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Apple Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
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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.  

    Great for development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Apple

    Pros

    Consistent, fair wages/benefits, good people, stress free, room to grow

    Cons

    Floating schedule, pointless meetings, changing goals/agendas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Apple is not what is seems.

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The prestige of the job attracts attention to you, making others and yourself feel good. There are also stock benefits.

    Cons

    There will be hard work everyday ahead of you. There is no room for slacking or even adequate sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must be a bit less strict, or else creativity cannot flow.

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

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mobile Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Mobile Technician in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    Company values, Teamwork, and a great working enviroment

    Cons

    I have not encountered anything yet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, if you yearn to go higher, be passionate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    Great place to begin a career. Your resume will love you and prospective employers like seeing the most valuable company in the world connected to you. Mostly passionate people with a minimal of people who don't belong there.

    Cons

    There's always a glass ceiling and you hit it sooner than you wish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the most part, keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pleasent, fun, and demanding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apple Retail Specialist in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Apple Retail Specialist in Skokie, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits, atmosphere, discounts, pay, coworkers

    Cons

    High demands, no room for growth

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

    Unlike any other retail job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people,well-managed fun atmosphere, good training, great benefits (even for PT), very good pay for retail, discounts on all their products,

    Cons

    Can be tiring, would have liked more hands-on training, dealing with irate or distraught customers can be frustrating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best retail job ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apple Genius in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Apple Genius in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Apple full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the store there is strong support from your managers. Most of your co-workers are people who are contributing to the arts in in an incredible way.

    Cons

    Every retail job has crazy customers. At Apple you get a great taste at how un-human people are. Some fail to notice that they are entering a store that doesn't revolve around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask your team members, especially Geniuses to be flexible. It puts more stress on us.
    Back us up and follow through when we are trying to stay true to policies, don't deviate because it makes us look like idiots and we have not done our job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work with good managers... otherwise it can be hard

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The culture and many of the coworkers are great. Pays fair for retail but not enough to really make a solid living at. It is a part time job and won't deliver quite what I'd be looking for in the future (with more flexibility and better pay).

    Cons

    The managers can be micromanaging and I know that sounds like I'm not trying to work. I'm honestly good at what I do and am rated very high by my customers and am in the top 5 in all categories for part timers. Yet they still are challenging and not trusting me to do what is right for the customer. I haven't done anything to warrant that and honestly have been a good employee - delivering great sales and support. There are just a few managers that shouldn't and that can really make work exhausting when you don't trust the leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It should be easier to get promoted within the company. Majority of the mangers within the company are external hires which makes it really discouraging to allow for people to move up. Also a gross difference in pay and the fact that mangers get bonuses if we hit certain revenue levels bothers me. They talk about focusing only on customer experience but at the end of the day they are micromanaging so they can hit their bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A terrific company with change happening daily. Leaders constantly challenged to know their business in detail.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Amazing people all working to achieve extraordinarily high standards of work. Personalities are often larger than life with razor sharp business acumen and commitment to doing great things.

    Cons

    Organization often allows senior leaders with personality challenges to run their organizations with little regard for junior managers. Accountability at senior levels is paramount, but less senior managers should not be victimized by character deficiencies at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Apple retail

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apple Genius in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Apple Genius in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great, the products are amazing and the people you work with will be some of the best.

    Cons

    Work life balance is hard. Its retail, so you'll work black friday and christmas eve. It isn't always easy to get the days you want off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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