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Like any other big company

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

I worked at Apple

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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 Management

Software 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.

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  1. High expectations, low pay

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    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Apple

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This place is great if you want people to think you're cool, trendy and willing to work for nothing. A lot of the Mac Specialists seem brainwashed to think they're getting a good deal with their low hourly rate to sell, sell, sell.

    Cons

    If you want a relatively dead-end, low paying job to do while you're in school, work here. You're better off getting an internship in non-retail.

    Advice to Management

    Offer your employees higher pay, your Genii won't have anything to do without sales people. Offer some incentive, not just some old crap you have laying around at Christmas time.

  2. Good, but hard work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Apple

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good corporate culture and learning.

    Cons

    Long hours. Company is driven by brand marketing rather than engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.

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