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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.

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  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 (24)

    "Not a great place for MBAs... I can only recommend Apple Ops to fanboys who would like a career in Supply Chain."

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    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Global Supply Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -ability to work on cool consumer electronics
    -international travel
    -stock / RSU package is a reasonable income supplement
    -pride associated with working for the most admired company in the world

    Cons

    -management by chaos - resulting in a lot of unnecessary churn and work
    -no respect for work life balance
    -management expects you to be on call all the time
    -everyone is so busy, training and development is an afterthought
    -very top down structure where individuals hold little authority and are often micromanaged
    -management considers "company pride" as a perk, and skimps on other benefits
    -financial compensation is not competitive
    -no clear career development opportunities
    -very few processes, so the culture is people-driven, and therefore, very political
    -management is maniacally focused on the bottom line, so certain detrimental behavior is not discouraged. This is often manifested in needless politicking, bad management styles, heavy-handed vendor relations, and turf wars. In short, jerks are tolerated.
    -the company is very siloed, limiting mobility (in my case, my VP would not allow me to consider jobs outside his umbrella)
    -different organizations have different incentives, often resulting in poor coordination at critical hand-off points

    Advice to Management

    Allow engineering / ops to push back more on late design changes. Align incentives so that engineering / ops are better coordinated between across development builds. Do not allow form to trump function (see antenna-gate). Provide more competitive compensation for your top performers.

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