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Updated 26 November 2014
Updated 26 November 2014
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Pros
  • Apple retail had great benefits for their employees from perks to policy (in 246 reviews)

  • Great staff, excellent work environment nothing beats apple when it comes to computers (in 215 reviews)


Cons
  • Time off needs to be requested well in advance making work/life balance a challenge (in 252 reviews)

  • Work can be very demanding with long hours depending on the group you are in (in 151 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    An amazing experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Cupertino, CA (US)

    I worked at Apple full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I got to work with some of the smartest people in the world on really tough problems, and got to really contribute; my work shipped in an identifiable way - which in such a large company was an amazing thing. The energy of working at Apple was addictive, not to mention the fact that everyone (family, friends) were in awe of you working there.

    I briefly worked at Google after leaving Apple, and my god, it was a stark difference. At Apple everyone focused on product; everyone knew that what they did made a difference and poured their hearts and souls into every day there. At google... not so much. Projects were cancelled regularly and people just didn't care; whether your product shipped or not, Google still got paid from advertising, so hey - why bother sweating it?

    Cons

    There was a LOT of work, but I was absolutely happy to do it. Brainwashing? Not really, more just making the most of the opportunity in front of me. Opportunities like this don't come around every day.

    When I started, it was very management light. We got to move incredibly fast and make decisions mostly ourselves. By the time I left there were layers upon layers of program managers and the hiring bar was noticeably lower. That tends to spoil things for everyone.

    New projects at apple feel like startups with unlimited resources and no investors to pander to... ie, spectacular... but after a few years of success, the structure calcifies and though it's still a good job, it's not the same rush.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation (RSUs etc) was great at the start, but kept going down every year whilst the company made more and more money; this just felt wrong when you were working 70+ hours a week.

    You really need a super-clueful CTO who isn't involved in the politics - someone who can cut through the crap and ensure your VPs aren't outmaneuvering you. You effectively had one, but sadly he is no longer with us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing work, terrible work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Cupertino, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Cupertino, CA (US)

    I worked at Apple as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an intern I had the opportunity to work on projects I did not think I would be permitted to anywhere else. The trust that was placed in me as an intern to execute on a critical project definitely allowed me to grow immensely through the experience

    Cons

    Terribly demanding work. I was working 60 - 80 hours a week and between late night work calls, and unreasonable deadlines I found myself quite exhausted by the end of the experience. It varies from team to team but while other interns were enjoying the California weather an experiencing the area I was consistently working 10 - 12 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone that works there is very smart and efficient. Just hire more people. Teams are TOO lean and that is the main reason why most people leave after a couple of years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people and products.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - At-Home Advisor in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - At-Home Advisor in San Antonio, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    They have amazing benefits and are very understanding if things come up. They hold their products high and expect the customers to get top quality help. There is a lot of metrics to adhere to, but the customer is always the top priority.

    Cons

    Promotions don't really make sense. They aren't necessarily looking for the best talent to promote first, but they do have opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at those with more experience and good metrics and help them to get promoted especially if their peers are getting moved up with less experience and metrics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    This is my dream job, couldn't even imagine anything better.

    Cons

    There are no cons and I don't think there will be any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist in Edison, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Family Room Specialist in Edison, NJ (US)

    I worked at Apple part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place. Great people. Great store.

    Cons

    None here, other than the lack of benefits for being "part-time" but working 40+ hours per week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish they would create more full time opportunities and not take advantage of part time employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Payment Specialist

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    Former Employee - Payment Specialist in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Payment Specialist in Cork (Ireland)

    I worked at Apple full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic atmosphere, good culture, interesting people, challenging work

    Cons

    No Cons, seriously. Positive work place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    And amazing place to work with good pay and good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Redzone Specialist
    Current Employee - Redzone Specialist

    I have been working at Apple part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great team with many awesome products which makes it exciting typical day at work consists of managing the flow of repairs. Communicating with customers about their repair status.
    Thus far I have learned the paradigm of Apples' customer service while obtaining a deeper understanding of the management style.
    The hardest part of the job is delivering difficult news to customers about repairs or the status of their device.
    I most enjoy interacting with customers. Teaching someone something new about their personal equipment is quite rewarding

    Cons

    lack of promotion, senior management can vary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work environment, decent pay for retail

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in The Woodlands, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in The Woodlands, TX (US)

    I worked at Apple part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun and upbeat working environment
    Good opportunity for advancement
    Resources for self-learning and personal growth
    Good company culture
    25% discount on most Apple brand items

    Cons

    Promotions can be based on favoritism
    Managers and employees continue to work there after their passion is gone
    Strict attendance policy with no exceptions allowed (seen lots of good employees fired)
    Steve Jobs no longer CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If one of your top salespeople has poor attendance due to circumstances outside their control, see if any exceptions or changes can be made to keep good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Mac Specialist (Apple Store) in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at Apple part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was able to explore my interests with different positions in the store, able to hold a variety of roles

    Cons

    Definite responsibility cap if you are only part time, had to work holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apple as a contractor

    Pros

    Awesome company, great working environment with lots of opportunity to interact and receive feedback from colleagues as well as higher ups. Collegiality was the rule rather than the exception. They seemed to understand

    Cons

    My tenure was short term because of certain personal situation that had nothing to do with the company but necessitated my moving on. I would return in an instant if given another chance and the situation in my personal allows for it. Nothing negative to consider, it was a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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