Appareo Systems Reviews

Updated Mar 26, 2021

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14 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Company

    Oct 15, 2019 - Engineer 
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    Pros

    Quality leadership and a really good vision

    Cons

    A lot of growing pains requires a lot of patience to do your job.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Unstable / Chaotic

    Oct 2, 2020 - Engineering 
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    Pros

    Great people, innovative ideas, great customers. Solid health care coverage.

    Cons

    Weekly (sometimes daily) shifting priorities. Nightmare for project managers trying to maintain any semblance of control over schedule/budget/resourcing. As a result, excessive amount of communication to keep engineering on track with customer commitments. Project Managers are on the frontline with the customer, so trying to maintain good working relationship despite overwhelming challenges injected by internal leadership team. Trickles down to engineering having to work miracles and long hours to try to maintain commitments. Once complete, no focus on celebration for accomplishments despite PMs request to leadership for permission to schedule.

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    A Sinking Ship

    Nov 18, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Stong cohesive culture within the engineering group. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Wages not competitive for the industries they compete in. Poor leadership at the top levels without a clear vision on what they wanted the company to be. Appareo has been a sinking ship ever since the founder of the company put his son in charge. Nepotism was more important than merit and the son of the founder was wholly unqualified to run the company. This led to obvious red flags that made many start to jump ship before the layoffs started.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Lacking of faith

    Sep 21, 2020 - Electrical Design Engineer 
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    Pros

    Interesting projects, mostly good people. Health benefits were good

    Cons

    Not transparent to employees. COVID layoffs of just under 1/3 of the company after CEO promised no more layoffs. It was obvious they were struggling but they could have handled the delivery of layoffs better. There used to be some amazing people in Engineering. Engineering process changes on a dime and has well-meaning objectives but poor realization. Salary generally lower than 3/4 of competing companies. Entry level engineers can be expected to be spoon fed work, and very little room for upward movement.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Poor leadership led to layoffs

    Sep 25, 2020 - Engineer in Fargo, ND
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    Pros

    A lot of smart engineers who were innovative and worked well together

    Cons

    Over the past 2 years Appareo leadership changes from being open and honest with employees to sharing no information, largely due to poor financial decisions. This led to many employees leaving and at the moment two rounds of layoffs, mostly of engineers.

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Engineering Company But Stressful

    Jun 19, 2020 - Electrical Engineer 
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    Pros

    Experience, wide variety of work, great people to work with, good PTO benefits

    Cons

    Very stressful at times, low salaries compared to industry average, work and stress can burn you out. Company is wholly unable at times to apply what it has learned to better itself.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Meh, it was ok

    Jul 28, 2020 - Test Engineer 
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    Pros

    Medical Insurance benefit makes up for below average base salary.

    Cons

    Moving target of company values

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Could have been better

    Sep 11, 2020 - Electrical Engineer in Fargo, ND
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    Pros

    Got to work with some quality people. Company encourages training for employees to improve their skill sets.

    Cons

    Compressed timelines especially after pandemic hit. Burnt out employees and mistrust of management as a result of reductions in staff. Compensation vs. work/life balance can get way out of whack on a regular basis. Constant switching between projects and shift of focus.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Integrity is one of the core values

    Mar 7, 2020 - Engineer in Fargo, ND
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    Pros

    Health insurance premiums covered by company, strong engineering capabilities, beer-thirty celebrations from time to time, ownership can sell ice cubes to Alaskans in winter.

    Cons

    Ownership changes priorities often, affecting resources, existing projects, and then holds project managers accountable. Recent round of layoffs expose mismanagement, mostly due to ownership's focus on growth, not watching expenditures or future finances.

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    No training

    Sep 29, 2020 - Production Planner in Fargo, ND
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    Pros

    Co-workers are very friendly tho

    Cons

    No training on new employees

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