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"Proud to work here"

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Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

You may get to work on the number one feature, on the number one product, from the number one company in the world. Processes in place for risk management are excellent. Everyone shares a common goal to make the best products for the consumer, and it shows in most every conversation you have. Plenty of smart people to learn from. All your friends and family know about your company and the products you helped create.

Cons

- Some of the higher-ups are just Apple dinosaurs who have been promoted over time for what appears to be loyalty and relationships alone. Quite a few don't have the capability to understand what they are managing and regularly make poor decisions. Engineering is the only profession I know of where this disconnect can be so vast... ever heard of a chief of staff at a hospital who wasn't a physician?
- Managers can manage with an iron fist due to the legacy of Steve Jobs and for some, he the only management role model they have. Works if you are him and CEO, not so much if you're director level. Lately this is being improved upon with frequent re-orgs.
- People keep saying how everyone is an "A" player, but this isn't really true. Have worked with smarter people elsewhere.
- No opportunity to publicly discuss your work, or get involved with academic research
- Secrecy can get in the way

Advice to Management

Open up the information flow a bit (or a lot) more internally. Seems like the press generally knows what's coming anyway. Allow for richer external working relationships. Focus on finding better middle-to-upper level management talent.

Other Employee Reviews for Apple

  1. Helpful (1)

    "You'll never work with a smarter, more driven group of people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Apple full-time

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, the best products in the industry, a shot at really chaining the world.

    Cons

    The explosive growth over the last five years means that some of the middle management imports aren't really invested in the culture. Beware the big company 'experienced' managers who get brought in at the director level, it's a mixed bag.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder on internal career path and promotion, Apple's greatest asset is it's employee culture of diligence and user first design, and that's subject to dilution.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Products, Great Company if not in Retail."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High Pay, Benefits, exposure to newest technology, high intensity environment

    Cons

    Inept managers, carrot on stick mentality, difficult to get straight answers from higher ups

    Advice to Management

    You have amazing people but you also have terrible people in key positions littered throughout.

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