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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.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    iPhone: your chance to eat pizza all night and code — for free!

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

    I have been working at Apple

    Pros

    Apple's place in the public eye is unparalleled, with lots of opportunities for innovation. iPod, iPhone, the entire Mac line — there's nothing like it in the world. The products can't be beat — if only that were true for the working environment.

    Cons

    If you like working on exciting, innovative products and you don't mind doing it for free — and you're happy with crappy food and horrible hours — you'll love Apple. Oh, make sure you're under 27 and a guy. As John Rubinstein (a former VP) once said, "Alwyas hire them right out of college. They're cheap, you can feed them pizza, and when they burn we kick 'em out."

    Apple consistently underpays relative to other major players in the industry. To be fair, they say the salaries are "competitive". Sure, they compete, they just never win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they're worth. Maybe take a bit of your $500,000,000 and distribute it around a bit? At least spend some money on better clothes — you look like crap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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