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"Empowering, fast paced, great place to grow career - but No personal life = unsustainable"

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Current Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
Current Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

Pros

Empowered to make big business decisions even at the lowest level within the company. Every company has red tape, but Apple seems to have a lot less of it. GREAT management (how often do you hear that).You get to work on the most interesting and state of the art consumer products, and once you're here it really drives you... Since you see the direct result of your hard work. Despite the secrecy legend, I think Apple does a good job at letting employees see the big picture because it enables folks to be more effective. They really make you feel special with excellent compensation, shuttles that navigate thru brutal silicon valley traffic, etc. that being said this is an extremely expensive area to live, so it's not going to be easy to find an affordable place to purchase .... But renting is no issue.

Cons

I think because of the strict work schedules (ie, working from home is frowned upon) combined with the brutal amount of work and hours you need to put in here this is a really burnout job where your health and personal life will be severely challenged. Most of the people in Ops are new for a reason. Management knows it is an issue but "can't seem to figure out how to solve it" which in a nutshell means they are sympathetic but unwilling to do anything real about it. Your work and personal life will know no boundaries... Except calls daily during dinner with the family, don't try and go see a movie after work, calls at night with Asia teams, and never feel like you can "unplug" . High Stress.

Advice to Management

If you want to keep people around start thinking more progressive about work life balance. Working from home a couple times a month would go a long way. Comp days when weekend work occurs, an extra week of vacation time, or even an unpaid sabbatical program to let employees recharge would be just putting yourself on an even playing field with other companies in the area. Stop all of extreme amounts of executive status meetings and put your managers on the hook for reporting up the chain to stop driving so much work.

Other Employee Reviews for Apple

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience but because of size, bureaucracy, secrecy, etc., I wouldn't do it again."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Java Developer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Intern - Java Developer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazingly intelligent and competent people. Always good conversation. Great pay and benefits. Great stability and security. Distractions are there when you want them. AMAZING food and coffee at the Mac Cafe. You get to SOLVE VERY VERY VERY DIFFICULT problems - this is very cool! Groups are relatively small (iTunes Store team - for the entire world - was 9 people + 3 interns); I like smaller groups. Never was forced to work overtime or "bust my hump." Awesome on-site fitness centers and FREE gym classes (yoga, zumba, etc.).

    Cons

    Secrecy is the biggest. You couldn't talk to your friends about work. You couldn't event talk within YOUR group! In fact, you could be developing a framework for something while your coworker in your group is developing the SAME framework to solve the SAME problem. This felt very wasteful to me but it was for secrecy. Further, you're wearing "blinders" regarding everything else: you only touch your piece of the stack - not design, not front-end - only your little piece of the Apple pie.....I like to touch the whole stack and be involved with the whole process. Additionally, with intelligent people come egos and there are a lot of them at Apple (Bay Area in general, actually). Not much socializing within some groups (varies group to group).

    Advice to Management

    This is in regards to the internship/newly-hired programs: these people are employees and you have to really manage them at first. I don't mean watch them program, or breath down their necks, or god forbid: touch their code. I mean help out more with lay of the land. For example, walk people through the important parts of the codebase. Inform them of conventions used. Tell them when meetings are, etc etc. All these things may seem trivial but when done, they help exponentially!


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Becoming political and beauracratic"

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

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

    Pros

    Great brand name
    Nice benefits
    Satisfaction in working for a company you love as a brand.

    Cons

    Incompetent middle management. Lots of politics and gossipping. Incompetent people are being promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for your middle rung management. Incompetency and political candidates will ruin this great company.

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