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"Not what I expected."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Production Designer in Cupertino, CA
Current Employee - Production Designer in Cupertino, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

People are impressed when they hear you work at Apple. Apple encourages learning, classes are offered to learn new software. They have some really fun events and guest speakers. Cupertino is a pleasant town if you are tired of the crowds and cold weather of San Francisco.

Cons

Work space is very crowded. Everyone in my group works in one open room.
Very political work environment. Some groups burn out employees quickly and have low job retention.
There is often no notice if you have to stay late.

Advice to Management

Treat everyone in organization better, not just upper management, and you would have higher employee satisfaction and retention.

Other Employee Reviews for Apple

  1. Helpful (3)

    "It is a cult"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Ardmore, PA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Ardmore, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting and fast-paced work environment that will challenge employees to think of solutions on their own. Self-starters will be rewarded. Fair compensation for a retail job.

    Cons

    The C-Level management of the retail operations seems to ignore the fact that Apple is a technology company first and a retail operator second. They are focused on making buying or repairing an iPhone or iPad similar to buying a sweater at The Gap. In fact, they hire so many managers from Gap retail that the employees have coined the term "Gapple." It's a sad sign that this refers to Gap-Apple employees, and not Google-Apple employees. This should give you an idea of the direction that this company is headed in. This being said, you will be treated like a disposable resource, and there are always 10 naive teenagers salivating to get your job as a retail employee. Don't waste more than 6 months working here, if you haven't been promoted to Senior Manager by then you probably never will be.

    Advice to Management

    Your retail stores are your leading interaction point between the company and the public. If you don't start treating your retail employees like an essential part of the organization, and don't start treating each customer like a long-term problem in search of a short-term solution, Apple will end up back where it was when Steve Jobs had to be called back in to save it.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work with some opportunities to be called the PERFECT job!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An amazing place to work. People really care about doing the right thing for the customer and the long term of the company.

    Cons

    Apple expects you to be an expert in your functional area, which is not bad for those who want to be a functional expert in a great place. Not good if you want to explore opportunities beyond your own role and also can be hard to grow inside the same function.

    Advice to Management

    Step outside the bubble, see the market out there, respect the competitors, listen to advice.

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