(Winged ratings measure job satisfaction on scale of 1 to 5)
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Dec 3rd, 2020
"Good stable job with solid benefits for women with families. However your ability to own work and make decisions is very limited. Senior leadership lacks diversity and this is reflected in behavior and expectations. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Nov 19th, 2020
"it is a good place to work and has little kid babysitting"
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Oct 29th, 2020
"I worked in Marketing Communications which is it's own distinct business unit/culture. They talk a good game about values and inclusion but in reality they are very hierarchical and old school in terms of how they operate, i.e. no one was ever allowed to work remotely or have flexibility in the Marcom organization until very recently. They are highly intolerant of people taking time off for any reason, it was frowned upon to take more than a week off, I witnessed multiple situations where leadership made plans to replace people who were on medical leave with HR in the room contributing to the discussion about HOW to term people rather than being an advocate for the people. This is pretty common with that Marketing HR team, they take the side of the manager and do whatever the manager wants even when what the manager wants is morally/ethically and even potentially legally questionable. I watched as they laid one of my team members off who was recovering from brain surgery and was on medical leave, for example. I was let go a few years later within a month of returning from medical leave and another acquaintance from Caffe Macs found herself in the exact same situation. I also saw many people, mostly women, ambushed during their performance reviews by HR showing up with no warning and no indication that there were prior performance issues. This was a brutal experience I witnessed over and over again where people were basically blindsided by negative feedback from their managers with the full support of HR. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Oct 26th, 2020
"Extreme number of hours required to work here. Well compensated, but no life outside of work."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Oct 20th, 2020
"Please note that this review is from someone who was hired recently (within last 2 months) and have been working remotely throughout my entire duration.... Apple tries to make its employees self-supportive as possible with the various tools they work with, which is great. However, as a new grad coming onto a software enineering team, I've been disappointed by the lack of mentorship available. I make it a point to reach out to my team when I need help, but it feels like I don't really have a "go-to" person that's supposed to help me ramp up during my first few months. My manager didn't have any specific projects for me to work on during these first two months, and that was a little concerning. I will say to make up for this my teammates have been great in delegating some of the smaller tasks out to me to help me get familiar with their codebase. I do like that there seems to be a big emphasis on health and wellness. Also, there are tons of talks/events available to employees to help with personal growth, learning new things, or just getting engaged with the company. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Sep 11th, 2020
"Strong old white bro culture here. Women haven’t Been able to stay or grow"
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Aug 7th, 2020
"There's a lot of support from women and allies if you're looking for it. You're also left alone if you are not comfortable with women only spaces. I imagine it's extremely org dependent."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Apr 17th, 2020
"Do not be afraid to voice your views even if their unpopular to change cultural norms. Work life balance it tough here. There also is a strong work ethic (which is admirable) but it can be extreme here."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Oct 7th, 2019
"Work is demanding and rewarding. Apple as a company is great, it invests in women. Make sure the team you are interviewing has women on the team. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Sep 4th, 2019
"Be very cautious before accepting a position, take time to understand the team/org and try to get a sense of how many women are employed, and what their positions are in the org. In my org, don't expect to get promoted, but do expect 'lip-service' regarding promotion during your annual review. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States on Apr 25th, 2019
"It’s okay. But often favoritism happened for men at work."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Apr 22nd, 2019
"It's very gender-diverse and has great benefits. There's even domestic violence leave, which is stunning in a good way to me. It doesn't force people to use sick time or vacation time to do things like relocate, file for a protective order, or other things. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple, United States of America on Apr 10th, 2019
"There is a workaholic culture that is still present from the Steve Jobs days. Depending on your team/org, the pressure to always be available (almost like “on call”, but you get no overtime/compensation reward), can be really strong (working daily nights and weekends). Upper level management are “on” all the time and this culture trickles down to expectations for individual contributors as well. While I have not experienced any unfair treatment based on gender, the poor work life balance makes me feel pretty miserable. Several of my female colleagues with children find it really difficult to pick up/drop off their children to school and attend extracurricular events with them because, while management may be flexible, they end up needing to just work way more overtime to do work and over compensate any time they spent attending to their family needs outside of core work hours anyway. It can be especially bad depending on the team because there are work responsibilities and tasks that are just expected to be done before and after core office hours. The work life balance just eats up so much family time that I don’t recommend it."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Feb 10th, 2019
"The benefits are amazing and allow for great growth outside of the company while working. It however, is very hard to progress for anyone but women especially"
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jan 10th, 2019
"As an entry-level employee be wary if you want consistent mentorship/sponsorship. The pay is very good for engineers and the people whom I met and worked with created a phenomenal atitude; however, the work/life balance can very rapidly become skewed towards incredibly long hours. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Dec 17th, 2018
"I feel like Apple makes lip service to diversity but when it comes down to it does not actually provide a lot of support for women in the tech industry."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Nov 29th, 2018
"Company works hard to treat employees with fairness and equality, no matter your race, gender, beliefs, or otherwise. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Nov 28th, 2018
"Yes - Overall a great company to work for. Not perfect but they embrace diversity and equality as a company better than anyone I've worked for. However sometimes that does not translate to every manager."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Oct 17th, 2018
"Create your own networking contacts for future career paths due to no easy way to transfer to other groups."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jul 19th, 2018
"Play the game that is given are lose out on offers"
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on May 31st, 2018
"No work life balance and women are treated not equal. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on May 9th, 2018
"Great place to work. We need more woman here as is typical in a lot of tech companies."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Feb 15th, 2018
"Great maternal leave and family planning services available for female employees."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Feb 9th, 2018
"Great place to work. I feel valued and challenged. There are lots of women in leadership roles. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Sep 15th, 2017
"Make sure the flex hours aren't just lip service, but actually supported by the leadership in your group."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Aug 18th, 2017
"True voice at the table. Supported from the top level - amazing CEO."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Aug 10th, 2017
"Great pay and benefits, tough culture for women."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jul 23rd, 2017
"I would encourage women to advocate for their compensation and advancement. I would also advocate for more education on unconscious bias and more efforts to improve diversity and inclusion."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jul 22nd, 2017
"My advice for women interested in this company is to try to come in at a level where you will be satisfied and if you get an opportunity to move up, it's just icing on the cake. If you come in at the bottom, you will be hard pressed to ever have an opportunity to move up. Many come here to take advantage of the good healthcare benefits. There is not a lot of work-life balance because of pressure constantly put on you by management. Many say they are so exhausted when they get off work that they cannot enjoy their days off and the battles at work bleed into personal relationships. It is a very authoritarian structure that doesn’t allow for much “thinking outside of the box” among the lower levels. They basically want you to be robotic drones who just take orders. They ask for feedback, but whether anything real and truly meaningful is done with that feedback is another story. I find management to be abrasive, combative, and dwelling in a long line within the ranks of “yes” men & women. It’s not a place where you can truly be creative and outstanding and feel like you have accomplished something. I’ve stopped talking because they don’t want to hear any voices but their own. These are the new "Masters of the Universe,” or so they believe. With that kind of hubris, you’ll be lucky to see much change. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jul 7th, 2017
"You are empowered to share your ideas and there is true collaboration."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jun 25th, 2017
"On the surface, they appear to be very female friendly. It's not until you are with them for awhile that you realize all the 'girl power' talk is just that; talk."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jun 6th, 2017
"Would recommend apple to other women but they have some work to do in their leadership"
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Apr 14th, 2017
"It's a dog eat dog place and you must make your voice heard. It's male dominated and you'll run into a lot of complex personalities. It's not for the faint of heart."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Apr 4th, 2017
"Great place for a woman who wants to be an IC and has no other responsibilities or aspirations outside of work."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Mar 22nd, 2017
"This is as big company with lots of different pockets to work in."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Mar 7th, 2017
"This is as big company with lots of different pockets to work in. "
"Amazing opportunity to work with individuals who are star players"
"I feel like Apple is a much better envirnonment that the advertising agency culture I left to come here. They treat you with more respect have more family friendly policies and the hours are such that you can have a life outside of work."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Dec 11th, 2016
"Apple's claims that they value diversity are PR only and their numbers must be inflated by including Apple Store employees. In my division at Apple there is one woman on each team of ~20-30 people. There is no training for employees about diversity, or unconscious bias - which goes a long way to explaining their failure to hire any women. I've had to endure humiliating comments from my workmates about my hair and clothes. I'm tasked with menial and uninteresting work despite having a PhD and 10 years of work experience, complaints to my manager about my inconsistent workload go nowhere and I've had to watch male colleagues straight out of grad school get promoted ahead of me. The company Christmas party featured a scavenger hunt where one of the tasks was to line up 4 women in red dresses and take a photo. Another task was to "smear a man's face with lipstick" and photograph it. Women are viewed as objects of curiosity here and not seen as equals. HR organize a "diversity bash" to celebrate Apple's diversity. The clumsy title of this event conveys how interested Apple HR are in making this a better place to work. Stay away, it's not worth it."
"While Apple has good intention on the family-friendly and treating women & men equally, but it often does not happen at first level managers level."
"I would say that your experience here can vary widely depending on your particular area. I work in a group where I am respected and considered a leader. I believe my pay is on par with my male counterparts, and my work is valued. I have been in other groups where this is not exactly the case, and I know of other women in my area (and in other groups) who are living another experience. Be sure to speak up for yourself, build a support system in other groups and have the confidence to toot your own horn. Without the ability to self-promote, you can find yourself left behind. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Nov 28th, 2016
"Overall Apple is a pretty decent place to work - the good times outweigh the bad in the 13 years I've been here. I've worked at some truly attrocious places and comparitively, this place is a dream palace, but it has issues and I will not overlook those. If you come to work here, be prepared to fight for what you deserve and don't back down. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jul 29th, 2016
"The quality of fairness in promotion and compensation varies from store to store, but largely you won't find women in the higher to highest levels of leadership. "
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Jun 3rd, 2016
"Good place to be a woman, and getting better, expecially in top leaership postions"
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on May 14th, 2016
"Tech can be tough for women....Apple is no exception - being reprimanded for tone or coming across too strongly is too frequent - male counterparts do not have this lens to work under"
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on May 9th, 2016
"The flexibility is good but the pay is not a living wage for someone who is single or has a family."
Anonymous shared this review of Apple on Mar 30th, 2016
"I've never thought that someone was getting treated better because they were male. Some of the other women at work may say differently, but I don't think that this is down to them being female. It's down to a lack of respect for their ability to do the job - and other men who are unable to do their job will also experience a lack of respect too. There are often female warriors at work who preach the feminist battle - but it's important for them to recognise their own shortfalls before blaming it on them being female."
"I believe that women's roles are improving everywhere, and Apple's a great place to start. The pay/hourly wage is right where the men's is at. Promotions and oppourtity are open for both sexes and we are all equally encouraged to come up and implement new ideas! It's a wonderful place to work!"
"I'm new. so far it's ok."
"Working here is pretty fantastic. We make the best products, have some of the smartest, most driven and caring teams around, and our benefits are first rate. That said, the tech industry as a whole is pretty male dominated. There aren't a lot of females around for you to mentor or for you to try and identify a path to success with. Things like moving from an entry-level position to a mid level leader can be really tough, because there are so few women acting as mid or lower level leaders. I sometimes think they might not "see" you as an option to promote. The only other difficult part of the limited number of females, is the lack of females starting families. Most women are college aged themselves or have school age children. When I had questions on what pregnancy at work looked like or how maternity leave worked, I had to refer to HR and was unable to ask my peers. It wasn't the worst thing, and is hardly a knock on the company, but it can make it interesting for someone who is trying to find resources from friends. If you do start a family while at Apple though ...the maternity leave is great. I was on leave for four paid months bonding with my little one!"
"I've been pleasantly surprised by the amount of women hired by Apple, as well as the number of women in supervisory/creative/managerial roles. The company strives to a give their employees a good work/life balance with generous maternity leave (for both men and women), paid family leave, flexible schedules Kin care, and many, many other family friendly practices. The environment is very inclusive and supportive, with no gender bias (or any other bias, for that matter)."
"Go-getters will succeed here."
"Promotes self growth. You are not a number."
"As a company, Apple fights for diversity and equality. But my personal store is fairly male-dominated when it comes to technicians, and it feels like it is easier for males to advance in position and pay."
"I worked here for a year. The retail environment was the closest thing to a Utopia I have ever experienced. Fairness and equality for all seems to actually be happening here!! Much love!"
"There are probably and equal to majority women working at a retail level. I found that most of the higher paid positions, management positions, were very male dominated. Although no one ever discouraged women from trying to advance it always hard to feel like you can when you don't see anyone else having achieved it."
"I think Women and Men are treated equally. There are many women in senior roles. It is a flat company, making it challenging for everyone to get promoted. The toughest jump is from Sr. Manager (M3) to Director. We have a rich benefit plan, and the stock increase over the last handful of year has made this a very lucrative position. One note: The nature of the work requires a lot of hours, in and out of the office. It was very challenging to maintain work and family when my kids were small."
"Don't work here as a contractor, you get nothing!"
"If you are planning on having a family, this isn't the place to be unless you are in an upper level position. I barely had enough time to pump for my daughter. Because I couldn't afford to stay on leave for the full twelve weeks, I had to return after six weeks of giving birth. Most surgeries allow 90 days. Birthing a child should be the same. Women have a hard time being promoted into better positions because it is a male dominated place. There always seems to be some excuse why some people aren't promoted vs others."
"This position is part of the Apple Retail sector. It was an amazing opportunity for me and I was excited to be apart of this amazing company. I enjoyed the training and what the company offered its employees."
"its an amzing place to work and there is room for plenty of growth."
"The benefits are great, and the policies are family friends, but in tech fields there are not a lot of women and so the culture in each department depends heavily on the men that work there and the leadership. The policies from the top down are very supportive of women, but if you're considering apple, interview with your team carefully."
"I work as a consultant and I really feel highly valued, supported and encouraged."
"I have only been here for a little under a year as a contractor. The FTE's seem to have decent benefits and are happy with the company as a whole."
"Its not so much the issue with the fact that its a male-dominated in management, but the policy of the downtime for both their problem and at home issues as I work from home. I can understand 1/2 pay for home downtime but if its an issue with their applications that we are to use and we have to stay online during those times we should get full pay not half pay."
"There are not many women in engineering here and very few in engineering management roles. In software development long hours and weekend work is required and assumed. There is little opportunity to work from home when needed. As for maternity leave, it is only "Paid" if you take sick days and vacation days to supplement disability. Don't confuse this for other tech companies that actually keep paying you salary during maternity leave."
"Women are treated pretty fairly here, however the demanding work schedule can make you feel guilty about trying to have work-life balance."
"There are an equal number of men and women working my position in my department."
"You live the brand. Apple pays well and treats employees fairly for the most part, but the hours are grueling in each position and time off is frowned upon even if earned."
"It all comes down to your manager - there are many good ones here - but definitely some ones who should not be in that role."
"I've mostly interacted with highly professional, extremely smart individuals at this company, and I've never experienced overt sexism. That said, like most tech companies it has a pretty high male to female ratio, so it's easy to feel outnumbered. The senior leadership seems committed to recruiting more women though. We also had two women present at WWDC this year, which I believe is a first. So that's a step in the right direction. I had no issues with my maternity leave. My team was supportive when I left and when I returned. There are a lot of people with kids here, so everyone is very understanding about needing time off for doctors visits, school functions, etc."
"Make sure you are specific with your Hiring Manager when starting or your TM because it makes a difference."
"Aggressive work culture if you want to rise"
"Great experience to work here as a young woman with no children. Work life balance is very hard but lots of role models."
"I'v worked here for 3 years and find this company to be VERY fair and employee minded. Plenty of time is given for family. Management is diverse in all areas and fair."
"Working here has been remarkable. My manager is very supportive of my career goals and I feel like I am on a great career path. Definitely recommend working for Apple!"
"They work you pretty hard so there is not a whole lot left to give on the personal side of life."
"It is a great place to work!"
"It's absolutely the best company to work for."
"Very few female engineers; most groups follow the stereotype of multiple male engineers working with a female project manager. The company seems dedicated to encouraging diversity under Tim Cook's leadership, though that mentality has yet to trickle down to hiring or promotion practices, it seems."
"There are alot of females working here, and in high positions too. Seems about 50/50 of men and women both as bottom level employees, but I've had maybe 3 out of 5 female management staff."
"It's like a breath of fresh air...compared to any company I've worked for previously. Especially Brocade."
"Cisco is very welcoming"
"Don't take everything so seriously. Enjoy working for this great company"
"It's certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with this company. It does come with very high demands of your time, and work life balance can be tough. However, it's a very dynamic work environment, and there are constantly new things to learn and new challenges to conquer. The key is to define your own limits, and make it work how you want it to. Working here, you're among the best in the world."
"Be more confident in addressing the micro-aggressions - THEY ADD UP. While overall it's a professional and fair place to work, the group chats and training sessions can be a breeding-ground for inappropriate and sexist jokes/attitudes, depending on who's around.There were many women on my teams throughout my time in this position, and most of my direct managers were women. I didn't see evidence of gender coming into play for hiring or promotions, since this is such a data-rich field. Your numbers generally speak for themselves, and most decisions are made that way."
"Love my experience with this amazing company but at the end of the day it's sad to say, just like any other well known company out there it's really all about knowing the right people to move up. On the other hand if you're a student like I was or have something else going on in life and is just doing this as part time, you will love it because they will work with pretty much any schedule."
"Stay open minded and don't forget it's a call center."
"Don't be shy and get to know people!"
"There is great support for women here. This excellent environment is built around mutual respect and what I'd call "gender-agnosticism": people deal with each other simply as people, for the most part, not "men" or "women." As long as you're doing your job, it doesn't matter who or what you are. Don't be timid or scared. Speak your mind (politely and respectfully). Ask questions; don't be afraid of looking stupid. If you're hired, that means they think you've got the stuff; they won't hold a "stupid" question against you. Go ahead and blaze trails; come up with your own ideas and get them in front of your managers. However, don't expect all your ideas to win. Sometimes you have to turn around, drop your great idea, and come up with a new one. My department is very supportive of maternity leave. They've been known to allow moms to extend their leave beyond 16 weeks (although you only get paid for the 16, so extra time is on your dime)."
"It's important to bring a can-do attitude to work every day. The hours can be long and you might be given huge tasks that you aren't even sure where to begin solving. The key is to let folks know 'you are on it'. Pay attention to build relationships across the company, not just at your level but above and below. There are many opportunities to work cross functionally and the better your internal network, the more successful you will be. Pay close attention to how more senior women have advanced. Seek out mentors, even if they are unofficial - they can help you learn the culture and how to get things done. Don't assume that other senior women will be your best mentor. Find someone who gets you and can help you advance."
"Lisren and learn"
"I have always been treated well by my teams. I would encourage other women to concentrate on developing cross functional relationships"
"When management changes, pay close attention to how they operate. If the new management shows signs of being bad, get out fast!"
"It's going to be a long, tough journey - as you know, it's a lot easier to fall than it is to get back up. That being said, getting back up and continuing on is, without a doubt, the best thing you can ever do in any situation. It is easy to get lost in the sea of people at such a large company, but surround yourself with a strong and hard-working team, and you will see the impact you make. And the impact this job will have on you."
"At Apple, you need to network. The projects and initiatives are typically cross functional so you need to know who to talk to and how to make things happen. Important projects are accomplished by a team so it's truly important to figure out who you need to work with to move the next mountain. I have worked with some of the smartest people during my time at Apple. We have been able to accomplish so much together and have a blast at the same time."
"Its a good company"
"Amazing place to work, tech savvy women are treated the same as tech savvy men!"
"Women are respected for their tech-savviness."
"Its a wonderful place to grow. your success depends on you and how bad you want it"
"A major Diversity & Inclusion initiative has been launched and many actions have been taken to ensure equality at all levels. Initiative driven from the top down, really amazing to see and be part of. Very powerful and inspirational female leaders, number is increasing around the world. Very supportive in balancing family and work responsibilities."
"(Entry date March 2015) I worked in an Apple Retail Store for over 3 years. In general, the company has great benefits that support families in many ways, I have absolutely no complaints about the support they offer on a corporate level for women and families. My concerns are more with the opportunities to grow in Apple Retail, especially as a woman. I am very relational, great with people, and have a good attitude and a strong work ethic. I started as a part time (Sales) Specialist and was offered the opportunity to apply for (and received) a rare full-time opportunity after my first year. About 6 months later I earned a promotion to (Sales) Expert. Within the next 6 months I earned a position on the Business Team as a Business Specialist (lateral move). What I found in my time in Apple Retail is that there are opportunities for movement, but you must take the initiative to make it happen on your own. Look for ways to be a leader in your department, find opportunities to improve processes especially between departments, and be proactive about your career growth. My managers were always supportive of my growth, but I had to initiate much of that, and with a positive attitude and enthusiasm for my job, my team, and my company I was able to stand out among my peers. What I found more difficult was any opportunity for breaking into the management level. It is far easier to make lateral moves, and Apple Retail is supportive for those wanting to move to different departments within the store, but breaking into management is difficult. In my store, of 7 managers, only one was female, a lower-level manager. There are fewer female Geniuses and Sales Experts. Maybe this is because fewer women pursue technology careers, but still... I found for management positions they tend to hire from outside (managers from other technology stores) and more male candidates than female. We need more women in technology careers!"
"We are hiring more and more women. The company itself is a great company to work for. Great benefits fir everything from medical to products. Work life balance is pretty good most of the time. However it is retail so there are a lot of nights, and weekends. You need to be prepared for that. If you can get into apple you have made it in the retail world that is for sure!"
"Having kids makes it very difficult to work for this company and I've worked in several different departments within Apple. Or maybe working at this company makes it difficult to have kids. Bosses don't seem to understand that emergencies happen with children."
"I have been there for 15 years. Once we decided to grow the family, our benefits made it so easy. Especially for being older and getting pregnant was not easy. Apple was flexible and benefits made it possible to actually do something I would not have been able to do on my own. Once I returned from maternity leave I was able to attain a work from home position. More recently I am back on campus working in a different role, but once again find myself wanting to work from home. My leadership team is seeing solutions to help this happen for me. I live about an hour from work so the drive has since taken its toll. My performance and reputation I'm certain have helped make this possible."
"Apple is a true meritocracy. Your expertise and passion for what you do is what moves you ahead. It can be difficult to balance work-life, particularly in the technical roles which are very demanding. But there's a very high level of engagement and people love what they do."