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6 people found this helpful  

Like any other big company

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

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.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Apple can be a great place to work but this really depends on your Manager and how well you play politics.

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Cupertino, CA

    Pros

    Company Culture
    Company Products
    Challenging Projects
    Great benefits
    Fast Pace lets make a difference style
    Think Different place to be
    And lets not forget SJ
    Great Beer bashes and food

    Cons

    Really depends on how good your Manager is ( Walker or Talker) and takes care of the whole team
    Politics is the name of the game
    Depending on group / team expect to work very long hours and weekends for long periods of time
    Work / Home life balance is really tough depending on which team your on
    Lots of teachers pets drama going on through the groups with management
    Often stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your History and remember it's the " Think Different " idea which rebuilt a great company from the ashes.
    Customers are number one
    Old and new products need to be treated with respect, don't let the newer groups step on the old groups.
    Crack down on the in house Drama / Politics games
    Keep it in house, out sourcing Dev, QA over seas is just being lazy and cheap and takes away from the people that help built this company to the star it has become. People buy the products because Apple employee's take pride in the products they make and produce, otherwise they would be buying another company products.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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