Here’s Why Ex-Apple Designer Quit Working At The Company

Working at Apple may seem like a dream job to you, but Jordan Price, the former mobile designer, has released a post saying: ‘I wanted to work at Apple really bad, and now not so much’. He describes how tables turned after he landed his dream job, and he felt he had to leave later.

Here are a few interesting notes from the blog post:
“Then I started. I immediately was uneasy about the rigid hours and long commute, but at least I could be one of those notorious tech people whizzing to and from San Francisco on a private bus with wifi (I’m especially intrigued by the bus thing because I grew up in San Francisco and have seen the cultural and economic shift that’s resulted from this tech boom and the last. Now ironically I was one of the techies who some people think is ruining the city.) I hardly (hardly meaning never) saw my daughter during the week because the hours were so inflexible. I had also taken a substantial pay cut, but I figured I was making a long-term career investment by working for such a prestigious company.
On boarding was super bumpy, and they had so many passwords, accounts, and logins that it took nearly a month just for me to get on the server. 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 was all a bit bothersome, but nothing that would be a big problem in the long-term I thought.
Then my immediate boss (known at Apple as a producer), who had a habit of making personal insults shrouded as jokes to anyone below him, started making direct and indirect insults to me. He started reminding me that my contract wouldn’t be renewed if I did or didn’t do certain things. 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. He was democratic about his patronizing and rude comments, but it didn’t make me feel any better when he directed them towards my team members. 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.”
The issues however don’t pertain to Apple, as these are some of the reasons why people normally quit jobs. However, it can be noted that he talks specifically about Apple; the company has been struggling to keep top talent on the team.

He did however say he enjoyed working on world-class products alongside world-class designers, and his co-workers had great eye for design. But he got overwhelmed in the end.

Glassdoor still places Apple in the top 50 places to work (number 35), so this experience can be looked upon as secondary. Apple’s recent hiring also shows that the company has no problem hiring top talent.

You can read the full post by clicking here, it is worth reading...

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