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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Apple retail had great benefits for their employees from perks to policy (in 246 reviews)

  • Great staff, excellent work environment nothing beats apple when it comes to computers (in 215 reviews)


Cons
  • Time off needs to be requested well in advance making work/life balance a challenge (in 252 reviews)

  • Work can be very demanding with long hours depending on the group you are in (in 151 reviews)

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    Former Apple employee

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    Current Employee - Apple Employee
    Current Employee - Apple Employee

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the teamwork and 'fearless feedback' which worked great for everyone to generate revenue for Apple.

    Cons

    Hire better managers with management experience and key skill sets and not those who have been sitting in retail for the past 20 years. If managers are there just for a paycheck who dislike their job, pay them 5k to get out and replace them with new leadership who will get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management on a quarterly basis and if you're sitting on a few billion dollars, consider changing the pay structure for all employees so they can take a vacation, buy a car and have the opportunity to buy a home. If Apple runs a reputable company then provide incentives with better pay to keep employees for the long haul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Genius

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    Current Employee - Apple Genius in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Apple Genius in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Apple part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. That's it. The stress of this job is insane, and if you don't drink the cool-aid you're not going to last long at all.

    Cons

    Your time availability for full-time employees is 6-7 days mandatory. Part-time is 3-7 (but you can only have one weekend day off, and if you don't specify, you WILL work both weekend days).

    This company is excellent at giving you just enough money and benefits to keep you stuck in which ever position you're in. And don't forget, there is NO position (except store manager) that gives you ANY skills to improve your résumé and move on to a better job. DO NOT come here intending on making it to Apple Corporate, and DO NOT expect this to be "the end game."

    Pay is sub-par (especially for the richest tech company in history). Sales "Specialists" start at $13/hr, "Experts" at $18, and "Creatives" and "Geniuses" at around $20/hr... but you'll never start out as the latter 3. You almost always have to start as a Specialist.... Oh, and there's NO COMMISSION. EVER.

    One last thing... your annual "raise" (if you're an exceptional employee) will be around 60 cents.

    I've noticed that the only people who think this company is good to work for, are people with no college education, used to be homeless, ex drug-addicts, or simply have extremely low self-esteem and low self worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since management gets all of their orders from corporate (in Cupertino), there's nothing that management can do to improve work conditions, even if they wanted to... Their Christmas bonuses depend on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    dissapointing and received no support. Graduate programme is useless. (You just a sales consultant)

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    Former Employee - Graduate Programmer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Graduate Programmer in Johannesburg (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Apple is a successful company which gave me the impression it would provide great opportunities.

    Cons

    No support, expectations are ridiculous and graduate programme was not a graduate programme. After studying and receiving your degree you just a sales consultant and all training is only beneficial to the company. No support for students who still study.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever

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    Former Employee - Developer in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Developer in Cork (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and discounts are good considering the price of the devices

    Cons

    Management unable to understand employees needs
    No respect for employees
    Career opportunities are given only to manager's friends - no meritocracy at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect and motivate people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't "Think Different". Don't think at all.

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    Former Employee - Specialist and Back of House Specialist in Huntington, NY
    Former Employee - Specialist and Back of House Specialist in Huntington, NY

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

    Pros

    Discounts. Health benefits for retail after 6 months.

    Cons

    Management is an absolute atrocity - Conniving, heartless, and without morals. Forced to work long hours without legal breaks, quick turn-arounds "clopening", complete disregard for state/federal workplace health and safety. Disrespect, no appreciation, completely unvalued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your employees respect, and appreciation - mine never did. Jump in and be a part of it, don't just stand idle laughing as they drown in consumer purgatory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Each day a little piece of your soul is taken

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    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist
    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist

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

    Pros

    Sweet discounts, excellent healthcare. Cool work environment. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    In the retail side of things you are a punching bag for a lot of upset customers at the Genius bar. For instance, if a customer spills wine on their 2000 dollar computer you are the one that gets to break the news that the warranty does not cover liquid damage. And the kicker is that that person then can go home and Give you a poor review that affects your yearly raise and eligibility for promotion. Most stores are obsessed with metrics and NPS scores. It makes for an extremely volatile and stressful work. Management is disconnected with what is actually on the workers mind. Apple Retail claims to act on feedback, but after 2 years with them what I learned is that they are only prepared to listen to certain feedback. If you critique the way things are being done at a large level you get a pre prepared response and no changes are made. Once you get to be a genius there is no room for advancement whatsoever unless you are the perfect apple poster child with near perfect NPS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider dissolving the NPS measurement system. It's unfair, inaccurate and frankly the sole reason I left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities, terrible management

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    Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store)
    Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store)

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

    Pros

    Pay, training. I got very good at sales very quickly.

    Cons

    Management. Half the management team were educated and came from strong sales backgrounds. These people were great, and really valued success on the floor. The other half were career retail, and didn't have the same standard. I felt discriminated against by these managers because of my education and background. Regardless of my success, I knew that I was experiencing prejudice based off my long-term opportunities outside of the retail floor. It doesn't matter how many higher-ups tell you you are being groomed for corporate, the second the retail floor finds out, you're screwed.

    Apple is also stagnating as a company. They're innovation is slowing down, and I always felt like I was lying to customers about the products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre at best

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    Current Employee - Technical Advisor
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor

    I have been working at Apple full-time

    Pros

    This job hired me with no technical support experience, I only had to pass an online test. The training was intense and had no tolerance policy for ANY absence. It is an opportunity to get your foot in the door for technical support. And to prove, if you haven't had measureable success before that you can learn impressive amounts and maintain strict attendance and statistical requirements. The job, as a whole, is stressful but can be rewarding.

    Cons

    It was not worth it at all for 10.35 an hour. There are only positions available through a temp agency. You go through an intensive training and learn products inside out. Then a 2 week additional on-the-job training. They also create a competitive environment during training for shifts but are not careful with keeping scores and attendance. The management was absolutely inattentive and I have never felt more like 1 in 1000. They had us sign an attendance policy 2 weeks after it went into effect. And did not provide a copy. Ultimately, it was the actual physical room that made me leave. No natural light.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience was absolutely dreadful.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Free Apple products...if that is a pro. The job does pay pretty well if you can avoid putting a gun to your head for long enough to deposit your paychecks.

    Cons

    Basically everything else. Everything from the management down to the customers...absolutely painful. I have no idea why Apple is so highly rated. Apparently I forgot to attend the employee brainwashing sessions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit while you're behind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Pay, Bad Work/Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Appleton, WI

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Educational

    Cons

    Lack of Work/Life Balance, Management can sometimes be very micro managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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