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Great Company to work for
Sales Rep (Current Employee) –  University Park, IL22 September 2017
Great team, great benefits, great company culture that is challenging and promotes growth. Benefits pack is pretty standard. Company does many events to get you away from your desk so you can mingle with other teams in the organization.
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I am an Executive, how can I get more money?
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  University Park, IL3 August 2017
That's basically it. Every decision made is one that fills the wallets and purses of upper management. They don't care about their existing customers, only new sales. They only thing they care about is increasing the value of the company so that when it sells they get their 10% share. Last time it was sold for 2.8 billion and they each got a couple million. Condos on Michigan ave, million dollar homes in Buckhead, GA, boats in Benton harbor, new lux cars, vintage corvettes...
Pros
The minions are generally good people. Once you start getting into management it gets fake.
Cons
They fire people if you call a spade a spade
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Warning!!!Do not work here
Software Developer (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZ12 May 2017
Awful management.
Micromanage. The management would approach the developer almost daily and make him cry by telling him how worthless he is. He would also go around the office screaming all the time(not a hard job to do). He did try with me twice(when the jr. developer was on vacation) but my work was finished and proved him wrong so he got off of me.

The senior management is also not very bright. He got the position because everyone has left. Cheap pay. Long hours. Everyone stays silent because this guy is the one you don't want to be around. Full of lies. Sure, that happens but he does it 100% of the time and takes credit for things that he doesn't even do. Basically, the worst place you can end up. People leaving all the time also because of this guy.

The employees were cool but most of them are gone now. Not a good future for the company either. Dead end. They even had their annual meeting and they were rated so bad they told employees to go on glassdoor to rate them 5 stars. Sad. The Phoenix location though, that's why you will always see an opening.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED and good luck.
Pros
Free coffee. So what
Cons
Everything.
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Don't take a job here
Bookkeeper (Former Employee) –  University Park, IL2 December 2016
Worked in the accounting department. Horrible work environment. Worked in impersonal cubicle. Other employees are friendly enough but it is definitely an "every man for himself" environment.

You HAVE to CC: the accounting manager on all your emails. So every word you type and every word sent to you is read. Supposedly this was to keep manager "informed"! The worst part was that your emails were commented upon so you KNEW they were being read pretty closely.

You are not asked if you want changes in your job duties. They are just assigned to you. I was told it was a privilege to be given more responsibility..with no additional pay! Plus, I did not want to do the job that I was being assigned. A job that was completely different from the one I was hired to do!

Worst job that I have had in forty years of employment.
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Mediocre Company-Poor Culture- Low Pay
sales (Current Employee) –  University Park, IL28 November 2015
This applies to sales department, but there is a universal theme throughout the company.

there are great bonds built amongst your team of peers and if you're in the south suburbs the commute is easy. The checks always clear. Other than that there is little upside to working for Applied.

The CEO boasts about company profits, but none seems to ever trickle down to the worker bees. Pay is low by all accounts and even if you're started any where near what the market pays, they will make it up with $300-$500 raises every other year, so either way you lose.The benefits are standard but expensive.

What they consider culture is day old bagels every Tuesday and a on grounds company BBQ.

Your workload is always increasing but pay isn't. Management takes every opportunity to belittle you in department meetings.You are micromanaged and treated like a child. The inside sales gig is basically a telemarketing role.

While your goal is to sell, you spend the better part of your day taking calls from dissatisfied customers and in most cases they end up waking because quality and support is lacking. Why? Because the turnover is high and they too are paid poorly so there isn't much motivation to do an outstanding job.

Overall, I don't recommend if you have any other options.
Pros
Peers, short commute in south suburbs
Cons
Low pay, comp plan, treatment, micromanagement
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Run!!!
support technician (Current Employee) –  University Park, IL7 November 2015
Where to begin. Low pay for the industry, don't expect to make a killing here unless you still live with your parents and have no bills. Insurance package is weak and expensive I think it's just over Obamacare minimum requirements. Raises are a complete joke, $500 a year, let that sink in less than $10 a week they consider a raise. They will tell you that they don't have the money to give out a better raise then weeks later buy a new company, or remodel some part of the building or hire one of the CEOs buddies for a newly created position making 6 figures. No bonuses of any kind unless you are management or sales. You will only receive negative feedback from your superiors. The dept. that handles almost all of the calls that come in are the lowest paid of all departments. The support department has the highest turnover rate of any other department here. In one year it is not unusual for the entire dept to "flip". There is no future unless you kiss up to the right people. Management only follows their rules and guidelines when it suits them to do so. Most of the supervisors have no idea how the program even works and have not even worked on the program or took a call in 10 years, the most recent supervisor has less than a year on the phones working on the software. Management plays favorites and will give those people special opportunities not given to people who deserve it. People who dont deserve promotions are given it over tenured employees with more qualifications. Supervisors basically have no job requirements and aren't required to follow their schedule. Some supervisors  more... focus all their efforts into food parties rather than work, and have lower techs do their jobs for them. Management has no reality of what it actually going on underneath them, most of their focus goes into customer retention instead of fixing why customers leave us.  less
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Low pay, Micromanagement, Don't listen to employees concerns
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Overall I liked the job.
Builder (Former Employee) –  youngstown, ohio25 August 2015
A typical day working at Applied Systems wasn't bad. The work wasn't hard, and the people there were easy to get along with.
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