Apple Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Helpful (9)

    The Best Company I've Ever Worked.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Creative in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Creative in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very Good Training - Amazing Benefits, very good pay when compared to other retail jobs. - You work with unbelievably talented people. - They truly care about making the world a better place through technology. Corny, I know, but it's true.

    Cons

    - The Retail hours can wear down on you after a while. - They expect their leaders at all levels to be ready to make Apple their life's work, even people who are only the equivalent of team supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    The advice I would say is to give their people a better work-life balance. It's definitely there, but sometimes they expect you to make business commitments that knowingly interfere with personal ones.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Producer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent experience with top talent coworkers and big brands.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance with regularly working full days, nights, and some weekends depending on your position.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure each employee has at least one mentor besides his boss.


  3. Great compensation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Only in Cupertino. Expensive cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Stay competitive with market compensation and incentives


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  5. Values talented people and dynamic workplace environments.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mac Genius in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mac Genius in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for part-time employees. Leaders are supportive in career goals and approachable.

    Cons

    Consistently busy and at times overwhelming. Misleading about potential for growth. Strict attendance policies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the people, they are passionate about the products and will work better when listened to.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Experience working at the Apple Store

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mac Genius in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mac Genius in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Got to meet interesting people

    Cons

    Had to work some long days when new products were launched


  7. Helpful (1)

    You are working on things that you see everyone using everyday

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Intern - Software QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apple as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Making a difference. Making Apple products better. Lots of smart and like minded people working here

    Cons

    No structured advancement system. No free food other perks Long work hours work-life balance not all that great

    Advice to Management

    More acknowledgement of when you are doing a good job


  8. Helpful (1)

    Apple Retail: Great in the beginning but turned out to be just like any other job.

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    Former Employee - Red Zone Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Red Zone Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The perks, the benefits (only if your offered the full time role), stock options, Apple Passport, discounts on Apple goods and also third parties product discounts.

    Cons

    Favoritism in retail, people getting promoted who didn't deserve it, moving up the retail ladder requires lots of lateral moves, pay is alright but not great, if you speak a language, they milk it. I've worked retail for 10+ years and I thought Apple would be totally different. I thought it would be an easier foot in the door into apple corporate. Just be careful, apple is VERY selective to who they promote into corporate (certain positions), plus your manager needs to give you a good work if they decide to promote you and its just like any other retail jobs. The perks make it semi-tollerable. **Use your 2nd language to leverage more pay when negotiating pay in retail, especially if you speak Chinese or Spanish, very high customer volume in stores here in the Bay Area, California **

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage, don't talk down to the associates (Some managers, not all), We all have favorites but please don't make it so obvious as to who you do favor, promotions or even lateral moves need to be carefully evaluated. Some people don't deserve them but they happen. I tried to become a 'Creative and I did many in-store initiatives to make my way there. However, numerous people got promoted to the next steps over me who didn't deserve it or didn't work as hard as myself.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Engineering intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full ownership of work, was not treated like an intern but like a full-time employee, great intern events

    Cons

    You are very specialized in your role at Apple, which tends to hire "experts" in any field when there's demand


  10. Helpful (1)

    One of the most incisive yet ambiguous learning experiences into human nature and hi-tech.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apple part-time

    Pros

    Learning what's new in technology. Some of the people are really nice and open while others are closed only to people in their circle. Discount on products & services.

    Cons

    Under constant scrutiny and surveillance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing the workers and penalizing managers that really care for their teams. Be more inclusive with the workers and not just your favorites to build a stronger team.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Apple specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were real great, good employee stick purchase program and discount on apple products.

    Cons

    Employees are sometimes too into promoting the apple brand, kind of zombiesh at times.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid micromanagement, trust your employees to get the job done!



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