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2 people found this helpful  

Best job I've had in my 36 year career of 2D/3D imaging.

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Current Employee - Senior Computer Vision Specialist in Cupertino, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Computer Vision Specialist in Cupertino, CA (US)

I have been working at Apple

Pros

The facilities and work environment are very conducive to thought, problem-solving, collaboration and productivity. Everyone I interact with is genuinely happy to be here, bright, and they bring something of value to the table in every conversation. We work on technologies/products/services that positively impact people's lives.

Apple has been moving in the right direction ever since Mac OS X: Mach-O, Xcode, iTunes, iPod/iPhone - the list keeps growing...

Cons

Haven't found one, so far.

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Keep up the great work!

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    lack of policy is a double-edged sword

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Cupertino, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Cupertino, CA (US)

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    There are no solid rules about what your job is, so as long as you get your work done right you can kind of make it up as you go along. This gives a lot of flexibility to peruse the aspects of the job that interest you. People at Apple are smart and dedicated; they're there because they enjoy the work. The work is action, not talk, because there's no time to waste.

    Cons

    The converse of everything I said above is that there's an extreme lack of planning (positive spin: "Our company can turn on a dime!") or policy (positive spin: "Work how you want, when you want."). As great as flexibility can be, sometimes set policies are good so people actually know what to do. It sure doesn't hurt to make solid plans more than a few days in advance when a project has a 6-12 month schedule. Last-minute changes are the norm, and many a hair-pulling night has been spent cleaning up messes created by others' lack of planning.

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    An environment where workers are literally afraid to send bad news up the management chain leads to huge problems down the road. Management says they're open to comments and criticism, but when things go wrong, all they want to know is why it wasn't fixed yesterday. This isn't magic, people!

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    3..2..1...Burnout.

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    Current Employee - Mac Genius
    Current Employee - Mac Genius

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    - Sense of pride and excitement when the company announces the next groundbreaking product.
     - You get to work with very eager, talented people who love their jobs and work very hard.
     - You get to play with technology all day long.
     - For a problem solver, it's a dream come true.
     - The benefits are good, and the pay isn't bad either (though it's not stellar).

    Cons

    - The company sets goals high, which puts a lot of stress on everyone to perform.
     - Customers are generally stupid, demanding, obnoxious, or a combination of all three. This is probably also true everywhere else in retail though.
     - There are always fewer people working than are needed for the store to run smoothly.
     - Senior managers are apparently under very little oversight (other than performance based), and can pretty much do whatever they want.
     - Managers goals come from the land of make believe.
     - Constant pressure from customers, management, other employees, the company, etc.
     - Most Geniuses burn out after 3 months to a year, and the ones that stay on after that are either exceptionally talented, or are burned out husks that just like the salary and benefits.
     - Wild variations in pay for the same job, apparently arbitrarily decided by management.
     - You will come to have a crushing apathy for all things Apple. You won't want to touch your computer when you get home. When your friends ask you for help with their computers, you will throw up in your mouth a little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay attention to who you're hiring in management. Here's a hint: if you want to create a different kind of retail store, DON'T HIRE MANAGERS FROM THE GAP.
     - Offer employees a chance at something beyond retail. There's a lot of talent in the company being squandered on selling iPods all day long.
     - Give us the room to honor the commitments we've made to existing customers instead of insisting that we help the person right in front of our face at the time. If you want to run a repair business, WE NEED SOME TIME TO DO REPAIRS.
     - And finally, you need to double the number of staff at most stores. Customers can't find anyone to help them, get angry and confused, and have a terrible experience.

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