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Updated August 31, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (31)

    One of the best Silicon Valleys at present

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. Helpful (157)

    Loved It

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Discount$ were great Opportunities were abundant Coworkers were hott Broworkers were awesome Technology was cool

    Cons

    Hours bad Drama abundant No sex with coworkers Manager was gay and tried to seduce me Etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sexual harassment


  3. Helpful (393)

    Challenging, Rewarding, but ZERO work/life balance. Most satisfying , most difficult and most rewarding job ever.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apple full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    We work with geniuses - in every department, We create innovative products that thrill our customers and create new product categories - who else can say that?

    Cons

    ZERO ZERO ZERO work/life balance. Execs have been saying for YEARS that they understand and will make it better. But in actuality, it gets worse every year! It is obviously top management LIP SERVICE because if they meant it, they could fix it tomorrow. They have hundreds of BILLIONS in the bank. If they REALLY cared about employee work/life balance, they could bring aboard the right number of folks to make that issue dissolve. Sick of hearing the lies. Just don't lie about wanting to fix it, when they clearly DON'T care


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  5. Helpful (78)

    At-Home-Advisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apple At Home Advisor in Lakewood, CO
    Current Employee - Apple At Home Advisor in Lakewood, CO

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

    Pros

    The position is at home. The company is AMAZING. There are limitless advancement opportunities. You work with some very cool people and the leadership cares about your development. You may get coaching but you never get battered or belittled. The pay is decent and the benefits include, 401(k) match, stock purchase options, product discounts and discounts on services across many different areas, education assistance, child care assistance, paid vacation, sick time and other time off options, health club Reimbursment or bike cost set off. You get 1.5 time for OT and it's pretty much unlimited as long as you don't exceed 12 hours in a day or 59 total in a week.

    Cons

    The schedule changes every 90 days and you have to bid for your shifts so you never know what you are going to get. This makes it extremely hard to plan your life to far in advance. You are also pretty much assured to work a Saturday or Sunday.

    Advice to Management

    The management consists of a team manager and their area manager. Meetings are held over video and chat. They are supportive of individual development and help you to reach your goal. Management will challenge you if you want to advance but it's always in the spirit of making you better to prepare you for the next role.


  6. Helpful (130)

    Company genuinely cares about you!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits - great work environment - great salary (especially for retail) - lots of peer support - lots of management support - lots of learning experiences and resources - opportunity for advancement - opportunities for "career experiences" in corporate roles, for retail staff (underutilized, apparently. go for it!) - you become really good friends with your peer group, or maybe even family! - Amazing sense of belonging and community - great stepping stone to new career, if that is your choice

    Cons

    - Too much "drinking the kool aid". WAY too much. I hope this is an apt metaphor: Imagine you have an 8oz cup in your hand. They pour a 64oz pitcher of Kool-Aid into your 8oz. cup. Then they pour a pitcher of sugar into the same cup. You get diabetes. The amount of company propaganda is absolutely astounding and excessive to point of being absolutely ridiculous, wherein you feel like a caricature of yourself wearing this blue shirt. This is coming from me, a lifelong Apple fan since 1987 (the year I started using computers). - FAR too much bashing of anything that isn't Apple. Apple has now decided as a company, to compare itself to Samsung and Google, etc etc. It used to decide not to compare itself to anybody. This shows everywhere from development to retail attitudes. - Willing isolation from and ignorance of the rest of the world of technology. Apple exists in a bubble, and those within the bubble are blissfully unaware that any other technology is relevant and useful. I heard one employee say that Microsoft Office is going the way of the dinosaurs. Nobody called him out on this. What dream world is he living in???? Isn't it better to learn Apple's technology in a way that helps it workably coexist with other technology? This is equally as important as learning the Apple ecosystem, which, yes, in itself is amazing. - Training is too general, not specific enough to help sharpen one's technical skill set on a consistent basis. - No ongoing training program to keep your technical skills sharp and up to date. Instead, they offer "Pathways", which is meant to improve your social skills. Great! But isn't that why they hired us to begin with? You have to search Apple's technical reporting system for relevant known issues, which is fine but if you don't (and a lot of techs don't) you usually find out what those are when a customer has a problem and you don't know the answer. One person who happened to look at iDesk might know the answer, but if they're not available, you may end up giving the customer the wrong solution. The signal to noise ratio of important, specific information is a total mess. - "I can't believe they re-arranged the lockers. I'm thinking about quitting now." Everyone joins in agreement. Really, guys? C'mon. Again, as I mentioned in my point about the Apple "bubble", the perception of reality can be largely distorted. Management has to work REALLY REALLY hard to bend over backwards for every little thing. So how much energy do they have left over to make sure their techs are up to date, or that sales staff knows their specs and has good ways of explaining tech to non-tech people? Apple is very big on managing expectations for customers (great, actually!) but could do a lot better to manage expectations for employees. Maybe this would improve management's time and ability to fix some more important issues. - Far too many points of contact for customers. A customer may end up talking to between 4 and 8 different people who may end up telling them lots of conflicting things. Either communication needs to improve in the store or the number of contact points needs to decrease somehow.

    Advice to Management

    My feedback section was long, I realize, but it's because I genuinely care about Apple as a company and would love to see things improve in real, tangible ways where the signal to noise ratio is considered for retail as much as it is considered for its products and services! Consider and analyze the cons I wrote above and communicate them with your market leaders! How successful IS Pathways, really, for example? Everything has to be given a chance to work, of course, but I think maybe corporate doesn't get enough constructive feedback from its retail stores for fear of being perceived as not having put enough effort into making these things work. Regardless, I loved working for Apple and would absolutely return given the need and/or opportunity.


  7. Helpful (40)

    AppleCare Advisor (AHA)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applecare At Home Advisor
    Current Employee - Applecare At Home Advisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment as you get to work from the comfort of your own home. The people you meet and work along side (though strictly via video/text chat and email) are amazing! Everybody believes in fostering growth and enhancing your skills. The type of dynamic most folks have with their Teams and Managers is inspiring. Working for Apple made me realize a lot about myself in order to become a better person.

    Cons

    Your work schedule, though flexible, is set for anywhere from a 3-6 month period. The pay is excellent but the environment can be very stressful. Management is mostly competent and helpful, but a few bad eggs do make it through. Reaching out above the normal escalation path is frowned upon, so getting to your boss' boss is difficult without them knowing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Genius

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Genius/Genius Administrator in Saint Cloud, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Genius/Genius Administrator in Saint Cloud, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People. Love to enrich lives.Great benefits, stock options etc..

    Cons

    No work life balance. Blackout days prevent you from requesting holidays off. No set schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Very Supportive!


  9. Helpful (1)

    A place where you come to do your best work ever!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with incredibly smart and fun people You get to listen and meet the top players of innovation Challenging and interesting jobs Access to learn a different way to do and to think You will realize you are not at the top of your game, there is another level of greatness! You will have a lot of AHA moments Will learn so much your will overload A company that truly wants to leave a mark in the world Great pay and benefits galore! Unbeatable Medical insurance Strong diversity and inclusion efforts

    Cons

    - It is really tough and intense, if you are not a passionate professional this is not for you - If a title and power is your drive this is not for you - After acclimating to the culture the expectations of performance are very high, so if you are looking for a cushy job, this is not the place for you

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop and groom your leaders you are doing a great job! Continue Diversity & Inclusion initiatives Continue investing in programs to improve life/work balance


  10. Apple

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Specialist in Kettering, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They take care of you. Not about the numbers. Upward mobility. Plenty of opportunity for bonuses. Transferring is easy. Great co workers.

    Cons

    Being around incredible product all the time makes you want to buy it. Also, As much as they tell you it isn't about the numbers, it actually is in some ways, because there really is no other way to measure retail success.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  11. Apple Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, highly recommend. Awesome work environment, culture, and benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing negative about working for Apple. You fit in if you are passionate about your work and work hard all of the time.



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