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Apollo Global Management Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apollo Global Management full-time

    Pros

    A great place to work!

    Cons

    A great place to work. don't see any cons


  2. "AD"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apollo Global Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great co...awesome food and nice people

    Cons

    Pay can be better and more advancement opportunities

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Prestigious Company, but experience can vary wildly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apollo Global Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is high, overall seems to be a bit above market rate. Benefits are decent (healthcare was good - required some contribution, but low-deductible plan), and perks are great (free breakfast and lunch every day, dinner + taxi and dinner if working past 8pm+company provided cell phone or they will pay for your personal phone's line+discount on gym memberships). It's a well respected firm within the industry and is a good name to have on a resume. The company is growing (rapidly - maybe a little too rapidly) overall. It seems like a great place to get some solid experience. Hours can be long but not any more than is expected at other similar firms. Company does try to do nice social type things for employees (holiday party is pretty well done and there are various little things here and there - a random Ben & Jerry's ice cream social, departmental outings, charity drives, a baking contest, etc.)

    Cons

    They love to describe it as a flat organization (good luck trying to get an org chart or figuring out what anybody's title is), but in reality it's the most hierarchical organization I've experienced. It's also the most opaque firm I've worked in. Good luck trying to get the information you need just to do your job because everything is treated as top secret and the firm definitely does not value transparency with its employees at all - particularly when it comes to hiring/promotions (new/open roles are not advertised internally at all). Moving up/getting promotions/employee development is very hit or miss (more miss than hit) - but it just depends on your specific department and/or your individual manager.

    The thing is - there really is no company "culture" per se. Each department (and sometimes groups within a department) are like little fiefdoms. HR does nothing to standardize process/procedure/policy enforcement/advancement opportunities. If you happen to end up in a department run by a good manager then you will most likely have a positive experience, but if you don't - well you're completely at the whims/mercy of your department (or fiefdom) head. They also don't seem to put any sort of care into hiring managers who are actually good managers (like in managing people).

     Also, in the hiring that I witnessed there was more of an emphasis placed on what school the candidate went to and what other places the candidate has worked than the candidate's specific skills/past responsibilities/suitability for the realities of the role.

    I don't want to completely knock it. Overall it's a decent company to work for. I had a pretty negative experience within my department, but I could see other departments being run better.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create some consistency within the firm and root out the poor managers (or force them into remedial management training). The benefits and perks were appreciated so please keep doing what you're doing there!


  4. Helpful (6)

    "High Standards of Quality Work Expected // Much of Your Time Required"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apollo Global Management full-time

    Pros

    Working with very highly motivated and smart people, free breakfast/lunch/dinner (if you work past 8pm)/free cars home (if you work past 8pm). Over time, coworkers can become friends and even though Apollo is pretty good size, it still has that small firm vibe since the floors are broken-up throughout the building. The building is an excellent location near the F train and N,Q,R trains that let you out at The Plaza then a 2 min walk to the door. The offices are beautiful with stunning views of Central Park and The Empire State building. For the most part, the work is challenging and will invite opportunities to learn a lot. Bonuses / comp are great. You get an iPhone with a plan and a work laptop in some cases which is nice. Apollo, at least from my perspective, is a generous company that treats the employees well. And Leon Black is awesome.

    Cons

    Lower-level employees aren't given much opportunity, if any, to move-up in the company. The environment can be intense because the expectations are very high...kind of of like, you need to be finished with something before asked...like everything is due yesterday. Many people work late nights and sometimes on weekends. Leaving the office during the day or right at 6pm is frowned-upon..leave at you own risk...If you know what you're getting into and believe you can handle it, then you'll be fine. If you're a type B personality...brace yourself for the Type-A's and set your boundaries.

    Advice to Management

    A little more consistent communication would be great


  5. Helpful (5)

    "A Private investment company, surprise! They only care about money."

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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 Apollo Global Management full-time

    Pros

    Haven't seen any as of yet.

    Cons

    We were recently aquired by Apollo. They've already went through massive layoffs and cut certain areas of our benefits by more than half. It's obvious all they care about is the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Realize your people are your greatest asset. Figure out other ways to save money rather than cutting employee benefits by more than half. If you want a company full of mediocre people, keep treating them like they aren't important. Driven, passionate people won't stay somewhere where they are treated like a bottom line.


  6. "IT Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work balance, perks include free meals and outstanding base and bonus

    Cons

    It can take awhile to get started when you are first hired


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Professional, Friendly Environment"

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

    I worked at Apollo Global Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch, Benefits

    Cons

    A lot of work to do

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Just Plain Bad"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apollo Global Management full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office in a beautiful neighborhood.

    Cons

    This office has no training procedures in place whatsoever! The total amount of time the assistant spent training me was less than half a day! She was terrible at explaining how the phones worked and how to set up conference room meetings. After her sloppy explainations, she gave me a binder that was YEARS out of date to look at and left! Then when I asked questions, she got annoyed! How the heck is a new employee supposed to do the job properly when nobody there knows how to train them and directions are sloppy and steps are left out? Just plain SAD!

    Advice to Management

    There is no excuse for a company like Apollo to not have procedures in place for training new employees! To expect a new assistant to get everythng down in just a week or two is unrealistic. You should have lists of all the companies Apollo owns and does business with available for assistants to refer to, and an up-to-date procedure manual. The fact that you don't is ridiculous! You also need to make sure the people training incoming staff KNOW HOW TO TRAIN!!! A new employee has little chance of succeeding when they aren't given a strong foundation. Unless you make these efforts, you will continue to have problems finding the "right people"!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apollo Global Management full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot about the business. You can earn decent money but you have to put the time in.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, standard for PE firm. Communication is the key but everyone has so much work to produce no one has anytime to actually communicate.

    Advice to Management

    Who ever is making the decisions it out of touch with the employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Decent firm, good pay, good people"

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

    I worked at Apollo Global Management full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, not an extremely heavy workload (can be at times)

    Cons

    Processes are outdated, getting the "bank" feel


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