Columbus Picked for Apogee Retail Cal...

Columbus Picked for Apogee Retail Call Center

There are 115 comments on the KOLN-TV Lincoln story from Mar 1, 2008, titled Columbus Picked for Apogee Retail Call Center. In it, KOLN-TV Lincoln reports that:

“It is exciting. There's no question when you create this many jobs in a town of our size, that's going to have an impact on our community”

Business leaders in Columbus are celebrating a win this week. A new company, Apogee Retail, is coming to town. via KOLN-TV Lincoln

Join the discussion below, or Read more at KOLN-TV Lincoln.

Mardell

Lincoln, NE

#21 Mar 12, 2009
Wow, I was seriously going to apply for a position at Apogee, but after reading these post, I dont think this job is a good match for me. As an adult, I don't think it is good to belittle employees and make them feel like they are doing the company such a favor. The pay may be great, but as the saying goes " If it sounds to good to be true, well it probably is not worth the effort"
Just my opinion.This is sad, because Columbus needs all the positive feedback it can get from all companies.
mikh

David City, NE

#22 Mar 13, 2009
annek wrote:
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Its like that in the WORLD!! EVERYWHERE YOU GO! YOU MUST BE YOUNG!
being young has NOTHING to do with it. if your being treated like crap in your work environment then don't expect to stay in business or keep employees cuz it wont happen.
wow

Schuyler, NE

#23 Apr 29, 2009
I used to work at apogee retail and I just have to say that the money is not worth they way they treat the employees. Every week its a new sign being posted on the bulletin board saying things like, "you must reach this pick up percentage weekly..if not may result in disiplinary action" or "you must make up hours if you miss a day...you child being sick is NOT AN EXCUSE" or "we will be closed on this day..you must make up the hours this week" I understand that it can be a good thing to actually have the option of making up hours with how the economy is now but when they force it upon you, even if they are closed that day, it's not fair. They also make you work a split shift and when people complained about it they simply said, "we said we were only offering split shifts in the flyers when we first opened." well i happened to have kept one of those flyers and all it said was MAY have to work a split shift. They also made promises to me that they didnt keep...an example is i was a full time worker and they told me i would get paid holidays but i never once received payment on the holidays when they were closed, when i asked them about it they told me they didnt consider it a holiday...then why were they closed?? Also all the supervisors except for about two were all power hungry...they would favor people and treat the others like crap. One in particular would constantly go out of her way just to get people in trouble and hover over their shoulders just to try to catch any little thing they would do. Overall Apogee retail treats their employees like children, making you sign out for restroom breaks, raising your hand, and like you mean nothing more to them than slaves.
Apogee Employee

Dwight, NE

#24 May 26, 2009
Apogee makes $5 million annually at there thrift stores and their employees make $12.-$15. an hour,i only make 10.00 what a rip off. If anybody wants more info about Apogee"s stores go 2 Gazette.com or be smart and search them out. Apogee Retail Trift Stores and c what u find. Another thing i found thats really interesting is I belive that theres NO MONEY GOING @ THE FOUNDATIONS becuz theres 3 foundations that dont even exsist with the Better Business Bearau. in MN and the other one changed the name becuz it didnt meet the standards and it still hasnt therefore Apogee shouldnt even be calling or be recieving any donations at all 4 this charity! So right here should tell you It Is A SCAM!! But all of us Need A pay check right!!www.bbb.org
theyareliers

Columbus, NE

#25 May 27, 2009
The Apogee company should not even be here! All the posts on about how we are treated and the information is true, I think that business should be slapped in the face for what not only what they put there agents threw (not talking about supervisors or management)but the people they call threw. Do the research on the charities that they call for yeah half of it is bullcolored not true. They should not even be a company on how they treat their employees they should be a place where whores, jailiers, drinkers, all bad people need to go for a good spanking cause thats how they treat you there. 3/4 of the head supervisors do drugs and take clothes off in the bars or don't represent the company well at all. Apogee is worse then a bar and a manufacturing of any kind put together. They need to start trying to treat the people better and care for the employees and there families besides worryin about whos doing who, money,so on and so fourth. Get some real management and real supervisors and maybe things will get better. And lay out ALL the rules just not part before opening the doors.
blondie

Santa Fe, NM

#26 Jun 11, 2009
can someone give me a phone number in columbus for this place.. I hear one of the supervisor name is Julie she did have a call center in David city and she always sent people home and didnt pay them. Sent almost all of her crew home 3 weeks before christmas and told them to come back after the 1st of the year..called most of them back after 2 weeks worked them 3 days then sent them home again just enough to keep them from getting unemployment. real nice lady...
columbusareaciti zen

United States

#27 Jun 12, 2009
blondie wrote:
can someone give me a phone number in columbus for this place.. I hear one of the supervisor name is Julie she did have a call center in David city and she always sent people home and didnt pay them. Sent almost all of her crew home 3 weeks before christmas and told them to come back after the 1st of the year..called most of them back after 2 weeks worked them 3 days then sent them home again just enough to keep them from getting unemployment. real nice lady...
yes she does work at the place as one of the managers i have heard from friends that work there. did you work with her or do you know anything about her?
boxmaker12

Lincoln, NE

#28 Jun 29, 2009
i work there. ive seen plenty, very little of it good. ill be back tomorrow to tell my side of the story. get your hankies ready.....
Amongst the Ranks

Papillion, NE

#29 Jul 2, 2009
curious wrote:
Does anyone else get the feeling this may just be a big fat scam? If you research the "company" they ask for donations for these certian "charities". This is only one way of stating it. What they actually do is the charities bid on the donations and Apogee retail in turn pledges and gives them a check at the beginning of the month. Then they sell the donations in their thrift stores. Only a certain percentage goes to charities and the rest goes right into the pockets of the company. Its no different then big companies that give donations to charities. Which is comendable, I just personally think its WRONG to lead people to believe their donation is going wholly to aid charity. That is not the truth. This is a FOR profit company. It is not NON-PROFIT. Any one that has any literature on this feel free to email me at [email protected]
Yes Apogee is a for profit company where do you think our pay comes from? Apogee buys the items for a set amount per square foot then opens the bags and puts the items in their stores and hopes the items are worth selling. Apogee takes the gamble.
ef OH ex

Central City, NE

#30 Jul 2, 2009
Finally a voice of reason.
Amongst the Ranks

Papillion, NE

#31 Jul 2, 2009
Apogee Employee wrote:
Apogee makes $5 million annually at there thrift stores and their employees make $12.-$15. an hour,i only make 10.00 what a rip off. If anybody wants more info about Apogee"s stores go 2 Gazette.com or be smart and search them out. Apogee Retail Trift Stores and c what u find. Another thing i found thats really interesting is I belive that theres NO MONEY GOING @ THE FOUNDATIONS becuz theres 3 foundations that dont even exsist with the Better Business Bearau. in MN and the other one changed the name becuz it didnt meet the standards and it still hasnt therefore Apogee shouldnt even be calling or be recieving any donations at all 4 this charity! So right here should tell you It Is A SCAM!! But all of us Need A pay check right!!www.bbb.org
I have found all of them on the net as well as talked to the charities myself. Everyone in here sounds like a bunch of sniffling little tit bags who need to grow up and move on. If you work there: show up, do your job correctly, and don't worry about what everyone else is doing and you may be a little happier.
Amongst the Ranks

Papillion, NE

#32 Jul 2, 2009
NEWS FLASH wrote:
I work at Apogee and it is like that what your all saying. But now heres a new thing they have started. They want us 2 lie, they want us 2 tell the customers that we r unpaid professionail fund raisers, and all the money collected goes 2 the charity. This is a buch of crap!! All lies!!! Dam I luv my job i do nothing and i have it pretty easy here. gotta go b4 they catch me cya
Goober it is not a lie because you are not paid by the Lupus Foundation which is who you are calling on behalf of. You should get a clue before you go to mouthing.
Amongst the Ranks

Papillion, NE

#33 Jul 2, 2009
I work for Apogee Retail and I admit it has it's ups and downs. But thinking back at my previous jobs where I recieved less pay and did a lot more work and did not get to work with some of the great people I have the pleasure of working with here I can't remember any of those jobs being perfect. It's all what you make of it. Negative attitude job is gonna suck. Positive attitude it is a very tolerable and somedays enjoyable job.
colubusareacitiz en

Madison, NE

#34 Jul 15, 2009
Apogee Retail needs to change and learn how to run a business or get the heck out of Nebraska. Not sure how they ran the business in other states but it not pretty or correct in Nebraska. The VP needs to get some education in business management and learn how to run a business or go to another company that will run a business as shitty as she does, or maybe the CEO should of went to college and got a degree in business management than started up business. Attitude is another problem with the VP they swear constantly at agents, on the phone and at management. No wonder nobody is a fan of the VP. Who would with an attitude like that?

They will come up with any reason to fire somebody if they don't like them but the job they are doing is alright. Yah they aren't good with working and hiring people with disabilities like they say they are. Oh yah they will hire them but just long enough so they can get the hefty tax credit from the state, than FIRE them. That right they will fire them after they get the tax credit from the state. I have seen it myself.

The rules are constantly changing on a daily basis. Whenever we get to work we wonder what new rule will be posted that day.

The computer systems are always breaking or not running correctly. If it not running right you got VP and managers yelling at IT and pushing them like crazy to get it fixed that second. It like they think the IT department has pixie dust to fix things. No wonder the head IT person resigned. I would too if they treated me as shitty as they did him. That person had no days off and no social life.

Social life-don't plan on having one cause if do, management will find out somehow and right you up for hanging out with people from work. You practically will get wrote up, bumped down from supervisor to an agent, or like some you get fired. A persons social life should have nothing to do with a job in less it is affecting their job. Everybody should hang out with whoever they want and do whatever they want. It is not managers business what hapens in another employees personal life. They say to check it at the door before walking in.

Change for better- well we keep being told things will get better or change for the better but they don't. Not sure how many times they have said that but none of the changes for better are getting done. Well, things get better for one day than they change it to old cause it not the companys way of doing things.

Who in Columbus, state or national do we contact so this company can get looked into and investigated? Something needs to be done soon. I don't see the company surving if they continue to do things the ways they are. I reccomend not applying or accepting job in less you absolutely need the money. They the worst company in Columbus to work for at this present time.
Crave the taste

Dwight, NE

#35 Jul 17, 2009
I have a friend who was once an employee of Apogee Retail who has a severe disability with his legs. He like many others who have been hired thru Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation have been fired for not being able to complete task assigned however due to technicial difficulties with the software the task could not be accomplished anyways.Several days later employees assigned similar responsibilities failed to accomplish the same task however they were not fired. My friend was a very likable employee who even told me that after they removed him they still gave him a positive referance letter. He has spoken positive of management and the company however both he and myself feel that firing him definately was not warrented. I have researched and have found out myself that there is a constant hiring and firing trend amongst disabled indvisuals who were hired by apogee retail from the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. I have also been informed from these people that Apogee had recieved considerable tax incentives in thousands of dollars for each disabled person. After they recieve these monies they then let the indivisuals go as in fired. This is my friends an alarming trend. It almost sounds like a scam.
WHAT

Bellevue, NE

#36 Jul 18, 2009
Crave the taste wrote:
I have a friend who was once an employee of Apogee Retail who has a severe disability with his legs. He like many others who have been hired thru Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation have been fired for not being able to complete task assigned however due to technicial difficulties with the software the task could not be accomplished anyways.Several days later employees assigned similar responsibilities failed to accomplish the same task however they were not fired. My friend was a very likable employee who even told me that after they removed him they still gave him a positive referance letter. He has spoken positive of management and the company however both he and myself feel that firing him definately was not warrented. I have researched and have found out myself that there is a constant hiring and firing trend amongst disabled indvisuals who were hired by apogee retail from the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. I have also been informed from these people that Apogee had recieved considerable tax incentives in thousands of dollars for each disabled person. After they recieve these monies they then let the indivisuals go as in fired. This is my friends an alarming trend. It almost sounds like a scam.
I must say that as I listen to the comments regarding the treatment of disabled individuals here at Apogee I could not be more disapointed. I am an employee at Apogee and I have a considerable disability that I have struggled with my entire life. I have been a member of the community for many years and as I found it nessecary to seek further empmoyment, I began my search within the community of Columbus, my home town. As I conducted my search for a new career I called upon the local companies. Time and time again, over a years period I was denied employment despite my solid background. When you go in and talk to companies and receive rejection after rejection you begin to wonder what is up. Did they not want to take advantage of someone with the skills and experience they needed. Of course they will never come right out and tell you they won't hire you because you are disabled. They would be in the Supreme Court so fast it would make your head spin! Apogee on the other hand came right out and told me that one of my strongest points was the fact that I had a disability. Not because they get some tax credit but rather those of us who struggle with our limitations tend to show a stronger work ethic and are more dedicated. I agree. The false statments regarding unethical treatment of disabled individuals at Apogee are just that false! We (disabled people) are a tight nit group here and I assure everyone that if someone/anyone was ever let go it has absolutely nothing to do with a disbility or tax credit. That is ABSURD! Yes people do get let go here just like every other place of employment. They get let go disabled or not because there is poor job performance. Apogee has an almost 30 year history of hiring AND RETAING people who suffer from disabilities and who all of YOU refuse to hire! And yes, you know who you are!

ANYTHING ELSE IS "SOUR GRAPES" AND NOTHING MORE1
fred

Lincoln, NE

#37 Jul 19, 2009
At the end of the day the only thing we all care about is our paychecks. Yea sometimes work sucks, but at least we are getting paid better than alot of jobs around here. not many ppl can say they get paid 10 bucks an hour to sit and talk on the phone, and you dont need a fancy degree or anything like that. Like any other job you are going to have ppl you hate working with but you just gotta keep moving on and hope you get that next paycheck.
brandy

Columbus, NE

#38 Jul 19, 2009
theyareliers wrote:
The Apogee company should not even be here! All the posts on about how we are treated and the information is true, I think that business should be slapped in the face for what not only what they put there agents threw (not talking about supervisors or management)but the people they call threw. Do the research on the charities that they call for yeah half of it is bullcolored not true. They should not even be a company on how they treat their employees they should be a place where whores, jailiers, drinkers, all bad people need to go for a good spanking cause thats how they treat you there. 3/4 of the head supervisors do drugs and take clothes off in the bars or don't represent the company well at all. Apogee is worse then a bar and a manufacturing of any kind put together. They need to start trying to treat the people better and care for the employees and there families besides worryin about whos doing who, money,so on and so fourth. Get some real management and real supervisors and maybe things will get better. And lay out ALL the rules just not part before opening the doors.
I do NOT do drugs or take my clothes off in the bar thank you
sick of it

Dwight, NE

#39 Jul 19, 2009
People!!! The ones that are sitting here writing stupid remarks are probable the ones also sitting at home with no job at all. In every work place there are ups and downs. Hearing all of this makes me sick. Having to ask to go to the bathroom... I know companies that won't let their emplys. have drinks or candy or magazines. You get paid $10 hr. to do your job and sit on your butt and do a crossword or two. What the hello are you complaining about. There are people all over the world that don't have a job or money to eat with. I think you guys should grow up and get a job or maybe work harder so you don't lose the one you got. Having to make up your time, so flipping what, other companies will fire you if you don't do overtime. get a flipping life....outside of complaining....really people grow up
colubusareacitiz en

Columbus, NE

#40 Jul 19, 2009
sick of it wrote:
People!!! The ones that are sitting here writing stupid remarks are probable the ones also sitting at home with no job at all. In every work place there are ups and downs. Hearing all of this makes me sick. Having to ask to go to the bathroom... I know companies that won't let their emplys. have drinks or candy or magazines. You get paid $10 hr. to do your job and sit on your butt and do a crossword or two. What the hello are you complaining about. There are people all over the world that don't have a job or money to eat with. I think you guys should grow up and get a job or maybe work harder so you don't lose the one you got. Having to make up your time, so flipping what, other companies will fire you if you don't do overtime. get a flipping life....outside of complaining....really people grow up
I guess you don't work for them or haven't worked for them, have you? Maybe if you worked for the company or found some friends that worked for them you ould maybe get the feelng and be the way the others are. Maybe you need to get up off your ass and find a job yourself, and stop living off the government.

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