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Hard work but can be rewarding

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

Pros

-The stock purchase plan has been rewarding.
-My co-workers tend to be very high quality. The average tenure is much longer here than at other companies so I tend to think most of the employees are satisfied.
-The onsite caffe is great and serves healthy fare.
-Employee perks are numerous and generous. (beer bashes, BBQ cookoffs, etc.)

Cons

-Managers tend to "manage up".
-Lots of trendy business lingo without a lot of substance in some of them.
-The company can be greedy. Compensation plans change to drastically reduce employee income when it suits them.
-Culture is changing since Steve Jobs is gone

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Manage your employees instead of managing your spreadsheet. Build tools that help not only you but your employees do their jobs more effectively. Remember that other companies envy your talent pool.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful

    Don't Be Blinded By Cheery Recruiters, Money + Company Name

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Employee in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    – Great salary
    – Good name for the resume
    – Semi-decent discounts on Apple products
    – Special concerts by great artists during summer Beer Bash

    Cons

    – Very poor leadership
    – Work w/ a wide range of people: from ex-agency folks who are sharp to 50 year old parents who want the salary and stock but not the hours
    – Work within creative and strategic constraints (thinking outside the box is discouraged)
    – No accountability from leadership down
    – Flat organization which prevents a lot of growth
    – Recruiting is sharp and well-trained in pitching the job, etc.
    – Easier to get into Apple then to leave (no exit interview, no benefit reviews, shuts off cell service, etc.)
    – Too much gray.
    – Operations (process and response time) is hit and miss from IS&T to HR
    – Very impersonal because it is so large. Each department has their own internal intranet site and emails and hotlines. The in-person HR lead knowledge is inconsistent to the hotline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the talented and passionate ones go because you're threatened by their out of the box thinking.

    Hold those in each function accountable for team goals and responsibilities.

    Stop reacting to competitors efforts. Start to be proactive in design and marketing so stock stops dwindling. Be the company you were 10 years ago that innovates and is passionate to outdo themselves...not sit pretty and react to up and coming category players and continue to be arrogant that you'll remain on the top being complacent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great college job

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    Current Employee - Genius in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Genius in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    This is a great job if you are looking to start out or in college. My review is strictly for retail so I can't speak for corporate. The benefits are fantastic and the pay is decent

    Cons

    You pretty much hit a ceiling once you've been here long enough. There are so many retail employees and so little room in upper management. I have know a few to move up but it is very difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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