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Apple Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.5 71 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Tim Cook

(50 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits with above average pay scales for most departments(in 207 reviews)

  • Great staff, excellent work environment nothing beats apple when it comes to computers(in 195 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance and handling any customer issues as well as the long hours(in 190 reviews)

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

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    A bright start to a career, you have to be strong to survive but don't expect to get too far without moving on.

    Apple Retail Specialist (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsApple Retail gave me some great life skills that I have adapted to work, now outside of Apple. I wouldn't be the person I am today without these. The culture of inclusion within the stores can be hit and miss but when it is just right you will feel like you are part of a big family. I have made friends for life and will never forget or regret the time I spent there.

    ConsThe management team are more often then not put under stresses to hit targets that they can not meet. This has destroyed the once great culture of openness at Apple and has resulted in results driven staff as a posed to long term culture driving ideals.

    I was once issued a 9 out of 9 review after having a fantastic year at the company to then 2 weeks later have that removed from me because of pressure from higher levels above stores to give lower reviews/pay rises. This was a kick in the teeth after the work I had put in and the recognition I was proud to have achieved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in long term wins and don't think for a second that you are pulling the wool over Apple Store employees eyes when you say one thing and mean another. Be legit and forthcoming and never go back on your word.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great!

    Specialist (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat team around you. Always supported by managers and staff. Great discount and employee stock purchase plan.

    ConsBusy stores. Lots of people asking about iPhone 6!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the hourly pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun

    Specialist (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood people, good wage, and an interesting environment - doesn't feel like a retail job but rather an advisory role. No need to sell the product, it sells itself. You are just guiding customers to the best option for their needs.

    ConsVery rigid on hours. I had to leave when going back to university as they could not cut my hours down to fit in with studies, despite glowing reviews from manager and colleagues, and strong metrics (not that these were overly important to apple)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    enjoyed working for Apple

    Specialist (Current Employee) Solihull, England (UK)

    Prosthey are friendly and fun

    Consa lot of training, challenging with customers

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to build up salary per year

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Genius (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsBest place to work at

    ConsNothing to say since everything is amazing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's not all what you think: a Corporate European head office perspective

    Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    Pros- Came across some of the most intelligent people from across the globe
    - People outside of Apple (or even those working in the retail store) think it must be amazing working for Apple (really it is not if you work corporate)
    - Nice offices (the illusion to keep you in the "wow" factor)
    - Business Macbook & iPhone (some departments get iPads too)
    - If you survive in Apple Corporate, you can survive almost anywhere

    Cons- No career growth: you have to fight for yourself, you will be lucky if you have a "nice" manager that "helps"
    - Work comes first attitude: "it doesn't matter what is happening in your life, get it done"
    - Back stabbing, two faced politics, lies
    - Lack of recognition for hard work
    - Surprisingly low pay compared to similar jobs in industry
    - Not valuing their employees: "it is a privilege to work at Apple, we can easily replace you"
    - Useless HR: incompetent and essentially managers spies; serious waste of space
    - Extremely under staffed
    - Unreasonable demands that have you working evenings (till morning) and weekend for things which end up not even being important
    - Serious lack of sense of "team": everybody is out for themselves
    - Pay rises are in % increases unless you get "promoted" (you aren't really given a new job, just a lot more responsibility and a bit more money, but sometimes no change to title or hierarchy placement) the amount can be insignificant. Max % increase was 10%, and that is really rare to get! ADVICE: negotiate a big base before joining so those % are worth more.
    - Company brainwashing practices are common (seminars, lectures, lessons). Its hard to believe how many people buy into it internally
    - Please note that the Europe Head office (in London) appeared to be a special case of intensity. The UK office and other European offices appeared to be not as bad (at least from my perspective). Though when weneeded things done by the local offices, they would feel our pain too. Till this day, the Local teams do not know how lucky they have it vs the Head office. I can only imagine how bad it is in the World HQ in Cupertino

    Advice to Senior Management- Look after your employees, they are your greatest asset. A lot of your best people leave or are looking to leave. Or even worse, have be grinded down so much they are no longer giving 100%
    - Hire more people
    - Reward people better
    - Help people to grow and move

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Put in a lot... don't get a lot back

    Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsReasonable wages, good employee discounts and benefits.

    Consvery busy, stress full, very little progression unless you want to become a technician, little recognition for work put in.

    Advice to Senior Managementrecognise the talent your team has and build on it. Don't let them grow to resent the company and yourselves by failing to notice them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Mac Genius (Current Employee)

    ProsGood career progression, fast paced environment. Good pay and benefits. A good place to develop a career with on going training.

    ConsSometimes moving to a new role can be a challenge. Can be very political at times. Hard to be noticed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awsome

    Storage Engineer (Former Employee) Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

    ProsBest place to work and learn

    Consnothing to mention as it is the best place

    Advice to Senior Managementawsome management

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    My Career

    Specialist (Current Employee) Grays, England (UK)

    ProsI love working for the company. You learn something new everyday within the company and each day is a different experience.

    ConsI cant con apple i have been there 6 and half years. Over the time it has made me a better person at work and personal life. Which you take into day to day life

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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