how do you like working at apple?

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FywB51

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Dec 30, 2017 25 Comments

for the people that work at apple currently, do you enjoy working there? is there anything that you dont enjoy about working there?

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  • Apple / Other
    bad_crc

    AppleOther

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    Apple 15 years and counting
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    Apparently I’m one of those increasingly vanishing types (based on the vast majority of posts I read here) who works at Apple out of love and belief in what the company stands for. I have been working for Apple for 13 years, and will probably die at my post. Before I worked for Apple, I spent a decade supporting Apple products. Getting the opportunity to work for Apple was my lifelong dream. Apple gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams, learn new knowledge and skills, and have a company-wide positive influence. Apple continues to afford me these opportunities. No doubt there are people reading this who will dismiss me as someone who has “drunk the Kool-Aid,” but I don’t care. The vast majority of my career with Apple has been fulfilling, both personally and financially. There’s more to my Apple job than the work I do and the salary I get paid. There’s also the amazing team with whom I work, and the important, influential work that we do that touches so many lives. There’s satisfaction, and a sense that my work is in service of a larger, noble goal. I didn’t think this experience was possible based on my experience with other companies. Apple made it possible for me.
    Dec 30, 20178
    • Expedia &28s#^
      👏👏👏👏👍🏻
      Dec 30, 2017
    • Apple gznV67
      Really inspirational post and I hope I meet more people who are honestly like you!

      Apart from all the challenges, Apple is the most unique company with the strongest privacy values and vertical product integration. No other company has pulled this off so successfully. I hope it continues and we build a culture we can all be proud of.
      Dec 30, 2017
    • Citrix Systems / Other
      FywB51

      Citrix SystemsOther

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      if you dont mind me asking, whats your role at apple?
      Dec 30, 2017
    • Apple / Other
      bad_crc

      AppleOther

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      Apple 15 years and counting
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      @FywB51 Trainer.
      Dec 31, 2017
    • Google arbitdude2
      What do you think about Apple screwing their users by showing down their phones?
      Jan 1, 2018
    • Apple / Other
      bad_crc

      AppleOther

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      Apple 15 years and counting
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      I don’t know, what do you think about Google screwing their users by not respecting their privacy?
      Jan 2, 2018
    • Google arbitdude2
      Google does respect users privacy, not sure what you are talking about.
      Jan 2, 2018
    • Apple gznV67
      Drank too much google-ade? Shitty ads all enabled by google’s “AI”. What a waste of talented people. Apple didn’t do the right thing with the phone either. At least trying to fix it.
      Jan 2, 2018
  • Apple / Eng
    C. Bigsby

    AppleEng

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    Clayton Bigsby , y’all !!
    C. Bigsbymore
    I enjoy working here . It’s been 5 years and I keep telling myself I need to jump , but I find the problems I am working on engrossing and somehow cannot muster the enthusiasm to go to fb or g because frankly apart from their ML stuff it just doesn’t appeal.
    Dec 30, 20170
  • AMD Zuxz135
    I think job at Apple totally depends on the org and how your boss is.
    Dec 30, 20171
    • New / Engabcfed
      So much this, some orgs really suffer from poor leadership and ridiculous politics
      Dec 30, 2017
  • Apple / Other
    bad_crc

    AppleOther

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    Apple 15 years and counting
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    I’ll just add a couple more points to my earlier post re: “how do you like working at Apple,” and I will expand my answer to include workplace happiness in general.

    I’ve been working for nearly 30 years, 13 of those with Apple. What I have noticed in all that time, across half a dozen different companies, is that most people blame external factors for their unhappiness or dissatisfaction: “my salary is too low,” “my RSUs are too low,” “my manager is a jerk,” “the company doesn’t value me,” “there’s no good career path,” “there’s too much internal politics,” “my teammates suck,” “my views are not valued,” etc. Spend 15 minutes skimming posts on this site and you will find many examples of people expressing similar gripes. What they all have in common is a worldview that attributes their situation, success or failure to external factors that are seemingly out of their control.

    Very seldom have I seen people take personal responsibility for their own success, failure or satisfaction in their work situation. Very few people demonstrate the brutal self-honesty and ability to examine the effect their own actions (or inaction) have on their work situation. If I’m being honest with myself, as I look back at my various work experiences, anytime my work situation sucked, my own actions, or failure to act, contributed greatly to my dissatisfaction.

    So if you think “the company doesn’t value me,” then figure out why that is, and take steps to change it. It’s hard to value a toxic whiner who negatively affects teamwork with their constant pissing and moaning.

    If you think there’s “too much internal politics,” ask yourself if your actions make you part of the problem. Refuse to participate in office gossip, and tell people your feedback, both good and bad, directly, in a respectful way. Try leading by example and helping to build the kind of workplace culture that you want to have.

    If you think “your teammates suck,” try to be a mentor rather than a judgmental jerk. Try to be a true teammate, devote more of your time sharing your skills and talents to help make the entire team better, instead of focusing mainly on your own achievement. I guarantee you that if you distinguish yourself as a successful team builder, your efforts will be recognized come review time.

    The only reason I learned these things, is because I made all of these mistakes, and more. I wish I knew then what I know now. I wish I hadn’t been such a self-centered jerk. I wish I’d been more of a team player. I wish I had spent less time blaming others for what was ultimately my own issues. I wish I had recognized earlier that to a great extent, I am responsible for my own job satisfaction and sense of fulfillment. I wish that I had been a better role model.

    So when you ask the question, “how do you like working at (insert company name), the answer depends much more on your own attitude, rather than that company, or the particular org, specific manager, team members, etc. The answer really depends on you.
    Jan 1, 20180
  • Apple hbyH47
    I am on H1B and stuck here with my visa issues. I don’t like my upper layers and work is also not interesting.
    Dec 30, 20173
    • Tata yern31
      You got your H1B then what visa issues?
      Dec 30, 2017
    • Tata yern31
      Also what are you working on?
      Dec 30, 2017
    • Apple hbyH47
      My I140 is in progress. Hence waiting here.
      Dec 30, 2017
  • Apple / EngDr. Doctor
    I talk a lot of shit on here, but I do love working for Apple. I don’t always agree with direction or decisions made, but I work for a great org where I can voice that opposition without backlash. I’ve even managed to budge the direction on occasion when blessed with the proper backup.
    In the end, it’s still a job. No one on this site is working on anything game changing.
    Dec 30, 20173
    • Apple / Other
      bad_crc

      AppleOther

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      Apple 15 years and counting
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      “No one on this site is working on anything game changing.”

      Most people who work at Apple are working on “game changing” products and services. Just as most people at FB, Google, Amazon, Uber are.

      “In the end, it’s still a job.” A job is in the eye of the beholder. If that’s how you choose to experience it, to a great extent you create your own reality.

      But if you choose to, you could experience your job as a part of a larger whole that is improving/enriching the lives of millions of people on a daily/hourly basis, so profoundly that most people don’t even notice how dramatically their lives have changed even within the last 5-10 years. It’s really up to how you choose to perceive (and therefore shape) your own reality.

      “Everything is amazing, and nobody’s happy.”
      Dec 30, 2017
    • Apple / EngDr. Doctor
      If you woke up tomorrow with enough money in the bank to never have to work again, would you still do what you do at Apple? I’m talking exactly what you are doing, 40 hours a week. If not, it’s a job.
      If another company decided to pay you twice what you are making for the exact same work, would you take it? If so, it’s a job.
      There’s nothing wrong with it being a job, I wouldn’t do this for free but there fewer things I would rather do as a job.
      Dec 30, 2017
    • Apple / Other
      bad_crc

      AppleOther

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      Apple 15 years and counting
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      “If you woke up tomorrow with enough money in the bank to never have to work again, would you still do what you do at Apple?” Hahaha, you’re asking the wrong person to prove your point, because my answer is an unequivocal yes.

      I realized some years ago that the work I was/am doing for Apple makes me feel alive and helps to give my life meaning. You can’t put a price tag on a life well spent.
      Dec 30, 2017
  • Intel BK@yo
    How is the pay at Apple and increments
    Dec 30, 20171
    • Apple Doom
      I’d say its pretty good considering I got an 11 percent raise and 66k RSU refresher in the very first year. Putting things into perspective, I am a fresh college graduate who started her/his career with Apple. However, to be fair, I was immensely lucky that I got the opportunity to work on one of the hottest projects in my team and I did quite well.
      Jan 4, 2018
  • Apple nickelba
    You are a number if you are a contractor. They will fire you in a second if they don’t need you.
    Jan 17, 20180
  • Apple GuerreroSt
    Yep. Some orgs are great even though some others are not.
    Dec 30, 20170

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