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Updated 12 Sep 2019

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APA CEO Michael McCormack
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7 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at APA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible workplace Job security Great people Looks after staff Great training and development opportunities

    Cons

    Hard to progress career-wise in my particular role

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    APA2019-03-29
  2. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay Work life balance

    Cons

    Old workforce Open about flexibility Should be acceptable to change

    Advice to Management

    Bring more younger people

    APA2019-08-21
  3. "Culture and Inclusion failure"

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Big organisation channeled for some great growth given the industry and change of vision with new CEO

    Cons

    Toxic culture with extremely poor people leaders

    Advice to Management

    You need to really invest in your people leaders. Trainings are not the only answer. There needs to be Exit interviews, 360 feedbacks and a leadership performance review to really assess if your leaders are doing what they should.

    APA2019-09-13
  4. "Procurement Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, good company ethic, stable company

    Cons

    Micro managing Manager, unfair treatment manager

    APA2019-06-23
  5. Helpful (5)

    "A top ASX50 company, but best left in the cellar to mature."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Adelaide
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salaries for most are at least pretty fair to quite good. Some great people in the working levels of the business. Flexibility is generally supported (though in some teams this is under attack).

    Cons

    “Leadership” is almost non-existent. This is a command and control company. Managers manage through wielding of authority, and there is no understanding of the concept of providing vision and empowering staff to obtain better results and discretionary effort. Don’t come expecting any development. Unless you are one of the very few favourites, who might enjoy substantial investment, the vast majority have no... investment. This is a company that doesn’t invest in people. It hires talent, and then bleeds them dry, putting them out to pasture or running them out of the business. Cronyism is the APA way. Nepotism is also evident. Management has become more autocratic and there are many examples of bullying and poor behaviours. Abuse, threats, and misuse of power is a daily occurrence. This behaviour is condoned and even encouraged by HR. There is old school management practices that are reminiscent of a time our grandparents would regale us with. This is a cold, mean and non-empathetic company. HR is now in bed with the defective managers, protecting toxic managers and are backing the deranged practices. Bullying is now evident even from HR. This has been a recent phenomena coinciding with a restructuring and rebranding to People, Safety and Culture. In stark contradiction to their new name, they are substantially less people oriented than that of even a year or two ago. Coaching and mentoring was a hallmark of HR and recent restructuring has turned them into “absent” work police only showing their faces to administer punishments and ill informed edicts. It’s a slow company, and the opposite of agile.

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    Advice to Management

    The new CEO needs to take out the trash. Level two to four managers need a comprehensive clean out. APA has implemented some programmes that on the surface look great, but are not implemented and respected by management. There is no mechanism to entrench any change. This company does not value its people. It needs to start listening and addressing the problems, not ignoring it’s people and brushing bad management... behaviours under the carpet.

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    APA2019-06-01
  6. "Stable, growing, improving but resistant to change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance

    Cons

    Resistant to change- slow to make real changes, less mature than you might think

    Advice to Management

    When you hire experts for their experience, listen to their opinions and experience

    APA2019-01-22
  7. "Recruitment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at APA full-time

    Pros

    Amazing location, great views, some really good, solid people.

    Cons

    Disengaged workforce, lack of genuine direction from management. Not able to articulate clear goals for employees.

    APA2018-06-05
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Depends who you are"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at APA full-time

    Pros

    lot of nice people in local teams

    Cons

    very political. managers let bad behavior go they don't care as long as it doesn't worry them. Females are treated ordinary still see the senior females asked to pass food around etc in meetings

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk

    APA2018-05-28
  9. "Is it still the 80s?"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at APA

    Pros

    Work life balance (9-5 culture on a busy day) Salary Very low stress Very friendly staff always up for long chats and less work!

    Cons

    Lots of people very comfortable No driver to change or improve Executive and Senior Management almost exclusively located in one office. If you don’t work there, you don’t exist.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate more and command and control less Either admit new members to the club or disband it. Look for far more gender equality Lead better communication and collaboration

    APA2018-05-24
  10. "Enterprise Applications Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time

    Pros

    Business has a good outlook

    Cons

    The Utilities sectors can be risk averse

    APA2018-01-08
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