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Updated August 27, 2015
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  • great benefits for part time employees (in 246 reviews)

  • Competitive atmosphere; great peer work environment (in 215 reviews)

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  • ZERO ZERO ZERO work/life balance (in 252 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Middle Mismanagement

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    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent products to be working on. Excellent tools available for testing. Ridiculously talented individual contributors to work with. Cafeteria has decent food at a decent price. Great perks with occasional beer bashes and film screenings

    Cons

    Tiresomely long hours. Short deadlines bordering on instant burnout. Impossible to make weekend plans as weekend work is routinely demanded on extremely short notice. The aforementioned perks are first come, first serve, and chances are you will not be able to take advantage anyway, because of last-minute, emergency testing that needs to be performed. Management will make you feel guilty about taking your family vacation. Management will make you apologize for your child's medical emergency pulling you out of work. Management will gladly work from home, yet scoff at the idea that you can attend a doctor's appointment mid day.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending to be the martyrs that you're not, stop pretending that you're too busy to develop interpersonal skills, and stop pretending to be so important that you get to work from home while your individual contributors work 16 hour days in the office.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Brand name, that is all.

    Cons

    Work life balance, compensation, management


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Values Poor Communication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company is based on essentials and ideals that make it easy to fall in love with them.

    Cons

    Inter office communication isn' t as direct and accessible as customer facing communications and efforts.

    Advice to Management

    C levels should have a better connection to what is really going on in the company


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A meat grinder with no respect for work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are insanely smart, driven, some pretty chill... and all dedicated to doing their best work.

    Cons

    Upper management in Marcom needs to pay attention to their tech teams or risk the trickle of devs leaving turn into a full exodus

    Advice to Management

    - listen to your teams - value developers as much as your do creative - get out of your own way - stop treating people like mere moveable gears in the machine


  6. Helpful (1)

    The truth has started to come out about the store environment for employees.

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    Former Employee - Apple Retail - Expert in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Apple Retail - Expert in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, positive attitudes, fun products to work with, benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay for amount of work and industry specific, Its Retail, very little upward mobility, incompetent managers at many locations, blatant scheduling favoritism even though company guidelines strictly call for otherwise, employees that kissup the most get promoted the most, bar none.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate managers need to understand and accept the fact that retail employees are one of the main reasons they, people at corporate, get the exorbitant salaries they do. Regardless of their own personal education and experience, without retail employees doing the actual selling and explaining to the end user, people at corporate wouldn't half as successful with Apple that they are.


  7. Could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apple full-time

    Pros

    Good health benefits, positive work culture (in regards to working with peers).

    Cons

    The hours take a toll. If you're full time you can at least have one day on the weekend off. The pay, while moderately better than other retail operations, simply does not align with the level of expertise required for our work nor does it align with the companies ability to better compensate employees. (No commission, meager raises and a lot of lateral promotions without pay increase). You'll consistently see a lot of new faces year over year.

    Advice to Management

    Strive for better communication up the ladder in regards to most pressing employee concerns such as wages and scheduling. We know when we're being thrown a bone vs. getting actual change implemented.


  8. The Apple Experience

    Current Employee - Business Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Support Specialist in Austin, TX

    Pros

    The environment in Apple is so positive and challenging, the desire to succeed is ambiguous

    Cons

    Schedules change alot, but i the new building is awesome

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work?


  9. Helpful (1)

    High hopes, cult of personality

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    Current Employee - Genuis Administrative in Farmington, CT
    Current Employee - Genuis Administrative in Farmington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers Days go by fast Schedules are variable and flexible Employee discount is pretty good Ability to transfer to other stores

    Cons

    Stores can have a strong cult of personality Hard work does not pay off as much as one might hope

    Advice to Management

    Your employees make the experience for the customers. Keep employees happy and the customer base will feel it


  10. Helpful (1)

    Easy to get comfortable. Comfort is not a good thing.

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good connections, ok benefits, ability to make own decisions. Semi flexible hours. Cool co workers. Apple does a good job hiring quality sales people for the most part.

    Cons

    Fake management. Inability to communicate with sales floor. Terrible staffing choices. Too many in sales not enough in repairs. Hard to explain to customer why there is 14 specialists standing near the front of the store and not one has the ability to help. Opportunity for training is few and far between. Have to rely on self for knowledge which looks bad when other specialists don't seek after that knowledge. Lack of commission makes for lazy and unmotivated sales people with an attitude of "fine, I guess I'll help you buy a phone". Poor positioning leads to inaccurate expectations of what we offer as far as services and help. Do not get paid enough for what we have to know and deal with on a daily basis. If I have to know information and positioning for every Apple product, carrier (4 majors) knowledge, activation knowledge, positioning knowledge, and stand there getting yelled at least on a daily basis, and there's a burger flipper at in n out that makes as much as me, there's something wrong here. There will be changes made, but too late.

    Advice to Management

    Read cons


  11. Helpful (1)

    Work somewhere else!

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Campbell, CA

    I worked at Apple full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beer bashes on Fridays, cool team building events, good pay, nice cafeteria and decent gym.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Apple will work you to death and will make sure that you feel under appreciated all at the same time. No work/life balance. Lack of a true-oriented team environment.



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