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Pros
  • Apple retail had great benefits for their employees from perks to policy (in 208 reviews)

  • Great staff, excellent work environment nothing beats apple when it comes to computers (in 194 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance and handling any customer issues as well as the long hours (in 194 reviews)

  • could be physically tiring due to the long hours of walking and standing on concrete floors (in 133 reviews)

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    Engineering Project Manager Intern

    Intern (Current Employee) Cupertino, CA

    ProsFun, fast paced, great coworkers, excellent engineering teams.

    ConsWork tons of hours at Apple.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Iphone T1 Advisor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    Pros-work from home
    -flexible hours
    -discounts on products

    Cons-often stressful dealing with unhappy customers
    -pressure to make applecare sales

    Advice to Senior Managementgreat management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Grinding it out

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee) Cupertino, CA

    ProsGreat products, warm fuzzy feelings everytime you see white headphones. Everyone in the world knows and loves your products. Lots of the people are great (and smart!).

    ConsZero information or support for career or professional development. Turning the crank is the name of the game. Look elsewhere if you want career advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt least let people know how they can get promoted. The bad project management and opaque scheduling isn't making anything very easy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved it

    Genius (Former Employee) Mission Viejo, CA

    ProsAbsolutely loved working for Uncle Steve. The corporation, even as a corporation, was a great thing to be a part of. Loved the services I provided to the public, even when they were challenging and unappreciative.

    ConsI had things thrown at me by customers who were less than satisfied by the company line. But that kind of goes with the territory of working technical service in any industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the store weird. Keep retail small. Always be accessible. Teach them well and always have faith that your employees are looking out for the company's best interests.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Like any other big company

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Cupertino, CA

    Pros- Nice perks
    - Super casual dress code
    - Really nice people and interpersonal culture
    - Can actually take accrued vacation without anyone complaining
    - Stock has been doing very well
    - Heavy marketing means you can impress everyone when you say where you work.

    Cons- Lots of weird managerial politics
    - Endless meetings to get anything done
    - Ridiculous amount of secrecy causes animosity between different teams and makes it take forever to get anything done unless it's high priority or "for Steve".
    - Waaayyyyy understaffed for software engineering in most departments, prepare to work lots of overtime.
    - Some senior engineers have been around for 20 or 30 years, no matter how out of touch they may be, they'll have a significant say in projects tangentially related to them.
    - Corollary: Don't be young.
    - Software engineering culture is fad driven (and we're talking weird Apple-only fads like GCD) on the desktop, rushed and buggy on embedded.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSoftware design mimics the organization that creates it, by separating desktop and embedded development with such an insane amount of security checkpoints, you're ensuring that economies of scale and scope that could come from sharing embedded and desktop code will never happen no matter how much management tries to force it.

    And getting caught between these two worlds is infinitely frustrating.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, but hard work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Cupertino, CA

    ProsGood corporate culture and learning.

    ConsLong hours. Company is driven by brand marketing rather than engineering.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Run of the Mill

    Back of House Specialist (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsApple was a fun company to work for but mu experience with the Tucson Apple Store was less than enjoyable. Cool technology and good environment is the right locations. Kansas City was a dream.

    ConsChildish co workers with petty high school issues. Management is stale and phony lacking true direction but is excellent in keeping the image of direction. No room for advancement and no recognition from the top. Tucson has been forgotten

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a real person with your team. Be transparent with your thoughts and feelings and do not play the whisper in the corner game. Know when you are not effective and be strong enough to admit your mistakes instead of unloading them on your subordinates.

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    Very pressure based

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsGreat perks in terms of getting free software, etc.; fun to be associated with the brand.

    ConsWay more pressure than most commission-based sales jobs. Consistently sell products customers don't want or get let go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSit down and evaluate which products sales goals should really be based on because the ones necessary to sell are a little ridiculous.

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    Why work at Apple?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsYou work for the most valuable technology company in the world

    ConsThey treat their employees, especially in retail, as nameless worker bees

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat happened to doing things differently?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    straightforward interview

    Applications Developer (Former Employee) Cupertino, CA

    Prosthey are the best in the business

    Conslong hours during crunch time

    Advice to Senior Managementthere is an air of arrogance, though well deserved, needs to be humbled a bit

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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