't become silos.
I worked at Apogee Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)
Some good managers, co-workers. You'll never be bored.
Apogee is ran like an underfunded, understaffed MSP. You have over 10 child companies to support, with different budgets, different management, different architectures, different requirements, different developers, and different applications. However, all do pretty much the same thing (make glass coatings), and have the same IT state (old). It's constant fire fighting. If you do get money to upgrade, it's a fight to get any sort of outage window to implement (even an hour or two a month on a Saturday night). Also, Apogee moved it's new IT staff to the Twin Cities. Old staff still resides at a company in Owatonna. There's a rift between old and new staff that is another thing that makes working at Apogee challenging. Lastly, it's difficult to bring skilled people in, due to Apogee not keeping pay competitive with the Twin Cities IT market.
Advice to Management
IT is what runs the company. Set standards across all companies. Overspend in IT to catch up. Eventually, the constant fire fighting will slow.
I worked at Apogee Enterprises (More than 10 years)
Good salary. Great profit sharing. Great benefits.
Constant restructuring leaves everyone wondering, "Is today my last day"?
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