Applied Systems is a great place to start your career if you need an entry level job and have little to no industry experience. After a few years, it is best to leave. Most of the experienced employees are underpayed by a large margin. At one point, 46% below median average was the average rate for the department I work in.
The buddy system rules when promotion time comes and you will watch underachievers get promoted through the ranks while seeing the best experts get shackled to their current roles because they do a great job in it. To me, this practice is backwards, as you want the best to lead the rest. Predictably, this has led to group think among management.
If you stick with the company, you may find that you will receive more job duties while dealing with potentially stagnant pay increases, and possibly no movement in your job title. Eventually, you will train entry level hires who will came into the company with the same or a higher salary than you currently make.
On the flip side, the benefits are pretty solid. All benefits for full time employees start at day one and you begin accruing vacation and sick time immediately. Base vacation time started at 10 days a year and increases every 5 years until you are at 20 days of sick a year if I am not mistaken. Sick time is earned at a rate of 4 hours a month and can accumulate to a max of 200 hours total. There are also some discounts through local businesses available, along with some other nationwide discounts.
I was never denied a request to take time off, even if it meant going into the negative where I had to earn the time back within the calendar year.
Most of the immediate coworkers are good people. While the company is not the greatest, you will become part of the Applied family and work with great coworkers.
It was not a bad place to work, but I would not consider it to be a good one either. Rather, it is a stepping stone in career advancement and a chance to work at a large company with some job security while you learn the ropes.