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Updated September 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (13)

    All The Glory, A Different Story Internally

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great brand name, great products, lot of glamor to working here - Lots of passionate people - Excellent employee benefits, good cafeteria

    Cons

    - Vicious, cut-throat, political environment, it is all about whose good side you are on. Culture of Fear permeates, it is like always walking on eggshells - Many good employees have left out of frustration - No upward mobility, no career growth potential, little opportunity given to change roles, lot of pigeonholing - HR is useless, terrible performance reviews - ZERO work/life balance, you sell your soul to the company - Intense, driven work environment, extremely stressful at all times

    Advice to Management

    - Keep a check on the attitude of the VPs, they are like mini-dictators of their teams - Institute a checks-&-balance system in place to limit the political BS - Listen to all employees, give the good ones a chance to flourish


  2. Interesting and wear some comfortable shoes.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative minds, people and ideas.

    Cons

    Insane hours Crazy customers Leadership could be better, too many cases to elaborate Yet at certain times it's almost as if managers expect way too much out of their employees. Long hours will cause you to feel drained physically and emotionally. Advancement in the company? It's rare so you had better have a stable back up plan or you can forget it.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management, will always have their flaws no one is perfect. Just remember how important your "RED ZONE" workers are.


  3. Helpful (1)

    New members are asked to to the most risky projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Video Codec Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Video Codec Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work cutting edge technology, fair compensation, RUS.

    Cons

    Ask you to do which is not your specialty area, and what they or their people don't want to take the risks.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Corporate vs. Retail are day and night

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative, innovative, fast paced and exciting. The best products in the world. Only perfection is acceptable. Salary/benefits are competitive. RSUs.

    Cons

    Horrible management. There are probably more managers than there are ICs. The reason for this is Apple just promotes people based on years at Apple. First level managers have no mgmt or leadership skills. I've never seen so many managers have one direct report. Even then, they are not really managing. Awful culture. No training, no support. Everyone is ultra competitive. Zero work life balance. Expect to work 18 hour days, 6.5 days/week. Frequent travel, up to 50%.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Signing your life away

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great people to work with -Ability to learn about the OS and its features -Discounts

    Cons

    -Poor management all around -Severe lack of communication -Many empty promises -Hard to advance, even in store -Little to no work-life balance -Raises not high enough

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost, stop making empty promises. No one should ever join Apple Retail with the dream of going to Corporate because it will almost never happen, or it will take a very, very long time. Management loves to talk about how easy it is to move up in Retail, just to express your interests and they will "show you how to get there" but that is totally the opposite. You have to go over their heads and then bother your manager repeatedly for an endorsement once the time comes. The lack of communication is a huge con. This goes back to empty promises, as well as communication in between managers. They have their own agendas, and when on the floor, they tend to push you in many directions, making it harder for your core employees to be satisfied with their jobs. Make better schedules.


  7. Paid poorly 2% raise for highest rated work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Trainer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free t-shirts. candy and a vacation once a year.

    Cons

    upper management - the pay - the perks.

    Advice to Management

    If you give someone a review that is rated as the highest rating you give - and heap praise on them with no criticism at all and tell them they are the best employee on the team - Dont give them less of a raise then the worst employee on the team - I am no longer motivated to innovate due to my 2% raise.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Not treated with dignity, humanity, or respect

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDM Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - SDM Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great cafe, high compensation, nice equity price

    Cons

    - Managers suffering from mental instability or possibly on drugs - Brown nosing definitely superior to intelligent work - Very long hours and weekends, most job roles outside of engineering mind numbingly dull, a CEO who demands work before 6am everyday, & "accountability without control" (that's one of the core values they teach in Apple University management classes btw -- it's Apple culture to get screamed at for things that are beyond your control). - Verbal abuse and intimidating workplace the norm -- everybody craps on somebody while getting crapped on by somebody else - Internal infrastructure (basically everything IS&T builds) constantly breaking, management solution to scream at underlings without fixing root causes or problems - Avoid at all costs unless you really need to money, like getting abused, or God forbid want to work someplace where you're expected to abuse your reports into mindless submission

    Advice to Management

    Get some sleep, fire and replace all IS&T top management, apply roughly the same standards to internal applications and processes that you apply to finished products, stop hiring psychotic leftovers from The Gap


  9. Helpful (6)

    Horrible, cult-like place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I made the best friends of my entire life working here. Apple knows how to hire amazing people. This is the only pro.

    Cons

    I dealt with actual verbal abuse from both management and customers on a weekly if not daily basis. I was treated like a peon and a disposable member of an army rather than an actual human being who mattered. There were numerous HR issues with coworkers and managers that almost always got swept under the rug. Disgusting. I would never recommend working here to anyone. Every quarter, employees anonymously review management and ours consistently received a score UNDER 0%. I don't even know how you get a negative percent, but this job sucks so badly that it defies math.

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing your employees and learn how to run a business.


  10. Helpful (1)

    GREAT NAME BUT LOUSY PAY

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HBA - Sales in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - HBA - Sales in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products Products Products Products Products!!!!

    Cons

    How can you make it on $30,000 with no commission with a family.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide a better commission structure for all sales positions.


  11. Mean Spirited Staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Can be fun somewhat, but don't expect a warm fuzzy "welcome to the family" approach after your 2nd month. It's ok in the beginning, but the claws come out around the 3rd month.

    Cons

    Staff is mean spirited & VERY clickish. If they don't like you, the co-workers will make it difficult for you on a daily basis. Hours are also very UNFLEXIBLE.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to move up the ladder & out & take care of your people.



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