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IT is the basement of Apple, but other areas can be much nicer!

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Former Employee - Network Engineer in Cupertino, CA (US)
Former Employee - Network Engineer in Cupertino, CA (US)

I worked at Apple

Pros

It's Apple! In terms of product, it's one of the most exciting places to work for! Watching Apple grow in the Steve 2.0 era has been nothing short of astonishing.

Cons

Working IT in Apple is much like working as a member of the janitorial staff in the basement of a really cool club. Very rarely do you ever get to surface and get a taste of the good life. It's lots of hard work, and they do definitely get away with paying less for employees than other B.A. companies... at least in IT. But ultimately I was proud to work for a place that creates such kewl products.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Some parts of Apple are wonderful, some are less than stellar. IT is a fundamentally boring job sector, but senior management could make it a much more vibrant workplace if there were better opportunities and appreciation for IT employees, both in terms of compensation and job growth. A lot of IT employees I know feel trapped in their current positions. Pushing the blue button every day gets boring. Sometimes a green button, or even a fuchsia one (gasp! how daring!) might be, you know... different.

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    Great experience, but fast burnout

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cupertino, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cupertino, CA (US)

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    Stability as the company continues to grow and is never without new products. No need to worry about running out of work or not enough new projects. Working at Apple provides an excellent experience in bringing new products to market and working for a company that others outside recognize. It's exciting to be working for one of the most successful companies in the world, although things are not quite what they appear to be from the outside.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure from management to work long hours and to sacrifice family life. There is a lack of understand for having a home life. Steve Jobs is one of the most controlling individuals and that attitude permeates the organization. He is hot tempered and you don't want to be in a room when he's looking for someone to blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a more balances environment and give the employees more credit. The environment is politically charged and some very good people get shuttled aside because of incompetent managers.

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    Large organization; Some very good people, some not so good; Management and culture doesn't distinguish between the two.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA (US)

    I worked at Apple

    Pros

    For projects that Apple upper management has its eyes on, quality is given high priority. Teams on those projects are also often very good, with smart and experienced people with whom it's fun to work and from whom one can learn at lot.

    Cons

    It's a big place, and there are sometimes inefficiencies due to the number of people involved with a project. There is a significant amount of politics involved with promotions and a significant amount of empire-building, with teams growing unnecessarily to bolster the team managements' prestige. Projects that are not visible to upper management suffer from quality problems typical of any organization, but everyone is very confident about the superiority of their work regardless of their actual performance and the actual quality of what they produce. Arrogance is rampant and encouraged by management and the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are going very well so there's not much advice to give. More needs to be done to differentiate quality work from other work within the company even when the overall product of the work at the company is deemed to be good, otherwise over time the company's results will not be so good.

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