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Empowering, fast paced, great place to grow career - but No personal life = unsustainable

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
Current Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA

I have been working at Apple full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Empowered to make big business decisions even at the lowest level within the company. Every company has red tape, but Apple seems to have a lot less of it. GREAT management (how often do you hear that).You get to work on the most interesting and state of the art consumer products, and once you're here it really drives you... Since you see the direct result of your hard work. Despite the secrecy legend, I think Apple does a good job at letting employees see the big picture because it enables folks to be more effective. They really make you feel special with excellent compensation, shuttles that navigate thru brutal silicon valley traffic, etc. that being said this is an extremely expensive area to live, so it's not going to be easy to find an affordable place to purchase .... But renting is no issue.

Cons

I think because of the strict work schedules (ie, working from home is frowned upon) combined with the brutal amount of work and hours you need to put in here this is a really burnout job where your health and personal life will be severely challenged. Most of the people in Ops are new for a reason. Management knows it is an issue but "can't seem to figure out how to solve it" which in a nutshell means they are sympathetic but unwilling to do anything real about it. Your work and personal life will know no boundaries... Except calls daily during dinner with the family, don't try and go see a movie after work, calls at night with Asia teams, and never feel like you can "unplug" . High Stress.

Advice to Management

If you want to keep people around start thinking more progressive about work life balance. Working from home a couple times a month would go a long way. Comp days when weekend work occurs, an extra week of vacation time, or even an unpaid sabbatical program to let employees recharge would be just putting yourself on an even playing field with other companies in the area. Stop all of extreme amounts of executive status meetings and put your managers on the hook for reporting up the chain to stop driving so much work.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Want to be at the Bleeding edge of technology with some of the smartest humans ever? Come to Apple Core Engineering team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Engineering Challenges Atmosphere
    - Awesome perks, pay and bonuses (STOCKS :))
    - Good growth perspectives for engineering and engineering management roles
    - Amazing Job security
    - Great work environment (top notch equipment, your surrounded by tones of cool gadgets and you can request for almost anything yo need at work)

    Cons

    - No free lunches (although dinner for the core teams is free)
    - Very few engineering offices ( 3 main locations ), No international offices (unlike competitors like Microsoft, Facebook and Google)
    - No Swimming Pool

  2. Helpful (1)

    Overpromise, Underdeliver

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Wayne, NJ
    Former Employee - Specialist in Wayne, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with the BEST products, and really see every scenario imaginable in the tech world through your experience with customers, it's amazing to see how innovative people as a whole are.
    Also get to work with cool personalities, who do cool things

    Cons

    HORRIBLE personal development...as in, it doesn't exist. Apple's super "secrecy" is used at Retail level to keep employees out of the loop of what management's plans are, and again to prevent you as a retail employee from achieving personal development and rising up to the ranks of management...you are like a wheel in the car...and if you choose to get personal development elsewhere on your own dime like i did, your managers will get PISSED., they really don't like wheels turning into drivers on their watch, you are not hired to be a driver at Apple, only "executives" can do that...and if you want to be an executive, you sure as hell better have the degrees and experience to back up your name.
    Although Tim Cook may claim "Politics Don't Exist At Apple." He is only referencing the camaraderie between the current team of 10 people who run the company, at the retail level to succeed..."you need to know how politics work, and you need to know more than 99% of others." Only then will you be able to "beat the games" that are played there, but when you figure it out, they don't want you there, because "YOU ARENT SUPPOSED TO KNOW."

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the stupid political games...seriously. YOU create them, you KNOW about them, and YOU don't care...it's honestly pathetic.

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