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"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.

Other Employee Reviews for Apple

  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer IV at Apple Inc"

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    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.


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