A former Fruit Stand corporateer sheds interesting light on what allegedly happens inside the polished halls of 1 Infinite Loop. While I can’t speak for the author’s experiences, I will disclose that I have friends that work inside the Mothership, that these people apparently enjoy it to no end, and that they will earnestly refute every claim that this author makes. Apple’s Cupertino HQ also has an outstanding commissary and (unlike the Big G) invite the public to shop at their swag store.
As a consumer, I find Apple’s offerings progressively falling short, so perhaps there is more to this “dogma talk” than a disgruntled former employee. In fairness, the same can be said for Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and virtually every other tech company out there. Perhaps it’s only a matter of market maturity? Maybe it’s time for a new tech startup to shake the Valley a little bit?
Sometimes a job is not a great fit for a person. I absolutely despised working for QuikTrip while I know folks that love it just as much. Different strokes, and all that. I once interviewed for a job with Apple, and I’m actually thankful that I didn’t get it because it would limit my ability to pursue certain outlets–including this blog. However correct or incorrect the author is, I have to admit, invoking Steve Jobs’s Stanford commencement address was a nice touch:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs, June 12, 2005.