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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 (2)

    "A great job for young workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, cool products, smart co-workers. It's a fun company to be associated with. Your friends will be jealous (and also ask you to buy products using your employee discount).

    Cons

    As Apple continues to do better as a company, they also cut back on employee benefits. The employees with lots of stock keep getting richer, while the rest work too much overtime for average compensation compared to other companies. Healthcare costs are passed on to the employees, so benefits that were once the best in the valley pay for much less now.

    Apple quietly gets rid of older, more expensive workers, and replaces them with the recent college grads who are willing to work more hours for lower pay. If you are young, it's a fun place to work a lot of hours and it looks great on your resume. But don't plan to stay there too long, unless you get lots of stock.

    Advice to Management

    How about a pension program? Many workers have $millions in stock. Many don't.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment."

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

    Pros

    - get to work on fantastic products
    - challenging problems
    - meet the most talented people in the industry
    - fast paced environment, startup like

    Cons

    - work load can be extremely
    - compensation might be better in other, smaller companies
    - no profit sharing
    - very hard to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    I would really like to see profit sharing happen. Other than that management at apple is one of the best i have ever seen, very focused, driven.

  3. "A solid money-making opportunity with a great atmosphere and awesome products."

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Apple is innovative and hard-working. It not the easiest job but if your looking for challenge (which I was) and want to work with retail and technology there is no better company to work for. The benefits are great - even when you are part-time. No matter what position you work with the company there is always room for growth and everyone is one big happy family.

    Apple spends lots of money, time and har-work into making Apple retail flawless. They have a special corporate team dedicated to making internal software that'll ease workflow for employees and customers.

    Cons

    The politics inside of Apples culture are a little bizarre. For example, when something is released and it is slightly wrong or people are unhappy with it the everyone in the company needs to be prepared to take one stance on the subject and hold onto that stance until Apple says other wise.

    Advice to Management

    Communication over RNN is great but, sometimes I feel as if I would like to be able to check my Apple webmail from home, even if I'm part-time. In my store there is a lot of communication through Apple webmail and I don't get that communication until I actually go to the store which is 1-2 times/week since I'm PT.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Caring Employer, Chaotic Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great company with nice benefits and comfortable salary. Constant communication with management, approachable and friendly. Great hiring standards. Smart, generous employees.

    Cons

    You're selling products at the height of their popularity; dealing with a lot of crazy policies and limitations that change every day. Along with a lot of crazy people. A lot of silly "lingo'' for a company that tries to "think differently.''

    Advice to Management

    I never received feedback at all from management about my own performance. Over the course of three months, I never met with a manager. We interfaced daily, but I never even knew if I was doing well with customers!


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Like any other big company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice perks
    - Super casual dress code
    - Really nice people and interpersonal culture
    - Can actually take accrued vacation without anyone complaining
    - Stock has been doing very well
    - Heavy marketing means you can impress everyone when you say where you work.

    Cons

    - Lots of weird managerial politics
    - Endless meetings to get anything done
    - Ridiculous amount of secrecy causes animosity between different teams and makes it take forever to get anything done unless it's high priority or "for Steve".
    - Waaayyyyy understaffed for software engineering in most departments, prepare to work lots of overtime.
    - Some senior engineers have been around for 20 or 30 years, no matter how out of touch they may be, they'll have a significant say in projects tangentially related to them.
    - Corollary: Don't be young.
    - Software engineering culture is fad driven (and we're talking weird Apple-only fads like GCD) on the desktop, rushed and buggy on embedded.

    Advice to Management

    Software design mimics the organization that creates it, by separating desktop and embedded development with such an insane amount of security checkpoints, you're ensuring that economies of scale and scope that could come from sharing embedded and desktop code will never happen no matter how much management tries to force it.

    And getting caught between these two worlds is infinitely frustrating.


  6. "High expectations, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This place is great if you want people to think you're cool, trendy and willing to work for nothing. A lot of the Mac Specialists seem brainwashed to think they're getting a good deal with their low hourly rate to sell, sell, sell.

    Cons

    If you want a relatively dead-end, low paying job to do while you're in school, work here. You're better off getting an internship in non-retail.

    Advice to Management

    Offer your employees higher pay, your Genii won't have anything to do without sales people. Offer some incentive, not just some old crap you have laying around at Christmas time.


  7. Helpful (23)

    "Not a great place for MBAs... I can only recommend Apple Ops to fanboys who would like a career in Supply Chain."

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    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -ability to work on cool consumer electronics
    -international travel
    -stock / RSU package is a reasonable income supplement
    -pride associated with working for the most admired company in the world

    Cons

    -management by chaos - resulting in a lot of unnecessary churn and work
    -no respect for work life balance
    -management expects you to be on call all the time
    -everyone is so busy, training and development is an afterthought
    -very top down structure where individuals hold little authority and are often micromanaged
    -management considers "company pride" as a perk, and skimps on other benefits
    -financial compensation is not competitive
    -no clear career development opportunities
    -very few processes, so the culture is people-driven, and therefore, very political
    -management is maniacally focused on the bottom line, so certain detrimental behavior is not discouraged. This is often manifested in needless politicking, bad management styles, heavy-handed vendor relations, and turf wars. In short, jerks are tolerated.
    -the company is very siloed, limiting mobility (in my case, my VP would not allow me to consider jobs outside his umbrella)
    -different organizations have different incentives, often resulting in poor coordination at critical hand-off points

    Advice to Management

    Allow engineering / ops to push back more on late design changes. Align incentives so that engineering / ops are better coordinated between across development builds. Do not allow form to trump function (see antenna-gate). Provide more competitive compensation for your top performers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer IV at Apple Inc"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It gives you the chance work on products that impact users all over the world and millions of people use every day.

    Cons

    You have to be ready to work long hours and hard but the seeing the end result makes it all worth it.

    Advice to Management

    I am quite happy with the high level management at Apple, they focus on what is important and it shows in the results of the company these past few years.


  9. "Fun place to work, network and learn"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Peabody, MA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Peabody, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meet lots of people, learn a great deal, one of the most admired companies in the world, amazing products and technology, good benefits, a fun place to work!

    Cons

    Pay is average, customers are very demanding, hard to take your break on busy days, sometimes understaffed, standing on your feet all day

    Advice to Management

    Motivate employees, provide more team-building


  10. "Great Company...Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Retail Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Retail Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Thourough training. Company's comittment to its products, services and employees is as revolutionary as its computer technology.

    Cons

    None, really. Downside of working retail is dealing with unreasonable customers. Fortunately, the numbers are small with Apple. Apple stands behind its products and services and bends over backwards to make all customers happy.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have some kind of incentive plan for specialist or see a higher hourly rate.


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