Working for the biggest and the most famous companies of the world might look like a dream to most people, but it isn't always like what it seems from the outside, as one software designer named Jordan Price found out.
The San Francisco-based designer landed a mobile designing job at Apple after convincing his employers of his talents and skills. His appointment was taken by both himself and the people around him as a major achievement. However, he had no idea what he was getting himself into.
With more than 80,000 employees and layers and layers of management involved, the late Steve Jobs' brainchild has, according to Price, turned into such a mismanaged organization that working a low to mid level job there is practically impossible.
While being associated with the tech giant did have a few mini perks like increased social popularity and riding their famous wifi bus, they were greatly outweighed by other more important facets of an employment. The biggest issue was the company's implied stance that it's their employees' good fortune that they have been chosen to work with them, and hence, financial remuneration for their services is just a secondary thing.
Price gives more instances of Apple's poor management, saying: "There were meetings all the time which were disruptive to everyone's productivity, but they seemed to be a necessary evil in a company that's so large with such high-quality products."
It has long been rumored about Apple that it expects more than what's fair from its employees – and you'd have to thank its demanding founder for instilling that in the company's ethos. Price's own personal account on the topic came through his boss' uber bossy behavior.
"He [My boss] started reminding me that my contract wouldn't be renewed if I did or didn't do certain things," he recalled. "He would hover over my back (literally) like a boss out of Dilbert and press me to finish some mundane design task that he felt urgently needed to be examined."
In the end, he decided he couldn't take any more of that and left his position.
While Price's experiences tell one thing, Apple's healthy rating on Glassdoor.com tells a totally different thing. However, a bulk of Apple's feedbacks on Glassdoor has reportedly come from their staff at Apple Stores and not their actual headquarter in Cupertino, California. When filtered for HQ-only reviews, the negative remarks do confirm what Price has revealed in his story.
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