Apple - Phenomenal people, excellent culture, lack of opportunity for growth | Glassdoor
There are newer employer reviews for Apple
There are newer employer reviews for Apple

See Most Recent

"Phenomenal people, excellent culture, lack of opportunity for growth"

Star Star Star Star Star
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Mac Genius in Madison, WI
Current Employee - Mac Genius in Madison, WI
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

When you work for Apple, you are working with a group of people that are absolutely amazing. Great customer focus, intelligent, driven, communicative...it's just awesome. The leadership team is great, when they have the time to provide direction.

Cons

Time. It's simply near-impossible to strategize with your team, develop yourself with leadership, and to review your interactions.

There is a culture of pulling leadership from external sources, so much so that it causes you to think that it's impossible to grow with the company.

Advice to Management

There needs to be intermediary paths of growth for positions such as Genius/Expert/Creative. You have brilliant and talented people in these positions, but they grow complacent and lose the passion for the company since they essentially get "stuck" in this position. This leads to decreased job satisfaction and causes us to look elsewhere for other opportunities. If the credo really does put the internal customer at the heart and soul, please live up to this giving us the opportunity to stay with the company. Despite how much management talks about it, these are NOT career positions.

Other Employee Reviews for Apple

  1. "Amazing company with great values"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apple Expert in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Apple Expert in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible work place. Easy to excel if you put your mind and personality into the work. Lots of great, fun, unique, and smart people there.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted. Bad communication. Unclear objectives for development. Backroom politics.


  2. Helpful (24)

    "It depends on which department you work at... avoid IS&T"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Apple discount is ok. When you start, you will receive a $500 bonus to be used every 3 years so buy something immediately. 25% off one item from each product family per year - desktop, ipads, iphone, etc. 15% for up to three friends every year. If you work in IS&T and you love project management, then this is for you.

    Cons

    Every IS&T department team is governed by the onshore and offshore vendor model primarily from India companies. If you enter as a developer, you will be involuntarily assigned to work as a technical program/project manager role where you will delegate all your code to onshore and offshore developers. Sometimes you'll get good developers, but most of the time, you'll get mediocre or below-average developers. There is no diversity in this department as the overall ethnicity is 99.999% India descent. Most of the senior managers are not technical, not hands-on and rely solely on the program/project managers/consultants to deliver all projects for them. The technical knowledge is heavily relied on the consultant/contractor engineers. The performance reviews can be conducted arbitrarily and can be tweaked at the discretion of the manager. It depends on the manager's integrity and honor if he/she will base your performance on merit. Over time, the more you do project management work, the less you will do technical work unless you put in long hours at night. The management team will do whatever possible to protect themselves and avoid all risk. There is a lot of politics and arrogance. One director hired most of her managers from her previous company. Everyone who knew the director ascended to management ranks by this association. So either it is by coincidence or maybe cronyism? If you don't belong in that "3com club", then you will not be as richly compensated. e.g. The managers brag to their employees about buying and/or rebuilding 1- 3 million dollar homes (ground up) in areas of Saratoga, Cupertino, and Evergreen.

    Just to emphasize, this is for the Apple IS&T department. All other product development teams - iCloud, iTunes, etc. will not have this environment. Furthermore, it can be confirmed that those departments are more diverse in ethnicities, rely on badged employees for development work, and work long hours depending on the team and project.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to take place from the CEO down if IS&T was to become a better work place. Move out of the onshore/offshore India vendor model and reorganize all management. Hire diverse, computer science-degreed, technical managers and permanent employees who understand technologies and can be hands-on. Rely on in-house permanent engineers.


There are newer employer reviews for Apple
There are newer employer reviews for Apple

See Most Recent

Work at Apple? Share Your Experiences

Apple
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or