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Apple Manager Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Great benefits as soon as you start (in 952 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work from home (in 232 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Good growth and work life balance
    Your peers are close and you become like family
    Lots of growth and promotion from within

    Cons

    Sometimes there are too many conflicting priorities
    Pay is lower than most other retailers
    The better you do the more work you are given


  2. "Senior Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is strong. Pay is great and outstanding benefits. The vision of the company is very clear to follow.

    Cons

    Not all leaders follow the credo. Depending on your location decision makers may be influenced to make poor choices just to save themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time with your people

  3. "Always engaging, never a dull moment!"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and culture are great. Especially wonderful when working with engineers who are passionate about their work and will take the time to teach you.

    Cons

    Your work life balance was good only if your work was your life. There was never time to take a vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Many people are not able to work 70+ hours per week and the unspoken but well understood expectation that you do so is unreasonable, especially for salaried folks.


  4. "Operations Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company with stellar values.

    Cons

    Secrecy creates conflicts and causes a bad work experience


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, endless work at sprinters pace"

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    Current Employee - Manager Program Management in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Program Management in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best of the best in terms of talent, constant challenge and growth, great comp and benefits, high exposure and visibility

    Cons

    Comp pays for sacrifice of work/life management, politics at most levels, constantly stretching individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path to create the best products. Work to understand the added layers of management and politics that drive excess, non-critical, workload. Ensure everyone still aligned towards the customers and products.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great for building skills and a change of mind"

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    Former Employee - Retail Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Retail Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Leadership, while often understaffed to support thoroughly, is excellent and continues to improve.
    The people you work with are brilliant and utilize talents outside of the store environment that will always impress. I've watched so many people excel at their job and do great things, building skills for life and next career choices.
    Benefits and compensation, despite what people say, are generous if used to their fullest. Most employees neglect the extras and focus only on the base salary.

    Cons

    Working in the retail store is challenging because of the odd hours that retail requires. However, managers are willing to work with teams to find the best out of retail scheduling chaos.
    Senior leaders may not always have the Apple knowledge base when they first start out and this makes it challenging to lean on them completely. Big picture, Apple hires great talent for these positions.
    It has become harder and harder for managers to expand out of their roles and learn and develop new skill sets outside of the retail four walls. Gaining career experience opportunities can be challenging as the requirements for many relevant step ups require that you be a store leader first, which just reinforces the idea of climbing up a ladder, something that culturally does not sit well with how we do business in general, especially at the Retail level.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support leaders in the stores and provide resources to aide them. They want to do fantastic things but are stretched thin constantly. At the retail stores, we try to create special moments for our employees and our customers. Corporate needs to try to create magical Apple moments across the board for our teams as well.
    Also, there should be internal recruiters who are looking out for above and beyond talent in our retail stores and seeking to challenge and deepen their responsibilities across the company. Leaders in the store don't always know what would be a best fit for other roles across the company. Sometimes retail is the in for many employees but unless people feel continuously challenged over time, they start seeking an out.


  7. "Hard, but rewarding Work"

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    Current Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apple full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on groundbreaking products, for an ethical company. Pay is good. Resources are top notch and available. Work with smart people.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance. Few perks outside of pay. Secrecy is part of the culture. Noticeable lack of upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your talent. Transparency.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Retail"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resumé
    Nice perks like employees discounts etc.

    Cons

    Toxic culture.
    Pressure to entirely "drink the kool aid"- cultish.
    Leadership will use pretzel logic to justify giving up on employees.
    Change-obsessed: leadership will "fix" things that don't need fixing while ignoring actual opportunities to innovate.
    Very subject to "group think"and needless jargon.

    Advice to Management

    Caring about people and paying lip service to caring about people are two different things. Upper management talking constant trash about employees that have fired is a strong indication of this.


  9. "Problem solving paradise"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apple full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High-energy inspiring environment with driven intelligent individuals. Opportunities for problem solving abound. Easy to take initiative and see your impact.

    Cons

    Many meetings and calls across US-China time zones

    Advice to Management

    Leverage more opportunities to connect teams and lessons learned across teams and products


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Had a good run."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money is good. HW Technology is brilliant. Some super smart people still here. Moves fast. Super attentive to detail. Customer is treated as king.

    Cons

    Red tape , bureaucracy, blind management. Too focused on bottom line and wallstreet pandering. Super aggressive and nasty behavior rewarded if you're smart. Low focus on computer science.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be blind. Have a spine.