Apex Group Reviews

Updated 11 Jan 2021

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37 Ratings
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  • "The systems are always crashing which delays your work and take away from your work life balance(in 7 reviews)

  • "Long hours, bad systems that crash all of the time(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Senior Fund Accountant in London, England

    I worked at Apex Group full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture and great bunch of people

    Cons

    Workload was sometimes too unmanageable

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fund Accountant"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fund Accountant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Apex Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    social atmosphere in the officer

    Cons

    overworked, underpaid, poor organisation by management

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  3. Helpful (8)

    "TOXIC Management & Culture. High Turnover, POOR pay. POLITICS. Companies like this are why 'corporate' has a bad rep."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Apex Group full-time

    Pros

    Provided a prime example of the type of organisation one should never work for. Working here made me re-assess and stick to my non-negotiables.

    Cons

    Management across the board! ...and I do mean across the board! ...From top office level, even across to HR. The well-below market pay, having to make sure HR has paid you correctly and management's avoidance/reluctance and discouraging nature on having discussions about salary increase. Culture and people. Working at Apex was like asking 'What came first? The chicken or the egg?" By that, I mean: The culture at Apex has genuinely been the worst I've experienced working for any company. Management and team leads were extremely rude - dare I say they'd long crossed over into bullying (targeting those they don't like and finding fault in anything) territory, based on some of the obviously uncalled for/ridiculous encounters I'd been on the receiving end of and some conversations with colleagues who have, randomly and of their own accord, confided in me about unprofessional/uncalled for remarks they've heard individuals say in the office when the 'person of discussion' isn't around etc. This all makes me wonder: Did the toxic culture at Apex make good people turn toxic? Or did the toxic culture, instead, attract the only type of people who could endure there in the first place: toxic people? Now don't get me wrong, there were some cool people at Apex, but they were few and far between, as they left - hence the high turnover. One manager in particular would 'act' friendly with you when they get their way...but the second you hold them accountable regarding doing their part of a delegated workload that they'd already agreed/accepted to do in the presence of another manager, but now want to pass onto you when said manager isn't around, they hold a grudge and become an extremely unpleasant character to interact with. I also observed that Apex had what I call a 'pass on the message' culture. Meaning, if someone had an issue with you, no matter how small/trivial, people seemed to lack the maturity or competence to address it with you directly. Instead, they'd voice the smallest matter to a manager, to then discuss it with you. Meaning anyone could find themselves having literally a 30sec - 1min convo with a manager about something so petty.

  4. Helpful (8)

    "Good Team, Poor Company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Fund Administrator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apex Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are good people working here and plenty of social opportunities. The healthcare benefits are quite nice and the company provides sponsorship for the ICSA qualification (provided you have worked for the company at least 1 year). The Company pays overtime at a 1:1 rate, regardless of when the overtime occurs.

    Cons

    Salary and bonuses are well below market rate, salary increases are minimal to unnoticeable. Having too few staff per team is common and the Company pushes back on all attempts to rectify this causing plenty of overtime. Poor communication from higher up the chain, things just happen and staff are informed afterwards. Disparity of salary between staff is very common, to the point where more experienced staff in a higher position may be getting paid less than those they are training. Any discussions in this regard are pushed down the road and not answered for as long as possible.

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  5. "Great Atmosphere"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fund Administrator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere in the office, managers are really helpful and hard working.

    Cons

    Pay is below average, larger clients are allowed to push a lot more work onto staff than smaller clients

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Origination, Hedge Funds, Negotiation, Segmentaion"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working, fast growth, ambitious

    Cons

    lack of training or management, Low team morale

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Awful place to work"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Apex Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exposed to various types of funds.

    Cons

    1. Ex pats and especially those on visa are underpaid. 2. A lot of politics going on in office where only certain people get promoted and a good pay. 3. You get promised a lot and in the end, no reward for hard work. 4. Fund accountants have to work crazy hours and are underpaid. 5. Staffs leaving the company are not replaced and more work falls on existing ones. Overall, pay is really bad for operational staffs.

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    Apex Group Response

    December 5, 2018Senior Internal Communications Associate

    We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and are sorry to hear that your time at Apex wasn't positive. Ensuring our employees are happy and well looked after is important for us so this feedback is valuable. It would be useful to know which office you were based in so that we can address your concerns directly. If you would like to reach out to us to discuss further, please email ApexMarketing@apexfunds.bm

  8. "Apex London - Great place to begin career"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fund Accountant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apex Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to learn - very knowledgeable people in the London office Broad spectrum to learn - Fund accounting, corporate actions, trades, investor services Young workforce - good nightlife

    Cons

    Pay - could be better and should reward employees with better yearly rises

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too bad"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Fund Accountant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apex Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    young team, good for beginners

    Cons

    the heavy workload doesn't reflect on the salary, task allocation is not fair, most of the managers are not qualified, politics- if you don't know the high management you don't get promoted

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "A good place to work for young people looking to learn"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Apex Group full-time

    Pros

    Jobs are broad and wide-ranging - a good place to learn and be exposed to various aspects of the business and or job Global business - opportunity to move to other Apex offices globally Expanding and growing rapdily

    Cons

    Understaffed, most staff are really stretched and have multiple responsibilities alongside their day job Offices are run completely differently around the globe Staff sometimes don't feel heard when they voice something

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