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Apple Engineer Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
415 Reviews
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Pros
  • Apple retail had great benefits for their employees from perks to policy (in 246 reviews)

  • Great staff, excellent work environment nothing beats apple when it comes to computers (in 215 reviews)


Cons
  • Time off needs to be requested well in advance making work/life balance a challenge (in 252 reviews)

  • Work can be very demanding with long hours depending on the group you are in (in 151 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience, Well Compensated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love working at Apple. The opportunities are second to none. You get to work on products that the whole world wants. I get to travel and the compensation is great.

    Cons

    Hours are long, the management does not always maintain a common message. Culture can be a bit cutthroat at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    hello

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Apple full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good company good paid good time

    Cons

    short of staff great atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Any job could be what you make of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pros - get to work with some incredibly smart people on products/technology that's used all over the world. Most people do work where the contribution really does matter. Pay could be really good depending on your performance (ie stock options, bonus, etc).

    Cons

    There are huge differences in work/life balance depending on you / your team / your manager / organization, and on the ability to say "NO" at each of those levels to the people/team where that request is coming from. Due to secrecy / culture, often several teams work on similar solutions wasting engineering hours. Similar mistakes from similar teams can sometimes be seen year after year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do feedback on the managers, to be provided to the manager's manager as well as the level above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Proud to be part of an excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Apple full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Brand value. Pride in working for widely known company. Get a chance to be among most competitive people. Chance to learn lot of things in quick time.

    Cons

    Not much interaction among colleagues other than work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor facilities (not even have proper canteen and TV, no games, no recreation not even small gym inside).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IOS Data Analytics Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - IOS Data Analytics Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - good work
    - good peers
    - good food, benefits
    - pacy work
    - aggressive time lines
    - scope to learn a lot!

    Cons

    - sometimes the job gets too hectic and sometimes it is relaxing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My Org is Great, But I Can Only Vouch for Mine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Each R&D org has its own culture. I love mine, but I've heard stories from other groups that sound unpleasant to work for.

    It's such a huge company that there are always positions in other groups if you are interesting in changing jobs.

    Cons

    The secrecy gets in the way of open collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've been pretty impressed with the upper mgmt. I'm not in any position to offer advice there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    One of the best Silicon Valleys at present

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple full-time

    Pros

    Apple currently offers competitive salaries and benefits, interesting projects, smart colleagues and a comfortable workplace.

    Of note is Apple's contribution to the 401(k) plan. For the first two years, the maximum matching contribution is 3%, but increases to 4.5% after two years of tenure and to 6% after fives years of tenure. Other employers such as Oracle and (before the Oracle acquisition) Sun offered only a 3% maximum matching contribution. And the Apple matching contribution vests immediately, unlike for example HP where the matching contribution vests only after three long years; incredibly, HP will confiscate its matching contribution if you leave HP for any reason prior to three years. Apple won't.

    Also, Apple's medical insurance is top-notch, easily besting for example the medical insurance of HP. With HP's lowest-deductible health plan, a $3,000 MRI will cost you $750 out of pocket ($500 deductible plus 10% of $3,000 less the $500 deductible) whereas with Apple the MRI will cost you nothing out of pocket. Apple's medical insurance is among the best that I've seen in Silicon Valley, and rivals that of Oracle and Sun.

    Cons

    My only complaint is that Apple is hiring so rapidly into my department that we all have to share an office with another employee. Perhaps when we move to the new "spaceship" campus I'll get a private office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Apple full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    workmates, time off, development, culture, perks

    Cons

    compensation, benefits, management, location, hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    very adventurous and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    its nice and warm and friendly

    Cons

    very demanding and difficult work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    come to work prepared

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    So so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Base Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Base Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    Flexible, high salary, travel if desired

    Cons

    No direction, no info, your on your own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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