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Being a manager can be like working in a mad house

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Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Very smart people, 95% of them super dedicated to the company. Amazing products that the world loves. Feels great to work someplace where you can be so proud of what you are creating and under such a recognizable brand. People are pushing technologies not for the latest fad but for rational reasons. I loved, loved, loved working with so many smart engineers who knew their stuff, and who demanded the best from others. Campus has a great energy, food and other benefits are great.

Cons

There are some sociopathic managers at this company who I observed trying to manipulate others just for the pleasure of cruelty. There are some deeply insecure managers holding grudges and trying to get revenge for perceived slights. Honestly, the politics of this place were overwhelming to me. Maybe only 20% of the managers were what I would call "sick minds", the rest were honest and sincere, but it was too much for me. I can't play those sorts of games and I had to get out. Sometimes you don't even know that you are playing a game until afterwards. This is an old company and has a lot of legacy code around. Being innovative often means ignoring glaring problems that have been around for 5 - 10 years. That is kind of painful if you care about quality. I saw some happy managers and I concluded in the end that it was luck of the draw. If you got thrown into the lion pit you might escape or might get torn to shreds. Some managers never got thrown into the lion pit and were able to do well, so if you are considering working there you may get lucky. No one is going to help you out, though. Definitely better to be an engineer than a manager at Apple, IMO.

Advice to Management

Keep cleaning house. Tim Cook recently fired one famous sociopath, who was taking credit for others' achievements and attacking others for perceived slights. I never had to work with him directly, but he is a good proxy for others I'd prefer to not name. But it made me very happy to see that Tim Cook is cleaning house a bit. I think Apple will improve by getting rid of the insecure and machiavellian ladder climbers. Apple is awesome because it is one company. Don't tolerate the silo makers.

Other Employee Reviews for Apple

  1. Helpful (1)

    great company with great benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    this place has decent pay and they have great benefits. no 90 day waiting period. can get benefits with as little at 20 hours/week work. stock options are a plus. overall a nice place to work

    Cons

    information on how to move up in the company and pay are impossible to find out. There is no discussion anywhere of pay scale so it makes it difficult to plan ahead or know if you will make the salary you want to obtain your goals

    Advice to Management

    more transparency


  2. Helpful (1)

    Apple Stores seem to be loosing their sole

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique environment. some people are very pasionate about the brand and teaching and educating prospective buyers in order for them to get the most out of their devices and ultimately themselves

    Cons

    Middle management is so concerned about the stores being "profitable" they are loosing what made Apple Stores special. Stop hiring employees from the competition (Best Buy), the cultures are not the same.

    Advice to Management

    Be yourselves, dont loose what make Apple Store the envy of all other retail companies


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