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Fun. Fast-Paced. Low pay

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Got to be a part of some of the most iconic launches of this generation. Worked with an extremely talented group of people. Got to help a lot of people.

Cons

Pay could be a lot better. Review system could use some improvement.

Advice to Management

Assume positive intent.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Summer software engineering intern. Worked closely with full-time engineers.

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Apple as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great offices, salaries. Doing work that actually reaches people at some point. Prestige of being "Apple." Working for a company whose products everybody enjoys. Highly professional atmosphere (could be bad for some people).

    Cons

    The feeling of being a slave of a big corporate machine. Engineers are treated like blue-collar workers that must do what they are told to do. Management has little idea of what engineering is (but does know how to deliver results using dated business oriented methods). High levels of stress every day.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your engineers. Don't treat them like code monkeys that work for bananas. This has a huge impact on the quality of their work.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Great at first, but the culture took a nose dive over the years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AppleCare Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - AppleCare Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - At least when I first started, the culture was amazing. Creativity was valued and prized. You were taught interesting things, and given projects that tickled your brain if you were interested.
    - The people were, and still are, some of the most amazing people you'll ever work with.
    - The managers who are good are absolutely brilliant, amazing, and inspiring. You'll want to jump off a cliff for them.
    - The onsite benefits are pretty rocking. Cafeteria, very nice gym, lovely campus, onsite Toastmasters group (at least while I was there), various employee organizations and clubs, etc.
    - There's a lot of growth, so if you can play the politics game, you have a bright future ahead of you

    Cons

    As I continued on in my career at Apple, the company grew up and became more corporate. What does that mean? Fewer people got promoted from within (preferring instead to get people form the outside, people with MBAs, etc.)
    - As good as the benefits are, there were some serious lacks (example: No paternity leave, no paid leave for adoption, no sabbaticals, etc.)
    - Very few managers (and certainly almost no upper managers) care about the customer. They care about the number, but not about the actual customer.
    - The pay is okay at best. They brag that they're solidly average. This seems counterintuitive for one of the richest companies in the world. Value your human capital.
    - You do have to play politics. Which often translates to keeping your mouth shut. Anger the wrong person and you may as well quit because your career there is over.
    - A lot of the skills they teach aren't transferrable. Instead of certifying people in recognized brands (PMP, ASTD, etc.), they prefer to do their own certifications in house, which don't mean anything anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    There's a certain amount of brainwashing that you start to believe as an Apple employee. Namely, that because you work at Apple, there is no other company anywhere that is possibly even a tenth as awesome and hip and reliable as Apple - if you ever have the audacity to leave, every job for the rest of your career will be worse. It isn't true, but this attitude prevents Apple from caring as much about their employees as they could (and should). True, the benefits are great, but the culture definitely suffered in the time I was there. A few things I would look at:

    - Rethink how you want the culture to be. Do you want people to have the freedom and creativity to make things better for coworkers and the customer, or do you want them to say "Yes Sir" to the Powers that Be, sit down, and be quiet?
    - Invest in employees, both in terms of their professional and personal development
    - Take a hard look at the managers that you hear are terrible. If a manager has a reputation for being awful, you should probably work on managing them out, not just proving them around to different teams. This isn't the Catholic church.
    - If you see a drastic change in peoples' behavior, try asking them what's wrong, rather than assuming that they've suddenly become bad employees.
    - Value your top performers. Keep them challenged. The fastest way to make a top performer your worst performer is to let them get bored.


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