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Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
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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.  

    Finance analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apple

    Pros

    Big name company with lots to learn and opportunities to climb up the career ladder. Lots of fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Little work life balance and busy all year round. Fast-paced and dynamic.

  2.  

    Apple Business Manager

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Apple

    Pros

    Good People excellent customer focus

    Cons

    Poor opportunity for upward mobility. Requirement to change personal views to conform to company culture. Politics are very high in determining your career path. Rewards are not based on merit but how much people like you and the way you treat others. Top producers are not recognized unless you are connected (liked) with the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people for their contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good transitional job. Not a great career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are the best. Also learn a lot about how to deal with difficult situations that help elsewhere outside of work.

    Cons

    The time commitment they expect for the wages they offer. Pretentious, snooty, politically correct, HR approved answers to specific questions. "One size fits all" mentality when it comes to workers' work/life balance needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stangnant

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    Current Employee - IOS Chat in Milton, FL
    Current Employee - IOS Chat in Milton, FL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent with many opportunities for investing and great healthcare. Management seems to be willing to work with you through a variety of situations that are less than ideal.

    Cons

    I feel like we have been stagnated in our current roles and it is very hard to move up or even laterally in the company. It feels as though upward movement is decided on by an arbitrary set of values rather than actual performance and abilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing and uninspiring

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    Former Employee - Interactive Production Designer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Production Designer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Apple as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay ok
    Having Apple on your resume is a good thing, no matter what you do there
    Most people are friendly and approachable
    Flexible schedule
    Employee shuttles
    Free lunches and dinners when working on projects
    Beer bashes
    Subsidized cafe with good, healthy food served

    Cons

    Projects are pure chaos, poorly communicated, poorly managed, political and have way too many chiefs. Every project feels like it's everyones first time.
    Outdated process prevents people from working smart and efficiently.
    Contractors get the work full time employees don't want to do
    Really boring, uninspiring work
    Even though people try, contractors don't always get the same treatment as employees
    Experience / background doesn't matter
    Some employees tend to lack maturity and professionalism
    Some people on the team do little work, but get maximum credit
    Not much work / life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring people with extensive experience, make sure you give them work that matches that experience. Experienced people won't stick around if they're being handed all the grunt work to do. Even though it is Apple, people still show up each day for the work. Nothing else matters, including perks. Projects need to be better managed, so people are getting an equal workload. Some people are leaving at 5, whilst others are stuck there till late at night.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worker Bees with little chance to advance

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Apple full-time

    Pros

    Good time off during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cafeteria is the best even though it is not free. Great products to be proud of.

    Cons

    Work life balance does not exist. Expect to work 12-14 hours per day with frequent travel. You will be a worker bee doing tasks dictated to you by management. Job transfers within the company is not encouraged. Frequent meeting cadence in unreasonable and unnecessary. Highly political environment at the Sr. Manager and above levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will notice that Apple is never rated one of the best places to work in the area or even tries to attain that recognition. I tell my friends to think twice about working for Apple because of the burn out factor.

    Invest in up to date IT tools and make information more accessible to employees to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    GSM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apple

    Pros

    Some cool products and people

    Cons

    Management are very cold and only concerned with money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Meh! At least I got a bunch of discounted apply products cheap before I left

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    Former Employee - Applecare Advisor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Applecare Advisor in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Apple full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Deals on apple products, and perks

    Cons

    Working for Applecare will suck the soul out of you. Non-stop people yelling at you because the idoits at the Genuis bar or store can't fix issues right the first time. If you want a Career in tech support this is for you. Team managers get on your case if you have the highest handle time in the team, and they threaten to fire you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    how about caring for your employees. It doesnt really matter cause any idiot out of highschool will apply for the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just not that exciting

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance. Good perks. Good pay. Great people, lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of people seem to love working at Apple. I can't say I understand why. To me, my job is boring. They don't value creativity or insight, they value carrying out the tasks that management sets for you. The company's priorities don't make a whole lot of sense, either, wrt to how resources are allocated. Micromanagement seems to be the norm. There doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency in some areas, while other areas are on the "death march" from release to release. Secrecy between teams is irritating and leads to less innovation and poorer quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to grow your employees, not shrink them. Give us opportunities to learn, collaborate, and share. Give employees the opportunity to set directions for themselves and their teams. Find top talent and cultivate it, don't just reward whoever has been there the longest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't make the same mistake I did

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    25% discount on 1 product a year? That's the best I can come up with.

    Cons

    I joined Apple because I thought it was an innovative, smart, creative company. Instead, I found IBM. People are promoted because of longevity, not talent or innovation. The most frequently used tool is Excel. Yes, Excel. I even had to fight with management to get an iPad to test the iPad app I was building for Apple. IS&T couldn't even get the current model.

    My team was working on projects I had implemented 10 years ago at other companies. A content mgmt portal, customer master data, a training platform. It boggles the mind how this company is able to grow and scale.

    It's also laughable how often you're told "It's a privilege to work for Apple". Seriously?

    Their benefits are average. I was paying $200/mo to cover my family of 3. The perks (for Silicon Valley) are below average. Work 50-60 hours a week and you can't even scrounge a free soda in your building.

    And talk about an uninspiring work environment. Ever notice Apple's office buildings are never profiled as cool or creative? It's cube city. My building felt more like a call center than a fun, energizing work space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I heard a dozen times it was a privilege to work for Apple. That is ridiculous. Pay your people what they're worth and give them an opportunity to grow.

    I can honestly say this was the least challenging, unrewarding job I have had in my 18 year career.

    Also, consider giving back more to the community. Observe how companies like Google and Salesforce make this region a better place for everyone. Think and act locally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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