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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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  1. 17 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place for MBAs... I can only recommend Apple Ops to fanboys who would like a career in Supply Chain.

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    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager  in  Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA

    Pros

    -ability to work on cool consumer electronics
    -international travel
    -stock / RSU package is a reasonable income supplement
    -pride associated with working for the most admired company in the world

    Cons

    -management by chaos - resulting in a lot of unnecessary churn and work
    -no respect for work life balance
    -management expects you to be on call all the time
    -everyone is so busy, training and development is an afterthought
    -very top down structure where individuals hold little authority and are often micromanaged
    -management considers "company pride" as a perk, and skimps on other benefits
    -financial compensation is not competitive
    -no clear career development opportunities
    -very few processes, so the culture is people-driven, and therefore, very political
    -management is maniacally focused on the bottom line, so certain detrimental behavior is not discouraged. This is often manifested in needless politicking, bad management styles, heavy-handed vendor relations, and turf wars. In short, jerks are tolerated.
    -the company is very siloed, limiting mobility (in my case, my VP would not allow me to consider jobs outside his umbrella)
    -different organizations have different incentives, often resulting in poor coordination at critical hand-off points

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow engineering / ops to push back more on late design changes. Align incentives so that engineering / ops are better coordinated between across development builds. Do not allow form to trump function (see antenna-gate). Provide more competitive compensation for your top performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2.  

    A solid money-making opportunity with a great atmosphere and awesome products.

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    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Apple is innovative and hard-working. It not the easiest job but if your looking for challenge (which I was) and want to work with retail and technology there is no better company to work for. The benefits are great - even when you are part-time. No matter what position you work with the company there is always room for growth and everyone is one big happy family.

    Apple spends lots of money, time and har-work into making Apple retail flawless. They have a special corporate team dedicated to making internal software that'll ease workflow for employees and customers.

    Cons

    The politics inside of Apples culture are a little bizarre. For example, when something is released and it is slightly wrong or people are unhappy with it the everyone in the company needs to be prepared to take one stance on the subject and hold onto that stance until Apple says other wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication over RNN is great but, sometimes I feel as if I would like to be able to check my Apple webmail from home, even if I'm part-time. In my store there is a lot of communication through Apple webmail and I don't get that communication until I actually go to the store which is 1-2 times/week since I'm PT.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company...Great Environment

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    Current Employee - Retail Specialist  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Retail Specialist in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Thourough training. Company's comittment to its products, services and employees is as revolutionary as its computer technology.

    Cons

    None, really. Downside of working retail is dealing with unreasonable customers. Fortunately, the numbers are small with Apple. Apple stands behind its products and services and bends over backwards to make all customers happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have some kind of incentive plan for specialist or see a higher hourly rate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun place to work, network and learn

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    Former Employee - Specialist  in  Peabody, MA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Peabody, MA

    Pros

    Meet lots of people, learn a great deal, one of the most admired companies in the world, amazing products and technology, good benefits, a fun place to work!

    Cons

    Pay is average, customers are very demanding, hard to take your break on busy days, sometimes understaffed, standing on your feet all day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate employees, provide more team-building

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Engineering Project Manager Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Cupertino, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work tons of hours at Apple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Iphone T1 Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 ManagementAdvice

    great management.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Grinding it out

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Cupertino, CA

    Pros

    Great 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!).

    Cons

    Zero 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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