Corporate Culture 企業文化
Apple is a pretty divided mix of typical corporate red tape and politics mixed in with startup level urgency when the direction comes from Steve. If you have a project that Steve is not involved in, it will take months of meetings to move things forward. If Steve wants it done, it’s done faster than anyone thinks is humanly possible. The best way to get any cross departmental work done was to say its for Steve and you’d probably have it the same day.
Launch Events 發表會
Probably the single greatest feeling working at Apple is getting to work on part of the product launch process. You plan and prep for months, then launch week you work like mad for 12-16 hours days and even pull all nighters to make sure your piece of the puzzle is ready for Apple’s big presentation. Then you gather with all the other employees in the cafe and watch it all unfold. It’s a great rush and your whole team feels it.
Worker Mentality 員工心態
Apple is one of those companies where people work on an almost religious level of commitment. There are probably a handful of large companies that can command this, such as Disney or Google. Most workers, no matter how simple their job might be, truly feel they are changing the world with whatever they are doing. That’s not a bad thing, it can just make you blind on the next point:
Company Benefits 公司福利
Pretty lacking here, in my opinion. The cafe costs, and isn’t really that cheap (although PB&J will run you 25 cents). Every floor has a vending machine, which also cost (though the ice cream machines were pretty slick) and even the refrigerator in the Graphic Design department had an ‘honor bar’ that you had to pay for yogurt and other items. The gym also isn’t free, but is on campus and decent. I recall one person asked Steve why these benefits were so low, and the main response was “it’s my job to make your stock go up so you can afford these things”.
Modest perks include one computer system at 25% off per year, with 3 15% discounts for friends and family. On campus store includes the only Apple swag you’ll probably ever see, and all software there is 50% off.
小小的額外獎賞包含一年可以用25% OFF 的折扣購買一台電腦，加上3台15% OFF的折扣給朋友與家人。在園區商店，包含唯一的蘋果禮品店內的所有軟體折扣 50%。
Security is (was? things seem to have changed a bit since i left…nothing like the the 4G engineer mishap and the caltrain mishap before that occurred during my time there) Apple’s culture. It wasn’t just the rules, it was the job itself. The measures that Apple takes to protect its creative and intellectual environment are unparalleled in the valley, and it’s been a disappointing experience since leaving there. Apple’s security policy extends to blogs, to speaking engagements, to what we talk about with our spouses. Most people get it and respect it. The ones who don’t — the ones who need to put Apple under their name so they can get a speaking gig at SxSW — are kindly ushered to move on.
If I was still at Apple, I would not be responding to this question, nor would I feel wronged for not being able to. (Honestly I’m surprised that an iTunes engineer commented about the iTunes Genius system in another question, that’s a slap on the wrist there).
如果我還在Apple，我不會回答這個問題，也不會因為無法回答而感到委屈。（老實說我很驚訝iTunes的工程師會在其他問題中對iTunes Genius系統做出評論，那可算是輕度的罪行。） The general idea is this: You are part of something much bigger than you. The ideas you talk about in the hall, the neat tricks you figured out in CSS, the new unibody machining technique, that’s part of your job, something you are paid to do for Apple’s success, not something you need to blog about to satisfy your ego. Don’t fuck it up for everyone.
大致上的概念是這樣：你是比自己更大的事物的一部分。你在大廳裡所談論的想法、你發現的CSS簡潔技巧，新的unibody機械技術，那是你工作的一部分，是領了薪水的你為了Apple的成功的付出，並不是用來寫在blog上滿足自尊的東西。別搞砸了大家。 But since the question is about culture, it’s important to grasp that it’s exciting to be part of this. Knowing that that codename you know isn’t the same codename someone else knows, designed to see who slips up and leaks. Knowing that that thing you’re working on might not be what you think it is at all, only the relevant details of your interaction with it and work on it are what matter. It creates such a huge amount of respect for what the company is doing, internally, and I think people feel good about participating in it.
Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that one can only say so much about Apple’s security, even as an ex-employee, both out of respect and contractual obligation…
最後，值得一提的是，可以說出那麼多與Apple保安相關的人，甚至作為一個前雇員，還是出於尊重與契約責任… I mention this all because everyone on here has watched a coworker tweet a company secret, a VP leak it to the press, someone pull out a prototype in a restaurant to show off…that just does not happen.
One employee said that employees working on secret projects at Apple must “pass through a maze of security doors, swiping their badges again and again and finally entering a numeric code to reach their offices.” Once inside the top-secret areas, employees are often monitored by surveillance cameras as they work. Those working with the most sensitive projects are allegedly instructed to “cover up devices with black cloaks when they are working on them, and turn on a red warning light when devices are unmasked so that everyone knows to be extra-careful.”
And in January, a former Apple marketing manager described the company’s “controlled leaks,” which he said the company sometimes relies upon to gauge public reaction, confuse competitors or encourage partners.