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Steve Jobs Dictatorial Style Trickles Down

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cupertino, CA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA (US)

Pros

It's great for the resume. Better still, it's a great way to meet lots of people who will ultimately move around within the industry -- an excellent way to build a professional network. In addition, you will have lots of opportunity to practice working in a somewhat chaotic, but often creative workplace, and to benefit from the genius of Steve Jobs.

Cons

It is essentially a dictatorship, and not a benevolent one. At the exec level, the leadership style is unequivocally domineering and unforgiving -- driven by fear of Steve. And many of them are just plain mean. Lower-level managers have very little control; they may be nice, but they're often irrelevant.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to be leaders. Set people up to succeed. Give them the direction and the parameters for success (not micro-management or correction). Develop plans and stick to them, and help your teams work to the plan. Develop confidence in your own leadership capabilities and your own intelligence, so you don't have to operate in fear of Steve.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company. Beware of rogue management.

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    Current Employee - Creative (Apple Store)  in  Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Creative (Apple Store) in Buffalo, NY (US)

    Pros

    The best reasons are primarily for the benefits. You get great perks from 3rd parties. The whole experience can be very rewarding at first. Selling products you can stand behind never hurts.

    Cons

    Depending on which store you land in, you may have to fight for justifiable pay. The smaller market stores have a tendency to operate on sales to win the attention of corporate. They focus solely on numbers and not so much the concepts and ideas of Apple. They serve out the Kool Aid and it's not bad but it's certainly not the same Kool Aid larger market stores are serving up to their staff. Beware of smaller stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax a bit and appreciate the talent you have on hand rather than belittling them. Negative reinforcement never fixes anything.

    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Working with incredibly intelligent people.

    Cons

    Long Long Long Long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more to employees

    Approves of CEO
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