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Good company to work for, but keep in mind that it *is* Apple.

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Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Apple

Pros

The culture of the company is one of the best I've ever experienced. From the basic understanding that if you do something there's probably a good reason for it to the whole team-integration, there's no fear that there is going to be backstabbing or infighting. The fairly clear paths for keeping a career is a nice touch as well. Even the little things, like the Wellness Program, really convey that the company cares about the employees and values them as a major asset and not a liability.

Cons

Apple is a very exclusive company to work for and they know it. The pay isn't as high as one could get elsewhere, and sometimes minor infractions, like talking about a possible upcoming product launch, are enough to get you dismissed. Also, while my training, expertise, and career path lie with either repair of computers or education of users, I'm stuck in a sales job until a manager determines that I've met some benchmark that seems, at this time, to be completely arbitrary.

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Recognize when an employee might feel like their current position isn't really providing the day-to-day challenge that will keep the work fun and interesting for an employee. Also eliminating some of the hoops that need to be jumped to get to a new position that one might wish to be in, especially if the employee is not especially well fit to their current position.

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    Apple Works Well For Hard Workers

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    Current Employee - Content Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Content Manager in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    Apple is the kind of place where they throw you in the deep end very quickly and expect you to produce results. There is very little hand holding --- but since *everyone* has been in the same boat, folks are usually very good about answering questions If you can survive and excel in that environment and if you believe in the product and the mission of the company (without being an obnoxious fan-boy), this is a fantastic place to work. The company expects productivity and results, but also is very good about giving you the space you need to get the work done on time. Mico-managers (and those who require micro-management) need not apply.

    Cons

    Due to the secretive nature of the Company, employees sometimes won't know exactly what they are working on will be informed about a lot of important difficult work they have to do at the last possible minute they would need to be informed about it. The hands-off management style can lead sometimes lead to a lack of feedback. Becasue the attiude aroudn here is "do whatever it takes to get it done" thee can be a lack of work-life balance -- you can take whatever personal time you might need, but you still have to get stuff done on time.

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    The internal secrecy can sometimes be a bummer.

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    Happy to work for one of the most mature startup companies in Silicon Valley

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    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    Apple is a large company, but often has a small company feel. Most project teams are very small - a few people at the most. Often there are only one or two key engineers directly responsible for features or key project areas. Because of how small teams are, it makes it very easy to approach key players and influence product direction. Conversely, key engineers don't have much bureaucracy to cut through to implement innovative new ideas. It is because of this culture of innovation, as well as a culture of excellence, that working at Apple has been one of the best experiences of my professional career.

    Cons

    Because of the small business mindset, and the decentralized nature of the decision making and product direction, Apple at times lacks the structure that other companies have set up. There are very few departments that are isolated from their customers - so the process and structure that each group attempts to establish can be heavily influenced or even ignored by those who need to use a back door method of getting work done. It is possible that project managers may pressure engineers or other staff to complete work faster than their managers agreed upon, where in larger companies this behavior would be frowned upon, or forbidden. Some structure is necessary to keep a happy medium, and at times Apple could use more structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead more, and don't wait until the last minute to make key decisions. No one wants to work for months on a feature, only to have it cut 4 weeks before shipping the product. Encourage more lower level employees to participate in the product design process, from the ground up. Continue to foster a culture of innovation.

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