I want to start this threat and gauge how many face the same problem. I joined Apple not too long ago (less than a year ago) as an ICT3 SWE. To be honest, I am at shock with the culture here. People raising their voices at each other (calling it passion, or strong feedback, when they were almost yelling). More senior engineers and managers bullying less senior people. Very unorganized meetings, people cutting each other off and never letting each other get to the point. What i faced is the following:
- a colleague who always cuts me off, never lets me finish, always puts himself in the spot to answer any questions towards me in meetings. He would also tell me “your thinking is wrong”. He would disagree with everything I say, right when I start talking, he would jump and say “no, no”. When I ask him any work related questions, he would send me a github repo and tell me “here, dig in the code”. When ever there is a live site issue, he tries to pin it on my work and was proofed wrong multiple times. He makes it very clear when go to his office for questions that he does not want me standing there by his language, voice tone and posture. He is a bully.
- a manager, who has given me 2 full projects to own, one is a large scale distributed project at the heart of apple’s data. For an ICT3, it is already more than enough. When i talked to him about my colleague, all in a sudden, I am underperforming.
- I discovered that my manager and my bully colleague are buddies, they worked together a couple of companies before Apple, and when my manager joined Apple, he recruited my bully colleague.
- it is causing me so much stress and anxiety
What’s funny, is, when I talked to business conduct about possible harassment, they literally did nothing, they talked about it to my manager’s manager, and somehow the news go to my manager. What a joke
Maybe assume if many people at Apple, one of the best engineering shops in the world, agree, that the problem is probably you, and take it as an opportunity to improve yourself.