Former Designer on Working at Apple: It’s Not That Great

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“I felt more like I was a teenager working at a crappy retail job than a professional working at one of the greatest tech companies in the world,” wrote mobile software designer Jordan Price of his experience as an Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) employee in an essay posted to the blog Apple Daily.

It is a tale of illusions shattered about the company that transformed the technological world with the introduction of the iPhone and the iPod, which Price says has a less-than-revolutionary corporate culture. And while his story is but one individual’s experience, it not only gives insight into how poor management and leadership can affect productivity, it also adds a dose of realism to Apple’s public image.

Based on employee reviews at — a job recruitment and company rating website — Apple still holds a rating of 3.9 stars, which signals worker satisfaction, although the company did slip to No. 35 on the site’s Best Places to Work list for 2014. Overall, Apple has collected approximately 2,800 reviews, and a great majority of them are from employees who worked at Apple Stores, rather than at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, like Price.

While the general tenor of the reviews is that working at Apple was a positive experience because the job allows for proximity to “some of the best technology on the planet,” as one reviewer wrote, more than one commenter noted that Apple expected a great deal from its employees. One reviewer from San Francisco — a former theater specialist — noted that Apple relies “on ‘paying their employees’ with the privilege of working for Apple” rather than “really taking care of them financially.”

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