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Great experience

  • Comp & Benefits
Current Contractor - Product Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
Current Contractor - Product Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

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

Pros

Smart and energetic coworkers.
Great knowing that these products are being designed in the USA
Café macs has some legit food
Huge following despite not being the top phone os

Cons

It takes a certain person to work with these engineers.
Constantly bringing the A game!
Android ecosystem (phone, tablet, Google suite, streaming) seems to be better integrated than apple)
*people complaining about the food not being free? Siriusly? Pay seems to be right up there with all the other local engineering.

Advice to Management

Not sure yet.

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    It depends on which department you work at... avoid IS&T

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

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

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

    Pros

    Apple discount is ok. When you start, you will receive a $500 bonus to be used every 3 years so buy something immediately. 25% off one item from each product family per year - desktop, ipads, iphone, etc. 15% for up to three friends every year. If you work in IS&T and you love project management, then this is for you.

    Cons

    Every IS&T department team is governed by the onshore and offshore vendor model primarily from India companies. If you enter as a developer, you will be involuntarily assigned to work as a technical program/project manager role where you will delegate all your code to onshore and offshore developers. Sometimes you'll get good developers, but most of the time, you'll get mediocre or below-average developers. There is no diversity in this department as the overall ethnicity is 99.999% India descent. Most of the senior managers are not technical, not hands-on and rely solely on the program/project managers/consultants to deliver all projects for them. The technical knowledge is heavily relied on the consultant/contractor engineers. The performance reviews can be conducted arbitrarily and can be tweaked at the discretion of the manager. It depends on the manager's integrity and honor if he/she will base your performance on merit. Over time, the more you do project management work, the less you will do technical work unless you put in long hours at night. The management team will do whatever possible to protect themselves and avoid all risk. There is a lot of politics and arrogance. One director hired most of her managers from her previous company. Everyone who knew the director ascended to management ranks by this association. So either it is by coincidence or maybe cronyism? If you don't belong in that "3com club", then you will not be as richly compensated. e.g. The managers brag to their employees about buying and/or rebuilding 1- 3 million dollar homes (ground up) in areas of Saratoga, Cupertino, and Evergreen.

    Just to emphasize, this is for the Apple IS&T department. All other product development teams - iCloud, iTunes, etc. will not have this environment. Furthermore, it can be confirmed that those departments are more diverse in ethnicities, rely on badged employees for development work, and work long hours depending on the team and project.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to take place from the CEO down if IS&T was to become a better work place. Move out of the onshore/offshore India vendor model and reorganize all management. Hire diverse, computer science-degreed, technical managers and permanent employees who understand technologies and can be hands-on. Rely on in-house permanent engineers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Work hard and play hard.

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

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

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

    Pros

    We actually get paid to make the products that people around the world are excited to open on Christmas morning.

    Cons

    Secretive and poor work/ life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that you're supposed to be here to support your teams not further your egos.


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