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Good for learning some new skills but poor career progression

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Former Employee - Genius in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Genius in London, England (UK)

I worked at Apple full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great coworkers with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. Possibility to gain insight into how a large and hugely successful retail organisation is built, specifically with the way in which Apple runs its business as it is considerably different in approach to many other high street retailers. Good advancement up to a point if you are willing to play the corporate game. Great up to a certain point but then if you really want to do anything beyond Retail you have to leave, which culminates in Apple losing their most promising staff.

Cons

Once you reach a certain level within the Retail side there is little further training or progression beyond possible management positions and even these are seldom promoted from within the staff with outside hires being the norm. Poor salary with little increases for long service meaning you are stuck in an underpaid job with no possibility for progression.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop hiring outside managers from other retail stores. New management does not understand the attitude of general Apple staff which is to do a good job in their own way, not taking well to micromanagement. While this may have worked at other Retail stores this does not work at Apple and leads to confrontation between management and staff that could otherwise be avoided.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great staff but no respect for personal time

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Apple full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The team you work with are a great, talented bunch if people. There is always a buzz and you're never bored.

    Cons

    The needs of the business are always far more important than your needs as a human. There is no respect for your personal time and the scheduling is an over complicated mess. There is too much"micro-managing". There seems to be a lack of opportunity for career progression unless you're willing to live out of a managers pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise people for who they are and what they can do, and stop favouriting people because they're talking the right talk to you. Respect your staff as real people and be willing to make changes for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Not at all what I expected

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    Current Employee - Creative (Apple Store)
    Current Employee - Creative (Apple Store)

    I have been working at Apple full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers, product discounts, occasional interesting client projects.

    Cons

    High school politics, micromanagement, holding up opportunities for potential people, constantly teaching people basic computer skills gets mundane. Work/life balance is terrible. I don't see much of a future here. "Credo" and "culture" are a bit to be desired. One thing to believe in the products but the culture is way too much "juice" with their "fearless feedback", etc. Too many employees also don't know much about the product and use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Creatives actually BE Creatives! My store was mismanaged from the get go with management making it seem like getting your certifications in pro apps was a "reward" when it's supposed to be part of your job! We lost potential with more professional users and have become known as a "retirees" club. It's becoming mundane! Also, retail hours in general just suck but even more so when it's 9 hour days. Good luck EVER having a work/life balance and kiss the family goodbye. Mentally draining and feel like my brain is going to mush as the repetitive same questions from customers becomes tiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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