Always risk, never any reward
Employee (Former Employee) – University Park, IL – February 3, 2015
Applied is treated by its owners and executives as an investment, not as a group of people. It's a case study in vulture capitalism, where employees are given absurdly low compensation, stingy benefits, and no time off in exchange for working around the clock on matters of huge significance that should be better staffed, but that you will be expected to handle all by yourself. Management will heap blame on their reports when something goes wrong, then ignore them and take all the credit when things go right. Whatever you do, don't point out the criminal degree to which you're being underpaid, especially after your boss pulls in driving a brand new $60,000 car or returns from a "management retreat" in Vail. Requesting commensurate compensation is tantamount to treason, and will get you laid off, once your boss works up the nerve to tell you.