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  1. "An oasis of interesting fast-paced creative work with talented colleagues and enlightened management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly, talented and interested in their work. Managers respect employees and appreciate their hard work, and are most often technically adept themselves. People really care about getting the best quality possible in our products.

    Cons

    I'm having a real difficulty thinking of any.

    Advice to Management

    Find out how to continue doing your current excellent jobs.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Apple is simply amazing!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In-House Counsel in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - In-House Counsel in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is one of the most exciting tech companies in the world that is re-writing history with it's amazing products. The compensation and benefits are great. And the work environment is ideal.

    Cons

    The food is subsidized but not free, like other employers. And my commute is long. While Apple does provide free shuttle services to San Francisco, East Bay and San Jose, there is no shuttle service to my city. I wish there were better commute options for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and vision, and keep providing incentives to Apple employees to design and develop market leading consumer technology products.


  3. "Great place to pad your stats (if you have some game and know-how)."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Creative in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    paid training, great people to work with (aside from management), paid training

    Cons

    lack of communication between departments, constant internal policy changes, promotion through popularity or politics

    Advice to Management

    learn to be leaders, real leaders inspire and foster an environment of growth, trust, and workability, not miscommunication, criticism, and reactivity


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  5. "Apple can provide almost endless career experience and possibilities but be prepared to give 110% all of the time."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Information is shared all the way down to the lowest levels. For example, when I worked in manufacturing in the nineties relatively sensitive information about sales, forecasts, and new products were routinely shared with the lowest level worker. In addition information about salary guidelines up to the director level were readily available to all employees.

    The ability to move horizontally in the company is fairly easy. It is not uncommon for a person to have had jobs within the company in several different distinct groups. For example a New Products manager may have experience in Human Resources, Materials, and Facilities.

    Cons

    In general, near perfection is the assumed performance that an employee will give. As a result, significant accomplishments are often taken for granted by managers with little recognition being given to the employee. Even though the monetary recognition is there, the importance of the old pat on back is often forgotten.

    Advice to Management

    More attention needs to be given to providing a supportive work environment. When you are expecting employees to work 60 and sometimes 70 hours a week stuffing their wallets is not always enough.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, but hush hush."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Agent in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Support Agent in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, good people to work for, great customers on average.

    Cons

    Secrecy, management style, transparency, or the lack thereof.

    Advice to Management

    Increase opportunities for synergy between depts.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work, low on the perks."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment, good training, nice people, excellent discount. Company always seemed to care for it's employees, even at a retail level. Low turnover and company maintains high goals for moving people from Retail to Corporate.

    Cons

    No commission, dealing with the "iPhone public." Lot of talk of promotions, but certain lower-level management was generally slow to act. Long hours sometimes, but company was never stingy about overtime pay (all depending on your store manager).

    Advice to Management

    Reward top selling employees more frequently. If someone can sell more than $10k/day including top metrics (at a moderately-busy store), Apple should up the perks slightly. However, most employees are hired as Mac Specialists first (sales) with the promise of moving into other positions (Genius, Creative, etc). However, those who show strength in sales are less likely to get "promoted" into those other positions because management doesn't want to take them off the floor. But if you don't sell well, you also wont get promoted either. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.


  8. "Chance to change the world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Marketing in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Marketing in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate, devoted, creative employees. Bleeding edge, great products. Industry visionary and leader. Average compensation, stock has been great.

    Cons

    Long hours and demanding schedules are a downside for some. Limited flow of information.

    Advice to Management

    Do more projects in parallel


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Show me the money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people; fun products. There are lots of smart people to learn from and plenty of opportunities to try different things.

    Cons

    Becoming more corporate; compensation is weak

    Advice to Management

    The "change the world" feeling is going away. It's time to start paying people what they are worth. Good people are already starting to leave.


  10. "Don't change the model, it's working."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a great deal about the products. Flexible work arrangement. Great group of people to work with and to learn from while enjoying superior products.

    Cons

    Product knowledge of new releases have to be learned, generally, on the day of the release.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the model, it's working. The store is one of the busiest retailers in the neighborhood for a reason.


  11. "Either you'll love it or have a psychotic episode"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're at one of the leading companies in the world. Where if you play you're cards right it might lead to growth in both the retail and corporate life at Apple. If you're really smart you will be proactive and take all teh little benefits that come your way and make as much from it for personal growth.

    Cons

    Fan boys and egos run a muck at the company. People forget the little tings and just good judgment. Too many people sometimes play favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat people like kids. Some of the people on the floor are just as competent to have your job. The ego's that run rampant at the retail level is astonishing. I can't understand why some people because maybe the fan boy in them, have reached apple at this stage choose to loose sight of everyday things.