Apple Reviews

Updated July 18, 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. Great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mac Genius in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Mac Genius in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Apple

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of benefits Great environment Good life balance Free breakfast

    Cons

    Low salary Fast pace You feel like you're treated like a child

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your team


  2. Helpful (1)

    A Great Company To Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - London in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - London in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Apple as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flat hierarchy, open communication, friendly working environments, make you feel comfortable and give you what you need to get the job done, the company culture is all about people and a hard work ethic (minimum of 2:1 that most companies demand doesn't really exist as some colleagues didn't have a degree).

    Cons

    If you hire someone through a temporary recruitment agency, take into account that employee will be paid far less than f/t employees as the agency will take a massive cut. I found out I was paid £8-10k less than permanent colleagues on the same level before leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  3. Best Retail store

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Apple (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks, great people to work with, great atmosphere in store.

    Cons

    Little progression prospects when store is full of so many people. Managers often not very knowledgable about Apple products themselves. We performed better without managers there

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about products and don't just delegate or loom over staff, actually listen to them and try to get a better understandign of them


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great people, awful culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FRS in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - FRS in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Apple full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They hire creative people so its great to mix with a variety of interesting and fairly intelligent colleagues.

    Cons

    Management were useless when it came to abusive, sexist, racist, customers and there was a general bully culture.


  6. Fast paced with lots of opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Preservation and Operations Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Preservation and Operations Specialist in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great development if you drive it yourself. Can be just a job or can be a career. The best job I've had, including the bad times (I have well over a decade in retail)

    Cons

    Same as most businesses, let down by the small few that can have a big impact.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the frontline.


  7. Apple Retail

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Apple Expert in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Apple Expert in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Apple as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and great technology. The company attracts amazing talent, and you can do a decent amount of networking in store.

    Cons

    Those amazing people you work with are sacrificing so much creative potential to a company that really only cares about it's numbers. The induction is in essence an initial brainwashing. It didn't use to be this way but it changed a lot in my four years there.

    Advice to Management

    Focus a little more on your "internal customer" and their needs - if they're happy your customers will be too.


  8. It's ok for a student job. Not a career

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Specialist in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great team - depending on the store 2. Great benefits - discounts & Employee Share Scheme 3. Flexible hours based upon your availability.

    Cons

    1. Very difficult to be recognised. 2. Career advancement opportunities are not based upon merit only on management preference. 3. No Commission.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company, but expect too much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Apple Retail Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Apple Retail Specialist in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the most amazing inspirational people. Holiday booking easy Managers great - especially People leader

    Cons

    They only con was the customers expectations of Apple employees. No career progression possible/difficult to move up

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your staff, make them feel good and make them feel valued. Also it would be great if senior leadership could be around


  10. Helpful (10)

    Faceless Banking Corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demand Forecasting in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Demand Forecasting in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience in your CV Colleagues and managers in London Hannover Street are great 27 days holiday Management motivates people to apply to new internal jobs

    Cons

    "Its Apple policy" You will hear the above frequently and you will face: - Corporate attitude with a banking culture installed (you dont feel like you work for the creative and fun Apple that the brand is known) - No canteen or vending machines (there's a fruit bowl from time to time that magically disappears at 8.30am) so dont expect water or soft drinks like other top companies do (coffee and tea is all you will ever get) - HR is a 0800 number... they dont want you to contact or see them - Severely understaffed with people from DF&A and PF&A finding it hard to stay longer than one year - No budget for social activities so dont expect to have a pint on the house (ever!!!) or have a team lunch - Xmas party is in January (since Apple does not have enough budget for xmas...) - No team building or social trips - No tickets of any kind like music events/festivals or sports events - Dont even dream in getting an iphone, applewatch or even an itunes voucher (shocking to say the least). You get a working old iphone - Apple share's structure gives you a 15% discount. They can be stingy on almost everything but in this case they should reward their long serving employees with greater discounts or simply giving them away - Bonuses are the same as other companies - Unlike other companies when new products are released or when there's a Quarterly business update you wont be involved in anything so there's not a special event - Don't be woo'd by the brand - too many smart people are woo'd by working for Apple the brand and discover when they join that their job is incredibly limited in scope and that their previous skills and experiences are ignored as 'Its Apple policy'

    Advice to Management

    Apple policy seems to have come out of a Luxembourg bank with no little sign of creativity or fun at work. Company's budgets (staff, social and business costs) are ridiculously low. Encouraging people to fly Ryanair gives a good idea of your current "investment in people" approach. Share scheme has to rewards its employees. We are the reason why you hit your gigantic bonuses so why dont you allow for us to own bigger pieces of the company? Just 15% discount? You have to reward your long serving employees...


  11. Helpful (5)

    Was great, but is a different company now

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mac Genius in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Mac Genius in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    amazing environment, rapid pace and was fulfilling at the start, before it became a revenue driven goliath.

    Cons

    that environment has changed, the genius role has become virtually 100% retail facing so no time for learning, salaries are below average. Meaning for many, its better to work for any other company.

    Advice to Management

    Re-engage the staff, invest a few pounds from the billions earnt to ensure staff are happy and enthusiastic, but most importantly trained properly.



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