Be nice. Or else.
As I said earlier, I could have escilated things to the HR department, but I was contracted by one company and paid by another contracting company and didn't have any contact with anyone from Apple's HR. Also, I was trying to suck it up and just take things day by day. Maybe they would get better, I thought. I just hit a breaking point with the BS and walked. Was it the smartest move? Probably not. But that's' what I did.
There definitely is some truth to your viewpoint. It was a tricky situation because I was actually contracted by one company and paid by another contracting company, and then I worked at Apple. It was unclear exactly who I was supposed to talk to. Everyone? At any rate, my boss had been working there for years, and I didn't feel I had any power to change things that apparently had been happening long before I arrived. I saw how other employees who stood up to his BS were ostracized from his inner circle. And they did end up on his shit list. I wasn't planning on walking out. But I also refuse to deal with someone's bullshit. It may not have been the smartest move for me professionally, but in that situation I did what was in my gut.
Thanks you. So true.
I could have asked better questions about management style for sure. But the rest I pretty thoroughly investigated. They seemed to just pay less because they were Apple, and they knew people like me would work their just for the experience.
Thanks for the understanding. It was a big time disappointment.
The biggest difference is that contractors are reminded constantly that they may or may not have their contract renewed. Also contractors get no Apple discount, no use of company gym, lower pay (I think), and can only go into certain buildings on campus.
I watched an interview awhile back with the head of engineering at Pinterest (I believe he just departed). I remember him saying that one of the most difficult things about working at Pinterest was working with designers. I was honestly a bit shocked to hear that because Pinterest has such a thoughtful and beautiful design. Clearly there is a huge respect for good design at your company.
As a designer, what are the biggest challenges you face when working with engineers? And how do you overcome them?
Yep, you were right. I just landed a job at Apple. Having my portfolio prepared and up to date was pretty much the key to having a good interview. And yes, it was not much different from interviewing at any other company. Thanks for the input!
Just wanted to let you know that the interview went great! I just accepted a mobile design contract position at Apple.
They mostly asked about my process, past work, and how I deal with feedback. There were no gotcha questions at all.
Thanks again for your insight. It was pretty spot on.
This is great info. Thanks for your insight into this!
Be nice. Or else.
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