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"Not a great place to work"

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Former Employee - Engineering in Wilsonville, OR
Former Employee - Engineering in Wilsonville, OR
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

There are some nice people here, but the turnover is constant, so the good ones don't stay very long. Technology is mildly interesting. If you want to see how high a stress level you can stand, it's a good place to test that out.

Cons

Chaotic and unrealistic schedules make it difficult to succeed. Even if additional features are added to the product, it is "late" if the original unrealistic date is not met. Product development is based on the feature of the day that springs from the CEO's head. Nobody in engineering is allowed to talk to customers and the process used to derive the features is opaque. Attempts to improve the process are viewed with hostility.

Management (mostly due to the CEO who owns the whole place) cannot bring themselves to trust most of their employees and constantly treat them like they are trying to cheat the company when the reality is that they are simply trying to do good work. It is a very difficult environment.

Ideas are not welcomed and if you make very many suggestions, you end up on a corrective action plan. People are put in information silos and attempts are made to prevent them from talking to each other, so it's often difficult to get the information you need to do your job. Access to information on servers is very restricted, often to what is a ridiculous degree.

In spite of HR's comments here in response to another (spot-on) review, HR does not help the employees and cannot be trusted with anything. HR has run off good employees based on a single off-hand remark. Corrective action plans with vague objectives are implemented with frightening frequency.

Advice to Management

Realize that your are hiring highly skilled knowledge workers and treat them with the respect they deserve. Develop a real process for engineering.

Other Employee Reviews for APCON

  1. Helpful (12)

    "Countless opportunities squandered by CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The technology is interesting and performs a valuable service for the customers. The customer list is impressive, and includes many of the largest firms in the world. Revenues are growing.

    Cons

    The owner and CEO has precious little idea how to grow a company successfully. He has never worked in or grown a company of size. As a consequence, he micromanages everything, and often badly.

    Employees are treated as completely interchangeable and replaceable. They are viewed as an expense that must be minimized. There is virtually no opportunity for advancement; once you are hired, you're pretty much put into a box which is impossible to escape. Knowledge you bring and share about products and services, corporate development, process development and corporate quality will be considered irrelevant and obstructionist.

    The internal process for defining products revolve around satisfying the CEO's latest whim without regard to good user interface principles, good product design, quality of the released products, or the appropriate means for delivering the products. There is no cross-functional program management. There are no executive staff meetings -- the CEO will tell you what he wants you to know about what is going on in other departments.

    Although these statements could apply to many companies, APCON elevates them to an art form.

    Advice to Management

    The owner of the company needs to replace himself as CEO and allow a new CEO to hire a team of executives that know how to build a business on par with APCON's opportunities. The culture is deep-rooted, and will take a complete purge of most of the management team to reverse. The fear, distrust and mismanagement that permeates the company is causing high turnover which will ultimately lead APCON back to its small-company roots.

    That would be a shame.


  2. "Great place to work as an intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at APCON as an intern

    Pros

    Knowledgeable co-workers, easy to find, lots of parking, interesting work

    Cons

    no cons to be had here

    Advice to Management

    keep it up

    APCON Response

    Jul 19, 2017 – Senior Communications Manager

    Great to hear that you are enjoying your internship experience at APCON! Wishing you great success in your career!

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