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

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Global Supply Manager  in  Cupertino, CA
Current Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA

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 ManagementAdvice

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Apple retail has top notch management and great training for advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Specialist in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Working at the Apple Store is a fun and energetic experience. Every customer who comes in the door has different needs and different problems. Finding the solution that fits that customer is very rewarding. The company treats it's employees well and promotes training for advancement inside or outside the company. The benefits help offset the low retail pay. Insurance for full or part time workers, 401k, profit sharing and product discounts are nice benefits.

    Cons

    low pay and bad hours are all a part of the retail experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't regurgitate what you learned in your training to your employees. Too many of the pep talks to employees are canned and unimaginative. To use a cliche, think outside the box.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Place, Great Benefits, Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Specialist in New York, NY

    Pros

    The Benefits are truly amazing... They cover so much... They give you $100 for commuting every month, pay 150 of your gym membership, health is awesome...
    The people are great, both customers and co-workers.
    You're given different things on different days to do (Phone room, Greeter, Personal Set Up, etc)
    Pay is excellent as well!

    Cons

    Lots of managers.. so it can get confusing when you're told to do one thing, and then corrected... then corrected again... A lot of competition for any position in the Family room (Family Room Specialist, Creative, Genius.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive.. give fair chances!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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