Apple Engineers Say Company Secrecy Makes It A Tough Place To Work

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Despite an unprecedented number of leaks last year, Apple still has a reputation for being one of the world’s most secretive companies.It’s so secretive, it annoys employees who say they don’t even know what they’re working on half the time.

A number of recent reviews on Glassdoor, a site that lists job information and company reviews, have served as a place for Apple engineers to vent.

When you write a Glassdoor review, you’re encouraged to list pros and cons about working for a company. In the “cons” section, a few current and recent employees mentioned frustration with the level of secrecy in Apple. Some said it inhibited their ability to work.

For example, two days ago, a current UX designer in Apple’s Cupertino headquarters described the work experience as “breathtaking.” But s/he also said this: 

“[There’s] a lot of secrecy, you don’t know what you are working on.”

Another former Apple engineer, who called the company a “very challenging environment,” expressed the same frustration on January 21: 

“Secrecy is a killer, the more you give to the job the more is expected from you. No chance of life balance here,” the engineer wrote. “Ever wondered why Google always makes the the top 10 of the best companies to work for but Apple never get even close? Well there is a reason…”

Here are a few more recent examples:

  • From an Apple software engineer intern on January 19: “smart people, cool products, challenging environment…secrecy is tiring.”
  • On December 12, a former software engineer wrote: “Great products, damaging culture…Culture of secrecy for the sake of secrecy is extremely damaging.”
  • From a current software engineer in October: “Just an awesome place to work…Secrecy and “need to know” mode of information sharing sometimes hamper progress.”
  • And another: “Great company to work [for]…The culture of secrecy can be fairly annoying at times.”
  • And yet another, in September: “You get a sense of being out of the loop at times. Various departments are shut off from one another. It’s very competitive too.”

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