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As a brand, Apple is worth $145.3 billion, which makes it the most valuable brand in the world. It is also one of the most globally admired companies and there are many who dream of working under the bitten apple symbol. If you’re one of them, be sure to be awesome at what you’re doing because working at Apple simply isn’t for just anybody.
If you eventually get a job at Apple, you’re allowed to boast a little. Apple chooses its employees very carefully – they let only the best people in the industry working for them, so getting hired might work as an effective ego booster.
Apple Inc. is headquartered in Cupertino, California. Its main campus was getting a bit too small so the Apple leaders decided to build a new one, one mile east from the current one, and it’s already getting nicknames such as spaceship or donut thanks to its circular, quite extravagant design.
So, how does it feel to work at Apple? At first glance it may seem that working for Apple alone is a dream come true, but it’s not always butterflies and rainbows.
Apple allegedly pays its employees well, which is a generally strong argument. There are also plenty of perks that the Apple employees get, such as discounts for all the Apple products, lots of team building events with free food and drinks and, as the story goes, great bosses who let you think for yourself and come up with your own ideas. And of course, free supply of apples for everybody!
A great advantage is that working for Apple increases your chances to get hired when you next apply for a job . Having “Apple Inc.” written in your work experience section of your resume definitely gets you some extra points.
Despite all this, many former Apple employees have stated on Quora or Glassdoor that their day-to-day lives at Apple weren’t always as terrific as everyone thinks. Many said there’s a huge secrecy in the office together with a certain amount of paranoia from the team leaders.
Employees are not allowed to talk to anybody about what they are working on and are allegedly threatened to be fired if they but mention something to their spouse or colleague. At Apple, working on a new product comes very close to a top secret mission.
Some people complain about the work environment being “too corporate” and many agree on a fact that working at Apple is nowhere as cool as working in, say, Facebook, Google or LinkedIn. Apple offices are said to be very strict and rigid, providing no fun and relaxing amenities to their employees. No napping rooms, ping-pong, foosball or gym? How awful is that?! It’s all just work, work, work there at the Cupertino campus so it seems.
For those of you who dream of working at Apple one day, be prepared to be the best of the best. In their own words: “We’re perfectionists. Idealists. Inventors. Forever tinkering with products and processes, always on the lookout for better. Whether you work at one of our global offices, offsite, or even at home, a job at Apple will be demanding. But it also rewards bright, original thinking and hard work. And none of us here would have it any other way.”