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Updated January 20, 2019
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  1. "One of the great ones"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company + good engineers and management to work with

    Cons

    On average, limited upside for career growth


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Apple full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay (not the best), Work directly related to shippable products, Smart engineers, Good brand

    Cons

    Not enough innovation(lacking side projects), moves slow compared to rest of the industry, No extra perks (food, drinks, tshirts, etc)

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box. Apple likes to make small acquisitions but its okay to break norm and try big. Its okay to fail. Try whacky products and don't worry too much about Brand. If you too, brand them in a different bucket

  3. "Hard to work as nothing is transparent"

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    Former Contractor - QA Engineer
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer

    I worked at Apple as a contractor

    Pros

    Extra pay for working late hours

    Cons

    Everything is kept under wraps


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. UI Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior UI Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior UI Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees to work with, easy communications between groups, excellent healthcare plan, good food in cafes (but still have to pay), good salaries.

    Cons

    Apple has a lot of departments and they don't all work the same way, so these comments apply to my own group (Customer Systems), not necessarily the company at large. Web tech is de-valued relative to mobile, modern standards and practices for front end are not valued highly. Generally, if you're not working on customer facing content, UI polish and performance is not prioritized. Confusing mish-mash of design standards. Documentation is not at a sufficiently high standard. My group uses a lot of offshore contractors, and they're really treated as second class to full time employees. This doesn't encourage the best performance and quality of work, but it saves the company money. Work-life balance is not prioritized.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees as human beings, not just "resources."


  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks, high salary

    Cons

    Nothing much so far. You will love it.


  6. "Battery Pack Product Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Apple creates great products that are used around the world. Great benefits and PTO

    Cons

    Engineers required to be specialist of a small segment of overall product. Excessive hours required to advance. Poor work life balance.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work and gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, very good experience, recognizable name.

    Cons

    Somewhat lower pay, difficult to advance in career, imbalanced work life.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Needs new leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were good opportunities and some cool technologies. Teams are in general awesome. Communications and desire to build a great product is evident throughout engineers.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking over the years. More and more emphasis are being placed on political influencing instead of focusing on the technology. Company used it’s large presence to bully individuals with disabilities especially veterans.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to refocus back on product driven innovation. Respect for ADA and veterans with disabilities. Similar to the respect Apple likes to emphasize with regards to their political beliefs. Example would be rewarding employees for attentding gay parades with Apple gifts instead of simply focusing on employee merits.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Throws away experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lively, good energy, smart people

    Cons

    Opinion based decisions. Even in the face of data, decision makers will simply pour skepticism on the experiment and go with their own opinion. The most vocal people get their way. Career progression is limited - it is a flat organization meaning there are not many leadership opportunities. "Old timers", with massive experience, are often set to pasture.

    Advice to Management

    Dampen down the machismo - too many people are spouting opinion and not enough quiet smart people are contributing to the decisions. Pay more attention to people with experience rather than the people who incessantly spin a story.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "unless you work 12 hours a day, you have no chance for promotion, garbage culture, garbage cafes"

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    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool products and you learn a lot.

    Cons

    12 hour work day are more valued by management, than actual creativity and delivering. Good luck getting promoted working 8 hours a day. Too many design changes, management never says NO to ID so engineers are constantly being steamrolled into making risky changes with no changes to the schedule. Garbage culture. Can't even get a decent water spicket to fill your water bottle (constantly broken). Fruit and bagels are the only free food (garbage).

    Advice to Management

    long working hours is not sustainable and abusive to employees. You lose talent because nobody wants to work that hard and subject to burnout.


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