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Updated August 17, 2017
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  • Great benefits as soon as you start (in 1066 reviews)

  • work from home - no commute - decent pay (in 236 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (287)

    "Changing the world (in a small way)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Apple means that the things you work on get into the hands of hundreds of millions of people, literally. It's a lot of pressure to get things right and drives one to do the best work of their lives. 2+ years later I'm still blown away by the talent and creativity of people I work with.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work, teams are usually strapped for resources and under pressure to deliver on strict timelines leading to high stress and long hours at certain times during the year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting for "what's right". Renewable energy, civil liberties, working condition, everything. I couldn't be prouder of that aspect of the company, in the end it's about a lot more than profits and earnings.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Best company to work for if you are “Apple-Material”"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay
    Benefits
    Very smart co-workers
    Work of cool stuff
    Have the latest greatest devices at your disposal
    You get to say “I work at Apple”

    Cons

    Food is expensive ($8 for salad, $10 for main dishes)
    Very smart Co-workers makes you feel average
    Hard to make a big impact
    Changing teams is risky and awkward (you go through full interview, your manager will find out and if the new team doesn’t want you, well, it will be pretty awkward)

    Advice to Management

    Makes changing teams less awkward and risky

  3. "It can be a career suicide"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HW Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - HW Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apple full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    California weather, salary, and benefits

    Cons

    only accept the offer in the position that you really want to work, inside mobility is a shady maneuver

    Advice to Management

    change the corporate Modus Operandi (wishful thinking), transparency among same project teams is a must for productivity and moral boost


  4. "Good opportunity, but toxic corporate culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Manufacturing Design Engineering in Cupertino, CA
    Former Intern - Manufacturing Design Engineering in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experience working overseas and onsite at Apple's vendors. Getting hands on project management experience and working in cross functional and cross cultural teams.

    Cons

    Can be too much travel, especially for those with families. The culture in hardware and operations is not supportive of a healthy lifestyle. Many boast about number of hours worked.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees well being


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apple as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of scope to learn , high paced work environment

    Cons

    work life balance could be off at times

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Apple HR"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Apple is a wonderful place to work, full of interesting and smart people. It's challenging, but well paid and work balance is great. I worked in two orgs.

    Cons

    Apple HR is the worst HR I've met in my career: they have no problems lying and are generally unprofessional if not borderline rude.
    After 6 years working at Apple, when I gave my notice, they walked me out of the door without much of a thank you and ended my health insurance coverage straight away. This is petty, unprofessional and borderline evil.
    I don't recommend anyone to work Apple, the risks are too big compared to the rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your HR, people are your resource and the way you treat your people is unprofessional.


  7. "DevOps Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Devops Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Contractor - Devops Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Apple as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    DevOps and the cloud have emerged as a result of shifts in social behavior ... Work cycles must be shortened, frequency in delivery increased, and an ... If Apple has taught us anything, it is that hardware and software must work together

    Cons

    No Downsides, This is very good experience

    Advice to Management

    Management is good

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pursuit of perfection"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Witness and be part of a team working on best consumer hardware on the planet. Quality beyond all. Must-do experience.

    Cons

    Well orchestrated machine but middle management can sometimes hide behind their seniority and "lack of time" and place excessive responsibility on DRIs who may burn out or get discouraged by executive kickback


  9. "Impact, Challenge, Passion, Rewarding"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    * Smartest and most passionate people you may ever work with.
    * Things sometimes magically get done when many of your peers care about what they do.
    * You will grow through exposure to cutting edge ideas and through adversity.
    * Under healthy leadership, your creativity can thrive and you can live up to your potential.
    * There is always a secret new hot thing some group in your division is working on.

    Cons

    * Sometimes your secret project never sees the light of day, and you can't talk about your work because of NDAs/secrecy.
    * Not all in leadership are great to work for. Some micro-manage or are fearful in ways that can ruin a team experience.
    * Your peers will have strong opinions and argue intelligently for them. Don't take it personally, be open to being wrong, pick your battles. Challenge your peers respectfully if you want to win them over.
    * It can be hard to shine brightly among so many stars--you must consistently exceed expectations to get the best compensation increases, bonuses, or promotions.
    * When peers work extra and you don't, it may be hard to exceed expectations and advance. If you value family time, find a group where most employees keep fairly regular hours and tell you to "go home" when you stay late.

    Advice to Management

    * Your example and sacrifice are much appreciated.
    * If you are not listening to your peers and subordinates, you will miss something important--not everyone can make good decisions in an apparent vacuum like Steve Jobs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Let down by poor quality mid-level mangers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work with some really talented people on interesting problems.
    - A well meaning company culture.
    - Thinking about the complete user experience.

    Cons

    - Poor middle management.
    - Poor work life balance.
    - An archaic "not invented" here mentality.
    - Managers tend to dictate engineering approaches.

    Advice to Management

    Drain the swamp! Overhaul your review and compensation process, make it more transparent and consistant across the company. Implement shorter 6 month performance cycle and 360 review processes. Create development tracks for progression as an IC. Weed out the terrible managers who create employee churn.


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