I am employed by A&P Technology and plan to retire here. I've been in industry since the late 70's and I have never been more proud to work with a group of people as I am now. I can see how some people's world views gave rise to some of the negative reviews here. However, many seem rooted in expectations of A&P being something it's not.
A&P Technology's is a growing company with a thin management structure. You do not move up through a standardized hierarchy but by earning responsibility and broadening your reach within the company. Success here is not defined by job titles. If you need a well-defined, static structure to be successful this is not the company for you. The team values a sense of urgency, obsessiveness with regard to giving customers what they need and want and assuming responsibility when you become aware of issues or opportunities. That does not end once someone else is made aware. Here, things do not "happen" to you nor are things "done" to you. Rather, you succeed by making things happen and doing things. The success of those efforts is defined by whether they help customers or help the team's future efforts. The freedom you experience working here has its price with that being self-reliance and continually helping others.
The team values referrals from its members because those who succeed here tend to be associated with others who would do likewise. I came to A&P Technology 14 years ago in a lucky happenstance and felt so at home that I recommended several members of my family. It's been suggested that that's putting too many eggs in one basket but we think this is the right basket. The opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact are too rare and when you find them you need to act on them.
I highly recommend A&P Technology as a career. I do not recommend it if you are more focused on needing a job, looking for temporary perch, or want to be told what to do, do it, collect your pay and call it a workweek.
The reviews on here are half right. While this company is def sketchy and has all the aspects of a small business, while being relatively large, it’s not the worst place to work for if you can keep your head down and just do your job.... but even if you do that too much, it may rub someone the wrong way.
Leadership here: it’s very hit or miss. There’s maybe 2-3 supervisors here that are worth anything, the rest are just close to Pam(president) or went to school with her kids. All of which are incompetent. This place is the very definition of nepotism.
Middle aged Karens: this place is filled with em. Bunch of middle aged women who are just miserable with their lives so they set out to make yours miserable as well, and worse yet, because they’re tattle tales and complain about anything they can, management tolerates it and even welcomes it to make up for their own incompetency.
Worried about getting fired weekly: yep, you hear stories of why people were fired and think to yourself “surely there has to be more to the story” and worse yet, you can and will be fired if the wrong few people dislike you (the “chosen” Managers, who were ***shitty*** workers, but now have to make up for it because they’re management)
Very very VERY low morale: mostly due to all the above, but also gossip, lack of any kind of leadership whatsoever, etc
Onto the good
Compensation: you get paid well for what you do(unfortunately dealing with the Game of Thrones type atmosphere barely makes it worth it)
Owner: he’s a badass and seems like a genuinely good dude, but seems too far removed from the culture at this point.
Overall I think a 2.5 is a good rating. Take the warnings from the reviews seriously because they are dead on.
This is a cut throat company that does not care about their employees like most companies do. So do not rely on this company long term and for financial security... see it as a means to an end. You WILL be fired from here. Period.
I have been in this industry for over 22 years. I have worked for similar companies in my past. This company is the worst company I have ever worked for. The way the owner runs the company is not in a way that shows that he values the employees and that trickles down to his management staff. They get rid of people who do great work just to keep a revolving door open. They feel if they keep the same people the company will become idle and not grow, so by bringing new people in there, new ideas will come. How does this show that they appreciate their employees. I have seen some really good people get let go just because of this reason. If you have family that works there you will have a job for life. Nepotism is really bad there, actually the worst I have ever seen in all my years in the industry. The medical insurance is absolutely terrible. They think it is good or at least tell the work force it is good but $1000/month for medical insurance that most employers have their employees only pay out around $300/month is not showing appreciation. Especially for how much they brag about how much money the company makes. They put very young inexperienced friends into management positions who have no experience and have favorites. If you are looking for a great company that appreciates their employees and treats you the right way then look elsewhere. Their moto there is "Our culture is different here". It is not a culture that most people who have worked for a good employer would say is good. If you are looking for long term employment, look some where else. I am trying to help as many people I can from being blindsided from this company. Beware of the other reviews that say this is a good company to work for. That is management trying to recover from all the bad reviews on here. They know it is a problem because of the high turnover. Hope this helps anyone out there who is looking for a good company to work for.