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"You won't be the smartest kid in class"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
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Pros

Apple hires very well; your coworkers will be extremely talented and smart. You can learn a lot, fast, and you have the satisfaction of working for one of the best loved brands in the world. Too, the employee perks are good and getting better, albeit under pressure from GOOG.

Cons

It is a personality driven organization, and only those personalities that match the screaming tantrum thrower at the top seem to get ahead. The secrecy is beyond fastidious and is in fact insultingly petty and political, and often is an impediment to actually getting one's work done. Communication is not a skill that is prized or rewarded and thus is naturally underdeveloped to the point of atrophy. We're remunerated well, but not as well as perhaps we might be.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you're doing, but pay more attention to company-wide communication over direction, succession, &c.

Other Employee Reviews for Apple

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Get ready to be the center of attention in retail frustration."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Concierge in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Concierge in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IF - if - you qualify, getting benefits for a retail job is definitely a plus. Currently I'm scheduled for 39 hours a week - just shy of the standard 40 that pushes you into a "full-time" employee. It's frustrating. It's not uncommon to be asked to pick up shifts for other employees, but in the end that doesn't affect your status as full-time as opposed to part-time.

    The camaraderie, though, that's something else. I've worked in two different Apple stores but always felt like I had an instant group of friends when I've joined. The employees are usually smart, savvy people. Nerdy to some degree, yes, but also very often very hip and very passionate about something in the creative arts. If it wasn't for these guys, I never would have come back to work for Apple retail in the first place.

    Cons

    Oh, those high-traffic hours. Definitely a good but bad thing. Understandably, people get emotional about their technology products. When you are not the "Genius," you are often caught in the sticky situation of explaining product limitations or product issues with your customers while releasing very little information. Never expect your customers to know your limits. Working Apple retail requires a lot of patience and a lot of people skills. Apple used to be an almost boutique-y computer store, but more and more it's attracting people for whom the system and the company are foreign worlds. There's going to be a lot of hand-holding involved in your time as a Apple retail employee. Of course, you may also be faced with know-it-alls, in which case, you just gotta listen to their esoteric talk and grin.

    Advice to Management

    When in doubt, overstaff your store.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work... but not a permanant solution for a college grad."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Brandon, FL
    Current Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Brandon, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool company, outstanding growth potential, and enough action in a day's work to keep you from getting bored. You'll meet all sorts of people. Especially if you get into the habbit of doing Personal Shopping appointments, or you are entered into a GYO program.

    Cons

    If you think having a college education will get you ahead while working at apple retail..... you're wrong. Which is good for the regular joe... but sucks for the degree holders. I love my job... but when it kind of burns to see the 18 year old fresh out of high school working right along side a 30 year old with a Bachelors degree.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep an open door policy, and don't be afraid to address the rumors that circulate abound.

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