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Like any other big company

Software Engineer (Former Employee) Cupertino, CA

Pros- Nice perks
- Super casual dress code
- Really nice people and interpersonal culture
- Can actually take accrued vacation without anyone complaining
- Stock has been doing very well
- Heavy marketing means you can impress everyone when you say where you work.

Cons- Lots of weird managerial politics
- Endless meetings to get anything done
- Ridiculous amount of secrecy causes animosity between different teams and makes it take forever to get anything done unless it's high priority or "for Steve".
- Waaayyyyy understaffed for software engineering in most departments, prepare to work lots of overtime.
- Some senior engineers have been around for 20 or 30 years, no matter how out of touch they may be, they'll have a significant say in projects tangentially related to them.
- Corollary: Don't be young.
- Software engineering culture is fad driven (and we're talking weird Apple-only fads like GCD) on the desktop, rushed and buggy on embedded.

Advice to Senior ManagementSoftware design mimics the organization that creates it, by separating desktop and embedded development with such an insane amount of security checkpoints, you're ensuring that economies of scale and scope that could come from sharing embedded and desktop code will never happen no matter how much management tries to force it.

And getting caught between these two worlds is infinitely frustrating.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, but hard work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Apple

    Pros: Good corporate culture and learning. Cons: Long hours. Company is driven by brand marketing rather than… Advice to Senior Management: Listen to employees. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    Run of the Mill

    Back of House Specialist (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Apple

    Pros: Apple was a fun company to work for but mu experience with the Tucson Apple Store was… Cons: Childish co workers with petty high school issues. Management is stale and phony lacking true direction but is excellent… Advice to Senior Management: Be a real person with your team. Be transparent with your thoughts and feelings and do not play the whisper in the… More

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